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Report: U.S. to get its first cyber security czar this week

Now that President Obama has named Sonia Sotomayor as his choice for the nation's highest court, he is expected to this week select a "cyber czar" to act as the U.S.'s highest-ranking cyber security official, The Washington Post reports today...

May 26, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Rooks make hooks (and other tools) in labs, but not in wild

Crows are known for their above-birdbrain intelligence, and New Caledonian crows have been observed using tools in their day-to-day lives. Other members of the crow family, however—such as rooks—don't seem to have this tool-using tendency in their natural habitats...

May 26, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

A better way to size up distant galaxies

New research may shed light on the stellar explosions used as cosmic mileposts.

Type Ia supernovae, known as "standard candles" in astronomy, have consistent properties that make them good markers of distance when peering at galaxies across the universe...

May 22, 2009 — John Matson

A spider does what with his genitals?

You probably knew that honeybees typically die after they sting you, as their barbed stingers are torn from their abdomens. But did you know that after mating, some male spiders break off the ends of their palps—the organ used to transfer sperm—inside the female? 

That’s right...

May 22, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

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