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Morning Cup of Links: Ice Found on Mars

The Phoenix Lander has found ice on Mars. The announcement came via an excited message at Twitter.
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Are Men Boring? Women say "yes"; men say, "what? Did you say something?"
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Bad guys really do get the most girls. Maybe because they are less boring.
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: The Abridged Script. Full of spoilers, rough language, and laughs.
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Colossal construction: The world's nine largest science projects. My hat is off to the people who wrote the grant proposals for these.
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How Not to Shoot a Gun. The right to bear arms doesn't automatically make you competent.
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The Top Ten Passwords. Don't use these unless you're trying to hack into someone else's account. And don't do that, either.

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Bone Broth 101
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Whether you drink it on its own or use it as stock, bone broth is the perfect recipe to master this winter. Special thanks to the Institute of Culinary Education

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Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?
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If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).

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