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Hunched Over a Microscope, He Sketched the Secrets of How the Brain Works

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:44:52 GMT

Illustrations by Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the Spanish neuroscientist, from the book “The Beautiful Brain.” From left: A diagram suggesting how the eyes might transmit a unified picture of the world to the brain; a purkinje neuron from the human cerebellum; and a diagram showing the flow of information through the hippocampus in the brain.The illustrations of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, are featured in the new book “The Beautiful Brain.”

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SpaceX Launches Rocket Carrying Space Station Cargo

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:53:32 GMT

The rocket lifted off from a launchpad used for the Apollo moon missions. It was the first launch from Kennedy Space Center in more than five years.

Matter: Disappearing Seagrass Protects Against Pathogens, Even Climate Change, Scientists Find

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:00:58 GMT

A school of fusiliers swimming over seagrass in the Indian Ocean.An ecological cornerstone is vanishing rapidly from the oceans, and scientists fear the consequences for climate change, fisheries and disease.

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Trilobites: Prey: The Reason Turtles First Came Out of Their Shells

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:59:46 GMT

An artist’s rendering of a 150-million-year-old turtle that was able to retract its head partway into its shell by pulling its neck straight back.Some researchers think turtles evolved the ability to retract and then stretch their necks to snatch prey, not defend themselves in their shells.

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Trilobites: After Earth’s Worst Mass Extinction, Life Rebounded Rapidly, Fossils Suggest

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:26:24 GMT

Evidence of marine life that was thriving about 1.3 million years after the largest mass extinction on Earth has been found in what is now Paris Canyon in Idaho.A teenager’s fossil hunt two decades ago may have changed paleontologists’ understanding of how long it took to recover from the “Great Dying” 252 million years ago.

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NASA Looks to Speed Timetable for Putting Astronauts in Deep Space

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:32:01 GMT

An artist’s rendition of NASA’s Space Launch System. NASA announced on Wednesday that it wanted to consider taking astronauts on the rocket’s first flight.The agency’s acting administrator offered the first hints of a notable mission that could lead to a return to the moon in the Trump era.

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Harvard and M.I.T. Scientists Win Gene-Editing Patent Fight

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:35:16 GMT

The ruling gives the Broad Institute the potentially lucrative rights, a blow to the University of California, often said to be the birthplace of the technique.

A Race to Document Rare Plants Before These Cliffs Are Ground to Dust

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:44:22 GMT

A small lake has formed at the bottom of one of the Kampot karsts in Phnom Kampong Trach, a mountain in Cambodia.The species native to Cambodia’s limestone karsts exist nowhere else. Now these unique environments are being pulverized for cement.

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SpaceX Launches Rocket to Internation Space Station

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:40:55 GMT

A Falcon 9 rocket from Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, SpaceX, was launched at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday, carrying supplies, experiments and cargo to the International Space Station.

SpaceX Scrubs Rocket Launch

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:30:35 GMT

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Saturday.The company may try again as soon as Sunday to launch the rocket, which carries materials for the space station.

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Essay: Tax Advice From Lawmakers Turned Lawbreakers

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:30:02 GMT

The politicians who not only write laws but also break them know the ins and outs of the tax system. Why not study their examples for a little smart advice?

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The Murky Future of Nuclear Power in the United States

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:00:22 GMT

A view into Unit 4 at the Alvin W. Vogtle generating station in Georgia. The complex plans to use AP1000 reactors from Westinghouse.A nuclear renaissance fizzles as costs soar, green energy makes gains and regulatory pain rises.

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How the Nuclear Threat From North Korea Has Grown

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 02:17:21 GMT

Ryoo Yong-gyu, a director of earthquake and volcano monitoring in South Korea, spoke in Seoul about seismic activity on the Korean peninsula after a North Korean nuclear test in September 2016.The country's missile test this month gave weapons monitors a status report on the progress of North Korea's nuclear program. They said there was a significant advance.

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Work Stops at C.D.C.’s Top Deadly Germ Lab Over Air Hose Safety

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:09:23 GMT

In this 2007 photo, Thomas Stevens Jr. and Amy Hartman of the C.D.C demonstrated the process of suiting up in order to access the interior of the organization’s Biosafety Level-4 laboratory.Work has stopped temporarily at the government lab handling viruses like Ebola because air hoses used in safety suits were not tested for breathing safety.

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Beyond ‘Hidden Figures’: Nurturing New Black and Latino Math Whizzes

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:11:11 GMT

Jonathan Jackson, far left, of the Bronx, was among the middle-school students who attended BEAM 6, an elite math camp that drew from public schools with low-income populations.A free math camp for middle-school students from New York’s poorest neighborhoods was an effort to increase the number of blacks and Latinos with advanced math degrees.

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E.P.A. Workers Try to Block Pruitt in Show of Defiance

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:56:44 GMT

Scott Pruitt at his confirmation hearing last month to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.Employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are calling their senators to try to defeat Scott Pruitt’s confirmation to run the agency.

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Op-Ed Contributors: By Investing in Science, Trump Can Strengthen the Economy

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:11:31 GMT

Protesters in New York in January.Federal support for science has been getting leaner as countries in Europe and Asia have been ramping up research spending.

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Winston Churchill Wrote of Alien Life in a Lost Essay

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:45:02 GMT

Winston Churchill, a longtime science enthusiast, at his home in Kent, England, in October 1939. He sent an essay to his publisher that month, just weeks after Britain entered World War II, that pondered the existence of extraterrestrials.At the onset of World War II, he took the time to write a scientific paper about the probability of life elsewhere in the universe.

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India Launches 104 Satellites From a Single Rocket, Ramping Up a Space Race

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:01:46 GMT

The Indian Space Research Organization launched a flock of 104 satellites into space over the course of 18 minutes on Wednesday.The country nearly tripled the previous record of 37, set by Russia, establishing itself as a major player in the growing market for surveillance and communication.

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Intel Drops Its Sponsorship of Science Fairs, Prompting an Identity Crisis

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 03:30:14 GMT

Karan Jerath, winner of the 2015 Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award at the International Science and Engineering Fair, on campus at the University of Texas at Austin on Monday.The chip giant is ending its support of the fairs and sponsoring newer events like homemade engineering contests. Critics say the traditional fairs are as vital as ever.

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Dubai Plans a Taxi That Skips the Driver, and the Roads

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:31:01 GMT

The Ehang 184 autonomous drone on display this week at the World Government Summit 2017 in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. The drone can carry one rider and a small suitcase.Pilotless drones, capable of carrying one passenger and a small suitcase, are set to begin buzzing above the United Arab Emirates city as early as July.

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Trilobites: Ancient Jars Hold Clues About Earth’s Fluctuating Magnetic Fields

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:56:53 GMT

A piece of a sixth-century B.C. jar handle from an archaeological site southeast of Jerusalem. The jars record the Earth’s magnetic field when they are fired and cooled, giving scientists a way to study the strength of the field when the jars were made.By scanning pottery from the Iron Age kingdom of Judah, geoscientists detected a spike and then a decline in the planet’s magnetic field starting in the eighth century B.C.

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Trilobites: How to Keep the Bloom on That Valentine Rose

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:20:37 GMT

Roses are a favorite for Valentine’s Day, but their vase life is shorter than many other flowers.Just like hangover cures, there are many theories about the best method for keeping cut flowers fresh. Here’s what you need to know.

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Human Gene Editing Receives Science Panel’s Support

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:08:12 GMT

Embryos being removed from cryogenic storage. An advisory group has endorsed the engineering of human eggs, sperm and embryos only to prevent babies from being born with genes known to cause serious diseases and disability.Pressed by controversial, advancing technology, an influential committee laid out the conditions under which human embryos might be engineered with heritable traits.

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First Words: Is the ‘Anthropocene’ Epoch a Condemnation of Human Interference — or a Call for More?

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:00:14 GMT

When some climate scientists began saying we’d entered a new epoch, they meant to draw attention to human effects on climate. Now, to their dismay, it’s become a tech call to arms for more disruption.

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Op-Ed Contributor: When Canadian Scientists Were Muzzled by Their Government

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:21:22 GMT

American scientists should learn from their northern neighbors. Reject interference. Stay vigilant. Stay scientists.

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Grisly Cleanup Follows Deaths of 400 Whales in New Zealand

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:07:01 GMT

A dead pilot whale lay on a beach at Farewell Spit in New Zealand on Saturday as volunteers tried to help the stranded whales that still had a chance of surviving.Excavators and dump trucks moved over 200 decomposing carcasses of pilot whales away from the coastline. Gas buildup in the carcasses risked explosions.

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Lower Back Ache? Be Active and Wait It Out, New Guidelines Say

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 22:00:25 GMT

Sommer Kleweno Walley at home in Seattle. After she slipped on steps and began having back pain, a doctor prescribed physical therapy and an anti-inflammatory drug. Her pain was gone in a few months.A national physicians’ group says back pain is treated best by exercise, massage therapy or yoga and over-the-counter pain relievers, not medications like opioids.

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Sharp Rise Reported in Older Americans’ Use of Multiple Psychotropic Drugs

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:00:14 GMT

Tablets of the antidepressants Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft. A new analysis, based on data from doctors’ office visits, suggests that inappropriate prescribing to older people is more common than previously thought.Almost half of these people were not diagnosed with any mood, chronic pain or sleep problem, researchers reported in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

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ScienceTake: How a Little Bit of Hydra Regrows a Whole Animal

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:00:36 GMT

A protein scaffold in the body of the hydra, a tiny predator, helps it regenerate a whole animal from even a small piece.

Growth Secrets of the Hydra

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:00:35 GMT

The tiny hydra, a relative of jellyfish and a favorite in school biology labs, can regrow a whole animal from a piece, partly because even small remnants contain part of a protein scaffold that guides development.