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Trilobites: In Search of the Perfect Hair Dye

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:08:58 GMT

Blond hair before, top, and after being dyed with a graphene-based pigment. Dr. Jiaxing Huang of Northwestern University found that the dye created a natural-looking black hair shade that stayed on after 30 washings.A study by Northwestern researchers reports that a form of graphene can be used as a less harmful hair color.

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Trilobites: ‘Rewilding’ Missing Carnivores May Help Restore Some Landscapes

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 23:15:14 GMT

The gray wolf's reintroduction to Yellowstone National Park in the 1990s has been a success story of a carnivore's rewilding helping an entire ecosystem.The cascade of ecological benefits that followed wolves’s return to Yellowstone National Park and Idaho suggests opportunities for similar efforts around the planet.

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Trilobites: Picture a Leader. Is She a Woman?

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:28:23 GMT

Most people will draw a man. Researchers investigate the consequences.

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Trilobites: Steve, a Famous Northern Light, Stays Mysterious (and Keeps His Name)

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 22:22:39 GMT

An aurora borealis-like phenomenon observable in Canada — but much farther south than the northern lights appear — over Childs Lake, Manitoba. It has been given the name Steve, for Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement.Steve is a glowing strip in the night sky, not far from the northern lights. It was named after a cartoon. Now scientists have learned more.

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An Appraisal: Stephen Hawking Taught Us a Lot About How to Live

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:57:56 GMT

Stephen HawkingThe cosmologist not only overturned our imaginations, he became an icon of mystery, curiosity and determination to understand this place we are in.

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Matter: What’s Behind Many Mystery Ailments? Genetic Mutations, Study Finds

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 23:22:08 GMT

A light micrograph of a perforated bowel in a newborn baby with cystic fibrosis. Many Mendelian diseases, like this one, may go undetected in patients, a new study finds.An examination of 20,000 patients finds that more than 800 may have genetic conditions.

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Stephen Hawking’s Beautiful Mind

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 23:49:33 GMT

Stephen Hawking delivering a lecture in 2016. Among other breakthroughs, Dr. Hawking showed early in his career that there was a singularity at the beginning of time.A brief history of the cosmologist's discoveries and life.

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Stephen Hawking Dies at 76; His Mind Roamed the Cosmos

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:23:27 GMT

Stephen Hawking became a leader in exploring gravity and the properties of black holes. His work led to a turning point in the history of modern physics.A physicist and best-selling author, Dr. Hawking did not allow his physical limitations to hinder his quest to answer “the big question: Where did the universe come from?”

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Robert Lightfoot, NASA’s Acting Administrator, to Retire as Trump’s Nominee Is Stalled

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 23:06:28 GMT

Robert M. Lightfoot Jr., NASA’s acting administrator, at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., last month.Mr. Lightfoot has filled in since the end of the Obama administration. The agency has never gone this long without a leader confirmed by the Senate.

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AIDS Researcher Top Candidate to Lead the C.D.C.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 23:31:02 GMT

Dr. Robert R. Redfield, a founder of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, is the leading candidate to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The administration is vetting Dr. Robert Redfield, a founder of the University of Maryland’s Institute of Human Virology, for C.D.C. chief.

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North Korea’s Most Powerful Missile Now Has Its Own Shrine

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 13:46:41 GMT

Satellite images taken between last December and March 11 show how North Korea is converting the site of its most powerful missile launch into a monument.Satellite imaging, astronomy and a smart hunch about North Korea propaganda confirmed the launching site of the North Korean missile and a new monument.

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Federal Agency Courted Alcohol Industry to Fund Study on Benefits of Moderate Drinking

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:44:01 GMT

An ongoing study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of N.I.H., and funded by the alcohol industry is researching the effects of a daily drink as part of a healthy diet.Scientists and National Institute of Health officials waged a concerted campaign to obtain funding from the alcohol industry for research that may enshrine alcohol as a part of a healthy diet.

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U.K., Land of ‘Brexit,’ Quietly Outsources Some Surgeries to France

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:01:12 GMT

Serge Orlov, 62, talking to a doctor at Calais Hospital in northern France a day after knee replacement surgery.After years of austerity, the National Health Service is under enormous strain, so it is paying French doctors to perform some operations on its behalf.

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Q&A: How Do Squirrels Jump So High?

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:17:06 GMT

The animals are built with very powerful hind legs, and sharp claws that allow them to grip, and leap and flip.

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Astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly Are Still Identical Twins, Despite What You May Have Read

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:54:41 GMT

Scott Kelly, left, and Mark, his twin brother, in 2016, shortly after Scott’s return from space.A rash of news stories this week stemmed from a misinterpreted NASA update from January.

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Assaults Increased When Cities Hosted Trump Rallies, Study Finds

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:02:29 GMT

President Trump at a 2016 campaign rally in Charleston, W.Va. Cities that hosted his rallies saw an increase in reported assaults on the days of the events.Researchers found an average of 2.3 more reported assaults on the day a rally came to town. The findings appear to confirm news reports about violence at the events.

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The Price French Bulldogs Pay for Being So Cute

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:11:26 GMT

A two-year-old French bulldog.Their health problems are a human creation.

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U.K.’s First Polar Bear Born in 25 Years to Get Star Treatment

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 04:47:27 GMT

Victoria with her new polar bear cub at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig.The cub, born in Scotland around Christmas, will be the subject of a documentary on Sunday.

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The New Old Age: A Quiet Drug Problem Among the Elderly

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:00:15 GMT

Jessica Falstein began taking Klonopin for an anxiety disorder in 1992. She spent the last five years trying to wean herself from some of her medications.Despite warnings from experts, older people are using more anti-anxiety and sleep medications, putting them at risk of serious side effects and even overdoses.

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Nonfiction: The Beauty and Mystery of How a Building Is ‘Built’

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:00:08 GMT

The Shard is now a landmark in London.Roma Agrawal, a pioneering structural engineer for some of the world’s tallest towers, explains the history and beauty of her craft.

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John E. Sulston, 75, Dies; Found Clues to Genes in a Worm

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 03:19:40 GMT

Dr. John E. Sulston, who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2002 for his research on genes, in an undated photograph.After putting a roundworm under a microscope, Dr. Sulston shared a Nobel Prize in 2002 for discoveries on how organisms develop.

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Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos C.E.O. and Silicon Valley Star, Accused of Fraud

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:24:00 GMT

Elizabeth Holmes became a Silicon Valley darling after persuading high-profile investors to back her blood-testing company, Theranos.Ms. Holmes, the chief executive of the blood-testing company, agreed to a settlement in which she will be stripped of control.

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Stephen Hawking, Pop Culture Icon

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:10:07 GMT

Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest physicists of our time, died on Wednesday. He is immortalized by his brilliant research, but also by his pop culture appearances.

6 Memorable Cultural Moments Inspired by Stephen Hawking

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:23:07 GMT

The British theoretical physicist, who has died age 76, was the subject of films, made cameos on TV shows and featured in songs and works of opera.

Stephen Hawking, in His Own Words

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:50:01 GMT

In 2007, when he was 65, Stephen Hawking took part in a zero-gravity flight. Asked why he took such risks, he said, “I want to show that people need not be limited by physical handicaps as long as they are not disabled in spirit.”“I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.”

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The Expansive Life of Stephen Hawking

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 04:18:02 GMT

Dr. Hawking captured the public imagination and endeared himself to tens of millions of people around the world with his exploration of black holes and gravity.

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What Fertility Patients Should Know About Egg Freezing

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:54:35 GMT

Dr. Julie Lamb, director of fertility preservation at Pacific NW Fertility in Seattle, has been fielding calls from concerned patients after two unrelated incidents at fertility clinics in San Francisco and Cleveland raised concerns about egg storage.Storage failures at two respected clinics have raised concerns about safety and reliability. Here are some things to look out for and questions to ask.

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Books of The Times: Three Views of the Crisis in Women’s Health

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 18:58:26 GMT

Three new books — Maya Dusenbery’s “Doing Harm,” Abby Norman’s “Ask Me About My Uterus” and Michele Lent Hirsch’s “Invisible” — investigate gender bias in medical treatment.

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Feature: Should Some Species Be Allowed to Die Out?

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:25:52 GMT

As the list of endangered animals worldwide grows longer, society may soon be faced with an impossible decision: which ones to take off life support.

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Near Noisy Oil Fields, Lovesick Birds Change Their Tunes

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:00:10 GMT

A male Savannah sparrow in prairie sagebrush near Brooks, Alberta.“Hey, hey, sexy, hey, I’m Bob, a Savannah sparrow.” Birds near oil fields tweak their mating calls in complex ways that researchers are only starting to grasp.

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Trilobites: A Newly Discovered Difference Between Alligators and Crocodiles

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 18:39:17 GMT

The most obvious way to tell a crocodile, left, from an alligator, is from their snouts: Those of alligators are wider and shorter, and crocodiles’ top and bottom teeth are interlaced and visible when their mouths are closed.Many differences between the two reptiles center on their heads and mouths, but researchers in Japan have found features in their limbs that set them apart.

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Trilobites: After a Volcano’s Ancient Supereruption, Humanity May Have Thrived

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:00:05 GMT

Lake Toba in Indonesia is serene today, but 74,000 years ago it was the site of the most powerful volcanic eruption to take place on Earth in the past 2 million years.Some said the Toba volcano’s explosion brought humanity to the brink of extinction 74,000 years ago, but archaeological evidence from South Africa challenges the idea.

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Congress Quashed Research Into Gun Violence. Since Then, 600,000 People Have Been Shot.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:05:18 GMT

Federal officials and lawmakers debate whether to relax restrictions, backed by the National Rifle Association, on governmental research into gun violence.Why do so many Americans kill one another, and how can the violence be stopped? The C.D.C. quit studying these and other questions over 20 years ago.

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Four Years After Declaring War on Pollution, China Is Winning

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:51:09 GMT

A smoggy day in Shanghai in 2017. China is cutting pollution significantly, especially in urban areas.Research gives estimates on the longer lives that are now possible in the country.

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The New Health Care: Do Antidepressants Work?

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 21:47:36 GMT

Antidepressants are widely used, but there are still so many unanswered questions about them.The most comprehensive study on them has recently been published, showing mostly modest effects.

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Hotter, Drier, Hungrier: How Global Warming Punishes the World’s Poorest

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:41:25 GMT

On the outskirts of Kakuma in northwestern Kenya. Always arid, the area has become hotter and drier with the onset of climate change.A series of droughts with little recovery time in the intervals has pushed millions to the edge of survival in the Horn of Africa.

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