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“Tulle no. 23” and “Tulle no. 18,” photographs by Thomas Jackson, from the series Point Reyes National Seashore, California, 2020. Jackson’s work was on view in June at Jackson Fine Art, in Atlanta. Courtesy the artist and Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta

“Tulle no. 23” and “Tulle no. 18,” photographs by Thomas Jackson, from the series Point Reyes National Seashore, California, 2020. Jackson’s work was on view in June at Jackson Fine Art, in Atlanta. Courtesy the artist and Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta

Photons in plasma were accelerated to 1.3 times the speed of light, concrete buildings can be built to serve as batteries, and the snow covering Greenland was getting darker and older. Terrestrial middle latitudes cooled by around 6 degrees Celsius during the Last Glacial Maximum. Archaeologists concluded that the Aqueduct of Valens had a second channel for maintenance, but were unable to progress with more research after treasure hunters dynamited a crucial span in search of gold. Half of Guadeloupe’s squamates went extinct after 1492, and the population decline among Amazonian people may have begun three centuries before the Great Dying. The prominent erection of the Cerne Abbas Giant may have been chalked on in the seventeenth century. Voyager 1 was transmitting data on the interstellar medium at a speed of about 160 bps, and 128 baby bobtail squid were sent to the International Space Station. Scientists have been underestimating the tree farts of ghost forests.

Risk factors for nongenetic colorectal cancer include red meat, low education, too much alcohol, and too little alcohol. In an emergency, mammals can absorb oxygen through the rectum. Bears who rub against more trees have more mates and more cubs. For the first time in three millennia, Tasmanian devils were born on the Australian mainland. The parrot-poaching decisions of Indonesian smugglers are determined by beauty, and the global bird population was estimated to be fifty billion. Despite its taste for car tires and windshield wipers, the flightless kea has evolved to avoid humans. Early-modern Germans’ heritable immunities were strengthened by plague pressure. Tsimane adults, transported out of the jungle and analyzed with CT scanners in the Bolivian city of Trinidad, were found to be more resilient to brain aging, and Italians aged 105 and older were found to be good at repairing their own DNA. An ascidian found in the Gulf of Aqaba can regenerate its bodies when cut into thirds. Only a third of young adults would take a pill that freezes them at their current age forever. Too many English children were pleading guilty.

The vervet monkey colony next to Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport was confirmed to have originated with a 1948 escape from a chimpanzee farm. Alloparenting among primates co-evolved with complex facial expressions, and participants from a range of language backgrounds can identify the meaning behind novel vocalizations from speakers of other languages, particularly those for snake, hunt, water, tiger, child, eat, and sleep. Researchers warned that large-scale language models have “no there there.” Patients are less likely to take medical advice from an AI if it knows their name. A new trap-jaw ant was given the nonbinary Linnaean name Strumigenys ayersthey by an entomologist and Michael Stipe. The consumption of pink drinks allows runners to go farther and faster. Across cultures, and even at subpathological levels, narcissism is linked to aggression. American men are considerably more likely than women to think they could defeat a goose in unarmed combat. Researchers identified the faculty of decision acuity and were optimistic about a targeted treatment for mild, frequent blows to the head. Aphantasiacs, whose inability to form mental imagery may be acquirable through stem-cell transplants, were found to be less susceptible to both the Ganzflicker pseudo-hallucination and to ghost stories. The point of dreams may be their strangeness.


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