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A Rest Stop for Half a Billion Birds

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:00:02 GMT

During their migration between Europe and Africa, hundreds of millions of birds stop in Israel to rest and refuel. Hop aboard a government-sponsored tractor spreading birdseed and corn to keep the birds away from local crop fields.

What We Finally Got Around to Learning at the Procrastination Research Conference

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:12:52 GMT

“In the end time is going to kill us. The only thing that limits us is time. You can get another job or lover. But you can’t get more time,” said Jean O’Callaghan of University of Roehampton in London, regarding why she studies procrastination.For the last 20 years, academic researchers have gathered at this event to share and debate their studies without being mocked.

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Scott Pruitt Spent Much of Early Months at E.P.A. Traveling Home, Report Says

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 04:01:17 GMT

Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, arriving to testify before a Senate subcommittee last month.The agency’s new chief spent 43 of 92 days from March through May in Oklahoma or traveling to or from the state, a watchdog group found.

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Q&A: Even Tiny Changes in Earth’s Orbit Would Yield Global Catastrophe

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:13:56 GMT

A minute alteration in the planet’s trajectory around the sun would have disastrous results, a scientist estimates.

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Trilobites: The Rhythms That Make Elephant Seals Run or Fight

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:50:52 GMT

Male Northern elephant seals fighting on the beach at Año Nuevo State Park in California. The photos and recordings in this article were made by researchers under permit number NMFS 19108.New research suggests that elephant seals use rhythm to recognize and respond to other members of their species in the wild.

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An Experiment in Zurich Brings Us Nearer to a Black Hole’s Mysteries

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:45:59 GMT

A chalkboard illustration of the string theory calculation that shows how the axial gravitational anomaly produces current.IBM researchers used an exotic material known as a Weyl semimetal to confirm the existence of a gravitational anomaly predicted in equations that describe the universe.

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Trilobites: Giant Squids, Giant Eyes, but Rather Small Brain Lobes

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:17:21 GMT

Scientists in Taiwan examined a giant squid accidentally caught by fishermen. The catch let scientists study the optic lobe of a living giant squid.A rare opportunity to study the giant squid’s visual brain suggests the deep-sea beasts don’t have the complex body-patterning skills for which their shallow-water relatives are famous.

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Trilobites: What a Total Solar Eclipse Looks Like From Space

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:00:37 GMT

A time lapse made from a Japanese weather satellite’s images shows the shadow the moon casts on the Earth when it blocks out the sun.

How California Plans to Go Far Beyond Any Other State on Climate

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:00:21 GMT

Dairy cows in Fresno County, Calif. Some of the reductions in a state proposal to reduce emissions would come from curbing emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from manure piles at dairy farms.California wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions more than even President Barack Obama had proposed. But can the state pull it off, or will it falter?

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Celgene to Pay $280 Million to Settle Fraud Suit Over Cancer Drugs

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:42:50 GMT

Mark J. Alles, the chief executive officer of Celgene, at a conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., in May.The lawsuit accused the pharmaceutical company of marketing Thalomid and Revlimid for unapproved use on a broader range of cancers.

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Marina Ratner, Émigré Mathematician Who Found Midlife Acclaim, Dies at 78

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:16:49 GMT

Marina Ratner in 2011.Dr. Ratner defied the notion that the brightest in her field do their best work when they are young.

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Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, Longevity Expert, Dies at (or Lives to) 105

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:53:36 GMT

Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, right, with Emperor Akihito in 2006 in Tokyo. Dr. Hinohara’s advice helped make Japan the world leader in longevity.The advice of Dr. Hinohara, who cautioned against early retirement and advocated climbing stairs regularly, helped make Japan the world leader in longevity.

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It’s High Time for Ticks, Which Are Spreading Diseases Farther

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:17:19 GMT

Brian Kelly of East End Tick and Mosquito Control dragging for ticks. The company now routinely sprays lawns in addition to bushes because of the increased prevalence of more aggressive species of ticks.The disease-carrying blood suckers are spreading more pathogens and putting more Americans at risk for rare illnesses.

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Richard Dawkins Event Canceled Over Past Comments About Islam

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:59:50 GMT

Richard Dawkins in December 2014. A public radio station in Berkeley, Calif., canceled Mr. Dawkins’s appearance because of his past comments about Islam.A Berkeley radio station canceled an event promoting Mr. Dawkins’s new book, citing past comments and tweets that it said had “hurt people.”

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With More Ships in the Arctic, Fears of Disaster Rise

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:52:01 GMT

Crystal Serenity, a 1,000-passenger luxury liner, at a stop in Ulukhaktok in Canada’s Northwest Territories during a Northwest Passage cruise in August.A decline in sea ice is allowing more marine travel, but experts say the remote region is unprepared to face an emergency at sea.

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Companies Rush to Develop ‘Utterly Transformative’ Gene Therapies

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 19:05:16 GMT

In CAR-T therapy, a patient’s T cells are reprogrammed in the laboratory to create modified T cells that are genetically coded to recognize and fight the patient’s cancer.Gene therapy for cancer is becoming a reality but works best for blood cancers like leukemia and not yet in more common ones like lung cancer.

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Bag With Moon Dust in It Fetches $1.8 Million From a Mystery Buyer

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:26:58 GMT

A bag used by Neil Armstrong to bring lunar rocks home from the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.A lunar landing, a museum loan, a theft, a critical error, a legal battle — and now, a sale at auction. What’s next for this bag of moon dust?

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The Shift: As Self-Driving Cars Near, Washington Plays Catch-Up

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:02:08 GMT

An Uber Ford Fusion mapping the streets of Pittsburgh in September. A House subcommittee voted Wednesday to advance a bill that would speed up the development of self-driving cars and create a federal framework for their regulation.Congress is taking its first steps to regulate autonomous vehicles, as the technology moves closer to fruition.

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Australia Seeks to Extend Commercial Fishing in Protected Waters

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:13:11 GMT

The government wants to allow fishing in 80 percent of the country’s protected maritime reserves, up from the current 64 percent.

A Cheap Fix for Climate Change? Pay People Not to Chop Down Trees

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:00:17 GMT

A male chimpanzee hooting in the wild forests of western Uganda. Deforestation in the country is occurring at some of the fastest rates on Earth, shrinking the habitat of this endangered species.A new experiment showed a simple way to save endangered chimpanzees in Uganda and slow the rate of global warming and carbon dioxide emissions.

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Trilobites: A Sensor on Your Skin That Looks and Feels Like a Temporary Tattoo

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:39:22 GMT

A wearable sensor developed by researchers in Japan is made from nanoscale meshes containing a water-soluble polymer and a layer of gold.Researchers have developed a new breathable, wearable sensor that can monitor vital signals without irritating skin.

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Something Strange in Usain Bolt’s Stride

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:59:03 GMT

Usain Bolt holds the world records at 100 and 200 meters, running with an asymmetrical stride because his right leg is a half-inch shorter than his left.Bolt is the fastest sprinter ever in spite of — or because of? — an uneven stride that upends conventional wisdom.

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Diagnosis: Why Couldn’t This Man Stop Hiccupping?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:00:02 GMT

It started as a normal bout, but no remedy cured them. What was causing these relentless spasms?

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Raymond Sackler, Psychopharmacology Pioneer and Philanthropist, Dies at 97

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:29:33 GMT

Raymond and Beverly Sackler in 2004. As a result of their donations, the Sackler name is affixed to schools, museum galleries and a planet.Purdue Pharma, a company led by Dr. Sackler and his brothers, made the painkiller OxyContin. His donations put his name on schools, museum galleries and a planet.

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The Immense, Eternal Footprint Humanity Leaves on Earth: Plastics

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:20:36 GMT

Scientists have estimated that between 5 million and 13 million metric tons of plastic are put into the ocean each year.More than 8 billion metric tons of plastic have been made since the 1950s, researchers found. Because it does not degrade, most is still in the environment.

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Why Are Dogs So Friendly? The Answer May Be in 2 Genes

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:00:13 GMT

Fiona getting friendly with her owner, Liz Saville Roberts, a member of the British Parliament, at the Westminster Dog of the Year competition in London last year.A team of researchers reported that the friendliness of dogs may share a genetic basis with a human disease called Williams-Beuren syndrome.

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Trilobites: Humans First Arrived in Australia 65,000 Years Ago, Study Suggests

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:28:25 GMT

Elspeth Hayes, an author on the new paper, with Mark Djandjomerr and May Nango extracting comparative samples at a cave adjacent to Madjedbebe.Ancestors of Aboriginal Australians arrived thousands of years earlier than previously believed, according to newly uncovered archaeological evidence.

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