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A Harvard research team's prototype of a portable exosuit is made of cloth components worn at the waist and thighs. A computer that's built into the shorts uses an algorithm that can sense when the user shifts between a walking gait and a running gait. Wyss Institute at Harvard University hide caption

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These Experimental Shorts Are An 'Exosuit' That Boosts Endurance On The Trail

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Cows graze on a grass field at a farm in Schaghticoke, N.Y. The grass-fed movement is based on the idea of regenerative agriculture. John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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A bald eagle prepares to take off from a pine tree in Pembroke Pines, Fla. The eagle population rebounded after protections put in place under the Endangered Species Act. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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Health workers in protective suits tend to an Ebola victim kept in an isolation cube in Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Jerome Delay/AP hide caption

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2 Experimental Ebola Drugs Saved Lives In Congo Outbreak

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At One World Trade Center in 2017, visitors watch a movie at the New York City building's observatory. Now there's a new feature: A scent meant to complement the multimedia experience. Gary Hershorn/Getty Images hide caption

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The Swaying Power Of Scented Spaces Isn't Always Right Under Our Nose

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A goldenrod midge maggot begins to form a loop. Reproduced/adapted with permission of Journal of Experimental Biology, Farley, G. M., Wise, M. J., Harrison, J. S., Sutton, G. P., Kuo, C. and Patek, S. N., 2019, Journal of Experimental Biology, volume 222, doi:10.1242/jeb.201129 hide caption

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Reproduced/adapted with permission of Journal of Experimental Biology, Farley, G. M., Wise, M. J., Harrison, J. S., Sutton, G. P., Kuo, C. and Patek, S. N., 2019, Journal of Experimental Biology, volume 222, doi:10.1242/jeb.201129

Scientists Find Out How Leaping Maggots Leap

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Large swaths of forest have been cut down in Brazil in recent decades to make room for farming. Deforestation contributes to global warming, and reversing it will be necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change. Andre Penner/AP hide caption

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To Slow Global Warming, U.N. Warns Agriculture Must Change

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Honeybees are seen feeding on the honeydew of whiteflies in citrus trees. Traces of neonicotinoids, a family of pesticides, have shown up in honeydew, an important food source for other insects. Alejandro Tena hide caption

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