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Nature | Fascinating book speaks volumes about birds

A-well-a ev’rybody’s heard about the birdB-b-b-bird, b-birdd’s a word— from Surfin’ Bird, by the Trashmen (1963)What’s in a bird name? Lots of facts and history.Names might commemorate historically significant people, or refer to places, anatomical features, or perceptions of intellect or behavior. Sometimes bird monikers are onomatopoeias: written derivations of the sounds that they make. And I finally […]

Ohioans find `great adventure’ excavating site of ancient Native American village

COSHOCTON — Amateur archaeologist Mark Hersman of Mansfield is uncovering the story a former Native American village in Coshocton has to tell little by little.Hersman became aware of the one-acre site in eastern Coshocton County about 10 years ago. The exact location is not publicized as it’s on private property and for fear of looters as some artifacts can be worth a great deal of money. Graduate students and volunteers have been helping to excavate the area and […]

Geology | Dinosaur fossil offers plenty of detail — including last meal

I love dinosaurs. My favorites are the ankylosaurs, the armored forms, so I was thrilled when some exciting research about them was recently published.Ankylosaurs appeared late in the Jurassic Period but didn’t really flourish until the succeeding Cretaceous Period. There were two kinds of ankylosaurs. One group, called nodosaurids, had narrow, pear-shaped skulls and no clubs on the ends of their tails. The other group, the ankylosaurids, had wide, triangular skulls and […]

Apple previews new iPhone software, changes to Mac chips

Apple on Monday provided a glimpse at upcoming software changes designed to make the iPhone even easier to use and also announced a long-anticipated shift to a new type of chip to power its line of Mac computers.The preview of the next version of the iPhone’s operating system, known as iOS 14, highlighted Apple’s annual conference for computer programmers and mobile app makers. The event, which was delayed for three weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, took place in […]

Biology | Viruses work like an efficient assembly line of production

The novel coronavirus stumbled recently upon a new host: humans.The virus now outsources its reproduction to us.Why? Because it can. Let’s face it, we’re putting up little – if any – resistance.Viruses are so simple, they don’t even meet most definitions for living organisms.Viruses consist of a few genes wrapped in an organic membrane. They outsource life’s defining function, making more of themselves for host […]

Biology: Viruses work like an efficient assembly line of production

The novel coronavirus stumbled recently upon a new host: humans.The virus now outsources its reproduction to us.Why? Because it can. Let’s face it, we’re putting up little – if any – resistance.Viruses are so simple, they don’t even meet most definitions for living organisms.Viruses consist of a few genes wrapped in an organic membrane. They outsource life’s defining function, making more of themselves for host […]

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