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Top stories: A poisonous poop cocktail, sexist peer review, and 3D printed implants

Top stories: A poisonous poop cocktail, sexist peer review, and 3D printed implants

Ancient megadrought entombed dodos in poisonous fecal cocktail

A new study suggests that about 4000 years ago, a prolonged drought on the island of Mauritius left native species, like dodo birds and giant tortoises, dead in a soup of poisonous algae and their own feces.

Sexist peer review elicits furious Twitter response, PLOS apology

A peer reviewer’s suggestion that two female researchers find “one or two male biologists” to co-author and help them strengthen a manuscript they had written has unleashed an avalanche of disbelief and disgust on Twitter—and prompted an apology from the publisher of the journal they submitted to, PLOS ONE.

Three-dimensional printed throat implants save three infants

Three-dimensional printed throat implants recently saved three newborn babies in the United States from near certain death. Researchers used CT scans to determine the exact shape of each boy's trachea, and then designed matching implants, which worked so well that each baby was able to return home.

Heartland danger zones emerge on new U.S. earthquake hazard map

Across the U.S. heartland, an oil and gas boom has driven a surge of small to moderate earthquakes. Now, the U.S. Geological Survey has released a map that accounts for these human-caused earthquakes around the country.

In symbolic blow, Native Hawaiian panel withdraws support for world's largest telescope

Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs—a state agency established to advocate for Native Hawaiians—voted Thursday to withdraw their support for construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the summit of the Mauna Kea volcano. The vote follows weeks of protests by Native Hawaiians who say the massive structure would desecrate one of their most holy places. The protests have shut down construction of the telescope, which would be the world’s largest optical telescope if completed.

This popular TV game show has a thing for science: What is Jeopardy!?

The game show Jeopardy! is a national treasure—or at least a national fixture. But what goes on behind the scenes? Science took a look at the science behind Jeopardy!

Think you have the science smarts to win Jeopardy!? Take our quiz and find out!