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Exoplanets Make Life Conversation Livelier

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:30:00 -0500

Astronomer Caleb Scharf weighs what ever more exoplanets mean in the search for extraterrestrial life.

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Bring Bronx Zoo To Your Living Room

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:18:00 -0500

Animal Planet's series The Zoo shows viewers the biological, veterinary and conservation science at a modern zoo.  

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UV Rays Strip Small Galaxies of Star Stuff

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:27:00 -0500

Researchers measured the intensity of the universe's ultraviolet background radiation, and say it may be strong enough to strip small galaxies of star-forming gas. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Aggressed-Upon Monkeys Take Revenge on Aggressor's Cronies

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:42:00 -0500

Japanese macaques at the receiving end of aggression tend to then take it out on a close associate or family member of the original aggressor.  

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Chaotic Orbits Could Cause Catastrophic Collision

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:53:00 -0500

Researchers used ancient climate cycles to confirm the solar system’s chaotic planetary orbits. An Earth–Mars collision is one distant outcome. Julia Rosen reports.

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Pulling the String on Yo-Yo Weight Gain

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:23:00 -0500

Mice that lost weight and then gained back more than they lost maintained an obesity-type microbiome that affected biochemicals involved in either burning or adding fat--suggesting interventions.  

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Poverty Shaves Years off Life

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 23:35:00 -0500

A meta-analysis found that being of low socioeconomic status was associated with almost as many years of lost life as was a sedentary lifestyle.  

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Pollinators Shape Plants to Their Preference

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 22:12:00 -0500

In fewer than a dozen generations bumblebee-pollinated plants were coaxed to develop traits that made them even more pleasing to the bees. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Low Biodiversity Brings Earlier Bloom

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:03:00 -0500

For every two species lost in a grassland, the remaining flowers there bloomed a day earlier—on par with changes due to rising global temperatures. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Early-Life Microbes Ward Off Asthma

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 23:51:00 -0500

Exposure to specific microbes when an infant is less than a year old seems to have a protective effect against the child's eventual acquisition of asthma.  

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(Probably Not a) Giant Alien Antenna

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 15:10:00 -0500

Astrophysicists propose that mysterious "fast radio bursts" could, in very speculative theory, be produced by an antenna twice the size of Earth. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Jupiter Moon to Be Searched for Life

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:19:00 -0500

If anything's alive on the ice-covered ocean world of Europa, a future NASA mission hopes to find it.  

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Teeth Hint at a Friendlier Neandertal

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 13:01:00 -0500

By sequencing DNA in Neandertal dental plaque, scientists were able to find out about their diets—and their good relations with modern humans. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Forensic Science: Trials with Errors

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 20:25:00 -0500

What appears to be accepted science in the courtroom may not be accepted science among scientists.

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How to Find Loooong Gravitational Waves

Mon, 6 Mar 2017 22:18:00 -0500

The gravitational waves found last year were short compared with the monster waves that could be turned up by what's called Pulsar Timing Arrays.  

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