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The top 10 news stories on our radar today.
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  1. How Do Fireworks Work?

    “Containing different chemical elements and precisely positioned components, these colorful [Fourth of July] displays are a lot more than meets the eye.” Mother Nature Network


  2. Bird Flight Captured on High-Speed Video

    Researchers have captured “slow-motion video from the fastest wings in the bird world, with an eye toward building flying robots that take design cues from Mother Nature.” Stanford


  3. Chemical Reaction Creates Alcohol in Space

    “Alcohol, it turns out, is quite plentiful in space, and chemists think they might finally know why.” Nature World News


  4. Cane Toads ‘Wiping Out’ Dwarf Crocodiles

    “Charles Darwin University researchers have been investigating the impact of the toxic toads on Australia’s smallest freshwater crocodiles.” ABC


  5. Blood Cell Sounds May Help Diagnose Disease

    “New research reveals that when red blood cells are hit with laser light, they produce high frequency sound waves that contain a great deal
    of information.” Science Daily


  6. Mongolian Neo-Nazis Rebrand Selves As Environmentalists

    “Tsagaan Khass, or White Swastika, whose leader has expressed reverence for Hitler, now says its main goal is to save nature.” The Guardian


  7. End Turtle Derbies, Experts Say

    “Conservationists and wildlife biologists say it’s time to end this tradition, for the sake of the animals supposedly being celebrated.” Baltimore Sun


  8. Fans Name Pluto’s Moons

    “Official results are back after scientists asked the public to help name Pluto’s P4 and P5 moons.” National Geographic


  9. 200-Year-Old Fish Caught Off Alaska

    “In 1813…a rockfish was born somewhere in the North Pacific. Two hundred years later, that same rockfish was caught off the coast of Alaska by Seattle resident Henry Liebman—possibly setting a record for the oldest rockfish ever landed.” Live Science


  10. Animals Given Jobs at Airports

    “From groundskeeping goats to comfort dogs, animals are being used in a variety of ways at airports across the country.” USA Today

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