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Archaeologists and Metal Detectorists Find Common Ground

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:29:45 GMT

Keith Wille, a metal detectorist, walks in the Connecticut woods where he has found artifacts.An unconventional alliance between scientists and those often considered to be looters has begun to shed light on a tribe’s history and a 17-century war in Connecticut.

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Trilobites: Venus Smiled, With a Mysterious Wave Across Its Atmosphere

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:00:13 GMT

A bow-shape feature stretched across much of Venus’s atmosphere in December 2015. Scientists from Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft mission called it a gravity wave.Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft detected what scientists called a gravity wave above the solar system’s second planet, but it hasn’t been seen since.

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A Conversation With: The Stem-Cell Revolution Is Coming — Slowly

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:10:11 GMT

Shinya Yamanaka directs Kyoto University’s Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, and leads a small research lab at the Gladstone Institutes, which is affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco.Where are the miracle treatments we were promised? A Nobel Prize-winning scientist explains.

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Trilobites: Eight Crossings and 192 Atoms Long: the Tightest Knot Ever Tied

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:04:00 GMT

The X-ray crystal structure of a molecular knot with eight crossings.Researchers tied a complicated knot at the molecular level, which could be used to make materials in the future that are stronger, lighter and more flexible.

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What Should Senators Ask Scott Pruitt, Trump’s E.P.A. Nominee? Here’s What Readers Said

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:00:04 GMT

Scott Pruitt, left, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, at the United States Capitol this month.More than 2,000 readers submitted questions on climate change, industry influence and other topics for Mr. Pruitt, who goes before a Senate panel Wednesday.

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ScienceTake: A Manakin Challenge for Researchers

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:00:50 GMT

Male manakins, Panamanian birds, have acrobatic courtship dances. Scientists wanted to know if the activity was testosterone-related.

Trilobites: Sometimes Nature is Morbid. That’s Why There’s #BestCarcass.

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:26:35 GMT

A frozen fox that was recovered from the Danube River in Germany in December.A macabre Twitter battle emerged after a group of scientists who study African carnivores starting sharing photos of prey from the field.

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Take a Number: Absolutely Every Bit of Our Galaxy

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:04:36 GMT

The Milky Way as seen from a mountain in western Switzerland in August 2016.With novel mathematical methods, scientists have come up with a new estimate for the mass of the Milky Way.

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Why Do Our Recorded Voices Sound Weird to Us?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:07:08 GMT

The musician Mitski Miyawaki knows how her voice sounds when she’s singing. But when she hears her recorded speaking voice, she said, she is often surprised at how high it sounds.Many people are unpleasantly surprised when they hear recordings of themselves: Do we really sound like that?

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Eugene Cernan, Last Human to Walk on Moon, Dies at 82

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:24:31 GMT

Eugene A. Cernan on the last human mission on the moon’s surface, in December 1972.A ferocious competitor, Mr. Cernan rocketed into space three times, went to the moon twice and shattered aerospace records on the Earth and the moon.

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Global Health: How the Response to Zika Failed Millions

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:06:03 GMT

A 4-month-old baby with microcephaly being examined in Brazil this month. Her mother was infected with the Zika virus while she was pregnant. One year after the W.H.O. declared a public health emergency, experts reflect on the response to the virus and find many aspects wanting.

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Q&A: Born to Be an Ear Wiggler?

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:02:43 GMT

Some people can control their auricular muscles to move the ear slightly but to a noticeable extent, an ability that seems to have a genetic basis.

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The Real Manakin Challenge

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:00:30 GMT

Male manakins leap, flip and snap their wings to attract females. With a bit of testosterone the females perform some of the same difficult acrobatics.

SpaceX Launches Rocket, Its First Since Explosion on Launchpad

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:59:32 GMT

A video frame of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Saturday.The return to business for Elon Musk’s company was successful, despite being overshadowed by questions about the viability of his long-range plans.

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Scott Pruitt, Trump’s E.P.A. Pick, Backed Industry Donors Over Regulators

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:30:27 GMT

Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general, is President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Pruitt could be in charge of policing industries that have long helped advance his political career.

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Study Maps ‘Uniquely Devastating’ Genital Injuries Among Troops

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:15:28 GMT

A team of surgeons at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland. A young soldier wounded in Afghanistan is currently on a waiting list for a penis transplant at the hospital.A new report found that more than 1,300 men in the American military suffered various injuries to their genitals or urinary tract while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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Opinion: Big Sugar’s Secret Ally? Nutritionists

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:21:23 GMT

The scientific consensus that all calories are equally fattening is outdated and dangerous.

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Oliver Smithies, Tinkerer Who Transformed Genetics and Won a Nobel, Dies at 91

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 01:41:34 GMT

Oliver Smithies receiving a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, which he shared with two other scientists, in Stockholm in 2007.Dr. Smithies discovered a powerful tool for identifying the roles of individual genes in health and disease.

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Trilobites: Why Killer Whales Go Through Menopause

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:00:16 GMT

A killer whale believed to be 72 years old. A study suggests that killer whales go through menopause due to mother-daughter reproductive conflict.Orcas are one of the few species that outlive their fertility, and researchers believe reproductive conflict between mothers and daughters might explain why they develop menopause.

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Trilobites: Finding a Home on the Tree of Life for a Tentacled Ice Cream Cone With a Lid

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:00:24 GMT

An artist’s rendering of a hyolith, which scientists now say, after studying its fossils, was a member of the brachiopod family.After analyzing more than 1,500 hyolith fossils, researchers concluded they are most closely related to present-day brachiopods, not mollusks.

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Scientists Map Vast Peat Swamps, a Storehouse of Carbon, in Central Africa

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:00:24 GMT

Under the Cuvette Centrale wetlands in Central Africa, scientists found a storehouse of carbon as large as New York State.The peatlands, covering an area the size of New York State, contain billions of tons of stored carbon but are vulnerable to warming and development.

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Feature: Neanderthals Were People, Too

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:00:03 GMT

Neanderthal sculptures, named Nana and Flint, at the Gibraltar Museum.New research shows they shared many behaviors that we long believed to be uniquely human. Why did science get them so wrong?

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Dr. Peter Nowell, Who Helped Transform Cancer Research, Dies at 88

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:37:17 GMT

Dr. Peter C. Nowell in his lab at the University of Pennsylvania.Dr. Nowell and a colleague discovered the first genetic defect proven to cause cancer, which led to major advances by other scientists decades later.

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White House Urges Research on Geoengineering to Combat Global Warming

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:52:49 GMT

A carbon-capturing device being developed by Global Thermostat in 2013. Several companies have developed machines that can remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, but they would have to be deployed on a large scale to have any impact.A report recommends modest studies on geoengineering, the controversial concept of intervening in nature to slow or reverse global warming.

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A Bumblebee Gets New Protection on Obama’s Way Out

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:18:04 GMT

The rusty-patched bumblebee, once common across the continental United States, has been designated an endangered species.The administration added the rusty-patched bumblebee, which once covered 28 states but is threatened by pesticides, disease and climate change, to the endangered species list.

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