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Rosetta Mission Ends With Spacecraft’s Dive Into Comet

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:21:15 GMT

An image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by Rosetta on Friday.The vessel shut down and landed with a soft belly-flop onto Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at a speed of two miles per hour.

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Trilobites: The Sweet Emotional Life of Bees

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:08:57 GMT

A bee eludes a crab spider that attempted to capture it on a flower. Researchers simulated such an attack in a study of bee “feelings.”New experiments suggest that bees given treats may experience a positive, or optimistic, state of being.

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Trade Ban to Protect Pangolins: Enough to Save Them?

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:31:52 GMT

A female pangolin in her enclosure at a zoo in Takeo, Cambodia. Her front right and rear left paws were amputated by poaching snares.An international agreement now prohibits the commercial sale across international borders of the world’s most trafficked mammals. Enforcement is another matter.

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Elon Musk’s Plan: Get Humans to Mars, and Beyond

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:57:20 GMT

Mr. Musk, the billionaire founder of SpaceX, hopes to make humanity a “multi-planetary species.”

Trilobites: In Decades-Old Slides, Drops of Blood and Hints of Malaria’s Path

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:56:25 GMT

These slides were originally used to diagnose malaria in two patients in 1942 and 1944 in Spain. The patients were later treated with quinine.DNA studies help reveal that some malaria strains closely followed the migrations of people: from India to Europe and then from Europe to the Americas.

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Trilobites: An Atlas of a Billion Stars

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:00:02 GMT

A map created by the European Space Agency’s Gaia space telescope that shows a billion stars in the Milky Way.The European Space Agency’s Gaia space telescope has been scanning the cosmos in order to create the largest and most accurate 3-D map of our galaxy.

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Birth of Baby With Three Parents’ DNA Marks Success for Banned Technique

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:30:54 GMT

A sperm being injected into an egg during an in vitro fertilization procedure.Reproductive scientists used genetic material from a donor in addition to that of the couple trying to conceive.

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How Small Forests Can Help Save the Planet

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:30:20 GMT

Eve Lonnquist examining trees on her property with Logan Sander, a consulting forester.More than half of the forestland in the United States is held privately by families. Small forests may be a potent weapon against climate change, experts say.

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ScienceTake: Pigeons Resist Misguided Leaders

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:00:51 GMT

When the leader of a homing pigeon flock goes the wrong way, the flock still finds its way home.

New Drug for Severe Eczema Is Successful in 2 New Trials

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:00:21 GMT

Daniela Velasco at her sister’s wedding. Before participating in the trial, over 90 percent of her body was covered by an ugly red rash. Within two weeks of trying a new drug, the rash was gone.Atopic dermatitis causes itching so extreme that many patients consider suicide. In trials, most patients said symptoms waned in the first two weeks of taking a new drug.

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Children Who Get Zika After Birth Tend Not to Fall Seriously Ill, Study Finds

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:59:46 GMT

An infant in Cúcuta, Colombia, with a Zika-related rash. Typically, children in the study who were infected with Zika got only mildly ill; some had a rash, while half were feverish and a quarter had red eyes or joint pain.A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention involving teenagers and toddlers was a rare bright spot in the epidemic.

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Storytelling in the Virtual Age at FoST Fest

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:38:17 GMT

Charles Melcher, who founded the Future of StoryTelling Festival.The first Future of StoryTelling Festival will offer participants virtual reality, immersive theater and other interactive experiences.

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N.Y.C. Nature: Ode to Milkweed: Seemingly Everywhere, Yet Overlooked

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:28:53 GMT

The milkweed is often considered an urban wild edible.The plant, which performs free urban renewal, is considered a wild edible, and can even be used as insulation, deserves more attention.

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The Rosetta Spacecraft Ends Its Mission

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:38:56 GMT

The Rosetta spacecraft was the first to orbit a comet. It ended its mission on Friday in a crash landing.

Is New York Ready for Solar Power?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:00:03 GMT

New York City’s solar boom has been prompted by recent drops in installation costs.

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In Hacked Audio, Hillary Clinton Rethinks Obama’s Nuclear Upgrade Plan

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:27:28 GMT

William J. Perry, center, a defense secretary for President Bill Clinton, with the current secretary, Ashton B. Carter, right, at the Hoover Institution last week. Mr. Perry has opposed Obama administration plans for an upgraded nuclear cruise missile.The release of a recording of Mrs. Clinton’s comments at a private fund-raiser raised questions about the scope of attacks on the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.

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C.D.C. Advises Against Travel to Zika-Affected Countries in Southeast Asia

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:15:27 GMT

A lab technician at the Eijkman Institute in Jakarta, Indonesia, one of the country’s two facilities capable of diagnosing Zika.The warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited 11 countries and was not as urgent as those issued earlier this year regarding Latin America and the Caribbean.

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How High Blood Pressure May Hurt Children’s Brains

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:02:01 GMT

An increasing number of children have high blood pressure.While not conclusive, the research added to a growing body of evidence indicating that hypertension may reduce children’s ability to remember, pay attention and organize facts.

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Protecting Humans and Jobs From Robots Is 5 Tech Giants’ Goal

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:00:15 GMT

Attendees examining a robot at a Microsoft developers conference in March.The Partnership on AI unites Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM and Microsoft to ease public fears of machines that are learning to think for themselves.

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What Mars Mission Might Look Like

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:12:01 GMT

SpaceX, Elon Musk’s rocket company, released a video simulation of a journey to Mars. His plan is for spacecraft that would take 100 passengers to the planet.

Americas Region Declared Free of Endemic Measles

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:00:01 GMT

A passenger being vaccinated against measles at an airport in Mexico City in 2011.The last case of measles that did not result from an imported strain was in 2002, global health authorities said.

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Ants Pick Morphine Over Sugar

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:10:20 GMT

Ants after rain in China.This is the first nonmammal to display drug-seeking behavior, researchers said.

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Rosetta on the Way to Crash Into a Comet

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:55:44 GMT

As the European Space Agency prepares to bring its most ambitious mission to an end, data gathered by the spacecraft will help scientists understand how Earth and other planets formed.

Researchers Make Progress Toward Identifying C.T.E. in the Living

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:50:11 GMT

Robert Stern, a professor of neurology at Boston University. Blood samples from 96 former football players suggest that absorbing repeated head hits earlier in life can lead to higher concentrations of tau in the blood later, he said.One group of researchers revealed a step toward identifying in the brain a biomarker linked to the disease; another found elevated levels of tau proteins in blood samples.

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Reactions: Letters to the Editor

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:53:58 GMT

Readers react to articles in Science Times.

Q&A: Organic Milk Will Wait and Wait for You

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:45:27 GMT

A different, hotter pasteurization process helps explain why organic milk has a longer shelf life than the other stuff.

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For Rosetta, a Landing and an Ending on a Comet

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:32:58 GMT

This false-color image, taken by the Rosetta spacecraft at a distance of 45 miles, shows the smooth region that connects the two lobes of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.The spacecraft is to end its 12-year pursuit of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on Friday. Here is what the European Space Agency mission found out.

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Scientists Inspect the Great Barrier Reef, From 28,000 Feet Above

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:48:07 GMT

Researchers preparing to collect data off Lizard Island, Australia, for a study of the Great Barrier Reef that will also use aerial images.A NASA flying laboratory is using a specially designed sensor in a search for answers about what is killing large sections of the world’s coral reefs.

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A New Debate Over Pricing the Risks of Climate Change

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:10:38 GMT

A “flaring event” at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance, Calif., last year. Some risks are quantifiable, but some in Congress say climate change is not among them.Exxon Mobil says it’s not possible to predict how climate change will affect its business. A bill in Congress says it shouldn’t be asked to.

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Follow the Leader(s)

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:00:50 GMT

When a leader tries to take a flock in the wrong direction, homing pigeons still find the right way home.

A Toilet, but No Proper Plumbing: A Reality in 500,000 U.S. Homes

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:00:21 GMT

Dorothy Rudolph in front of her home in Tyler, Ala., which does not have a septic tank.The inability of many to afford a working septic tank in areas like rural Alabama where running water is not a given could create a health crisis.

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To the Moon, North Korea? Or Does a Rocket Have a Darker Aim?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:24:02 GMT

An illuminated globe at a science and technology complex in Pyongyang, North Korea. Space officials say a moonshot is the nation’s goal.The North explains a rocket engine test as a moonshot, but intelligence agencies are exploring another option: the beginnings of a missile that could reach the American mainland.

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What Obese Patients Should Say to Doctors

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:51:48 GMT

Dr. Michael L. Parks, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, operates on very obese patients — something many doctors are unwilling to do because they attribute the patients’ problems to weight alone.Being prepared with detailed questions is one way to prevent a physician from dismissing a medical problem as simply a consequence of weight.

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Why Do Obese Patients Get Worse Care? Many Doctors Don’t See Past the Fat

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 01:09:45 GMT

Sarah Bramblette, who advocates awareness of lymphedema — arm or leg swelling caused by a problem with the lymphatic system — found that the scale at her doctor’s office could not accommodate her.The American health care system is ill prepared — in its attitudes, equipment and common practices — to treat the rising population of fat patients.

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‘Aviation’s Paris Moment’ as Nations Near Emissions Deal

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:22:17 GMT

Planes in Geneva. International flights now account for about 2 percent of annual worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.The measure would be a major step in reducing the effect of an often-overlooked contributor to climate change: greenhouse gas emissions from overseas flights.

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Obama Climate Plan, Now in Court, May Hinge on Error in 1990 Law

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:12:25 GMT

Rail cars containing coal in Williamson, W.Va. President Obama’s Clean Power Plan would close hundreds of coal-fired power plants, but faces a challenge in the courts this week.A failure to resolve conflicting amendments in the Clean Air Act about 26 years ago could imperil the president’s signature climate change policy.

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China Hunts for Scientific Glory, and Aliens, With New Telescope

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:59:03 GMT

The new Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, in Guizhou Province, is roughly twice as sensitive as the world’s next-biggest single-dish radio telescope.The telescope, which officially began operating on Sunday in a majestic but poor part of Guizhou Province, embodies China’s ambitions as a scientific power.

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Jack Garman, Whose Judgment Call Saved Moon Landing, Dies at 72

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:28:47 GMT

Jack Garman in 1968. He had a long career at NASA.Mr. Garman was at a back-room console on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong told mission control of a possible computer systems overload. “As long as it doesn’t reoccur, it’s fine,” Mr. Garman said.

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