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ExoMars Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Mars as Word From Lander Is Awaited

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:00:18 GMT

The joint mission of the European and Russian space agencies consists of an orbiter and a lander looking for methane and testing landing technologies.

Trilobites: Monkeys Can Make Stone Tools, but They Don’t Use Them

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:00:20 GMT

A capuchin monkey in Brazil banging one rock into another.Researchers found capuchin monkeys in Brazil that bang stones together, producing flakes that look similar to early human tools.

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Juno Hobbled but Healthy After Glitch, NASA Says

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:48:57 GMT

An image of the sunlit part of Jupiter showing its swirling atmosphere. Juno recently measured radio waves emanating from 215 to 250 miles below Jupiter’s colorful striped cloud tops. The data shows that these mysterious stripes descend toward the surface.The spacecraft put itself into “safe mode” early Wednesday and restarted its computer, scuttling observations that were to take place as it passed 3,000 miles above Jupiter’s clouds.

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Trilobites: Pluto May Have Clouds, New Data Indicate

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:20:59 GMT

Possible clouds on Pluto.Findings from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft include images showing seven small, bright spots that might be clouds floating just above Pluto’s surface.

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How the First Farmers Changed History

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:00:37 GMT

A fossilized skeleton of a human who was buried beneath a floor in a family home in Ain Ghazal, a 10,000-year-old farming village in Jordan.Skeletons from ancient settlements in the Near East are providing answers about how agriculture, and society, arose.

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The Secret Life of Krill

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:30:00 GMT

The krill is food for whales, sea birds, penguins, squid and seals. But those predators are now in competition with commercial fisheries.Scientists are trying to learn what melting sea ice means for the pinkish, feathery-limbed crustacean that sustains penguins, sea birds and whales.

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70 Nobel Laureates Endorse Hillary Clinton

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:54:04 GMT

Hillary Clinton at a fund-raiser and concert in San Francisco last week.In a letter, the experts in science, medicine and economics argued for “a president who will support and advance policies that will enable science and technology to flourish.”

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Venus: Inhospitable, and Perhaps Instructional

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:13:12 GMT

A rendering of the Akatsuki probe, which is orbiting Venus seeking climate data.It is hoped that a Japanese space probe, Akatsuki, orbiting Venus will provide insights that could help in understanding Earth’s weather.

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Raw Data: Physicists Recover From a Summer’s Particle ‘Hangover’

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:54:51 GMT

The history of science has shown that setbacks, like the exotic new particle that wasn’t, give way to renewed quests, and theorists lean on experimenters.

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Reported Cases of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Are on Rise

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:48:08 GMT

Progress in the fight against chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis has “unraveled,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Tech Tip: Donate Your Computer’s Spare Time to Science

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:26:54 GMT

With the right software, you can give your computer’s spare processing power to a research project (and maybe make the world a better place).

Soloneshnoye Journal: Siberian Town Stakes a Claim as Humanity’s Cradle

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:30:23 GMT

The Cradle of Humanity Nature Park, near the entrance to the Denisova cave.In a small cave in rural Russia, some scientists say there’s compelling data about evolution and the interbreeding of a variety of early humans.

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Editorial: Another Big Step on Climate

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 01:56:20 GMT

Air conditioning units on a building in Mumbai, India.A new global agreement will phase out a powerful planet-warming chemical used in air-conditioners and refrigerators.

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‘Brexit’ May Hurt Britain Where It Thrives: Science and Research

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:10:53 GMT

Adam Durant in Cambridge, England. A British scientist and entrepreneur, he received a European Union grant and was able to hire workers from other member countries without having to sponsor visas.Though nothing has changed since Britain voted to leave the European Union, the worries of Britain’s scientists mirror concerns in the business community.

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Trilobites: In Refrigerators, Tomatoes Lose Flavor at the Genetic Level

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:56:35 GMT

Tomatoes in an experimental greenhouse in western France in July.Once a tomato is picked from the vine, there’s only one thing you can do to preserve its flavor: Keep it out of the fridge.

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For Clinton and Trump, There’s Little Debating a Climate Change Divide

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:01:19 GMT

Former Vice President Al Gore with Hillary Clinton last Tuesday at a rally in Miami, where climate change was a major topic.Most Americans say they are interested in the issue, but it came up only once in the first two debates and is not among topics listed for the third.

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Q&A: Planets Spinning the ‘Wrong’ Way

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:29:54 GMT

There are theories, but no certainty, for why Venus rotates clockwise. In the solar system, only Venus and Uranus do so.

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ExoMars, Poised to Reach Red Planet and Gather Clues

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:23:55 GMT

A rendering of the ExoMars 2016 spacecraft’s lander that is scheduled to set down on Mars.The spacecraft is to arrive at the red planet on Wednesday, perhaps providing important clues about geological process, or even hints of life.

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Take a Number: Two Trillion Galaxies, at the Very Least

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:08:07 GMT

A Hubble Space Telescope view of thousands of galaxies made during the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey.Once you get past a couple of hundred billion, who’s counting?

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Experiment to Weigh 'Ghost Particles' Starts in Germany

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:33:17 GMT

The main spectrometer at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, which scientists are using to try to determine the mass of neutrinos. Scientists in Germany have flipped the switch on a $66-million machine designed to help determine the mass of the universe's lightest particle.

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Trilobites: Robotic Mussels Track Rising Temperatures for Climate Research

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:10:16 GMT

Robotic mussels contain thermometers and data loggers that record the temperature every 10 minutes, approximating the internal temperature of the actual mussels nearby.Brian Helmuth, the marine scientist who devised them about 18 years ago, says they are an example of “biomimicry,” a relatively new field.

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Trilobites: Kaakutja, Perhaps the First Known Boomerang Victim

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:00:25 GMT

The skeletal remains of Kaakutja, an aboriginal man who scientists think was killed by a boomerang about in the 13th century.A skeleton found in an Australia national park was of a man who lived between 1260 and 1280 and is thought to have been killed by a wooden weapon.

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One Family’s Struggle With Microcephaly, the Birth Defect Now Linked to Zika

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:00:25 GMT

Nicholas Mir, playing during recess in August at his school, Manhattan Star Academy, was born with microcephaly. The progress he has made came only after years of intensive and expensive intervention.Watching the unfolding epidemic and concerned that many people did not grasp what it meant to raise a child with the condition, a Manhattan couple offered to share their experience.

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Feature: Why Isn’t the U.S. Better at Predicting Extreme Weather?

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:00:02 GMT

Wind patterns over the continental U.S. during Hurricane Matthew based on real-time data from the National Digital Forecast Database. The edge of Matthew’s spiral is visible off the coast of Georgia.Hurricanes like Matthew have laid bare the dirty secret of the National Weather Service: its technologies and methods are woefully behind the times.

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How the Chemical Industry Joined the Fight Against Climate Change

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:58:21 GMT

Workers assembling air-conditioners at a Daikin plant in India in 2014. The company also produces HFC32, a refrigerant.In the move away from a profitable chemical used for air-conditioning, companies were driven less by idealism than by intense competition.

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Grace Notes: A 600-Year-Old Oak Tree Finally Succumbs

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 16:29:07 GMT

The tree at the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church cemetery in New Jersey was pruned on Oct. 13. Declared unsavable by tree experts last month, it will be cut down next spring, church officials said.A tree in New Jersey that is older than America was unable to withstand the stress of the August heat this year, an arborist said.

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China Launches 2 Astronauts on Its Longest Space Mission

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 14:46:10 GMT

A 30-day stay on an orbiting lab would set a national record as part of a program to visit the moon in 2025.

Nations, Fighting Powerful Refrigerant That Warms Planet, Reach Landmark Deal

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 05:05:45 GMT

A binding accord on a heat-trapping chemical used in air-conditioners and refrigerators could have a greater impact on global warming than the Paris pact of 2015.