Olivia Judson tells us that happiness, and other good things, can be contagious -- there have been scientific studies on this.
Wired reports the appearance of a new species of Galapagos finches, one which has been reproductively isolated from similar birds for three generations.
(Sort of) The government made 98 billion dollars worth of improper payments in 2009, it said, according to CNN. Let's hope that we get a handle on this.
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