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Trilobites: Fishing for Clues to Solve Namibia’s Fairy Circle Mystery

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:59:49 GMT

A fairy circle in the NamibRand Nature Reserve in the Namib Desert.The new study suggests that both termites and plants may be jointly responsible for forming fairy circle landscapes in Namibia.

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A Conversation With: What Did Neanderthals Leave to Modern Humans? Some Surprises

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:00:14 GMT

John Anthony Capra at the Vanderbilt University biobank freezer in Nashville. The freezer can store some 400,000 DNA samples.Genes inherited from Neanderthals may have made some modern humans heartier, but also more prone to depression and other diseases.

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Trilobites: Tasmanian Tigers’ Brains Yield Clues Long After Extinction

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:12:16 GMT

An archival photo of two Tasmanian tigers, which were marsupial carnivores that are now extinct.The last thylacine died in a zoo in 1936, but neural scans of preserved specimens revealed that they may have been more intelligent than previously believed.

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Trilobites: How Some Frolicking Fish Got Stuck in a Moment

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:18:08 GMT

A wall of ice filled with dead fish photographed in 2015 in South Dakota’s Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge.A picture of fish seemingly trapped in a frozen wave on a South Dakota lake has amazed and bewildered viewers on social media. Here’s what happened.

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Earth Sets a Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:30:02 GMT

Ice in the Arctic Ocean’s Chukchi Sea region. “What’s going on in the Arctic is really very impressive; this year was ridiculously off the chart,” said Gavin A. Schmidt, the head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.Surface temperatures are heading toward levels that many scientists believe will pose a threat to both the natural world and to human civilization.

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Matter: Most Primate Species Threatened With Extinction, Scientists Find

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:00:15 GMT

Clockwise from top left: a juvenile gorilla, Hainan gibbon; golden lion tamarin; Yunnan snub-nosed monkey, gorilla and 4-month old baby and adult gorilla. Center left, a black-and-white ruffed lemur; center right, a crested black macaque ape.From gorillas to gibbons, a wide-ranging survey finds that the world’s primates are in steep decline.

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Trilobites: How Zoo Animals Learn to Help Take Care of Themselves

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:32:07 GMT

A birthday celebration for Colo, a gorilla who recently died at 60, about 20 years older than her expected life span in the wild.Zoo animals require care that emphasizes their welfare if people want them to have long lives like Colo, the gorilla that just died at 60 in Ohio.

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Metal Detectorists Help Archaeologists Dig Up a Secret History

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:29:45 GMT

Keith Wille, a metal detectorist, walks in the Connecticut woods where he has found artifacts.An unconventional alliance between scientists and those often considered to be looters has begun to shed light on a tribe’s history and a 17-century war in Connecticut.

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N.Y.C. Nature: English Ivy, Spread by Admiring Humans and Hungry Birds

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:00:01 GMT

English ivy is extravagantly green even during winter’s worst, and is an excellent climber of trees and fences.The plant’s thick green foliage, seemingly immune to winter’s freezes, has had longstanding appeal, while its berries are valuable food for wildlife.

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Editorial: Rick Perry Studies His Job Description

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:16:23 GMT

Rick Perry at his confirmation hearing on Thursday.The nominee for energy secretary discovers that the job involves overseeing a vast nuclear weapons complex.

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Scientists Glimpse New York’s Perilous Path in an Ancient Patch of Marsh

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:23:29 GMT

In Pelham Bay in the Bronx, an ancient salt marsh has provided a unique laboratory to study historic sea levels and perhaps see what lies ahead.In a rare urban remnant of wetlands and its 1,500 years of sediment, climate experts find more proof of rising seas, a looming hazard for much of the region.

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Ticks, Thriving in Warm Weather, Take a Ghastly Toll on New England Moose

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:14:56 GMT

Moose grazing in Franconia, N.H., in the summer of 2010. Researchers say that over the past few years, about 70 percent of the moose calves they tagged in certain regions of northern New England have been killed by ticks.Researchers say droves of winter ticks, which flourish when fall is warm and the winter comes late, are killing moose calves. They have “wasted away.”

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A 45.7-Meter Field Goal? The Indy 805K? Florida Stokes the Metric Debate.

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:00:25 GMT

Tristan Schultheis, of Astronaut High School, competing in the high jump at the Florida High School State Athletic Association state track and field finals on May 6, 2016, in Bradenton, Fla.Florida’s high schools will apparently become the first in the country to measure field events using the metric system.

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Donors and Drug Makers Offer $500 Million to Control Global Epidemics

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:00:15 GMT

A child born with microcephaly caused by the Zika virus, during an evaluation at Fundação Altino Ventura in Recife, Brazil. A group of prominent donors announced Wednesday that they had raised almost $500 million for a new partnership to stop epidemics before they spiral out of control.Japan, Norway and two foundations have pledged money to devise a strategy to speed up the international response to viral threats.

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Scott Pruitt, Testifying to Lead E.P.A., Criticizes Environmental Rules

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:41:08 GMT

Mr. Pruitt, Donald J. Trump’s pick to lead the E.P.A., offered his vision of a more restrained agency at his confirmation hearing.

Museum Trustee, a Trump Donor, Supports Groups That Deny Climate Change

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:05:33 GMT

A trustee of the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan donates millions to organizations skeptical of climate change.A leader of the American Museum of Natural History has been using her family’s millions to finance organizations that some say undermine the museum’s mission.

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Economic Scene: On Climate Change, Even States in Forefront Are Falling Short

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:54:17 GMT

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York this month announced plans to close the Indian Point nuclear power plant north of New York City by 2021. When that happens, the state will lose almost one-quarter of its zero-carbon energy.States like California and New York have been leaders in curbing carbon emissions from energy. But to achieve their goals, both may need to embrace nuclear power.

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What Should Senators Ask Scott Pruitt, Trump’s E.P.A. Nominee? Here’s What Readers Said

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:00:04 GMT

Scott Pruitt, left, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, at the United States Capitol this month.More than 2,000 readers submitted questions on climate change, industry influence and other topics for Mr. Pruitt, who goes before a Senate panel Wednesday.

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Eugene Cernan, Last Human to Walk on Moon, Dies at 82

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:40:55 GMT

Eugene A. Cernan on the last human mission on the moon’s surface, in December 1972.A ferocious competitor, Mr. Cernan rocketed into space three times, went to the moon twice and shattered aerospace records on the Earth and the moon.

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Trilobites: Eight Crossings and 192 Atoms Long: the Tightest Knot Ever Tied

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:04:00 GMT

The X-ray crystal structure of a molecular knot with eight crossings.Researchers tied a complicated knot at the molecular level, which could be used to make materials in the future that are stronger, lighter and more flexible.

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A Conversation With: The Stem-Cell Revolution Is Coming — Slowly

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:10:11 GMT

Shinya Yamanaka directs Kyoto University’s Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, and leads a small research lab at the Gladstone Institutes, which is affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco.Where are the miracle treatments we were promised? A Nobel Prize-winning scientist explains.

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Global Health: How the Response to Zika Failed Millions

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:06:03 GMT

A 4-month-old baby with microcephaly being examined in Brazil this month. Her mother was infected with the Zika virus while she was pregnant. One year after the W.H.O. declared a public health emergency, experts reflect on the response to the virus and find many aspects wanting.

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Trilobites: Venus Smiled, With a Mysterious Wave Across Its Atmosphere

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:00:13 GMT

A bow-shape feature stretched across much of Venus’s atmosphere in December 2015. Scientists from Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft mission called it a gravity wave.Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft detected what scientists called a gravity wave above the solar system’s second planet, but it hasn’t been seen since.

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Take a Number: Absolutely Every Bit of Our Galaxy

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:04:36 GMT

The Milky Way as seen from a mountain in western Switzerland in August 2016.With novel mathematical methods, scientists have come up with a new estimate for the mass of the Milky Way.

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Q&A: Born to Be an Ear Wiggler?

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:02:43 GMT

Some people can control their auricular muscles to move the ear slightly but to a noticeable extent, an ability that seems to have a genetic basis.

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ScienceTake: A Manakin Challenge for Researchers

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:00:50 GMT

Male manakins, Panamanian birds, have acrobatic courtship dances. Scientists wanted to know if the activity was testosterone-related.

The Real Manakin Challenge

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:00:30 GMT

Male manakins leap, flip and snap their wings to attract females. With a bit of testosterone the females perform some of the same difficult acrobatics.

SpaceX Launches Rocket, Its First Since Explosion on Launchpad

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:59:32 GMT

A video frame of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Saturday.The return to business for Elon Musk’s company was successful, despite being overshadowed by questions about the viability of his long-range plans.

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Scott Pruitt, Trump’s E.P.A. Pick, Backed Industry Donors Over Regulators

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:30:27 GMT

Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general, is President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Pruitt could be in charge of policing industries that have long helped advance his political career.

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