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$25 Million in Breakthrough Prizes Given in Science and Math

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:16:10 GMT

Morgan Freeman onstage during the 2017 Breakthrough Prize at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. on Sunday.The awards went to more than a thousand physicists, life scientists and mathematicians in areas like genetics and string theory.

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Out There: Twinkle, Twinkle Little [Insert Name Here]

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:35:40 GMT

An international astronomy group has published a first set of approved names for 227 stars, seeing that there are more Mimosas and fewer HD 85512s.

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Japan Is Obsessed With Climate Change. Young People Don’t Get It.

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:49:27 GMT

Earth Parade 2015 in Tokyo, which was held to call attention to the fight against climate change.Because the country has to import most of its energy, an apparent drop in concern by Japanese young people alarms many government officials.

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News Report on Global Temperatures Is Wrong, Scientists Say

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:33:47 GMT

A man suns on the beach in the Bronx in October. Scientists on Friday debunked a widely circulated report suggesting that recent temperature highs were unrelated to The report, which first appeared in The Daily Mail and Breitbart News, cited incomplete data and drew incorrect conclusions about climate change, according to experts.

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Trilobites: Four New Names Officially Added to the Periodic Table of Elements

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:26:15 GMT

Please welcome to the periodic table: Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine and Oganesson, discovered and then named by Japanese, Russian and American scientists.

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Trilobites: Study Suggests 3.2 Million-Year-Old Lucy Spent a Lot of Time in Trees

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:48:58 GMT

The fossil specimen of Australopithecus afarensis known as Lucy.The bones of the famous fossil were pretty thick, suggesting she had a ratio of strength between her arms and legs more like a chimp than a human.

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Trilobites: 3,800-Year-Old Statue Resembling ‘The Thinker’ Found in Israel

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:42:29 GMT

The fully-restored 3,800-year-old jug with a human statue that resembles Auguste Rodin’s “The Thinker” was found in Yehud, Israel.The figurine was unearthed by high school students helping archaeologists on a dig near Tel Aviv.

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Trilobites: Secrets of the Orchid Mantis

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:06:32 GMT

A mating pair of the orchid mantis. The female is the larger of the pair, and can grow up to four inches in length.Some praying mantis females are much larger than males, because they mimic flowers to attract prey.

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‘Into Oblivion’ Uses Photography to Examine Lives of Dementia Patients

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:59:15 GMT

Maja Daniels spent almost a year talking to hospital staff and patients before starting her project about dementia.

Q&A: Achoo! What’s That About?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:21:46 GMT

For photic sneezers, exposure to bright light can bring on the gesundheits.

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Global Health: Yellow Fever Epidemic in Africa Shows Gaps in Vaccine Pipeline

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:17:42 GMT

A child being vaccinated against yellow fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo in July. The outbreak was stopped by a huge vaccination campaign that stretched supplies by diluting doses.

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Pakistan’s Premier Honors Nobel Laureate From Persecuted Minority

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:22:00 GMT

Abdus Salam, a theoretical physicist, was honored by having a department of physics at one of the nation’s leading public universities renamed after him.

Did You Just Forget, or Is It Something More Serious?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:45:13 GMT

The risk for dementia is 10 percent in people 65 years or older and nears 50 percent by the age of 85, experts say.Memory lapses that disrupt daily living or cause a person to withdraw from family are more serious than absent-mindedness or confusing names, experts said.

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Immune System, Unleashed by Cancer Therapies, Can Attack Organs

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:50:34 GMT

Chuck Peal, 61, at home in Southbury, Conn. He developed acute-onset diabetes, as did other patients who received immunotherapy at Yale.Immunotherapy drugs have been hailed as a breakthrough in cancer treatment, but doctors are finding that what makes them effective is also what poses serious risks.

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Sinosphere: Fear, Then Skepticism, Over Antibiotic-Resistant Genes in Beijing Smog

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:05:20 GMT

People in Beijing wearing masks this month, after the government declared an orange alert for air pollution, the second-highest level in a four-tier warning system.Researchers did not find live bacteria capable of infecting anyone, despite discovering antibiotic-resistant genetic material in the smog.

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3 Months After Explosion, SpaceX Plans to Launch Rocket Bearing Satellites

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:02:39 GMT

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded during the test firing of its engines at a launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sept. 1.The launch hinges on approval by the Federal Aviation Administration, which is reviewing SpaceX’s investigation of the Sept. 1 launchpad explosion.

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Russian Spacecraft Carrying Supplies Burns Up in Flight

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:06:40 GMT

The Progress 65 spacecraft in Kazakhstan on Tuesday. No astronauts were aboard when it failed to reach orbit on Thursday and largely burned up in the atmosphere as it fell back down.The cargo ship, which was not carrying any astronauts, disappeared shortly after liftoff, according to Roscosmos, the Russian space agency.

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Buzz Aldrin Is Evacuated From the South Pole After Falling Ill

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:23:33 GMT

Buzz Aldrin in Australia in November.The former astronaut and second man to walk on the moon was flown to a New Zealand hospital and was in “good spirits,” a tour operator said.

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Great Barrier Reef Threatened by Climate Change, Chemicals and Sediment

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:20:15 GMT

A scientist assessing coral mortality on a section of the Great Barrier Reef in an undated photograph. A new report from the Australian government paints a grim picture of the scale of protecting the 1,400-mile-long reef.An Australian government report to Unesco says the risks are well-managed, but it also paints a grim picture of the scale of protecting the area.

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Sinosphere: Whistle-Blowing AIDS Doctor Reflects on Roots of Epidemic in China

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:38:10 GMT

Dr. Gao Yaojie, who helped expose H.I.V.-tainted blood sales in Henan Province, in her apartment in New York last month.Dr. Gao Yaojie, who has tied the epidemic to an unsanitary network of blood sales, discussed what she considers the still-untold truth about AIDS in China.

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Letter of Recommendation: Letter of Recommendation: ‘Primitive Technology’

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:00:02 GMT

For all the virtuosic craftsmanship on display in these YouTube videos, the real draw may be the absorbing peace of watching the Man quietly go about his work.For all the virtuosic craftsmanship on display in these YouTube videos, the real draw may be the absorbing peace of watching a man go about his work.

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A Dose of a Hallucinogen From a ‘Magic Mushroom,’ and Then Lasting Peace

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:02:09 GMT

Octavian Mihai at his home in Las Vegas. Mr. Mihai began experiencing anxiety after he finished treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Two studies used psilocybin to see if the drug could reduce depression and anxiety in cancer patients. The results were striking.

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Nestlé Reformulates Sugar and Says It Will Use Less in Its Candy

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:14:10 GMT

The new product is sugar, but is made differently so less goes into the stomach but consumers still get the sweet taste.

Exhibition Review: Sure, It’s Castro and Cigars, but Cuba Is Coral and Crocodiles, Too

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:09:48 GMT

A two-tone 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, with Cuban music wafting from the radio, starts off the “¡Cuba!” exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in dazzling style.“¡Cuba!,” an exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History, tries to deliver the country whole — its history, culture, politics and natural environment.

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Erich Bloch, Who Helped Develop IBM Mainframe, Dies at 91

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:49:48 GMT

Stephen W. Dunwell, left, and Erich Bloch with a model of an IBM computer that was announced in 1960.In 1964, he transformed computing with the System/360, the foundation for the modern operating system that would host various software programs.

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Mike Pence and ‘Conversion Therapy’: A History

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:06:32 GMT

Vice President-elect Mike Pence spoke to reporters on Sunday in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York.The vice president-elect has denied that he supports discredited methods meant to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Insomniacs Are Helped by Online Therapy, Study Finds

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:02:07 GMT

Dacie Love Callon, 70, a math tutor living in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., who recently used software to help with her insomnia.The report suggests that many garden-variety insomniacs could benefit from cognitive behavior therapy without ever having to talk to a therapist.

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Pursuits: With an Arsenal of Apps, a Fearful Flier Faces the Skies

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:40:38 GMT

A longtime travel writer shares tech-based strategies that have helped calm her nerves during flights.

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F.D.A. Agrees to New Trials for Ecstasy as Relief for PTSD Patients

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:47:55 GMT

C.J. Hardin, a veteran who served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, at a memorial in North Charleston, S.C. He is a patient in the study of MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.The Food and Drug Administration has approved large-scale clinical trials to study MDMA, the illegal party drug better known as Ecstasy, as treatment for PTSD patients.

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