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Profiles in Science: David Reich Unearths Human History Etched in Bone

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:41:01 GMT

Jonas Oppenheimer, a technician in the lab of David Reich, a geneticist at Harvard, sandblasts an ancient skull fragment to find the cochlea, or inner ear, the area likeliest to retain DNA.The geneticist at Harvard Medical School has retrieved DNA from more than 900 ancient people. His findings trace the prehistoric migrations of our species.

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Trilobites: Something’s Brewing in the Lab: Beer Without Hops

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:15:19 GMT

Charles Denby, a biochemist, pouring a mix of brewer’s yeast with molecules from plants that can produce hoppy flavors into a fermentor to make a hop-free beer.Growing the small, green flowers is resource-intensive, and farmers can’t keep up. So scientists engineered yeast to produce the bitter, citrusy, flavor in beer.

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Trilobites: In a Cockroach Genome, ‘Little Mighty’ Secrets

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:20:12 GMT

Researchers decoding the genome of the American cockroach found a wide variety of genes that help the insects perceive tastes and survive harsh environments.The American cockroach has the second largest insect genome ever sequenced. The variety of genes may help it survive in a multitude of environments.

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Trilobites: ‘These Eagles Are More Than Just a Symbol’

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:36:34 GMT

A bald eagle near Big Bear Lake, in the San Bernardino National Forest, in 2016.Avid bird-watchers come out annually for the counting program in the San Bernardino National Forest and California state parks, where conservation of eagles has largely been a success.

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Where Do Birds Flock Together? Australians Are Mailing In Feathers to Help Find Out

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:00:12 GMT

Kate Brandis, an Australian researcher, has enlisted the public to help her track elusive waterfowl as the country’s wetlands disappear.

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Sudan, the Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies in Kenya

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:52:04 GMT

Sudan died on Monday after suffering from age-related health problems, including a series of infections.Just two members of the charismatic subspecies remain, both female. But scientists still hope to prevent the extinction of the animals.

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Robert P. Langlands Is Awarded the Abel Prize, a Top Math Honor

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:15:58 GMT

Robert P. Langlands, professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., speaking in the fall of 2016 at a conference centered around his work.The honor, regarded by some as a Nobel Prize of mathematics, recognizes work on a “grand unified theory” to connect different areas of mathematics.

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The Struggle to Build a Massive ‘Biobank’ of Patient Data

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:35:26 GMT

Blood samples to be processed at the U.K. Biobank. The U.S. is embarking on a similar project called All of Us, but its scope — and costs — are raising challenges.At a cost of $1.4 billion, a National Institutes of Health program may help scientists discover links between diseases, genes and lifestyle. But the project faces obstacles.

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ScienceTake: The Amazing Metabolism of Hummingbirds

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:00:09 GMT

Hummingbirds have several tricks to survive with a super-high metabolism on a diet of nectar.

Making Magic Out of Thin Air

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:21:05 GMT

Christina Gelsone, left, and Seth Bloom, a duo known as Acrobuffos, during a performance at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.How do married clowns make wordless wizardry with balloons, umbrellas, packing peanuts and fabric? Turn on those electric fans.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Bigger Is Not Better for Ocean Conservation

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:17:14 GMT

Nations are protecting vast expanses of open sea but their first priority should be their richly biodiverse coastal waters.

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N.I.H. to Investigate Outreach to Alcohol Companies

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:14:07 GMT

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said he was “concerned” about meetings scientists and officials had with alcohol industry executives to raise money for a study about the benefits of moderate drinking.After a report in The Times, the National Institutes of Health will examine whether health officials violated government policy by soliciting donations to fund a study of moderate drinking.

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N.Y.C. Nature: The Croaky Sounds of Spring

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:34:35 GMT

The wood frog, thawed and ready to leap.The rasping call of the wood frog, who amazingly emerges from being mostly frozen during the winter, is filling city woodlands right now.

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Canada’s Outdoor Rinks Are Melting. So Is a Way of Life.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:36:10 GMT

Jack and Cara Williams on the backyard rink built by their father.Canada loves its ice, and outdoor hockey is part of the nation's cultural identity. So what happens when winters get too warm for backyard rinks?

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‘We’re Losing the Fight’: Tuberculosis Batters a Venezuela in Crisis

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 07:43:39 GMT

Pallbearers carried the coffin of Victor Martínez, 47, who died of tuberculosis last month in Petare, Venezuela.The disease, which until recently seemed to be under control in Venezuela, is making an aggressive comeback in the nation, overwhelming its broken health care system.

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How Hummingbirds Cheat Death

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:00:06 GMT

A hovering hummingbird burns energy faster than any other bird or mammal — and it often lives just hours from starvation.

She Was the Only Woman in a Photo of 38 Scientists, and Now She’s Been Identified

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:05:44 GMT

Sheila Minor Huff, center left and partly obscured, was just beginning her career when she was photographed at the International Conference on the Biology of Whales in Virginia in 1971.At a whale biology conference in 1971, one attendee was photographed but not named. Internet sleuths tracked her down.

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Built to Flood: As Harvey Raged, Their Homes Were Swamped on Purpose. Six Months Later, They Face a Terrible Choice.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:37:18 GMT

A Texas suburb was intentionally flooded to save the city of Houston. We followed homeowners as they decided whether to cut their losses or rebuild.

Take This App and Call Me in the Morning

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:59:38 GMT

Reset, a prescription treatment app, allows patients to track pain, loneliness, social pressure and other situations that could trigger their addictions.A new category of prescription medical treatments, what executives call digital therapeutics, comes in the form of mobile apps.

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AIDS Researcher Top Candidate to Lead the C.D.C.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 23:31:02 GMT

Dr. Robert R. Redfield, a founder of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, is the leading candidate to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The administration is vetting Dr. Robert Redfield, a founder of the University of Maryland’s Institute of Human Virology, for C.D.C. chief.

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North Korea’s Most Powerful Missile Now Has Its Own Shrine

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 13:46:41 GMT

Satellite images taken between last December and March 11 show how North Korea is converting the site of its most powerful missile launch into a monument.Satellite imaging, astronomy and a smart hunch about North Korea propaganda confirmed the launching site of the North Korean missile and a new monument.

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Federal Agency Courted Alcohol Industry to Fund Study on Benefits of Moderate Drinking

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 13:28:31 GMT

An ongoing study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of N.I.H., and funded by the alcohol industry is researching the effects of a daily drink as part of a healthy diet.Scientists and National Institute of Health officials waged a concerted campaign to obtain funding from the alcohol industry for research that may enshrine alcohol as a part of a healthy diet.

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U.K., Land of ‘Brexit,’ Quietly Outsources Some Surgeries to France

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:09:58 GMT

Serge Orlov, 62, talking to a doctor at Calais Hospital in northern France a day after knee replacement surgery.After years of austerity, the National Health Service is under enormous strain, so it is paying French doctors to perform some operations on its behalf.

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Q&A: How Do Squirrels Jump So High?

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:17:06 GMT

The animals are built with very powerful hind legs, and sharp claws that allow them to grip, and leap and flip.

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Astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly Are Still Identical Twins, Despite What You May Have Read

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:54:41 GMT

Scott Kelly, left, and Mark, his twin brother, in 2016, shortly after Scott’s return from space.A rash of news stories this week stemmed from a misinterpreted NASA update from January.

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Trilobites: ‘Rewilding’ Missing Carnivores May Help Restore Some Landscapes

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 23:15:14 GMT

The gray wolf's reintroduction to Yellowstone National Park in the 1990s has been a success story of a carnivore's rewilding helping an entire ecosystem.The cascade of ecological benefits that followed the return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park and Idaho suggests opportunities for similar efforts around the planet.

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Assaults Increased When Cities Hosted Trump Rallies, Study Finds

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:02:29 GMT

President Trump at a 2016 campaign rally in Charleston, W.Va. Cities that hosted his rallies saw an increase in reported assaults on the days of the events.Researchers found an average of 2.3 more reported assaults on the day a rally came to town. The findings appear to confirm news reports about violence at the events.

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Trilobites: In Search of the Perfect Hair Dye

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:08:58 GMT

Blond hair before, top, and after being dyed with a graphene-based pigment. Dr. Jiaxing Huang of Northwestern University found that the dye created a natural-looking black hair shade that stayed on after 30 washings.A study by Northwestern researchers reports that a form of graphene can be used as a less harmful hair color.

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The Price French Bulldogs Pay for Being So Cute

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:11:26 GMT

A two-year-old French bulldog.Their health problems are a human creation.

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U.K.’s First Polar Bear Born in 25 Years to Get Star Treatment

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 04:47:27 GMT

Victoria with her new polar bear cub at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig.The cub, born in Scotland around Christmas, will be the subject of a documentary on Sunday.

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Trilobites: Picture a Leader. Is She a Woman?

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:28:23 GMT

Most people will draw a man. Researchers investigate the consequences.

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The New Old Age: A Quiet Drug Problem Among the Elderly

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:24:56 GMT

Jessica Falstein began taking Klonopin for an anxiety disorder in 1992. She spent the last five years trying to wean herself from some of her medications.Despite warnings from experts, older people are using more anti-anxiety and sleep medications, putting them at risk of serious side effects and even overdoses.

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Nonfiction: The Beauty and Mystery of How a Building Is ‘Built’

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:00:08 GMT

The Shard is now a landmark in London.Roma Agrawal, a pioneering structural engineer for some of the world’s tallest towers, explains the history and beauty of her craft.

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John E. Sulston, 75, Dies; Found Clues to Genes in a Worm

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 03:19:40 GMT

Dr. John E. Sulston, who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2002 for his research on genes, in an undated photograph.After putting a roundworm under a microscope, Dr. Sulston shared a Nobel Prize in 2002 for discoveries on how organisms develop.

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Trilobites: Steve, a Famous Northern Light, Stays Mysterious (and Keeps His Name)

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 22:22:39 GMT

An aurora borealis-like phenomenon observable in Canada — but much farther south than the northern lights appear — over Childs Lake, Manitoba. It has been given the name Steve, for Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement.Steve is a glowing strip in the night sky, not far from the northern lights. It was named after a cartoon. Now scientists have learned more.

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Matter: What’s Behind Many Mystery Ailments? Genetic Mutations, Study Finds

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 23:22:08 GMT

A light micrograph of a perforated bowel in a newborn baby with cystic fibrosis. Many Mendelian diseases, like this one, may go undetected in patients, a new study finds.An examination of 20,000 patients finds that more than 800 may have genetic conditions.

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