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Trilobites: Solving the Scorching Mystery of the Sun’s Erupting Plasma Jets

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:24:29 GMT

Jets of solar material called spicules shoot out from the sun.After decades of study, scientists have developed a model to explain how violent solar spicules form.


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Trilobites: Why Do Bird Eggs Have Different Shapes? Look to the Wings

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:19:05 GMT

A collection of bird eggs of different shapes and sizes. On a global scale, one of the best predictors of egg shape is flight ability, a study found.In the most comprehensive study of egg shapes to date, scientists say that the best predictor of long or pointy eggs is a bird’s flying ability.


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Trilobites: Waves Above the Earth May Have Once Caused a ‘Nocturnal Sun’

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:57:59 GMT

Airglow, light more than 60 miles above Earth’s surface, happens when molecules broken apart by ultraviolet light from the sun reunite, releasing energy in the form of light.Historical observations of bright nights that were almost like daytime have a new explanation in forces of the upper atmosphere.


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Trilobites: High Above Mars, a NASA Orbiter Spies the Curiosity Rover

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:58:57 GMT

In this false-color photograph taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on June 5, the small blue dot in the center is NASA’s Curiosity rover.The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been taking images of the rover about every three months to monitor the surrounding area for changes.


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Yellowstone Grizzly Bear to Lose Endangered Species Protection

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:00:26 GMT

A grizzly bear in Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced on Thursday that the bear, which has been on the endangered species list since 1975, was thriving in the region.


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Yearning for New Physics at CERN, in a Post-Higgs Way

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:57:41 GMT

CERN hosts thousands of scientists, representing 22 member countries, all working to understand how the universe was created. CMS is one of seven detectors on site.Physicists monitoring the Large Hadron Collider are seeking clues to a theory that will answer deeper questions about the cosmos. But the silence from the frontier has been ominous.


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Trilobites: Sun Showers and the Science Behind This Weather Paradox

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:20:08 GMT

Rain fell on a meadow near Eggenthal in southern Germany as the sun broke through the clouds.Let’s take a moment to appreciate what causes the phenomenon of rain falling at the same time that the sun is shining.


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Out There: Earth-Size Planets Among Final Tally of NASA’s Kepler Telescope

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:00:12 GMT

An artist’s conception of KOI-961, a star system detected by the Kepler space telescope. It has three of the smallest planets known so far to orbit a star other than our sun.Setting the stage for the next chapter in the quest to end cosmic loneliness, astronomers released a list of objects they are 90 percent sure are planets orbiting other stars.


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Turkey Drops Evolution From Curriculum, Angering Secularists

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:39:42 GMT

Schoolchildren in Istanbul. Turkey’s decision to stop teaching evolution in high schools has deepened concerns that the president, a conservative Muslim, wants to radically change the identity of a secular country.A chapter on evolution will no longer appear in ninth graders’ textbooks because it is considered too “controversial” an idea, an education official said.


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Xi Jinping Is Set for a Big Gamble With China’s Carbon Trading Market

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:01:19 GMT

The Wujing Coal-Electricity Power Station on the Huangpu River in Shanghai. China’s cap-and-trade carbon emissions market will most likely start with three industries: coal-fired power plants, cement and aluminum.A carbon trading program is shaping up as a big policy retort to President Trump’s decision to quit the Paris accord. But getting local industries on board will be a challenge.


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Insurers Battle Families Over Costly Drug for Fatal Disease

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:50:19 GMT

Nolan and Jack Willis, ahead of a doctor’s visit this month.The case of Exondys 51 poses emotionally charged issues for families of young boys with a rare illness, who are fighting companies to get coverage for an expensive drug approved on a lower bar of proof.


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14 Years Old. Losing Muscle Every Day.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:24:48 GMT

Nicolas is 14 and has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which is robbing him of his muscles — and his life. A new and expensive drug may help, but can he get it?



Review: In ‘Food Evolution,’ Scientists Strike Back

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:46:21 GMT

Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s documentary gives G.M.O. opponents their say, but leaves the last word to food technologists, who insist on reviewing the data.



Frédérick Leboyer, Who Saw Childbirth Through Baby’s Eyes, Dies at 98

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:56:30 GMT

Frédérick Leboyer in 1976. In his 1974 book, he argued that the modern delivery room bowed to the needs of doctors, women and procedures while often overlooking those of a primary player in the birth: the baby.Mr. Leboyer, a French physician, advocated natural birth methods that focused on easing suffering for the baby.


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Dr. Lawrence Weed, Pioneer in Recording Patient Data, Dies at 93

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:10:56 GMT

Dr. Lawrence L. Weed, who created a system for organizing patient information that is used all over the world, at a lecture in 1971.Dr. Weed created a system for organizing medical data that is used all over the world, and helped develop a computerized method for aiding diagnosis and treatment.


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Jerry Nelson, Designer of the Segmented Telescope, Dies at 73

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:29:57 GMT

Jerry Nelson peering into a mirror at the Lick Observatory. Mr. Nelson, an astronomer, helped design a telescope that has become a model for many advanced modern-day telescopes.Mr. Nelson’s design, made decades after the size limit was thought to have been reached, allowed scientists to peer farther into the universe than ever before.


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Kangiqsujuaq Journal: A Lost Art in the Arctic: Igloo Making

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:00:02 GMT

Igloos built by Tiisi Qisiiq and Adami Sakiagak near Kangiqsujuaq, Nunavik, Quebec.One of Canada’s remaining igloo builders teaches the disappearing technique that was once common knowledge among the Inuit people.


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Too Hot to Fly? Climate Change May Take a Toll on Air Travel

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 03:19:55 GMT

Temperatures rising above 118 degrees grounded some aircraft at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The hot air was too thin to provide the lift they needed to take off successfully.Excess heat in Phoenix grounded more than 40 flights in recent days, and scientists say a warming climate could also mean more turbulent rides.


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Draft Order on Drug Prices Proposes Easing Regulations

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:25:31 GMT

President Trump meeting with leaders from the pharmaceutical industry in January.A draft of an executive order obtained by The Times appears to give the drug industry what it wants with no guarantee that consumer costs will fall.


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Trilobites: Summer Solstice: A Great Moment to Ponder the Sun

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:24:46 GMT

Summer solstice at Stonehenge in 2004.The scientific start to summer in the Northern Hemisphere this week comes ahead of a total solar eclipse in August, when the moon will engulf the sun.


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Explorer: In the Footsteps of Charles Darwin

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:00:37 GMT

The Galápagos are an archipelago of 20 islands made famous by Charles Darwin, who formulated his theory of evolution there in 1835.A land-based vacation in the Galápagos offers snorkeling, cave exploration, mountain hikes, tortoises and, sometimes, a little mystery.


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Exxon Mobil Lends Its Support to a Carbon Tax Proposal

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:01:17 GMT

Protesters outside the Exxon Mobil shareholders’ meeting in Dallas in May. The company is supporting a carbon tax proposed by the Climate Leadership Council.The company is joining other oil companies and corporate giants to endorse a plan from the Climate Leadership Council to tax fossil fuels and pay the dividends to taxpayers.


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Global Health: The High-Tech Device That’s Like a Bouncer for Mosquitoes

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:52:48 GMT

A mosquito trap created by Microsoft has 64 chambers that can trap individual species of mosquitoes.New traps that use infrared beams to identify insects are helping researchers capture more of the disease-carrying insects they need.


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Inspired by War Zones, Balloon Device May Save Civilians From Fatal Blood Loss

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:56:14 GMT

Nanetta Hall, who had been run over by a pickup truck, was the first patient in the city to be treated with the ER-Reboa.Developed to save victims of battlefield trauma, a plastic tube with a balloon at its tip can give doctors precious time to halt internal bleeding.


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Q&A: Do Birds Listen When You Play Music?

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:13:45 GMT

A 2012 study showed that birds respond to song in the same areas of the brain as humans. Birds can cue into a specific frequency range and tempo.


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Take a Number: A Dire Weekly Total for the U.S.: 25 Children Killed by Guns

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:56:27 GMT

Parents of children killed by guns held a protest in Atlanta near the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in April.Between 2012 and 2014, an average of 1,297 children died each year from such injuries.


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Indigenous Canadians Challenge an Exclusive American Fishing Camp

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:32:48 GMT

A group of Innu arrived on a private fishing camp on the Moisie River of northern Quebec.A First Nations band in Quebec wants to take back control of a stretch of river that has been in wealthy American hands for over a century.


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William J.L. Sladen, Expert on Penguin Libidos, Is Dead at 96

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 20:47:43 GMT

William J.L. Sladen, a zoologist, feeding a bird that appeared in “Fly Away Home,” the 1996 movie based on his work.Dr. Sladen, a British zoologist whose work was the basis of the 1996 movie “Fly Away Home,” also helped teach young birds to safely migrate.


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Trilobites: The Black Sea Turned Turquoise, Thanks to a Phytoplankton Bloom

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 01:28:16 GMT

Children jumping into the Bosporus in Istanbul on Wednesday during a turquoise phytoplankton bloom.The bloom appears every summer, but it’s so bright this year that it’s visible from satellites in space.


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Trilobites: Revealed in Israel, a 2,600-Year-Old Request for Wine

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:10:40 GMT

An inscription revealed by multispectral imaging technology on the reverse side of an ostracon found at Arad.The Hebrew words on a piece of pottery first found in 1965 were detected using multispectral imaging technology.


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