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Crows could be the key to understanding alien intelligence

Crows could be the key to understanding alien intelligence
But seriously, Annalee.... We're all ready for you to write the definitive science fiction novel about crows. In fact, you've been teasing us all far too long now :-) Write it already! Flagged I'm just gonna leave this here....

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