Jesslyn Shields is a freelance science writer working out of Athens, Georgia. She writes about brand new research for HowStuffWorks. Since 2010, Jesslyn's written science news and content for educational videos, because she loves to always have something new to yammer on about at parties. You can find her online at www.jesslynshields.com

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Birding is a lot easier with the Merlin app, which can coach you though your first bird identification adventure. From there, it's simple.

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The Olympic flame is supposed to never go out until the games have ended. But hey, accidents happen. So how is the torch relit?

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A TikTok trend is pretty harmless, but can lettuce leaves steeped in water really help your insomnia?

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Leucistic squirrels are rare, but Brevard, North Carolina has a thriving population.

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Most of us think all bees live in colonies, or hives, but there are far more species that don't produce honey, don't sting and live mostly solitary lives underground.

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Dark mode makes Googling at bedtime easier on the eyes, among other things. Here's how to enable it on all your devices.

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In order to understand, and fix, your glitchy home WiFi, it's helpful to know what makes it work. So what's the difference between your modem and your router?

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The Southern Ocean has finally been officially recognized, though scientists have known about it for over a century.

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It's touted as targeting cell-damaging plaque in the brains of Alzheimer's patients, but at $56,000 a year, is Aduhelm a miracle drug or a very expensive experiment?

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Impeachment is when Congress decides whether it's possible a president, or another elected official, has failed in their duties to the American people.

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Magnetism is at work all around you. Even our Earth is a giant magnet!

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Facebook dark mode changes your screen to a black background with white lettering, which your eyes will thank you for and your battery won't hate either.

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It's possible that the giant, deadly serpent hanging out at the bottom of Fosse Dionne spring is just a legend, but divers have disappeared trying to find out, so who knows?

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The set of pioneering real-life scientists beat out other fan proposals including "Voltron," "Star Wars" and "Spaceballs" characters.

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With a little pig snout and the locomotion of a kangaroo, these tiny desert rodents hardly ever drink water and rarely urinate.

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Sure, hedgehogs are cute as heck, but do you think one really wants to live in your house?

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A dog that won't come when it's called and growls at children might be smarter than a sweeter pooch, as long as it's trained by a stranger.

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Batesian mimicry is an evolutionary strategy used by vulnerable species to look like a dangerous species so predators will leave them alone. But it only works under the right circumstances.

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How long can seeds last underground and still be capable of germinating? One botanist set out to discover this 142 years ago, and his experiment is still running.

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Millions of people around the world still speak whistled languages, but they're becoming less common in a world of electronic communication and text messages.

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They might look like piles of goop, but slime molds can think and seemingly make decisions without a brain.

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A bird thought to be extinct for 170 years is rediscovered in Borneo.

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Science requires that we make guesses, which is why we have confidence intervals.

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Prokaryotic cells are like single-room efficiency apartments while eukaryotic cells are like mansions with many rooms — and they are the only two kinds of cells in the world.

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While plant and animal cells are strikingly similar, the main difference between them is that plant cells are able to create their own food and animal cells cannot.

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