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Matter: Fire May Be the Only Remedy for a Plague Killing Deer and Elk

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:40:57 GMT

A deer with chronic wasting disease.Deer and elk are dying from chronic wasting disease in growing numbers. Burning the land may be the only way to turn back the disease.

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Trilobites: Waves Above the Earth May Have Once Caused a ‘Nocturnal Sun’

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:57:59 GMT

Airglow, light more than 60 miles above Earth’s surface, happens when molecules broken apart by ultraviolet light from the sun reunite, releasing energy in the form of light.Historical observations of bright nights that were almost like daytime have a new explanation in forces of the upper atmosphere.

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Carbon in Atmosphere Is Rising, Even as Emissions Stabilize

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:42:29 GMT

The Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station in Tasmania.Scientists are concerned over the cause of the rapid rise, which may indicate the world’s natural sponges that absorb carbon dioxide have changed.

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Trilobites: Solving the Scorching Mystery of the Sun’s Erupting Plasma Jets

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:24:29 GMT

Jets of solar material called spicules shoot out from the sun.After decades of study, scientists have developed a model to explain how violent solar spicules form.

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Trilobites: Why Do Bird Eggs Have Different Shapes? Look to the Wings

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:19:05 GMT

A collection of bird eggs of different shapes and sizes. On a global scale, one of the best predictors of egg shape is flight ability, a study found.In the most comprehensive study of egg shapes to date, scientists say that the best predictor of long or pointy eggs is a bird’s flying ability.

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Trilobites: High Above Mars, a NASA Orbiter Spies the Curiosity Rover

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:58:57 GMT

In this false-color photograph taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on June 5, the small blue dot in the center is NASA’s Curiosity rover.The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been taking images of the rover about every three months to monitor the surrounding area for changes.

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Yellowstone Grizzly Bear to Lose Endangered Species Protection

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:00:26 GMT

A grizzly bear in Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced on Thursday that the bear, which has been on the endangered species list since 1975, was thriving in the region.

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Trilobites: Sun Showers and the Science Behind This Weather Paradox

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:20:08 GMT

Rain fell on a meadow near Eggenthal in southern Germany as the sun broke through the clouds.Let’s take a moment to appreciate what causes the phenomenon of rain falling at the same time that the sun is shining.

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Out There: Earth-Size Planets Among Final Tally of NASA’s Kepler Telescope

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:00:12 GMT

An artist’s conception of KOI-961, a star system detected by the Kepler space telescope. It has three of the smallest planets known so far to orbit a star other than our sun.Setting the stage for the next chapter in the quest to end cosmic loneliness, astronomers released a list of objects they are 90 percent sure are planets orbiting other stars.

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How I Got the Shot: To Photograph a Galápagos Tortoise, Get Out of the Race

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:18:17 GMT

“On the last day of my assignment in the Galápagos, I noticed a couple of tortoises on the road that leads from Puerto Ayora to the airport. I asked my driver to stop the car.”Slow and steady, learns Federico Rios Escobar, isn’t just great advice for composing an image; it’s also an appealing state of mind.

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The Lab Says It’s Cancer. But Sometimes the Lab Is Wrong.

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:01:32 GMT

Timothy Karman discovered he had prostate cancer a few days after being told her was cancer-free as a result of a lab error. Thousands of patients may receive incorrect cancer diagnoses each year because of biopsy mix-ups. New technology can help prevent the mistakes — if pathologists adopt it.

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The Solution for Skin Ailments Could Be Right Under Your Nose

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:02:30 GMT

While bacteria have long been associated with disorders like acne and eczema, scientists are now fighting back with friendly members of the skin’s microbiome.

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Take a Number: Nearly Half of Teens Have Had Sex by Age 19, Survey Finds

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:31:24 GMT

Students in a forum on affirmative consent in San Francisco in 2015.Sexual activity declined among adolescents in the 1990s, and rates have remained low. Still, teenagers in the United States are more likely to become pregnant than those in other western countries.

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Q&A: A Matter of Considerable Gravity

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:54:57 GMT

All the planets in the solar system interact gravitationally with the sun, but Jupiter’s great mass makes this interaction visible.

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Elias Burstein, Pioneer in Semiconductors, Dies at 99

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:59:49 GMT

Elias Burstein, who died this month in Bryn Mawr, Pa., was one of the first scientists to use lasers to do research on semiconductors and insulators.Mr. Burstein was one of the first scientists to use lasers to do research on semiconductors and insulators, and held patents for a method to increase the semiconducting capacity of silicon.

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘The Mind of God’

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 21:57:34 GMT

The neurologist and author Jay Lombard.The neurologist Jay Lombard discusses the brain and its connection to what he describes as our deeper, spiritual underpinnings.

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Dr. John Sarno, 93, Dies; Best-Selling Author Tied Pain to Anxieties

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:22:17 GMT

Dr. John Sarno in “All the Rage,” a documentary film about him that was released Friday.Dr. Sarno was both hailed and dismissed for his contention that most chronic pain could be traced to deep within the psyche.

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Senate Health Plan Falls Short of Promise for Cheaper Care, Experts Say

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 01:02:50 GMT

Health Secretary Tom Price meeting with people from Missouri and elsewhere in the White House on Wednesday to discuss their objections to the Affordable Care Act.Republicans say a new health law would make it easier and more affordable to get care. But the opposite may be true.

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The Times’s Resident Expert for a World on Fire

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:45:21 GMT

National Republican Guards and firefighters try to extinguish a wildfire in central Portugal on June 19.Canada, Portugal, London: How the fire expertise of our Phoenix bureau chief informs our global reporting.

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Turkey Drops Evolution From Curriculum, Angering Secularists

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:39:42 GMT

Schoolchildren in Istanbul. Turkey’s decision to stop teaching evolution in high schools has deepened concerns that the president, a conservative Muslim, wants to radically change the identity of the secular country.A chapter on evolution will no longer appear in ninth graders’ textbooks because it is considered too “controversial” an idea, an education official said.

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Xi Jinping Is Set for a Big Gamble With China’s Carbon Trading Market

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:01:19 GMT

The Wujing Coal-Electricity Power Station on the Huangpu River in Shanghai. China’s cap-and-trade carbon emissions market will most likely start with three industries: coal-fired power plants, cement and aluminum.A carbon trading program is shaping up as a big policy retort to President Trump’s decision to quit the Paris accord. But getting local industries on board will be a challenge.

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Insurers Battle Families Over Costly Drug for Fatal Disease

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:50:19 GMT

Nolan and Jack Willis, ahead of a doctor’s visit this month.The case of Exondys 51 poses emotionally charged issues for families of young boys with a rare illness, who are fighting companies to get coverage for an expensive drug approved on a lower bar of proof.

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14 Years Old. Losing Muscle Every Day.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:24:48 GMT

Nicolas is 14 and has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which is robbing him of his muscles — and his life. A new and expensive drug may help, but can he get it?

Review: In ‘Food Evolution,’ Scientists Strike Back

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:46:21 GMT

Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s documentary gives G.M.O. opponents their say, but leaves the last word to food technologists, who insist on reviewing the data.

Frédérick Leboyer, Who Saw Childbirth Through Baby’s Eyes, Dies at 98

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:56:31 GMT

Frédérick Leboyer in 1976. In his 1974 book, he argued that the modern delivery room bowed to the needs of doctors, women and procedures while often overlooking those of a primary player in the birth: the baby.Mr. Leboyer, a French physician, advocated natural birth methods that focused on easing suffering for the baby.

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Dr. Lawrence Weed, Pioneer in Recording Patient Data, Dies at 93

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:10:56 GMT

Dr. Lawrence L. Weed, who created a system for organizing patient information that is used all over the world, at a lecture in 1971.Dr. Weed created a system for organizing medical data that is used all over the world, and helped develop a computerized method for aiding diagnosis and treatment.

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Jerry Nelson, Designer of the Segmented Telescope, Dies at 73

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:29:57 GMT

Jerry Nelson peering into a mirror at the Lick Observatory. Mr. Nelson, an astronomer, helped design a telescope that has become a model for many advanced modern-day telescopes.Mr. Nelson’s design, made decades after the size limit was thought to have been reached, allowed scientists to peer farther into the universe than ever before.

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Kangiqsujuaq Journal: A Lost Art in the Arctic: Igloo Making

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:00:02 GMT

Igloos built by Tiisi Qisiiq and Adami Sakiagak near Kangiqsujuaq, Nunavik, Quebec.One of Canada’s remaining igloo builders teaches the disappearing technique that was once common knowledge among the Inuit people.

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Too Hot to Fly? Climate Change May Take a Toll on Air Travel

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:06:20 GMT

Temperatures rising above 118 degrees grounded some aircraft at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The hot air was too thin to provide the lift they needed to take off successfully.Excess heat in Phoenix grounded more than 40 flights in recent days, and scientists say a warming climate could also mean more turbulent rides.

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Draft Order on Drug Prices Proposes Easing Regulations

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:25:31 GMT

President Trump meeting with leaders from the pharmaceutical industry in January.A draft of an executive order obtained by The Times appears to give the drug industry what it wants with no guarantee that consumer costs will fall.

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Trilobites: Summer Solstice: A Great Moment to Ponder the Sun

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:24:46 GMT

Summer solstice at Stonehenge in 2004.The scientific start to summer in the Northern Hemisphere this week comes ahead of a total solar eclipse in August, when the moon will engulf the sun.

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Explorer: In the Footsteps of Charles Darwin

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:00:37 GMT

The Galápagos are an archipelago of 20 islands made famous by Charles Darwin, who formulated his theory of evolution there in 1835.A land-based vacation in the Galápagos offers snorkeling, cave exploration, mountain hikes, tortoises and, sometimes, a little mystery.

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