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Trilobites: Studying the Building Blocks of Life in Stereo Sound

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:47:33 GMT

The researchers used data-to-music mapping to transform amino acids to fit a musical range as depicted in this scale.To make it easier to sift through data on proteins, a composer and a biologist turned them into music, an approach that could have many applications.

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Dark Spot in Mars Photo Is Probably Wreckage of European Spacecraft

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:36:48 GMT

The remnants of the Schiaparelli lander seemed to appear on Mars in photos taken by a NASA orbiter, the European Space Agency said Friday.

Trilobites: If Planet Nine Is Out There, It Tilts Our Solar System

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:41:16 GMT

An artist’s rendering shows the distant view from Planet Nine back toward the sun.Astronomers have yet to confirm another planet-size body lies deep in the solar system, but they offered new evidence of its effects on other bodies.

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Trilobites: Meet the New Titanosaur. You Can Call It Wade.

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:49:53 GMT

An artist’s rendering of what Savannasaurus elliottorum, a newly discovered species of titanosaur in Australia, may have looked like.Paleontologists say a newly discovered species, found in Australia, may provide insight into why these massive animals moved out of what is now South America.

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Juno Hobbled but Healthy After Glitch, NASA Says

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:48:57 GMT

An image of the sunlit part of Jupiter showing its swirling atmosphere. Juno recently measured radio waves emanating from 215 to 250 miles below Jupiter’s colorful striped cloud tops. The data shows that these mysterious stripes descend toward the surface.The spacecraft put itself into “safe mode” early Wednesday and restarted its computer, scuttling observations that were to take place as it passed 3,000 miles above Jupiter’s clouds.

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Trilobites: Monkeys Can Make Stone Tools, but They Don’t Use Them

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:00:20 GMT

A capuchin monkey in Brazil banging one rock into another.Researchers found capuchin monkeys in Brazil that bang stones together, producing flakes that look similar to early human tools.

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How the First Farmers Changed History

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:00:37 GMT

A fossilized skeleton of a human who was buried beneath a floor in a family home in Ain Ghazal, a 10,000-year-old farming village in Jordan.Skeletons from ancient settlements in the Near East are providing answers about how agriculture, and society, arose.

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The Secret Life of Krill

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:30:00 GMT

The krill is food for whales, sea birds, penguins, squid and seals. But those predators are now in competition with commercial fisheries.Scientists are trying to learn what melting sea ice means for the pinkish, feathery-limbed crustacean that sustains penguins, sea birds and whales.

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Should You Let Your Dog Lick Your Face?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:04:51 GMT

Emil Scioli of Cliffside Park, N.J., gets a kiss from Sadie.There are potential hazards. Some bacteria in dogs’ mouths are zoonotic, meaning the animals can pass them to humans and cause disease, experts say.

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Trilobites: The Orionid Meteor Shower Will Peak Tonight. Don’t Expect Much.

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:54:57 GMT

Halley’s comet as seen from Australia in 1986. The comet’s trail leaves debris that Earth passes through twice a year, resulting in the Orionids and another meteor shower.The annual show left in the wake of Halley’s comet is expected to peak Thursday night and Friday morning, but the moon will most likely obscure views of meteors.

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Character Study: Rare Find in New York: A Teenage Birder

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:42:39 GMT

Kai Victor, a high school senior at the Dalton School, scanning the trees for birds in Central Park.Kai Victor, a high school senior, grew up next to Central Park and has been fascinated with birds since infancy.

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No Signal From Mars Lander, but European Officials Declare Mission a Success

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:11:35 GMT

A screen at the European Space Agency headquarters shows the signal sent back to Earth by the Trace Gas Orbiter spacecraft on Wednesday.The lack of a signal most likely means the planned “soft landing” failed, but the orbiter continues to gather and transmit data.

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Where should you live to escape climate change? Welcome to Boise!

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:58:37 GMT

A satellite image of the Arctic. Scientists say some cities will remain relatively safe places to live even as climate change causes sea levels to rise.Bets for avoiding the worst droughts, wildfires and floods also include Portland, Me., San Francisco, Detroit and — surprise — New York City.

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Reported Cases of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Are on Rise

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:48:08 GMT

Progress in the fight against chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis has “unraveled,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Tech Tip: Donate Your Computer’s Spare Time to Science

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:26:54 GMT

With the right software, you can give your computer’s spare processing power to a research project (and maybe make the world a better place).

Soloneshnoye Journal: Siberian Town Stakes a Claim as Humanity’s Cradle

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:30:23 GMT

The Cradle of Humanity Nature Park, near the entrance to the Denisova cave.In a small cave in rural Russia, some scientists say there’s compelling data about evolution and the interbreeding of a variety of early humans.

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ExoMars Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Mars as Word From Lander Is Awaited

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:00:18 GMT

A screen at the European Space Agency headquarters shows the signal sent back to Earth by the Trace Gas Orbiter spacecraft on Wednesday.The joint mission of the European and Russian space agencies consists of an orbiter and a lander looking for methane and testing landing technologies.

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Trilobites: Pluto May Have Clouds, New Data Indicate

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:20:59 GMT

Possible clouds on Pluto.Findings from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft include images showing seven small, bright spots that might be clouds floating just above Pluto’s surface.

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70 Nobel Laureates Endorse Hillary Clinton

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:54:04 GMT

Hillary Clinton at a fund-raiser and concert in San Francisco last week.In a letter, the experts in science, medicine and economics argued for “a president who will support and advance policies that will enable science and technology to flourish.”

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Editorial: Another Big Step on Climate

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 01:56:20 GMT

Air conditioning units on a building in Mumbai, India.A new global agreement will phase out a powerful planet-warming chemical used in air-conditioners and refrigerators.

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‘Brexit’ May Hurt Britain Where It Thrives: Science and Research

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:10:53 GMT

Adam Durant in Cambridge, England. A British scientist and entrepreneur, he received a European Union grant and was able to hire workers from other member countries without having to sponsor visas.Though nothing has changed since Britain voted to leave the European Union, the worries of Britain’s scientists mirror concerns in the business community.

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Trilobites: In Refrigerators, Tomatoes Lose Flavor at the Genetic Level

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:56:35 GMT

Tomatoes in an experimental greenhouse in western France in July.Once a tomato is picked from the vine, there’s only one thing you can do to preserve its flavor: Keep it out of the fridge.

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Venus: Inhospitable, and Perhaps Instructional

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:13:12 GMT

A rendering of the Akatsuki probe, which is orbiting Venus seeking climate data.It is hoped that a Japanese space probe, Akatsuki, orbiting Venus will provide insights that could help in understanding Earth’s weather.

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For Clinton and Trump, There’s Little Debating a Climate Change Divide

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:01:19 GMT

Former Vice President Al Gore with Hillary Clinton last Tuesday at a rally in Miami, where climate change was a major topic.Most Americans say they are interested in the issue, but it came up only once in the first two debates and is not among topics listed for the third.

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Q&A: Planets Spinning the ‘Wrong’ Way

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:29:54 GMT

There are theories, but no certainty, for why Venus rotates clockwise. In the solar system, only Venus and Uranus do so.

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ExoMars, Poised to Reach Red Planet and Gather Clues

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:23:55 GMT

A rendering of the ExoMars 2016 spacecraft’s lander that is scheduled to set down on Mars.The spacecraft is to arrive at the red planet on Wednesday, perhaps providing important clues about geological process, or even hints of life.

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Take a Number: Two Trillion Galaxies, at the Very Least

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:08:07 GMT

A Hubble Space Telescope view of thousands of galaxies made during the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey.Once you get past a couple of hundred billion, who’s counting?

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Raw Data: Physicists Recover From a Summer’s Particle ‘Hangover’

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:54:51 GMT

The history of science has shown that setbacks, like the exotic new particle that wasn’t, give way to renewed quests, and theorists lean on experimenters.

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