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Can Technology Help Save The Kākāpō, The World's Heaviest And Only Flightless Parrot, From Extinction?

Can Technology Help Save The Kākāpō, The World's Heaviest And Only Flightless Parrot, From Extinction?

If you have felt the skies above you seem increasingly empty of chirping birds, you are not alone. A 2018 study by BirdLife International revealed that 40 percent of the world’s 11,000 bird species are in decline, and one in eight bird species is threatened with global extinction. Now, some scientists are using cutting-edge technology to revive the critically-endangered kākāpō; if successful, the techniques used may help save other bird species as well.

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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

On Monday, January 20, 2020, Americans will celebrate Martin Luther King (MLK) Day. The federal holiday, commemorated annually on the third Monday of January, serves multiple purposes. It honors the life and legacy of the activist who led the fight for racial equality, brings focus on current civil rights issues, highlights the power of using nonviolence to bring about social reform, and inspires young people to consider joining public service.

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These Exoplanets Are As Fluffy As Cotton Candy!

These Exoplanets Are As Fluffy As Cotton Candy!

Cotton candy is probably the last thing that comes to mind when one thinks of exoplanets. But the three giant worlds orbiting the Kepler 51 star system, about 2,600 light-years away from Earth, are so "light and fluffy" that they warrant a comparison to the beloved spun-sugar confection.

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Test Your Brain With These Spellbinding Optical Illusion Contest Winners

Test Your Brain With These Spellbinding Optical Illusion Contest Winners

Now celebrating its fifteenth year, The Best Illusion of the Year is a fun contest hosted by the Neural Correlate Society in collaboration with the Museum of Mind. The competition encourages scientists and artists to showcase their ingenuity and creativity by submitting their best illusion through a short video. Here are this year's top 3 illusions selected by fans from the top 10 finalists in an online vote on December 13, 2019.

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Hanukkah, The Jewish Festival Of Lights, Begins On December 22!

Hanukkah, The Jewish Festival Of Lights, Begins On December 22!

Hanukkah is one of the most anticipated and joyous of all Jewish festivals. Although the celebration always begins on the 25th day of Kislev, the ninth month on the Hebrew calendar, that date can fall anywhere between late November and late December on the Gregorian calendar. This year, the eight-day festival will begin at sundown on December 22, 2019, and continue through December 30, 2019.

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Teen Climate Change Activist Greta Thunberg Is Time's Youngest Ever "Person Of The Year"

Teen Climate Change Activist Greta Thunberg Is Time's Youngest Ever "Person Of The Year"

Time Inc.'s "Person of the Year" tradition began in 1927, when the magazine commemorated 25-year-old aviator Charles Lindbergh for the first nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Though the media franchise has since recognized several young people for their global influence, it has never given the important distinction to a teenager. But then again, few teens are as passionate about their mission as 2019's "Person of The Year"— 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

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