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Before a Solar Eclipse Crosses 14 States, a Great American Road Trip

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 22:24:45 GMT

Cars lined up on Sunday to get into Grand Teton National Park outside Jackson, Wyo. People are flocking to the area in anticipation of viewing a total solar eclipse on Monday.Traffic and a run on Moon Pies were anticipated in some places as Americans prepared for Monday’s eclipse, the first to move coast to coast in nearly a century.

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The Illuminating Power of Eclipses

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:29:03 GMT

A total solar eclipse seen on the Nile River in Egypt in 1900. Observations during solar eclipses have generated a wealth of knowledge across many fields throughout history.With the sun obscured, eclipses can be revelatory: Starting at least over 2,000 years ago, they have been fodder for significant discoveries.

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Why Some Say the Eclipse Is Best Experienced in a Crowd

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:46:36 GMT

Enthusiasm is contagious in the sense that seeing other people looking excited can increase the intensity of your own experience of excitement. If you are fortunate, you will end up standing next to people as expressive as these women, pictured watching the eclipse in 2015 from Nice, France.Human behavior researchers offer four reasons why it's worth experiencing totality in a large group, even if the toilets overflow.

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An Eclipse Chaser’s Guide to Your First Eclipse

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:30:22 GMT

Kate Russo has chased eclipses around the world. “There’s an element to it that’s addictive,” Ms. Russo said.The coming solar eclipse will be a wondrous sight — if you get into viewing position in time, the clouds cooperate and you’re ready to have your mind blown.

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Trilobites: Taking Photos Won’t Take You Out of the Moment, Study Suggests

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:21:37 GMT

Taking a photo during a solar eclipse in Indonesia in March 2016.Tempted to grab that once-in-a-lifetime eclipse snapshot? Feel free: Taking pictures helps people engage with and remember experiences more deeply, according to new research.

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Trilobites: Why You Can’t Trust Yourself to Match Photos of Strangers’ Faces

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:38:57 GMT

Tested with this and other pairings of comparable difficulty, subjects accepted about 24 percent of fake matches. Novices were conned most easily, the study found, when the two strangers had a similar hairstyle.When people online incorrectly identified a man as a participant at a white nationalist rally, they fell into a common trap of being deceived by similar hairstyles.

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Out There: During an Eclipse, Darkness Falls and Wonder Rises

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:25:21 GMT

The reporter Dennis Overbye with his daughter, Mira, observing a solar eclipse in 2006.A total solar eclipse brings tears, screams, even reverence to those in its path.

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Photos: The Eclipse Is Coming. Are You Ready?

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 21:54:39 GMT

On Monday, the moon will blot out the sun. Here’s what people are doing to prepare.

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Wreckage of U.S.S. Indianapolis, Lost for 72 Years, Is Found in the Pacific

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 21:47:14 GMT

The cruiser Indianapolis off Mare Island, Calif., on July 10, 1945, weeks before it was sunk by a Japanese torpedo. Researchers have found its wreckage.A search team led by Paul G. Allen, a founder of Microsoft, found the Navy cruiser, whose sinking is among the worst disasters in American naval history.

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By Degrees: Should You Trust Climate Science? Maybe the Eclipse Is a Clue

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:11:37 GMT

At left, observing a solar eclipse in Indonesia in 2016. At right, a depiction of Galileo showing the poet John Milton his telescope.Many Americans will follow the solar eclipse on Monday because of a scientific prediction. But we seem to take some forecasts more seriously than others.

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The Demons of Darkness Will Eat Men, and Other Solar Eclipse Myths

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:24:29 GMT

An annular eclipse as seen from Arizona in 2012. Many ancient civilizations saw eclipses as bad omens.Here’s a glimpse at the way that civilizations around the world have understood solar eclipses, and used them to reinforce cultural norms and values.

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Pursuits: Birders and Naturalists Ponder the Fate of the Greater Sage Grouse

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:00:22 GMT

The greater sage grouse is a favorite among birders.The Interior Secretary recently announced that efforts to protect the handsome bird, known for an amazing mating dance, are being reviewed.

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What Happens to Solar Power in an Eclipse? We’ll Find Out Monday

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 20:49:39 GMT

Grid operators will scramble when solar panels go dark — a rare trial run for a future in which the nation will be more reliant on renewable energy.

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How to Stay Sane During a Solar Eclipse

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:00:02 GMT

The terrifying beauty of totality is best confronted in a crowd.

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Matter: A Speedier Way to Catalog Human Cells (All 37 Trillion of Them)

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:59:59 GMT

A light micrograph showing Caenorhabditis elegans, a worm in which scientists used a new method to determine cell types.Many types of cells remain unknown, but researchers have discovered a faster way to group cells by function, paving the way for a complete census.

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Trilobites: Researchers Offer Solution to Puzzle of Sea Snakes With Jet-Black Skin

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:25:03 GMT

Researchers have found that turtle-headed sea snakes living closer to humans lose their colored bands to become darker, solid-colored snakes, as a result of pollution.Turtle-headed sea snakes that live closer to humans develop darker skin, which may be like a pollution trap that they shed.

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Some Democrats See Tax Overhaul as a Path to Taxing Carbon

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:39:59 GMT

Senators Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, second from left, and Brian Schatz of Hawaii, third from left, hope to curry bipartisan support for a carbon tax as part of a larger deal on tax reform.Two Senate Democrats are advocating a carbon tax plan that would cut the corporate tax rate as well as greenhouse gas emissions.

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Art Review: How Do You Paint an Eclipse? Work Fast in the Dark

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:45:06 GMT

A 1925 painting by Howard Russell Butler in “Transient Effects: The Solar Eclipses and Celestial Landscapes of Howard Russell Butler,” at the Princeton University Art Museum.In 1918, astronomers invited the artist Howard Russell Butler to record the last total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States.

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Marian C. Diamond, 90, Student of the Brain, Is Dead

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:31:21 GMT

Dr. Diamond studying rats with the psychologist Mark R. Rosenzweig, left, and the biochemist Edward L. Bennett in an undated photograph.Dr. Diamond, a neuroscientist, challenged the long-held assumption that the brain is a static and unchangeable entity and examined Albert Einstein’s.

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Sperm Count in Western Men Has Dropped Over 50 Percent Since 1973, Paper Finds

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:15:41 GMT

Total sperm count among Western men fell 59.3 percent from 1973 to 2011, according to new research.Research that studied semen samples from nearly 43,000 men from 50 countries detected a sharp downward trend that is provoking broad health concerns.

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Meals for Your Eclipse Menu

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:37:05 GMT

Crescent cookies are an easy way to celebrate the total solar eclipse.In parts of the United States, the eclipse will occur around lunchtime. Consider planning a picnic. (At least, have a crescent-shaped cookie.)

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Trump Signs Order Rolling Back Environmental Rules on Infrastructure

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:52:43 GMT

President Trump, with Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao, announcing the “streamlining” of permitting requirements for infrastructure projects.The president said he was streamlining regulations in order to speed construction of infrastructure projects like roads and bridges.

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How to Plan a Last-Minute Eclipse Trip

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:00:57 GMT

Successive images of a solar eclipse last year viewed from the beach of Ternate, an island in Indonesia, show the beginning, top left, to the end, bottom right.How to go, where to stay and what to do if you just now decided you wanted to see the total solar eclipse.

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Earth in Suspension

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:35:32 GMT

A total solar eclipse is not just the momentary theft of day. It is a profound interruption of the world as we know it.

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More Than 500,000 Infected With Cholera in Yemen

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:22:32 GMT

A child infected with cholera received treatment at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen, earlier this month. More than 500,000 Yemenis have been stricken by the disease, and nearly 2,000 have died.The outbreak, spreading rapidly since it began in April, has killed about 2,000 Yemenis, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

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Your Playlist for the Solar Eclipse

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:08:15 GMT

If you won’t be able to view the solar eclipse next week, perhaps the music of artists like Sun Ra will help you achieve a feeling approximating totality.Eclipses provoke strong feelings that make us reckon with the awesomeness of space. Here are some songs that might give you the feeling of totality.

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Take a Number: Why Is the Eclipse Longer in Some Places Than in Others?

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:54:18 GMT

A sign in Makanda, Ill., promoting the town as the “Solar Eclipse Crossroads of America.” Makanda will have the distinction of experiencing totality for nearly three minutes, longer than anywhere else in the United States.The moon will completely block the sun for two minutes and 41 seconds above one Illinois town — longer than anywhere else in the country.

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Scientists to Take Flight for Longer Views of the Eclipse

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:19:28 GMT

Louis Lussier, the research aircraft project manager at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, with the Gulfstream V that will be used to study the sun during the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.Specialized jets will be used to grab data about the sun that cannot be collected from the ground during the Great American Eclipse.

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How to Watch the Eclipse Online if You’re Stuck Indoors (or It’s Cloudy)

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:09:30 GMT

An annular solar eclipse as the sun set behind the Rocky Mountains, seen from downtown Denver in May 2012.Whether you live somewhere you won’t see it or the weather is terrible, here’s how to see the eclipse online — and when to tune in.

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How A.I. Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:14:38 GMT

An artwork created using DeepDream, which researchers at Google developed in 2015. The newer work at Google, with Project Magenta, involves music, and has led to creation of a tool called NSynth.Project Magenta, a team at Google, is crossbreeding sounds from different instruments based on neural networks and building networks that can draw.

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Eclipsing the Sun

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:26:12 GMT

On Aug. 21, the moon will paint a swath of North America in darkness.

In South Texas, Threat of Border Wall Unites Naturalists and Politicians

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:28:27 GMT

Hundreds of people marched Saturday along a levee toward the Rio Grande to oppose the border wall the administration wants to build.The proposed wall, not yet funded, would slice through private property, including refuges for butterflies and wildlife.

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