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The top 10 news stories on our radar today.
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  1. American Dogs’ Surprising Genetic Roots

    “Research has challenged the idea that dogs already present in the Americas when Europeans arrived were swamped by animals brought in by the settlers.” BBC

  2. Cry Analyzer Seeks Clues to Babies’ Health

    “Researchers have developed a new computer-based tool to perform finely tuned acoustic analyses of babies’ cries. The team hopes their baby cry analyzer will lead to new ways for researchers and clinicians to use cry in identifying children with neurological problems or developmental disorders.” Brown University

  3. Modest Debut of Atlas May Foreshadow Age of ‘Robo-Sapians’

    “The robot—which is equipped with both laser and stereo vision systems, as well as dexterous hands—is seen as a new tool that can come to the aid of humanity in natural and man-made disasters.” New York Times

  4. Sharks Whip Tails to Stun Prey

    “Such tactical use of the tail fin during hunting—which was previously observed only in mammals such as dolphins and killer whales—might indicate that sharks are more intelligent that scientists thought.” Nature

  5. Lionfish Expedition: Down Deep is Where the Big Ones Live

    “The first expedition to use a deep-diving submersible to study the Atlantic Ocean lionfish invasion found something very disturbing—at 300 feet deep, there were still significant populations of these predatory fish, and they
    were big.” Oregon State University

  6. Antarctic Glass Sponges Live Life in Fast Lane

    “Explosion in glass sponge population forces researchers to rethink how animals live in Antarctic.” National Geographic

  7. Google Glass For Dogs?

    “The inventor of Google Glass is inventing a wearable computer for dogs. The device will reportedly enable dogs to send commands to a human.” iO9

  8. Comparing Urban Life Around the Globe

    “The United Nations predicts that 70 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. Understanding what works and what doesn’t work in these densely populated environments is a more urgent now than ever. A new exhibit and website hopes to help by providing a way to directly compare cities head to head on a variety of factors, including demographics, land use, and transportation.” Wired

  9. Kepler Spacecraft Should Pin Down ‘Alien Earth’ Planets Despite Glitch

    “NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft should be able to achieve its primary mission goal regardless of whether or not it can bounce back from a recent malfunction, researchers say.”

  10. Impala’s Impressing Escape

    “A sharp-witted impala in South Africa’s Kruger National Park evaded almost certain death when it came up with a novel escape plan.” CNN
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