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Heavy metal poisoning may be changing birds’ personalities

Heavy metals may change birds’ brainsVictor Tyakht / Getty By Anil Ananthaswamy Exposure to toxic metals may alter the personalities of songbirds. Great tits may be less curious and unwilling to explore new places if their habitat is contaminated with heavy metals. Great tits (Parus major) have personalities. That means each bird consistently behaves in…

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Fallout from Facebook data scandal may hit health research

Alexander Nix, CEO of Cambridge Analytica, in happier timesBryan Bedder/Getty Images for Concordia Summit By Annabel Latham The scandal that has erupted around Cambridge Analytica’s alleged use of 50 million Facebook profiles in the 2016 US election campaign is worrying for legitimate researchers who use social media data. Cambridge Analytica has denied any wrongdoing and…

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