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Vertical fibers in the suckerfish’s suction cup-like fin help it hitchhike

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Wildness in urban parks important for human well-being

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Crowdfunding — entrepreneurs should resist the urge to promise to save the Earth

Entrepreneurs seeking funds on business-oriented crowdfunding platforms should avoid over-emphasizing the social or environmental benefits of their start-ups or products if they are to...

Hazardous waste or edible food?

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