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Trilobites: The Great Red Spot Descends Deep Into Jupiter

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:36:07 GMT

An artist’s rendering of the Juno spacecraft with Jupiter, including the red spot, behind it. The spacecraft is about a fourth of the way through its mission.The iconic storm plunges 200 miles beneath the clouds of the solar system’s largest planet, and possibly much deeper, according to data from NASA’s Juno spacecraft.

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Trilobites: How Layers in a Latte Form

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:25:11 GMT

A layered latte made at home by Bob Fankauser, a retired engineer in Oregon, who wanted to know how espresso poured into heated milk created those layers.A retired engineer’s accident while making a coffee drink spurred fluid dynamics researchers to study how espresso and milk arrange themselves in a glass.

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Trump’s E.P.A. Chemical Safety Nominee Withdraws

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:12:15 GMT

Michael L. Dourson, President Trump’s nominee to oversee the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety division, at his Senate confirmation hearing in October. In recent weeks, two Republican senators came forward to say they would not support him.The nominee, Michael L. Dourson, had faced criticism on several fronts for his ties to the chemical industry.

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A Glimpse of Oumuamua

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:00:18 GMT

Astronomers have discovered a passing rock from another star — the first interstellar asteroid.

Matter: Ancient Penguins Were Giant Waddling Predators

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:32:40 GMT

An artist’s rendering compares Kumimanu biceae, an extinct giant penguin, to a human diver. Kumimanu stood 5 feet 7 inches and weighed 220 pounds. It is among the earliest known penguin species.Scientists have discovered an fossilized penguin as big as a human, and with a long, spear-like beak.

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Trilobites: Ticks Trapped in Amber Were Likely Sucking Dinosaur Blood

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:27:30 GMT

An image of a 99-million-year-old tick, enlarged at inset, grasping a dinosaur feather, preserved in amber found in Myanmar.It is rare to find parasites with their hosts in the fossil record, and the discovery is the first direct evidence of the pests feeding on dinosaur blood.

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Tiny Moon May Orbit Distant Object That NASA’s New Horizons Probe Will Visit

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:38:02 GMT

An artist’s rendering shows a flyby of the New Horizons spacecraft of 2014 MU69, a distant object in the solar system’s Kuiper belt. MU69 is no more than 20 miles wide, and it’s possible, scientists say, it has an even smaller moon.When the New Horizons spacecraft that passed Pluto in 2015 completes its flyby of 2014 MU69 at the solar system’s edge, it may find a moon.

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ScienceTake: Curious Orangutans, Raised by Humans, Do Better on Cognitive Tests

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:30:31 GMT

Orangutans who were raised around people in safe environments are more curious and score better on cognitive tests.

Basics: Precious Gems Bear Messages From Earth’s Molten Heart

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:33:11 GMT

The Patricia Emerald is one of the largest uncut emeralds in the world, weighing 632 carats. Many of the qualities that make rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds so exceptional — their hardness, brilliant coloring and rarity — are also key to their scientific value.We may covet gemstones for their beauty, but their real value lies in what they tell scientists about the extreme forces at work deep underground.

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As Zika Babies Become Toddlers, Some Can’t See, Walk or Talk

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:09:14 GMT

A baby born with microcephaly caused by Zika virus in a rehabilitation center in Recife, Brazil, last year. The most severely affected babies have little language or mobility and will likely require a lifetime of care, a new study shows.They are 2 years old, but developmentally they are 6 months old. The children most severely affected by Zika face a lifetime of care, new research shows.

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How Global Warming Fueled Five Extreme Weather Events

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:07:45 GMT

A wildfire in Azusa, Calif., in 2016. New research has analyzed 27 extreme weather events from that year for links to climate change.Scientists analyzed 27 extreme weather events from 2016 and found that global warming was a “significant driver” for most of them. We look at five cases.

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Marijuana and Vaping Are More Popular Than Cigarettes Among Teenagers

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:01:15 GMT

The Juul brand e-cigarette, which resembles a flash drive, is popular among underage vapers. Conventional cigarette smoking has dropped so sharply among American teenagers that marijuana use and vaping are now more common.The latest national survey of adolescent drug use found declining use of most substances, including alcohol, tobacco, prescription opioids and stimulants.

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A ‘Game Changer’ for Patients With Irregular Heart Rhythm

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:01:13 GMT

John Sueme of St. Louis was the first patient to receive an experimental treatment that exposes scarred heart tissue to radiation, eliminating damaged cells that cause rapid, sometimes fatal heartbeats.Rapid, erratic heartbeats — called ventricular tachycardia — can lead to sudden death. An experimental radiation treatment has eased the condition in five patients.

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Scientists Link Hurricane Harvey’s Record Rainfall to Climate Change

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:10:36 GMT

Evading a wave in Houston after Hurricane Harvey hit on Aug. 25.Two studies of the storm that overwhelmed Houston last summer say global warming made the rain much worse.

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Baby Born With Heart Outside Her Body Is Saved by U.K. Surgeons

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:31:50 GMT

Naomi Findlay and Dean Wilkins with their 3-week-old daughter, Vanellope Hope Wilkins, at a hospital in Leicester, England, on Monday. The baby’s condition is extremely rare — estimated at five to eight cases per one million live births.Vanellope Hope Wilkins, who had her first operation within an hour of birth, is believed to be first newborn in Britain to survive the corrective procedure.

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Belgium’s Lavish Energy Use Sheds Light on More Than Just Its Roads

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:17:58 GMT

A well-lit highway south of Brussels. The official explanation for Belgium’s unusual approach to public lighting is that it helps road safety and provides security.The country keeps two million streetlights on overnight, generating profits for utilities and politicians at a cost for consumers and the environment.

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Another Human Foot Washes Ashore in Canada. That Makes 13.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:53:53 GMT

Mike Johns, left, and his dog Taz discovered a human foot last week in the hamlet of Jordan River on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. It was the 13th foot to wash ashore in the province since 2007.A man walking his dog on Vancouver Island found a leg with a foot in a black sneaker on a beach. The authorities are trying to get a DNA sample from it.

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In Captivity, Orangutans Unlock Greater Curiosity and Intelligence

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:30:28 GMT

Orangutans become more curious if they spend a lot of time with humans in a safe environment. And that means they are better at solving cognitive puzzles.

Trump Announces That the Moon Is Astronauts’ Next Destination

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:07:31 GMT

A so-called ‘supermoon’ behind the Capitol and the Jefferson Memorial in Washington earlier this month. President Trump signed a policy directive Monday confirming that the moon should be the next destination for astronauts.The presidential directive called for partnership with other nations and commercial companies but did not offer details about schedule or cost.

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Trilobites: New Pacific Island Could Resemble Ancient Martian Volcanoes

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:48:32 GMT

The crater lake from the summit rim at the center of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, which was formed by an underwater volcanic eruption in 2014. Scientists studying the new land mass hope it can serve as a template for better understanding ancient Mars.An explosive volcanic eruption in 2014 resulted in a new addition to the Tonga Islands. Its shifting landscape could help scientists studying Mars.

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With Climate Change, Tree Die-Offs May Spread in the West

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:38:14 GMT

Areas in the Santa Fe National Forest, near Bandalier National Monument in New Mexico, were still scarred in September 2015, four years after the Las Conchas Fire.Forests will be decimated as trees become less resilient to drought and higher temperatures, new data suggest.

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A Nasty, Nafta-Related Surprise: Mexico’s Soaring Obesity

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:35:00 GMT

An Oxxo convenience store in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. The chain, which had 400 stores in the country in 1990, now has nearly 16,000.Few predicted when Mexico joined the free-trade deal that it would transform the country in a way that would saddle millions with diet-related illnesses.

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To Test for Climate Disasters: Break, Burn and Throw Stuff

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:49:15 GMT

The projectile launcher can hurl debris at 100 miles an hour, or about the speed of a Category 2 hurricane, at a target about 20 feet away.A team of researchers is destroying things — with wind, water and fire — to help insurers manage the increasing risks of extreme weather.

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Q&A: Neanderthals: The Original Globetrotters

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:07:05 GMT

Modern humans and Neanderthals had a long history together. Many of us still carry the genetic traces.

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The New Health Care: Birth Control and Breast Cancer: Putting the Risk in Perspective

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:52:49 GMT

The small increased breast cancer risk from birth control pills and intrauterine devices should be weighed against potential benefits. The risk can’t be ignored but isn’t as great as it may seem from a recent study.

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DNA Tattoos Are the Final Frontier of Love

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 23:00:24 GMT

Virginia Elwood and Stephanie Tamez, tattoo artists and partners, have matching body art made with their DNA.A nifty new patented technology allows you to take your loved ones with you wherever and forever. Yes, even cats. Talk about “Winona Forever”!

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Prescription Drugs May Cost More With Insurance Than Without It

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 17:36:08 GMT

The generic version of Crestor — rosuvastatin — cost Patrik Swanljung of Anacortes, Wash., about $38 less when he bought it through a website rather than using his health insurance. Consumers are finding that they can sometimes save money on their drug costs by not using their insurance.Some consumers are finding they can get a better deal on prescription drugs by leaving their insurance cards at home.

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How to Save Money on Your Prescription Drugs

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 17:01:17 GMT

The website for GoodRx shows the varying prices for an antibiotic used to treat eye infections.Online prescription sites may help you find cheaper prices for some drugs, sometimes without using your insurance.

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The Rich and Royal History of Purple, the Color of 2018

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:14:59 GMT

Pantone’s color of the year for 2018 is a shade of purple.Ultra Violet, Pantone’s color of 2018, is a shade of purple, a hue that signifies power and wealth but with origins in the mucus of sea snails.

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Supplements Claiming to Ease Opioid Addiction Come Under Scrutiny

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:40:03 GMT

The F.D.A. recently warned about the “deadly risks” of kratom, a botanical substance that has been marketed as a safe treatment for opioid withdrawal. More and more businesses promote unproven remedies under the guise of dietary supplements that are not regulated like drugs.Advocacy groups and the F.D.A. have warned that companies are capitalizing on the epidemic by offering unproven remedies.

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Trilobites: Why We ‘Hear’ Some Silent GIFs

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 17:05:13 GMT

There are no audio tracks with these looping images, but some people really do “hear” them, neuroscientists say.

Why Is Fashion Having an Astral Moment?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:02:01 GMT

Buzz Aldrin, a space evangelist, has attached his name, and his myth, to a “Mission to Mars” collection of coats, duffels and backpacks, in collaboration with Sprayground.Buzz Aldrin has attached his name to a line of street wear — just one sign that space is exerting an outsize influence on pop culture.

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Trilobites: Actually, You Do Want to Know How This Sausage Gets Made

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:38:41 GMT

Bacteria are responsible for the delicious taste of salami, although industrial microbes do not yield as tasty dried sausages as wild microbes.Starter bacteria used in salami made by industrial manufacturers are safer, but result in less flavorful dried sausage than the artisanal process.

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Trilobites: Tracking Dolphins With Algorithms You Might Find on Facebook

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:04:06 GMT

Researchers developed an algorithm that analyzed recordings of millions of dolphin clicks gathered using underwater sensors in the Gulf of Mexico.Scientists leveraged machine learning techniques to sift through recordings of dolphin clicks, which could help with monitoring the health of the sea mammals.

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How to Avoid a White-Knuckle Drive on Black Ice

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:51:23 GMT

Cars damaged in a crash after freezing rain fell near Ferrières, France, in January 2013.The slick roadway condition can be difficult to detect and develops unpredictably. Here’s what you can do to avoid this hazard.

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The First Photos of a Pearl Harbor Warship’s Watery Grave

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:11:16 GMT

The Ward near Mare Island, Calif., in 1918.The destroyer, the first to fire a shot “in anger” in Pearl Harbor at the start of the American involvement in World War II, was photographed this month at the bottom of the waters off the Philippines, where it sank in 1944.

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Renewable Energy Is Surging. The G.O.P. Tax Bill Could Curtail That.

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:07:53 GMT

A wind turbine generator outside Peetz, Colo. The Republican tax bills seek to scale back tax preferences for renewable energy like wind and solar.The tax bills moving through Congress could hobble the United States’ renewable energy industry because of provisions that scale back incentives for wind and solar power.

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