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Scientists, Feeling Under Siege, March Against Trump Policies

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:14:46 GMT

Gathering at the Washington Monument before March for Science on Saturday.Thousands of scientists and science enthusiasts took to the streets in Washington and around the world on Saturday to protest.

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Pictures From the March for Science

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:11:43 GMT

Marchers taking to the streets in Washington.Visual highlights from the demonstrations in Washington and around the world.

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Out There: Cassini’s Grand Finale: A Dive Between Saturn and Its Rings

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:07:57 GMT

An image from the Cassini spacecraft shows Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn.The spacecraft is set to venture into the gap between Saturn and its innermost ring 22 times until Sept. 15, then crash into the planet.

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Trilobites: What Moves Gravel-Size Gypsum Crystals Around the Desert?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:30:15 GMT

In 2007, a researcher observed this whirlwind carrying gypsum crystals in the Chilean desert.The large crystals, and perhaps life forms within, may be scattered around by a whirlwind that a geologist calls a gravel devil.

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ScienceTake: No Oxygen? The Naked Mole Rat Might Not Care

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:05:38 GMT

Naked mole rats flip a metabolic switch to last for hours in oxygen levels that would kill other mammals. They can last 18 minutes with zero oxygen.

Matter: Why Are Some Mice (and People) Monogamous? A Study Points to Genes

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:13:56 GMT

An oldfield mouse. It’s not just cute: Peromyscus polionotus is monogamous, an unusual trait among mammals.A groundbreaking study has found that genetic variations in mice are linked to parental care and monogamy, the first time such a link has been found in mammals.

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The March for Science: Why Some Are Going, and Some Will Sit Out

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:37:20 GMT

The Anderson family making protest signs at home near Salt Lake City. They are planning to attend the March for Science on Saturday in Washington, D.C.In remarks submitted to The Times, some said the president’s posture toward science demanded a response, but others worried about the politicization of science.

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A New Exoplanet May Be Most Promising Yet in Search for Life

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:11:42 GMT

An artist’s impression of the newly discovered rocky exoplanet. The exoplanet is close enough that astronomers are hopeful that with the next generation of big telescopes, they will be able to probe its atmosphere for signs of water or other evidence of suitability for life.The planet, about 40 light years from Earth, is close enough that astronomers hope they will someday be able to probe its atmosphere for signs of water or other evidence of suitability for life.

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The New Health Care: Spend a Dollar on Drug Treatment, and Save More on Crime Reduction

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:30:02 GMT

Research shows treatment for substance abuse disorders is a great value for society, but many programs have long waiting lists.

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No Longer a Dream: Silicon Valley Takes On the Flying Car

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:05:32 GMT

The Kitty Hawk Flyer is one of several prototypes being designed by Kitty Hawk, a start-up based in Mountain View, Calif.This isn’t science fiction. A number of start-ups as well as big aerospace firms are trying to build personal aircraft you could fly around town.

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Kuki Gallmann, ‘I Dreamed of Africa’ Author, Is Shot in Kenya

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:51:16 GMT

The author and environmentalist Kuki Gallmann in 2006.Kuki Gallmann was wounded in an attack that may be part of a wider problem in which farmers have been terrorized by herders who want more land to graze their animals.

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DNA Tests, and Sometimes Surprising Results

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:54:41 GMT

Students at West Chester University in Pennsylvania have volunteered to take part in ancestry DNA testing. Anita Foeman, a communications professor, says she has found that conversations around race are “complicated and jagged.”Think you know your racial background? A communications studies project involving ancestry DNA testing has led to interesting conversations on identity.

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Meet Three Scientists Ready to March

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:00:03 GMT

Shadow three scientists as they work with wolves and butterflies, DNA and tide pools before they attend one of the March for Science demonstrations around the country.

The Planet Can’t Stand This Presidency

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:31:03 GMT

Trump is in charge at a critical moment for keeping climate change in check. We may never recover.

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Robert Sadoff, Psychiatrist Who Assessed Murder Defendants, Dies at 81

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:28:08 GMT

Dr. Robert L. Sadoff in an undated photograph from The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.A founder of modern forensic psychiatry, Dr. Sadoff once estimated that he had evaluated as many as 10,000 defendants in criminal cases.

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Q. and A.: Big Birder: Noah Strycker on Where to Spot Rare Species

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:00:01 GMT

Noah Strycker.The renowned birder recommends Ecuador and Uganda, as well as Cape May in New Jersey. His favorite place is the Malheur refuge in Oregon.

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The Climate Issue: Why the Menace of Mosquitoes Will Only Get Worse

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:58:48 GMT

The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits Zika and other viruses.Climate change is altering the environment in ways that increase the potential for viruses like Zika.

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Asteroid Misses Earth Narrowly, by Cosmic Standards

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:16:19 GMT

A computer-generated image depicts the flyby of asteroid 2014 JO25, which didn’t hit the Earth, but NASA is preparing for one that might.The asteroid, 2014 JO25, which is approximately 2,000 feet end-to-end, was about 1.1 million miles away when it passed by on Wednesday morning.

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Trillions of Plastic Bits, Swept Up by Current, Are Littering Arctic Waters

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:00:16 GMT

A photo collage of plastic fragments found in the Arctic Ocean by the research team. A study published Wednesday shows a major ocean current is carrying trillions of bits of plastic from the North Atlantic to the Greenland and Barents seas, and leaving them there.A new study found that a major ocean current is carrying plastic from the North Atlantic to the Greenland and Barents seas, and leaving it there.

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Trilobites: Broke a Glass? Someday You Might 3-D-Print a New One

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:00:16 GMT

A pretzel made with a new 3-D printing technique that uses fused silica glass.Researchers think 3-D printing may make it cheaper and easier to create glass objects, from skyscraper facades to tiny devices used in research.

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The Climate Issue: How a Warming Planet Drives Human Migration

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:00:03 GMT

Climate displacement is becoming one of the world’s most powerful — and destabilizing — geopolitical forces.

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Health Insurers Make Case for Subsidies, but Get Little Assurance From Administration

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:34:40 GMT

Seema Verma, the new Medicare administrator, last week at the White House. She met with health insurers on Tuesday.Insurers have been closely watching as President Trump and congressional lawmakers debate the future of subsidies that help lower deductibles and co-payments.

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Trilobites: This Is a Giant Shipworm. You May Wish It Had Stayed In Its Tube.

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:47:49 GMT

A giant shipworm removed from its tube.It’s actually a clam, it lives on sulfur and researchers have studied a living specimen for the first time.

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Dinner With a Dung Beetle

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:08:10 GMT

In this 360° video, get an up-close look at how a dung beetle in Laikipia, Kenya, prepares a meal.

The Climate Issue: When Rising Seas Transform Risk Into Certainty

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:00:01 GMT

Larchmont-Edgewater, a Norfolk, Va., neighborhood frequently plagued by floods. The house in the center has been raised above flood levels; the one at left has not.Along parts of the East Coast, the entire system of insuring coastal property is beginning to break down.

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The Climate Issue: Is It O.K. to Tinker With the Environment to Fight Climate Change?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:00:02 GMT

Scientists are investigating whether releasing tons of particulates into the atmosphere might be good for the planet. Not everyone thinks this is a good idea.

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Scientists and Activists Look Beyond the March for Science

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:37:23 GMT

Demonstrators gathered last month in front of the White House after President Trump rolled back many of President Obama’s climate-change policies. On Saturday, marches for science are expected in more than 500 cities across the world.On Saturday scientists and their advocates are expected to fill streets in more than 500 cities. But what they do next is just as important.

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Take a Number: Ranks of Scientists Aging Faster Than Other Workers

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:12:47 GMT

The percentage of scientists aged 55 and older nearly doubled from 1993 to 2008, amid concerns that young researchers are getting crowded out.

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A California Court for Young Adults Calls on Science

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:48:23 GMT

Adam Lipson, a public defender, looked on as a participant in San Francisco’s Young Adult Court addressed Judge Bruce E. Chan at a session in March.San Francisco’s Young Adult Court, created in 2015, is based on recent research suggesting that brain development extends beyond age 18, into the 20s.

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Out There: ‘Genius’ Unravels the Mysteries of Einstein’s Universe

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:42:40 GMT

Albert Einstein at the opening of the Jewish Pavilion at the World’s Fair in Queens in 1939. “Genius,” a new 10-part series about Einstein, will premiere on the National Geographic Channel on April 25.A new series on the National Geographic Channel introduces viewers to the man behind the cuddly accent and the curvatures of space-time.

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Q&A: Avian Housing Wars: Competition for Nesting Spots

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:35:43 GMT

Birds that migrate early and start producing offspring may find their nests overtaken by larger birds that nest later, a wildlife biologist says.

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Global Health: In a Dragon’s Blood, Scientists Discover a Potential Antibiotic

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:27:09 GMT

Tujah, the Komodo dragon. Scientists are studying a substance from his blood that has germ-killing abilities.Blood samples from a captive Komodo dragon blood yield molecules that kill bacteria and heal wounds, biochemists find.

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