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Trilobites: Being Antisocial Leads to a Longer Life. For Marmots.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:14:01 GMT

Marmot pups near Crested Butte, Colo. Researchers tracked yellow-bellied marmots’ interactions for 13 years and found that more solitary marmots lived longer lives.Unlike most mammals, yellow-bellied marmots with more active social lives died younger than those that kept to themselves, scientists found after tracking them for 13 years.

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Fireball Cuts Through the Sky Over Michigan as Meteor Falls

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:59:34 GMT

Videos showed a bright flash of light, followed by a pop almost like a light bulb burning out.

Trilobites: A Wet and Warm Spring, Then 200,000 Dead Saigas

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:41:38 GMT

A field of dead saigas in Kazakhstan in May 2015. The die-off of the endangered antelopes was found to be caused by bacteria that somehow became harmful after particularly warm and wet weather.Scientists identified bacteria that caused a mass die-off of the endangered antelopes in Kazakhstan in 2015. But the mechanism that made the bacteria so deadly is not understood.

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Trilobites: Where Did Animals With Tail Weapons Go? Here’s a Back Story

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:21 GMT

A Tyrannosaurus rex hunting a pair of ankylosaurs, which were equipped with bony, club-like tails. Researchers puzzle as to why more modern animals don’t have tail weaponry.Scientists have identified traits that may have been related to dinosaurs like stegosaurus and ankylosaurus and other animals developing fearsome rear-end weapons.

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Trilobites: The Squid That Sink to the Ocean’s Floor When They Die

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 09:30:25 GMT

A dead female squid whose eggs have hatched, being devoured by sea stars and a king crab in the Gulf of California.Some squid sink to the ocean floor when they die, researchers found, and they may take a lot of carbon down there with them.

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Trilobites: The Swiss Consider the Lobster. It Feels Pain, They Decide.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 22:09:50 GMT

The Swiss government has ordered that lobsters no longer be dropped alive into boiling water. But scientists say they’re unsure whether lobsters feel pain.The Swiss government has banned tossing lobsters and other crustaceans into boiling water. But what’s the science behind that decision?

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Trilobites: If We Ever Get to Mars, the Beer Might Not Be Bad

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:15:19 GMT

Martian soil is different from dirt on Earth. It is dense, full of iron and dries out quickly. But with some work, plants can grow well.College students at Villanova University found that hops, leafy greens, carrots and scallions all could grow in an approximation of Martian dirt.

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ScienceTake: Dolphins Show Self-Recognition Earlier Than Children

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:21:35 GMT

Dolphins develop the ability to recognize themselves in a mirror at an earlier age than children, which fits with how fast they develop generally.

Fed Up With Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:01:20 GMT

Generic drugs at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah. Intermountain Healthcare is spearheading an effort by a group of hospitals to create a nonprofit generic drug company.A group of large hospital systems plans to create a nonprofit generic drug company to battle shortages and high prices.

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Trapped on an Island With Wolves, the Only Way Out for These Caribou Was Up

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:02:30 GMT

Caribou were released after being flown to the Slate Islands in Lake Superior on Saturday.Nine caribou on an island in Lake Superior were helicoptered to safety in a bid to save a once thriving herd from dying out.

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Mind: Given Medicine, the Patients Got Better. They Remained in Shackles Anyway.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:51:44 GMT

Komi Gbete, a person with mental problems, chained by the ankle in the Mt. Calvaira prayer camp in Legbassito in Togo in 2014. Such people in neighboring Ghana treated with Western medication showed improvements, but still remained in chains, according to a new study.In West Africa, people with psychoses are often chained at prayer camps. Giving them psychiatric drugs lessened their symptoms, but did not shorten their captivity.

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Treatment Offers Hope for Imprisoned California Siblings

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:38:16 GMT

Members of the news media gathered outside the home of David Allen and Louise Anna Turpin in Perris, Calif., where the couple’s 13 children were found imprisoned earlier this week.Cases of children isolated and abused by parents are rare but not unheard-of, say experts. Many recover.

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U.K. Appoints a Minister for Loneliness

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:44:57 GMT

Tracey Crouch, left, Britain’s under secretary for sport and civil society, is to coordinate the government’s response to loneliness.Prime Minister Theresa May said an under secretary would work across government departments to tackle the issue.

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Citing ‘Inexcusable’ Treatment, Advisers Quit National Parks Panel

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:12:11 GMT

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in Washington in June. The joint resignation letter said he “appears to have no interest in continuing the agenda of science.”The majority of members of the National Parks System Advisory Board have jointly resigned in protest of Trump administration policies.

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Mathilde Krim, Mobilizing Force in an AIDS Crusade, Dies at 91

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:12:58 GMT

Dr. Mathilde Krim spoke about AIDS before the United Nations General Assembly in New York in 2011.Dr. Krim raised awareness of the scourge and money to fight it while lobbying governments and enlisting a broad spectrum of powerful allies.

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High-Fat Diet May Fuel Spread of Prostate Cancer

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:04:42 GMT

A color-enhanced scanning electron microscope image of prostate cancer cells. A new study suggests that dietary fat may feed prostate tumors and help them spread.New research suggests a strong link between genes, dietary fat and prostate cancer.

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After a Debacle, How California Became a Role Model on Measles

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:14:30 GMT

The 60th anniversary of Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., in 2015. A few months earlier, a measles outbreak that originated there convinced California to reconsider its childhood vaccination policy.Changing minds on vaccination is very difficult, but it isn’t so important when a law can change behavior.

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The Parasite on the Playground

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:27:52 GMT

Roundworm eggs, shed by stray dogs, can be ingested by children playing outside. The worm’s larvae have been found in the brain, experts say, perhaps impairing development.

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Global Health: ‘Smart Thermometers’ Track Flu Season in Real Time

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:00:29 GMT

A flu patient at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Calif. New “smart thermometers” are tracking the spread of flu, which has struck California especially hard this year.Can 500,000 thermometers transmitting 25,000 readings a day forecast the spread of flu more accurately than the C.D.C.?

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The Healing Edge: After Surgery in the Womb, a Baby Kicks Up Hope

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:00:36 GMT

After undergoing experimental surgery for spina bifida in September while still in the womb, a baby boy was born in Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston on Friday.Baby Boy Royer, who underwent an operation for spina bifida as a fetus, had the biggest defect that the surgical team had attempted to repair.

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Uranium Miners Pushed Hard for a Comeback. They Got Their Wish.

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 21:53:17 GMT

The shuttered Pinenut uranium mine, bottom, near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Emboldened by the Trump administration, the uranium industry is trying to make a comeback.Hundreds of mining claims fall neatly outside the new boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument, and a Navajo town scarred by uranium is bracing for new woes.

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C.D.C. Postpones Session Preparing U.S. for Nuclear War

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 01:17:33 GMT

An air raid drill in a school in Baltimore in 1951. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has postponed a session on nuclear attack preparedness that was planned for next week.After the agency’s workshop attracted considerable media attention, especially given President Trump’s recent words with North Korea, the session has been postponed.

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Dr. Ronald Fieve, 87, Dies; Pioneered Lithium to Treat Mood Swings

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:10:36 GMT

Dr. Ronald R. Fieve in his office in 1980. He believed that Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchill might have benefited from being bipolar.Dr. Fieve and a colleague identified lithium as the first naturally occurring medication to prevent and control a specific psychiatric disorder.

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To Get Medicaid in Kentucky, Many Will Have to Work. Advocates for the Poor Say They Will Sue.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 23:29:01 GMT

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, on Friday, announcing new work requirements for many of the state’s Medicaid recipients.Led by the state’s Republican governor, the plan calls for many Medicaid recipients ages 19-64 to work at least 20 hours a week, beginning in July.

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Q&A: Eyes in the Skies

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:41:35 GMT

Instead of sending probes to faraway planets, why not hitch them to comets?

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War’s Other Victims: Animals

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 15:06:30 GMT

A northern white rhinoceros at the Garamba National Preserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1989. Today, only three survive.Over decades, armed conflict has reduced animal populations in Africa more than any other factor, according to new research.

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Inside the Global Relay Race to Deliver Moly-99

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:38:23 GMT

Greg Piefer, Shine’s founder, at the Wisconsin cornfield where the company has gotten approval to build a manufacturing plant for a radioactive isotope used in detecting cancer and other potentially fatal maladies.The isotope is a cancer-detecting necessity, but it decays within days and isn’t made in North America. A company is rushing to build a plant in Wisconsin to change that.

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Trilobites: You Won’t Like This News About Bedbugs, Ticks and the ‘Bomb Cyclone’

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:25:01 GMT

Even extended periods of frigid weather, like the one in New York last week, are unlikely to have any noticeable effect on the bedbug population.As the cold spell that froze much of the United States thaws, don’t count on it to limit the populations of pests that you don’t like.

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That Recent Brutally Cold Weather? It’s Getting Rarer

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:51:20 GMT

A false-color satellite image taken Jan. 6 over the Great Lakes. Clouds appear as white, with snow and ice darker.With climate change warming the Arctic air, researchers say, cold snaps are getting warmer. The recent spell of cold was an outlier.

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Boston Museum Tries New System for Protecting Artwork: A Dog’s Nose

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:24:13 GMT

Riley will have an important job, using his nose to detect moths and other pests that want to eat the artwork at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is training a dog to detect moths and other pests that can damage artwork.

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Matter: Climate Change Is Altering Lakes and Streams, Study Suggests

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:00:16 GMT

The Sorpe reservoir in northwest Germany, one of four freshwater reservoirs observed in a recent study that found that carbon dioxide absorbed in lakes, rivers and streams can affect entire ecosystems.Like the ocean, fresh water absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But the effects are likely to vary widely from place to place.

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Gajah Makmur Journal: Wildlife Detectives Pursue the Case of Dwindling Elephants in Indonesia

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 05:10:29 GMT

Barokah, an elephant rider, giving a health check to Nelson, a trained elephant at a conservation center in the province of Bengkulu in Indonesia.Advocacy groups are going undercover to help the police track down poachers and using unconventional means to save the animals.

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For Serena Williams, Childbirth Was a Harrowing Ordeal. She’s Not Alone.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:28:10 GMT

After giving birth in September, Serena Williams was bedridden for six weeks from a string of medical complications.The tennis champion spoke to Vogue about her severe postnatal complications. Her experience underscores a wider problem for new mothers in the United States.

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