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Birds Learn Another 'Language' by Eavesdropping on Neighbors

Birds Learn Another 'Language' by Eavesdropping on Neighbors

| By Christina Larson | Aug 6
Wild critters are known to listen to each other for clues about lurking predators, effectively eavesdropping on other species' chatter.

Deep Origin of Rare Blue Diamonds Revealed in Their Flaws

Deep Origin of Rare Blue Diamonds Revealed in Their Flaws

| By Christina Larson | Aug 5
Blue diamonds - like the Smithsonian's famous Hope diamond - are the rarest of all and how they formed more than a billion years ago is a bit of a mystery. Now scientists think they have a glimmer of an answer.

Lisbon breaks record for maximum temp, hits 44 C (111.2 F)

Lisbon breaks record for maximum temp, hits 44 C (111.2 F)

| Aug 5
Lisbon broke a 37-year-old record to notch its hottest temperature ever as an unrelenting heat wave baked Portugal and neighboring Spain. New heat records were set in 26 places around Portugal.

Astronauts Picked for SpaceX, Boeing Capsule Test Flights

Astronauts Picked for SpaceX, Boeing Capsule Test Flights

| By Marcia Dunn | Aug 4
NASA on Friday assigned the astronauts who will ride the first commercial capsules into orbit next year and bring crew launches back to the U.S.

Warmer Soil Releasing More Carbon, Worsening Climate Change

Warmer Soil Releasing More Carbon, Worsening Climate Change

| By Seth Borenstein | Aug 4
Even the dirt on the ground is making climate change worse, a new study finds.

Trump Wants a Space Force, but Pentagon has Different Idea

Trump Wants a Space Force, but Pentagon has Different Idea

| By Robert Burns | Aug 4
President Donald Trump wants a Space Force, a new military service he says is needed to ensure American dominance in space. But the idea is gaining little traction at the Pentagon.

A Robotic Hand Can Juggle A Cube - with Lots of Training

A Robotic Hand Can Juggle A Cube - with Lots of Training

| By Ryan Nakashima | Aug 3
How long does it take a robotic hand to learn to juggle a cube? About 100 years, give or take.

Grieving Orca Highlights Plight of Endangered Whales

Grieving Orca Highlights Plight of Endangered Whales

| By Phuong Le | Aug 3
Whale researchers are keeping close watch on an endangered orca that has spent the past week keeping her dead calf afloat in Pacific Northwest waters.

Where Do Rare Blue Diamonds Come From?

Where Do Rare Blue Diamonds Come From?

| By Christina Larson | Aug 3
Blue diamonds -- like the Smithsonian's famous Hope diamond -- are the rarest of all and how they formed more than a billion years ago is a bit of a mystery. Now scientists think they have a glimmer of an answer.

Don't Call Dolphin Hybrid Spotted off Hawaii a 'Wholphin'

Don't Call Dolphin Hybrid Spotted off Hawaii a 'Wholphin'

| By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher | Aug 1
Scientists are touting the first sighting of a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin in the ocean off Hawaii. But don't call it a "wholphin," they say.

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