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Everyone has a price. The phrase dates back to ancient Rome, but a new Yale University study tried to find out if that extends to babies.

Arber Tasimi,a graduate student at Yale’s infant cognition lab, spends a lot of time around that one group of people who should be pure and innocent, if anyone is. He and his colleagues showed a group of 64 babies two puppet shows. One starred a nice puppet who helped the other puppets get toys from a box. The other starred a mean puppet who slammed the box lid closed.

Maybe Dodos Weren't So Dumb After All

Feb 29, 2016
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Maybe you’ve heard the phrase “Dumb as a dodo” before. Dodos were supposed to be dumb — the story goes — that’s why the three-foot tall, flightless birds weren’t afraid of the European sailors who hunted them to extinction on the island of Mauritius in the 1600s.

With their outsized, cartoonish beaks, their tiny wings and their gangly necks stuck on a plump body, they don’t look very smart.

“As goofy as it looks, it’s actually not that bad. It may not be a genius, but it’s no dodo,” says Euginea Gold, a Stony Brook University researcher.

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Any journalist will tell you that it can be difficult for scientists to explain themselves in layman’s terms.

Actor Alan Alda and Stony Brook University are trying to change that. Since 2009, the university has offered improv classes for scientists out of its Alan Alda Center for Scientific Communication. Alda got the idea while he was the host of the PBS show Scientific American Frontiers in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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A new study finds rising sea levels will put thousands of acres of land in coastal Connecticut underwater at high tide by the year 2080.

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The New England Cottontail rabbit used to be common in New England. 85 percent of their habitat disappeared in the last half-century due to human development. The federal government considered listing them as endangered.

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