Popular Science Round-up: Whales vs pesticide, knowledge vs understanding, women vs ignorance
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These are the science and technology stories that “broke out” into popular media this week. Some of them may be fresh research, some are fresh reporting, and others are just plain interesting. 

Are whales doomed because they dropped a “useless” gene eons ago?

Ed Yong, writing for The Atlantic, looks at fascinating issue that’s sadly decimating the world’s largest creatures. 

Over the past 50 million years, a group of small, hoofed mammals gradually evolved into today’s whales and dolphins....

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