Huge toothy birds once soared over penguins

Ancient birds with wingspans up to 21 feet once patrolled the southern oceans, according to fossils recovered from Antarctica in the 1980s. The birds represent the oldest giant members of an extinct group of birds that would dwarf the 11.5-foot wingspan of today’s largest bird, the wandering albatross. “The big ones are nearly twice the…

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If health is core to identity, people stick to COVID guidelines

Encouraging people to think of health as an essential part of their identity also encourages healthier behaviors, including sticking to COVID-19 health guidelines during the pandemic, according to new research. The paper in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research describes two studies that gauged how individuals responded to messages aimed at encouraging them…

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Watch app identifies sounds for deaf and hard-of-hearing people

A new smartwatch app called SoundWatch offers a way for deaf, Deaf, or hard-of-hearing people to know when sounds—such as alarms, bird song, or a microwave beep—occur. When the smartwatch picks up a sound the user is interested in, SoundWatch will identify it and send the user a friendly buzz along with information about the…

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