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Tamed/Untamed

Birds do it. Bees do it. Giant Pacific octopuses do it, too

Sixteen arms, 32,000 suckers, and six hearts: a naturalist witnesses a Valentine’s Day “blind date” between two octopuses.

MIT researchers find ways into brain’s ‘music room’

A new approach to brain imaging reveals neural pathways that react almost exclusively to music.

Researchers fly into heart of biggest El Niño in a generation

The information they collect might improve forecasting of El Niño’s effect on weather.

British researcher gets permission to edit genes of human embryos

Kathy Niakan’s goal is to boost knowledge of the basic biology of development.

Mother’s microbes can be transferred to baby after caesarean

The new study suggests a new way to inoculate babies, said the lead author of the report, published Monday in Nature Medicine.

FINDINGS

Speed reading slows comprehension, study says

“There’s a trade-off between speed and accuracy,” says study co-author Elizabeth Schotter.