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NASA’s Jupiter Mission Reveals the ‘Brand-New and Unexpected’

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:58:01 GMT

Multiple images combined show Jupiter’s south pole, as seen by NASA’s Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 32,000 miles. The oval features are cyclones.Observations taken from the first few orbits of the Juno spacecraft provide a glimpse of the interior, the poles and the equator of the solar system’s largest planet.


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Trilobites: Somehow, This Fish Fathered a Near Clone of Itself

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:35:48 GMT

A Squalius alburnoides fish, which researchers discovered had reproduced through androgenesis.A fish was discovered carrying genes only from its father, a result of a rare phenomenon called androgenesis never before documented in vertebrates.


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Trilobites: An Effect of Climate Change You Could Really Lose Sleep Over

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:00:02 GMT

People sleep in a park during hot weather in Dhaka, Bangladesh.Hotter nights in a warming world could have significant effects on how well people sleep, a new study suggests.


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Trilobites: The Science Behind the Flamingo’s One-Legged Stance

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:30:57 GMT

An Andean flamingo in Chile’s Antofagasta region. A new study provides insight into the mechanics of the birds’ one-legged stance.Flamingos don’t appear to need to flex their muscles to maintain their classic one-legged posture, a new study suggests.


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Trilobites: How Whales Became the Biggest Animals on the Planet

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:30:45 GMT

A blue whale off the coast of California.Species like the blue whale became so big only in the past 4.5 million years, a result of changes to the food supply in the oceans, scientists say.


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ScienceTake: How Demands of Female Birds Changed the DNA of a Species

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:00:14 GMT

Researchers found the minimal changes in DNA that have produced nine different species of southern capuchino seedeaters.



Matter: In ‘Enormous Success,’ Scientists Tie 52 Genes to Human Intelligence

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:00:02 GMT

Blood samples from some participants in a new study of genes linked to intelligence were held at the U.K. Biobank, above.The genes account for just a tiny fraction of the variation in test scores, experts say. Many are yet to be found, and environmental factors are also greatly important.


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Some Social Scientists Are Tired of Asking for Permission

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:28:01 GMT

New federal rules may make it easier for researchers to conduct behavioral experiments. Critics worry that academics cannot judge whether their studies are harmful.


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Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Trouble Bioterrorism Experts

Sun, 28 May 2017 23:31:01 GMT

Testing blood samples for the Zika virus last year at a C.D.C. lab in San Juan, P.R. The agency would see an overall 17 percent funding cut under the president’s proposed budget.One aspect of national security would be shortchanged in the president’s budget proposal: protecting against deadly pathogens, man-made or natural.


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Trump Ends Trip Where He Started: At Odds With Allies and Grilled on Russia

Sat, 27 May 2017 19:27:54 GMT

President Trump and Melania Trump greeted troops at an American naval air station in Sicily on Saturday before departing for the U.S.Despite intense lobbying by world leaders, Mr. Trump did not endorse the Paris climate accords on the last day of his trip abroad.


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World Leaders Increase Pressure on Trump to Stay in the Paris Accord

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:20:54 GMT

World leaders at the Group of 7 summit meeting on Friday in Taormina, Sicily.Negotiators for America’s partners in the Group of 7 intensified pressure on the United States not to pull out of the 2015 climate agreement.


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Can the Paris Climate Deal Survive a Trump-Style Renegotiation?

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:57:21 GMT

A coal-fired power plant in Ghent, Ky.Some advocates of global climate action think the pact would be stronger if the United States simply left, rather than remaining in and demanding big changes.


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Michael Bliss, Historian Who Dispelled Myths of Insulin’s Discovery, Dies at 76

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:58:12 GMT

Michael Bliss, a Canadian historian whose work upset the commonly held wisdom surrounding the discovery of insulin.Professor Bliss unraveled the story behind the discovery of the hormone, which transformed diabetes from a death sentence into a manageable condition.


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Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Expected to Be Busy

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:18:44 GMT

Cocoa Beach, Fla., was hit by Hurricane Matthew, one of four named storms last year that were Category 3 or higher.The season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, is likely to produce 11 to 17 named storms, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says.


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Looking for Trump’s Climate Policy? Try the Energy Department

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:43:53 GMT

Iowa farmland. Historically, the Energy Department has nurtured innovation in the search for new power sources. Now that is in question.The president’s proposed reductions to the department’s research may have a greater impact on climate change than the Paris accord decision.


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Google’s A.I. Program Rattles Chinese Go Master as It Wins Match

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:06:36 GMT

The Chinese Go master Ke Jie during his second game against AlphaGo, an artificial intelligence program, in Wuzhen, near Shanghai, on Thursday.A Google program called AlphaGo won a best-of-three match against a Chinese Go master, rattling his nerves and showing the power of new artificial intelligence technologies.


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Jacque Fresco, Futurist Who Envisioned a Society Without Money, Dies at 101

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:34:40 GMT

Jacque Fresco and a model of the Venus Project, which he began on 21 acres in Florida in 1980.A self-taught industrial designer, Mr. Fresco promoted an alternative society where resources would be distributed equitably by computers.


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Rare Gene Mutations Inspire New Heart Drugs

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:00:15 GMT

Anna Feurer learned she had unusually low triglyceride levels after having bloodwork at a corporate health fair. The discovery prompted researchers to recruit her and her family for a research study of their genetic makeup.Some people carry gene mutations that leave them nearly impervious to heart attacks. Learning how these mutations work has led to a novel experimental treatment.


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Neil Armstrong’s Moon Bag Could Fetch $4 Million at Auction

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:06:43 GMT

A bag used by the astronaut Neil Armstrong to bring lunar rocks home from the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. It will be auctioned, likely for millions of dollars, by Sotheby’s in July.The bag, which contains traces of priceless moon dust, has been on a wild ride for the half-century since it came back on the Apollo 11.


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Feather Fancy

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:10:55 GMT

The likes and dislikes of females produced a lot of different looking species of southern capuchino seedeaters.



Fig Leaves Are Out. What to Wear to Be Kind to the Planet?

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:30:40 GMT

Americans spent around $350 billion on clothing and footwear in 2016.Finding environmentally friendly apparel can be a challenge. Here’s a guide to smarter choices in fabrics and clothing.


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Inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:00:26 GMT

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a safeguard of the world’s most important crops, flooded after permafrost surrounding the entrance thawed in Norway. Look inside in 360 degrees.



Cuts to AIDS Treatment Programs Could Cost a Million Lives

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:51:58 GMT

A health worker testing a patient for H.I.V. in Homa Bay County, Kenya.Researchers said at least one million people would die worldwide if the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts to public health programs were enacted.


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Proposed Rules Would Allow U.S. to Track and Destroy Drones

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:57:58 GMT

Organic farmers in Colorado use a camera-equipped drone to survey their fields. The Trump administration is seeking the authority to track and destroy any type of drone over domestic soil.Citing security threats, the Trump administration has asked Congress to give the federal government sweeping powers regarding drones over domestic soil.


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Trump Budget Proposes Deep Cuts in Energy Innovation Programs

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:27:04 GMT

President Trump’s budget proposes a major restructuring of the way electricity is bought and sold in Western states, which rely on hydroelectric power generated by government structures like the Hoover Dam in Nevada.The spending plan also calls for raising billions of dollars by opening up public lands to oil and gas drilling and selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.


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W.H.O. Elects Ethiopia’s Tedros as First Director General From Africa

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:02:35 GMT

A woman waved a portrait of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the newly elected director general of the World Health Organization, in Geneva on Tuesday.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia was chosen after a closed session of world health ministers.


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Fighting Trump on Climate, California Becomes a Global Force

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:04:20 GMT

A Los Angeles interchange. California can write its own auto emissions standards because of a waiver granted under the Clean Air Act.The state has been at the leading edge of the resistance to President Trump. But of all the battles, none have the global implications of climate change.


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U.S. Forests Shifting With Climate Change

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:27:59 GMT

Joyce Kilmer Memorial park in Snowbird, N.C.A warmer, wetter climate is helping push dozens of Eastern U.S. trees to the north and, surprisingly, west, a new study finds.


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Trilobites: These Baby Mice Were Born From Sperm That Went to Space

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:00:28 GMT

Mouse sperm, freeze-dried and in flown space for nine months, was successfully used to fertilize eggs, creating healthy litters of “space pups,” researchers from Japan are reporting.Although tests did find slightly increased DNA damage, compared with freeze-dried earth sperm, the space version did the job when it came to fertilizing eggs.


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U.S. Nuclear History Offers Clues to North Korea’s Progress

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:36:01 GMT

An unidentified rocket, reported to be a Hwasong-type missile similar to the one used in a May 14, 2017, test launch, was part of a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea, last month.Clues suggest the North is developing thermonuclear fuels, particularly to enhance its atom bombs.


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Q&A: A Taste for Poison in Warmer Climates?

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:21:46 GMT

Greater diversity in the tropics may give the appearance that animals there rely on venom more.


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An ‘Awesome’ View at America’s First Offshore Wind Farm

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:00:18 GMT

Take a ride out to Block Island Wind Farm and follow an engineer to the top of a wind turbine in this 360° video. Built by Deepwater Wind, the project tests the viability of large-scale wind farming along the New England coast.