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Alex Riley

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    How Autism Shaped the Modern Conversation

    On Facebook, iPhone messenger, and What’s App, conversation is often silent and devoid of body language. Emotions are condensed to icons on a screen: a happy face, a wink, or a kiss blown to a loved one through LTE and pixels. These emoticons (a portmanteau of “emotion” and “icon”) and emojis (everything else from crocodiles […]

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    How Your Embryo Knew What To Do

    The forgotten story of the woman who discovered how animals get their shape.

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    Red-Eyed Magpies, White-Speckled Ravens & Other Birds of Unusual Feathers

    “This here is my favorite cabinet,” Hein van Grouw tells me as we walk around the back rooms of the Natural History Museum at Tring, 30 miles northwest of London as the crow flies. He pulls the steel double-doors open, revealing a menagerie of stuffed birds. On the top shelves there are snipes, rails, and […]

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    These Males Are Cheating Animals

    The tricks they play would make Darwin blush.

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    Fish School Us on Wind Power

    Record-efficiency turbine farms are being inspired by sealife.

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    Fish School Us on Wind Power

    Record-efficiency turbine farms are being inspired by sealife.