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Who loves the sun, a mixed-media artwork by Marcel Dzama, whose work is on view at Sara Hildén Art Museum, in Tampere, Finland © The artist. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner

Who loves the sun, a mixed-media artwork by Marcel Dzama, whose work is on view at Sara Hildén Art Museum, in Tampere, Finland © The artist. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner

A review of 14,024 babies injured while being worn by caregivers found the youngest to be most vulnerable. One quarter of first-year college students reported moderate to severe pet separation anxiety. Shelter cats gradually become less unfriendly, and a case of hip dysplasia suggests saber-toothed cats were sociable. A Finnish study inventoried hyperactivity and impulsivity in 11,000 dogs. Birds living in the former conflict zones of Sri Lanka’s civil war remain wary of humans. Zoo gorillas recognize the voices of specific people and behave more guardedly if the individual is someone they have had negative experiences with. African penguins recognize one another’s voices and faces. The mismatch between snowshoe hares’ winter coats and snowless environments has little impact on their mortality rates. The Japanese wolf, the last known specimen of which was killed by humans in 1905, was found to be the closest known relative of the dog. Paleontologists announced the discovery of a hundred-million-year-old crab preserved in amber and a turtle impaled by a flying branch in the moments after the Chicxulub Impact. For the first time in lizards’ existence, a tail was regenerated with its original dorsoventral patterning on the skeleton.

Researchers with the Institute for Mummy Studies reported that Iron Age feces recovered from the salt mines of Hallstatt contained evidence of beer and blue cheese, and that microbiomes in human guts were consistent until the Baroque period. A thousand-year-old gold Sicán burial mask was found to be covered in human blood and bird egg. The year of the first Viking settlement in North America was determined to be ad 1021. Tall el-Hammam may have been destroyed by a massive cosmic airburst and may have been the biblical Sodom. Astronomers recorded the Camel, which joins the Cow and the Koala as the third known fast blue optical transient; the MicroBooNE experiment excluded the possibility of a sterile neutrino; and binary neutron star mergers were found to produce more heavy metals than mergers between neutron stars and black holes. The majority of space travelers experience back pain. CBD may block the hyperlocomotive effects of ketamine. Unusual medial prefrontal cortex activity was recorded in the brains of subjects enticed to approximate intimate partner violence, and an investigation of body maps of psychotic hallucinations found that none of the male subjects hallucinated in their genitals.

A conservative estimate put the number of microplastic particles in the upper oceans and the Great Lakes at 24.4 trillion. Warming seas are making giant kelp less nutritious, and replacing the consumption of beef and poultry with tropical forest bushmeat would significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Both the chucao tapaculo and the black-throated huet-huet enjoy truffles. Order fulfillment at drive-through restaurants slowed by 26 seconds from 2020 to 2021. The life expectancy of English men now differs by as much as twenty-seven years depending on the region of the country in which they live. High-risk laborers work 2.6 minutes less a day for each degree the temperature rises above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but only during periods of economic growth. Ecologists reported that, following a California megafire in 2018, deer returned while the trees were still smoldering. Thirty headless goats were found floating in the Chattahoochee River, and a man fleeing bees in Brazil jumped into a lake, where he was eaten by piranhas.

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