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Not Even a Fire-Loving Bird Can Handle Climate Change’s Heat

Fire is central in the world of black-backed woodpeckers, to the point that the birds pick cavities in recently burned trees to make their nests. But new research suggests that even these fire enthusiasts aren’t able to handle the inferno climate change is already dishing out. Read More >>

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This Woodpecker-Inspired Collar Could Protect Athletes from Concussion

Last year, Chris Borland of the San Francisco 49ers announced he was quitting American football because of the high risk of concussion and long-term brain damage, despite protective helmets. And he’s not alone: it’s a growing concern, particularly for teenage athletes. But a new collar inspired by the humble woodpecker may help protect athletes from such trauma in the future . Read More >>