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Kat Merck is a freelance writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. An amateur naturalist who studied forestry and natural resources at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, she writes on a wide range of topics for local and national publications.
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STUDY: Dolphins Can Recognize Themselves in a Mirror at 7 Months Old

Young dolphins can recognize themselves in a mirror by the age of 7 months ...

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STUDY: Intermittent Fasting Diets Found to Improve Cognitive Function

The ancient practice of fasting finds new acolytes for its brain-boosting benefits, further proven ...

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STUDY: Google’s AlphaZero Program Mastered Chess Knowledge in Just 4 Hours

Google’s AlphaZero AI stuns chess experts by beating one of the world’s preeminent chess-playing ...

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Scientists Warn That Glitter Is Harming the Environment

As the U.K. prepares to enact a ban on microplastics, scientists wonder if it ...

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STUDY: Contact With Dogs May Reduce Children’s Risk of Asthma & Eczema

Two studies suggest a correlation between living with dogs and reduced inflammatory conditions in ...

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America’s Opioid Crisis is Straining States’ Foster Care Systems

Foster care placements have increased for the fourth year in a row, in large ...