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A Cat with Compassion

The aromatherapy scents of flowers and herbs surround a Rhode Island grandmother as she lays in her bed at a nursing home. It’s the final hour of her life. Her son looks on silently. The only noise is the soft purr of a furry, gray-and-brown spotted cat curled up next to the woman, Marion McCullough. […]

Machine Biology

An ant crawls stealthily across the kitchen counter, quickly descending into the sink in a hunt for food. The foray pays off with the discovery of a coffee teaspoon still dripping with cream and sugar. After a furtive taste of the sweet stuff, the ant speedily returns to its colony. Soon, fellow ants follow a […]