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  1. PhotoElk with locked horns in North Carolina. Like many animals in the cervid family, they shed their horns.
    CreditDoug McCutcheon/Alamy


    When Antlers Tangle, Sometimes Both Animals Lose

    Antlers, the headgear of deer, moose and elk, are more useful for display than combat. But that does not stop deadly lockups from occurring.

    7h agoBy Asher Elbein

  1. Out There

    PhotoAn aerial view of the FAST telescope in China’s Guizhou province. Astronomers there recently detected a signal that was mistaken for extraterrestrial intelligence.
    CreditNational Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

    A Chinese Telescope Did Not Find an Alien Signal. The Search Continues.

    China’s astronomers have been initiated into the search for extraterrestrial intelligence with the kind of false alarm that others in the field have experienced for decades.

    June 18, 2022By Dennis Overbye

  2. PhotoMore than 383,000 wild bird deaths since October 2021 can be attributed to an outbreak of avian flu virus, suspected to have been brought to North America by a great black-backed gull.
    CreditJohn Van Decker/Alamy

    A Gull Flaps Its Wings and a Deadly Virus Explodes

    This year’s outbreak of the H5N1 virus has resulted in the deaths of nearly 400,000 wild birds worldwide. Scientists are studying the pathways of contagion among species.

    June 17, 2022By Jim Robbins


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  1. PhotoThe “Hellier” violin, made by Antonio Stradivari in 1679.
    CreditHenry Nicholls/Reuters

    Tree Rings Shed Light on a Stradivarius Mystery

    Analyses of 17th-century stringed instruments suggest that a young Antonio Stradivari might have apprenticed with a particular craftsman.

    June 8, 2022By Katherine Kornei

Climate and Environment

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  1. PhotoA funnel for collecting urine in the home of Kate Lucy and Jon Sellers in Brattleboro, Vt.
    CreditJohn Tully for The New York Times

    Meet the Peecyclers. Their Idea to Help Farmers Is No. 1.

    A shortage of chemical fertilizer, worsened by the war in Ukraine, has growers desperate. It just so happens that human urine has the very nutrients that crops need.

    June 17, 2022By Catrin Einhorn

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    CreditAshley Gilbertson for The New York Times

    Raft by Raft, a Rainforest Loses Its Trees

    The Congo River Basin rainforest, vital in the fight against climate change, has long been protected in part by its remoteness. But the river acts as a highway for sprawling flotillas of logs, sent downstream by tiny villages and international lumber companies alike, all seeking profit from a vulnerable forest.

    June 16, 2022By Dionne Searcey