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Nala Rogers

Science Writer

Washington DC

Nala Rogers

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Dinosaur Poop Shows Presumed Vegetarians Also Ate Meat

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Will Hurricane Harvey Launch a New Kind of Climate Lawsuit?

As Houston residents return home to devastation from Hurricane Harvey, Heidi Cullen is figuring out how much of the disaster was our fault. According to common wisdom, what she's doing is impossible. Scientists have been saying for decades that you can't blame any specific weather event on climate change.
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What the 'Game of Thrones' Dragons Might Really Look Like, According to Science

Last week's "Game of Thrones" episode ended with a chilling image: massive, gnarled eyelids sliding open, revealing a dragon's slit-pupiled gaze. But if dragons were real, their pupils would probably be round, not slitted, according to vision scientist Martin Banks at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Rare Human Syndrome May Explain Why Dogs are So Friendly

When it comes to sheer friendliness, few humans can match the average dog. But people with Williams syndrome may come close, their unusual genetics granting them a puppyish zeal for social interaction. Now, scientists have found that extreme friendliness in both species may share common genetic roots.
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The Fragile Ground Beneath 66 Million Barrels of Oil

Three miles below the town of Cushing, Oklahoma, tectonic forces squeeze the rock with a pressure of more than 7,000 pounds per square inch. For years now, wastewater pumped underground as part of oil and gas development has seeped into natural cracks in that rock, easing the friction that keeps it stuck in place.
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BRIEF: Sneaky Deer Moms Use Another Species as Babysitters

Mule deer mothers are fierce, rushing to the rescue when they hear the bleat of a fawn in peril. White-tailed deer are comparatively timid, but they may have found a sneaky way to protect their babies anyway: They use mule deer as a sort of free babysitting service. Mule deer and white-tailed deer are approximately the same size, with ranges that overlap across much of North America.
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Contested National Monuments in Utah House Treasure Troves of Fossils

Seventy-five million years ago, a family of tyrannosaurs fled through a forest engulfed in flames. an adult more than 30 feet long, an adolescent two-thirds its size, and a baby no bigger than a Shetland pony -- emerged from the inferno onto a muddy shoreline and plunged into the lake, desperate to escape the heat.
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How the Bees You Know are Killing the Bees You Don’t

Sam Droege slides a drawer from a tall white cabinet, releasing an odor of mothballs. Row after row of small bodies stand skewered on pins, fragile limbs frozen, furry backs as bright as sunflowers. They are all examples of Bombus affinis, most collected from meadows where this bumblebee species no longer flies.
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'Clean-burning' Fuels May be Worse for Your Lungs

Government policies encourage people to use supposedly "clean" fuels, such as processed wooden pellets for heating homes and diesel for powering ships. But these measures may do more harm than good for human health, according to recent research. In a series of experiments with human lung cells, researchers found that low-emission fuels can be highly dangerous because of the particular types of particles they contain.
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BRIEF: Methuselah Clam Reveals How We Upended the Climate

For most of the last millennium, ocean temperatures changed first, and the air above followed. But greenhouse gas emissions have reversed this pattern, warming the atmosphere so fast that the ocean is forced to catch up, according to a new study in Nature Communications. The findings were made possible by Earth’s longest-lived animal, the quahog clam, which builds a new layer of shell each year for up to five centuries.
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Smell Of Sex Lures Moths To A Spidery Doom

Andy Warren spent the summer of 2014 driving around the country with a pair of “magic spiders.” Warren, senior collections manager for the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the Florida Museum of Natural History, calls the spiders “magic” because of the way they seduce moths into their webs.
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How To Win Friends And Influence Ducklings

How should you treat your ducks? The answer is mired in duckling politics. When ducklings head out to bathe in a pool, they usually follow the same individual, new research has found. But do they visit the pool that’s best for everyone, or just the one their chief prefers? This puzzle has made it hard for farmers to know how to provide for all their ducks equally, and for biologists to know what social animals really want.
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About

Nala Rogers

I am a staff writer at Inside Science, where I cover the Earth and Creature beats. I have written for Science, Nature, Scientific American, the University of Utah, and other outlets. In my free time I like to play with wildlife.

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