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Hunting Mushrooms, and What Makes Some Glow in the Dark

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:17:23 GMT

A bioluminescent jack-o’-lantern mushroom found in Pisgah National Forest, near Asheville, N.C.Scientists may have had more luck tracking down how some fungi glow than you may have hunting bioluminescent mushrooms, a reporter discovered.

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Trilobites: If Mars Is Colonized, We May Not Need to Ship In the Bricks

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:46:00 GMT

Soil designed to simulate Martian dirt can be compacted into disks like this, researchers say.A new study suggests the material humanity needs to one day construct structures on Mars may already exist within the red planet’s desolate soil.

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No Bones About It: Scientists Recover Ancient DNA From Cave Dirt

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:00:15 GMT

Clockwise from top left, Richard Roberts, Vladimir Ulianov and Maxim Kozlikin planned the sampling of sediments in the East Chamber of Denisova Cave, Russia.With a new technique, German researchers isolated Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA from sediment alone, opening new possibilities in archaeology.

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Trilobites: 6 Bots That Deliver Science and Serendipity on Twitter

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:45:41 GMT

An image from the Twitter account @mothgenerator, a bot that generates intricate images of imaginary moths and names them.Not all bots on Twitter are out to spam, hack or misinform you. These science-themed bots dole out humor, factual information and galactic perspective.

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Mass Die-Off of Whales in Atlantic Is Being Investigated

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:53:23 GMT

Workers inspecting a dead humpback whale that washed up on Rockaway Beach in Queens this month.Officials are seeking the reason for an “unusual mortality event” that has left 41 humpback whales dead since early 2016 from North Carolina to Maine.

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Ancient Horse DNA Shows Scythian Warriors Were Adept Domesticators

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:01:23 GMT

A Mongolian horse breeder catching horses.Modern genetic tools have provided new details of how domestication changes animals as they become entwined with humans.

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Matter: Humans Lived in North America 130,000 Years Ago, Study Claims

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:46 GMT

A side view of groove produced by percussion on a mastodon leg bone.If early humans smashed mastodon bones found in California in 1992, scientists will have to rethink how humans came to the Americas.

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Basics: As Rains Ease in the West, Cactuses Shine Brighter Than Ever

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:54:57 GMT

Each teddy bear cholla is unique. This species of cactus releases pads and barbs that are carried on the wind to patches of soil where they will take root and grow.Never has there been a better time to appreciate the gritty, bizarre charm of these prickly natives.

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Most New York City Schools Had High Lead Levels, Retests Find

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:13:01 GMT

In a second round of water testing, 83 percent of school buildings had at least one outlet with levels above the E.P.A.’s threshold for action.

Court Gives Trump Small Victory in Push Against Clean Power Plan

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:23:30 GMT

Rail cars containing coal in Williamson, W.Va., last year. An appeals court granted a request from the Trump administration to defer a decision on litigation over a contested Environmental Protection Agency regulation known as the Clean Power Plan.An appeals court said it would delay a decision on the legality of the rule, which aims to tackle global warming by cutting emissions from coal-fired plants.

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Dr. Joseph Lifschutz, Who Asserted Confidentiality Right for Therapists, Dies at 92

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:07:47 GMT

Dr. Joseph E. Lifschutz in an undated photo.Dr. Lifschutz spent a weekend in jail in 1969 defending his position that a privilege of confidentiality should be extended to psychotherapists.

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Gary Steigman, Who Teased Out the Universe’s Dark Secrets, Dies at 76

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:13:26 GMT

Gary Steigman in an undated photo. Dr. Steigman was one of the ringleaders of cosmology in an era in which astronomy and particle physics were merging.Dr. Steigman helped show that most matter in the universe was not made of atoms, a finding that led to modern conceptions of dark matter and dark energy.

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A Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Plastic Bags, Researchers Say

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:44:01 GMT

Scientists have discovered that a caterpillar used for fishing bait may hold the key to breaking down plastics.Wax worms are able to break down the bonds in a popular synthetic polymer, which may someday help to reduce pollution.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Sowing Climate Doubt Among Schoolteachers

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:21:15 GMT

A group known for attacking climate science has set its sights on America’s public schools.

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Leonard Reiffel, Who Studied Lunar Nuclear Bomb, Dies at 89

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:08:47 GMT

Leonard Reiffel at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1963. In 1959, he helped write a report at the request of the Air Force on a proposal to detonate a nuclear warhead on or near the moon.Dr. Reiffel revealed that the Air Force had been interested in staging a surprise explosion on or near the moon, and that its goal was propaganda.

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Anthem Threatens to Leave Health Exchanges if Subsidies Are Halted

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:57:22 GMT

Joseph R. Swedish, the chief executive of the health insurer Anthem, in 2015. He warned that a halt of subsidies to help low-income people “would cause further market instability.”The insurer’s earnings beat expectations, but it warned it could withdraw from some marketplaces or raise rates if the government does not continue co-payment subsidies for low-income people.

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Renée Fleming and Joshua Bell to Unite for Science

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:17:18 GMT

Brian Greene, during “Awakening the Mind: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Oliver Sacks,” at last year’s World Science Festival.The musicians will perform in “Time, Creativity and the Cosmos,” a multimedia spectacle, to open the World Science Festival’s 10th anniversary.

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What Is the Antiquities Act and Why Does President Trump Want to Change It?

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:01:11 GMT

The northernmost boundary of the Bears Ears National Monument, along the Colorado River, in southeastern Utah is one of the national monuments to be reviewed by the Interior Department.The 1906 law, enacted under Theodore Roosevelt, has been used by presidents to protect vast tracts of public land from development and exploitation.

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As Rising Seas Erode Shorelines, Tasmania Shows What Can Be Lost

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:00:26 GMT

Graves on Isle of the Dead in Tasmania. The island on which the graveyard lies, part of the Port Arthur Historic Sites, is being chewed away by the sea.Port Arthur, the famous prison that housed the British Empire’s toughest convicts in the 19th century, is facing an onslaught from the sea.

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Trilobites: Some Surprising Dog Breeds Have Ancient American Heritage

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:00:15 GMT

Rascal Deux, a Chinese crested dog, competing in the World’s Ugliest Dog contest last year. Scientists reported Tuesday that the breed is one of a handful that trace part of their ancestry to the first dogs in the Americas 10,000 or more years ago.A new study of 161 breeds traces some ancestry back to the Americas of 10,000 years ago.

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That Ghostly, Glowing Light Above Canada? It’s Just Steve

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:22:45 GMT

A stream of hot, fast-moving gas, nicknamed Steve, glowing over Porteau Cove Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada, in May 2016.Scientists are investigating a stream of hot, bright gas visible not far from the northern lights. Amateurs saw it first, and they gave it a name from a 2006 animated movie.

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Op-Ed Contributors: What Trump’s Budget Means for the Filet-O-Fish

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:07:09 GMT

The president wants to cut funding for N.O.A.A., a linchpin in keeping American fishing afloat.

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Watching Their Dust: Photographing Players in Pollination

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:26:32 GMT

The white sweet lip of the Darwin’s slipper flower. When the lips are eaten by least seedsnipes, pollen is deposited on their heads.In “Pollination Power,” Heather Angel, a wildlife photographer, exposes the pollination process in macrophotography, showing the clear transfer of pollen onto creatures.

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Video Games Help Model Brain’s Neurons

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:13:02 GMT

The results from “Mozak” have a higher degree of accuracy than conventional computer-based modeling tools. A video game is being used to help understand the structure of neurons, which could aid in treatment of diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.

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Peggy Whitson Breaks Another Record in Space

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:02:06 GMT

The astronaut Peggy Whitson on Monday surpassed the 534-day record for most time in space by an American. Throughout her career, she has paved the way for women in space exploration.

People Are Seeing U.F.O.s Everywhere, and This Book Proves It

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:35:16 GMT

A protest in Washington, D.C., in 1995 outside the offices of the General Accounting Office.An unlikely new reference guide breaks down U.F.O. sightings county by county, shape by shape, month by month.

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Q&A: A Dry Side Effect

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:53:02 GMT

Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is a frequent side effect of many commonly prescribed drugs.

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Trump Calls @AstroPeggy at the International Space Station

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:21:47 GMT

Ivanka Trump joined the call, in which the president congratulated Peggy Whitson for setting a new U.S. space record.

The New Health Care: Spend a Dollar on Drug Treatment, and Save More on Crime Reduction

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:30:02 GMT

Research shows treatment for substance abuse disorders is a great value for society, but many programs have long waiting lists.

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No Longer a Dream: Silicon Valley Takes On the Flying Car

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:50:50 GMT

The Kitty Hawk Flyer is one of several prototypes being designed by Kitty Hawk, a start-up based in Mountain View, Calif.This isn’t science fiction. A number of start-ups as well as big aerospace firms are trying to build personal aircraft you could fly around town.

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Kuki Gallmann, ‘I Dreamed of Africa’ Author, Is Shot in Kenya

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:51:16 GMT

The author and environmentalist Kuki Gallmann in 2006.Kuki Gallmann was wounded in an attack that may be part of a wider problem in which farmers have been terrorized by herders who want more land to graze their animals.

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DNA Tests, and Sometimes Surprising Results

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:54:41 GMT

Students at West Chester University in Pennsylvania have volunteered to take part in ancestry DNA testing. Anita Foeman, a communications professor, says she has found that conversations around race are “complicated and jagged.”Think you know your racial background? A communications studies project involving ancestry DNA testing has led to interesting conversations on identity.

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Pictures From the March for Science

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:11:43 GMT

Marchers taking to the streets in Washington.Visual highlights from the demonstrations in Washington and around the world.

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Scientists, Feeling Under Siege, March Against Trump Policies

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:13:39 GMT

Gathering at the Washington Monument before March for Science on Saturday.Thousands of scientists and science enthusiasts took to the streets in Washington and around the world on Saturday to protest.

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Meet Three Scientists Ready to March

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:00:03 GMT

Shadow three scientists as they work with wolves and butterflies, DNA and tide pools before they attend one of the March for Science demonstrations around the country.