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Trilobites: For Vampire Bats to Live on Blood, It Takes Guts

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:40:59 GMT

A common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus) going out for its nocturnal hunt.Blood is a very difficult thing to live well on, but a new study of the gut microbes and genomes of vampire bats offer insights into how they do it.

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Trilobites: He Took a Picture of a Supernova While Setting Up His New Camera

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:00:54 GMT

Astronomers using the Swope telescope captured Supernova 2016gkg, between the two red lines, in the galaxy NGC 613, which is 80 million light-years from here.Astronomers rarely see the beginnings of these explosions, but an Argentine amateur’s lucky picture helped them study the start of a massive star’s violent death.

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Trilobites: A Case for Wild Flamingos Calling Florida Their Home

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:00:13 GMT

Conchy the flamingo seen on mudflats at Snake Bight after being released.A new study could help make the case for treating flamingos as Florida natives, which could entitle them to certain protections in the state.

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In Picasso’s Blue Period, Scanners Find Secrets He Painted Over

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:19:26 GMT

Using tools originally developed for medicine, manufacturing and geology, researchers were able to discover new insights into “La Miséreuse accroupie,” a 1902 painting by Pablo Picasso from his “Blue Period.”Scientists used a variety of tools originally developed for medicine, manufacturing and geology to discover hidden details in the artist’s paintings and sculptures.

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Out There: Astronomers’ Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:36:56 GMT

A remnant from a Type 1A supernova observed in the Milky Way, one of the cosmic markers of how fast the universe is expanding. Observing exploding stars helped astronomers first discover the existence of dark energy nearly 20 years ago.The Wfirst project, which would have investigated the force of dark energy in the universe and searched for more planets, has been cut from NASA’s proposed budget.

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Animals Are Losing Their Vagility, or Ability to Roam Freely

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:00:18 GMT

Pronghorn antelope along a fence northwest of Casper, Wyo. A study has found that wildlife move far less in regions where humans are present, ultimately threatening the viability of a species.A study of 57 species shows that human encroachment and development not only harm an animal’s habitat, but may affect their migration patterns and food sources.

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Trilobites: Coffee Beans Are Good for Birds, Fancy Brew or Not

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:50:20 GMT

A Malabar pied hornbill, one of 204 species of bird found on coffee plantations in a new study, which found that the tree cover from shade-grown coffee farms provides a welcome habitat for all kinds of animal species.A study of India’s Western Ghats region found that growing coffee doesn’t interfere with biodiversity, regardless of which bean the farmer chooses.

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Trilobites: The Cuttlefish, a Master of Camouflage, Reveals a New Trick

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:00:23 GMT

Two images of the same cuttlefish, taken fewer than two seconds apart, showing how quickly it can change color.These relatives of the octopus and squid save energy by effortlessly extending structures under their skin that help them hide.

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Trilobites: Borneo Lost More Than 100,000 Orangutans From 1999 to 2015

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:01:27 GMT

An orangutan in a sanctuary awaiting release on the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo. New research has found that 50 years of conservation efforts have failed to stem the decline of orangutans on the island.Deforestation on the island has harmed the primates, but a study found they also disappeared from more intact forests, suggesting people may be killing them.

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New Candidates Emerge for Trump’s Top Environmental Adviser

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:06:42 GMT

New candidates to lead the Council on Environmental Quality have emerged after the withdrawal of Kathleen Hartnett White, who drew criticism for calling carbon dioxide the “gas of life.”A new candidate was needed after the White House withdrew its previous nominee, who had drawn criticism for calling carbon dioxide the “gas of life.”

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Günter Blobel, Nobel Laureate Who Found Cell ‘ZIP Codes,’ Dies at 81

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:02:31 GMT

Günter Blobel in his laboratory at Rockefeller University in Manhattan in 2004.Dr. Blobel, at Rockefeller University, discovered that proteins in any given cell carry signals that guide them to where they can do their beneficial job.

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There’s a Persistent Hum in This Canadian City, and No One Knows Why

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:32:11 GMT

Zug Island on the Detroit River, with its high concentration of industry, has been identified by some researchers as the likely source of a mysterious noise plaguing residents in Windsor, Ontario.Residents affected by the “Windsor Hum” complain of sleeplessness, depression and headaches. It is one of many mysterious sounds reported throughout the world.

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Doctors Said Immunotherapy Would Not Cure Her Cancer. They Were Wrong.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:32:29 GMT

Oriana Sousa, 28, who lives in Marinha Grande, Portugal, had a rare, aggressive form of ovarian cancer. Traditional treatments failed, but with immunotherapy her tumors shrank so much that there is no evidence of disease.Scientists are racing to understand why immunotherapy drugs have worked for a few cancer patients when the medicines should have had no effect.

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Q&A: It’s Harder to Make Meals in the Mountains

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:24:26 GMT

Why does it take longer to cook certain foods at higher altitudes? Reduced air pressure.

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Want Cleaner Air? Try Using Less Deodorant

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:53:06 GMT

Consumer products like perfume, pesticides and paint can contribute as much to city air pollution as cars.

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Two Swiss Athletes Are First at Olympics Confirmed With Norovirus

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:57:17 GMT

Nearly 250 people, including security workers and members of the Olympic organizing committee, have been affected by norovirus at the Pyeongchang Games.The Swiss Olympic delegation, which did not identify the athletes or their sport, said they were sequestered and no longer had symptoms.

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The Flu Vaccine Is Working Better Than Expected, C.D.C. Finds

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:11:33 GMT

Nurse Nicole Simpson administering a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta earlier this month. This season’s vaccine is more effective than expected, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.A preliminary analysis finds the vaccine 25 percent effective against this year’s dangerous H3N2 strain, and twice as effective in children.

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Diplomats in Cuba Suffered Brain Injuries. Experts Still Don’t Know Why.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:32:07 GMT

The United States Embassy in Havana. Several American diplomats in Cuba reported mysterious ailments in 2016 after hearing unusual noises. Medical experts now say the officials have injuries resembling concussions.After examining 21 American diplomats said to have been victims of a mysterious “attack” in Havana, medical experts found concussion-like damage but no obvious causes.

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Transgender Woman Breast-Feeds Baby After Hospital Induces Lactation

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:50:50 GMT

The study’s authors, Zil Goldstein, left, a nurse practitioner, and Dr. Tamar Reisman of Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York.A journal says it’s the first documented case of successful inducement of breast-milk production in a transgender woman.

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What to Give Up for Lent? Smoking? Cursing? How About Plastic?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:06:21 GMT

Volunteers collecting discarded plastic and other rubbish from the banks of the River Thames in London last month.The Church of England has issued a “Plastic Lent Challenge,” with six weeks’ worth of ideas for plastic objects to avoid, from wet wipes to toothbrushes.

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