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Nut-cracking monkeys use shapes to strategize their use of tools

Bearded capuchin monkeys deliberately place palm nuts in a stable position on a surface before trying to crack them open with a rock, revealing their capacity to use tactile information to improve their tool use. Clever guys!

Dinosaur-era climate change study suggests reasons for turtle disappearance

This shows Annie Quinney excavating ancient soils in 70 million-year-old rocks in the Drumheller badlands.

Slow-moving rocks better odds that life crashed to Earth from space

Microorganisms that crashed to Earth embedded in the fragments of distant planets might have been the sprouts of life on this one, according to new research from Princeton University, the University of Arizona and the Centro de Astrobiología (CAB) in Spain.

Two lakes beneath the ice in Greenland, gone within weeks

Researchers discovered craters left behind when two sub-glacial lakes in Greenland drained away -- an indication that the natural plumbing system beneath the ice sheet is overflowing with meltwater. One lake once held billions of gallons of water and emptied to form a mile-wide crater in just a few weeks. The other lake has filled and emptied twice in the last two years.