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Cougars’ Diverse Diet Helped Them Survive Pleistocene Mass Extinction

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Cougars may have survived the mass extinction that took place about 12,000 years ago because they were not particular about what they ate, unlike their more finicky cousins the saber-tooth cat and American lion who perished, according a new analysis of the microscopic wear marks on the teeth of fossil cougars, saber-tooth cats and American lions.

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More Than Two-Thirds of Americans Support Mandated Coverage of Birth Control in Health Plans

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Support higher among those who may be more likely to directly benefit from affordable birth control.

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Online Retailers Have Clear Advantage by Not Collecting Sales Tax

Two independent studies use two very different approaches to reach the same conclusion: some online retailers really do have an advantage over traditional brick-and-mortar stores.

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WCS Earth Day Moment of Zen: 96 Seconds of Baby Elephants

WCS's 96 Elephants campaign released exactly 96 seconds of video footage of baby elephants to celebrate Earth Day – and to draw attention to the fact that 96 elephants are killed every day in Africa.

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'Upside-Down Planet' Reveals New Method for Studying Binary Star Systems

What looked at first like a sort of upside-down planet has instead revealed a new method for studying binary star systems, discovered by a University of Washington student astronomer.

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Ginseng Can Treat and Prevent Influenza and RSV

Ginseng can help treat and prevent influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages, according to research findings by a scientist in Georgia State University’s new Institute for Biomedical Sciences.

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The Story of Animal Domestication Retold

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A review of recent research on the domestication of large herbivores for “The Modern View of Domestication,” a special feature of PNAS, suggests that neither intentional breeding nor genetic isolation were as significant as traditionally thought.

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