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Hundreds of Mysterious Stone ‘Gates’ Found in Saudi Arabia’s Desert

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:32:51 GMT

Using Google Earth, an archaeologist has identified nearly 400 stone structures called “gates” in Saudi Arabia. They may have been built by ancient nomadic tribes.With Google Earth, archaeologists have uncovered strange stone structures that may have been built by nomadic tribes in ancient lava fields.

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Native American Secrets Lie Buried in Huge Shell Mounds

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:09:39 GMT

Alice Kelley, a professor at the University of Maine, right, with her husband, Joseph, and Jacque Miller, a graduate student at the university, collected ground-penetrating radar data at a shell midden at Damariscotta, Me.Archaeologists in Maine are working to unearth artifacts buried for centuries in shell middens. But sea levels are rising, eroding the ancient sites.

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Volcanoes Helped Violent Revolts Erupt in Ancient Egypt

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:32:57 GMT

A harvest scene at the tomb of Petosiris, a high priest of Thoth, at Tuna el-Gebel, Egypt, from the Ptolemaic era. Researchers believe that volcanic eruptions during the period caused climatic changes that diminished flooding of the Nile River, causing crops to fail.During the Ptolemaic Period, fluctuations in Nile flooding triggered by eruptions may have led to violent uprisings, researchers report.

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LIGO Detects Fierce Collision of Neutron Stars for the First Time

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:17:34 GMT

An artist’s rendering of the merger of two neutron stars from Aug. 17.Seen and heard, the fireball is a stunning breakthrough into kilonovas, bursts of energy believed to produce metals like gold and uranium in the universe.

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Wolf Puppies Are Adorable. Then Comes the Call of the Wild.

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 14:46:31 GMT

Wolf pups at Wolf Park, a 65-acre zoo and research facility in Battle Ground, Ind., in July. Though wolves and dogs are extremely similar genetically, their behaviors are very different — and scientists seek to find out why.No matter how you raise a wolf, you can’t turn it into a dog. To find out why, scientists have to spend a lot of time cuddling and testing puppies.

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New Study Casts Doubt on Diagnosis of Adult-Onset A.D.H.D.

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:02:22 GMT

An A.D.H.D. questionnaire is given to a parent at a pediatrician’s office in Canton, Ga. A.D.H.D. rarely, perhaps never, begins in adulthood, a new study finds.Adults said to develop symptoms of A.D.H.D. may instead have substance abuse or mood problems, researchers concluded.

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Take a Number: Women Are More Likely to Address High Blood Pressure

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:18:49 GMT

A new report shows that women are more apt than men to control high blood pressure. Among those aged 18 to 39, women had a 62.6 percent rate of controlled hypertension, compared with 15.5 percent among men.Men and women develop hypertension at roughly the same rates, but men do not get it under control until much later in life, researchers find.

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Using DNA to Sketch What Victims Look Like; Some Call It Science Fiction

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:38:40 GMT

Chief Patrick Conry, second from right, defended the Police Department’s use of a technique that predicts unidentifiable victim’s appearances from DNA. “Once we identify the deceased, it’d go a long way to solving the crime itself,” he said.DNA phenotyping uses genes from human remains to give police an idea of what an unknown person looked like. Critics say the technology isn’t ready for crime-fighting.

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Ebola’s Legacy: Children With Cataracts

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:19:50 GMT

Aminata Conteh, 8, awaiting cataract surgery at a hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Two years after surviving Ebola, Aminata had a cataract, a debilitating complication from the disease that has affected children as young as 5.Cataracts usually afflict the old, but doctors in Africa have been shocked to find them in Ebola survivors as young as 5.

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F.D.A. Approves Second Gene-Altering Treatment for Cancer

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:48:01 GMT

Cells taken from cancer patients are genetically engineered to fight cancer at a Kite processing facility.The treatment will be for adults with aggressive non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma when chemotherapy has failed. It re-engineers a patient’s own cells to fight cancer.

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Review: ‘Jane’ Is an Absorbing Trip Into the Wild With Jane Goodall

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:45:15 GMT

Jane Goodall in the documentary “Jane,” directed by Brett Morgen.Brett Morgen’s documentary tells her story through footage of Ms. Goodall’s interactions with chimpanzees in what is now Tanzania.

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New Talks on Paris Climate Pact Are Set, and That’s Awkward for U.S.

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:51:15 GMT

President Trump announced in June that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord.International delegates will gather next month to discuss implementing the Paris agreement, and American negotiators will be there even though the United States has said it will quit the pact.

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How Dennis Overbye Makes Space-Time Relatable

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:25:52 GMT

Dennis Overbye, a Times science reporter, inside the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.From exosolar planets to colliding stars, The Times’s cosmic affairs correspondent introduces readers to the universe they live in.

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Patents for Restasis Are Invalidated, Opening Door to Generics

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:32:57 GMT

Four patents for the dry-eye treatment Restasis were invalidated by a federal judge on Monday. Allergan, the drug’s manufacturer, had sought to protect the patents by transferring them to a Native American tribe in New York State.The ruling, by a federal judge in Texas, is a setback for Allergan, which had transferred the patents to a Mohawk tribe in order to protect them.

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It Was a Universe-Shaking Announcement. But What Is a Neutron Star Anyway?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:24:51 GMT

An image captured by the Very Large Telescope in Chile shows light from a kilonova, or merging of two neutron stars, indicated by the red arrow, in the galaxy NGC 4993.Here are answers to some questions you might have about the discovery that was announced on Monday.

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Raising Concerns About a Widely Used Test to Measure Fertility

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:28:10 GMT

A medical staff member collecting an egg on a laboratory dish during the process of an in vitro fertilization.New research shows that the number of eggs a woman has left doesn’t necessarily predict her ability to conceive naturally.

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Detecting a Kilonova Explosion

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:00:23 GMT

For the first time, astronomers have seen and heard a pair of neutron stars collide in a crucible of cosmic alchemy.

The New Health Care: How a Healthy Economy Can Shorten Life Spans

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:32:49 GMT

An oil refinery plant in Pasadena, Tex. As economies in industrialized nations boom, they produce more air pollution, shortening some lives.In general, prosperity brings better health. But economic booms are also associated with air pollution, stress and car accidents.

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A Gun to His Head as a Child. In Prison as an Adult.

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:51:50 GMT

Raeann Sullivan at the house in Manchester, Conn., where she lives with her mother.Taking childhood trauma into account means asking inmates “What happened to you?” instead of “What is wrong with you?”

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‘Allah’ Is Found on Viking Funeral Clothes

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 15:35:27 GMT

A reconstructed Viking boat grave from the Gamla Uppsala archaeological site in Sweden is part of a Viking couture exhibition at the Enkopings Museum.The discovery of the Arabic characters in boat graves has raised questions about the influence of Islam in Scandinavia.

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Australia Debates: Does a Warming Planet Really Need More Coal?

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 10:11:07 GMT

An enormous expansion at Abbot Point, Australia’s most northern deep water coal port, is planned as part of a controversial mining project.Backers of a giant mine promise thousands of jobs, but the plan has provoked one of the most fervent environmental campaigns in Australian history.

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Fraud Scandals Sap China’s Dream of Becoming a Science Superpower

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:01:52 GMT

A plastic surgery procedure at a hospital in Shanghai in August. Under President Xi Jinping, China has set a goal of becoming “a global scientific and technology power” by 2049.Fraudulent research and faked peer reviews have led to a humiliating setback for China’s goal of becoming a global leader in scientific research.

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Kitchen of the Future: Smart and Fast but Not Much Fun

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:38:28 GMT

The Hestan Cue cookware system, on display at the Smart Kitchen Summit in Seattle. It uses Bluetooth technology to communicate with an app and cooking equipment to prepare food.At the Smart Kitchen Summit in Seattle, they talked of appliances that plan, shop, advise — and leave little room for the joy of cooking.

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How Did Wolves Become Dogs?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:07:43 GMT

Scientists aren’t entirely sure how wolves evolved into dogs, but new research into the genetic and social behavior of wolf pups may offer some clues.

Q&A: During Storms, Most Animals Take Shelter. But Some Birds Take Flight.

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:38:25 GMT

Some birds and animals found shelter during recent hurricanes, but many will struggle to live in a changed environment.

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