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Matter: Was a Tiny Mummy in the Atacama an Alien? No, but the Real Story Is Almost as Strange

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:42:59 GMT

A mummified skeleton from the Atacama Desert in Chile has been described as “alien.” But genetic analysis shows that she was human and may have had a previously unknown bone disorder.Known as “Ata,” the six-inch-long skeleton was discovered in Chile and may have had genetic mutations causing a bone disorder never before documented.

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Trilobites: What Makes Some Hair Curly? Not Quite What Scientists Thought

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 23:00:08 GMT

Merino sheep on a farm in Alexandra, New Zealand. Scientists found that differences in the cells on a hair explain a sheep’s curls, and may offer insights for other mammals, like us.After testing two theories about what makes sheep’s wool kinky, researchers found flaws in existing ideas about how different types of cells contribute to curliness in hair.

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Trilobites: Robotic Fish to Keep a Fishy Eye on the Health of the Oceans

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:48:40 GMT

SoFi, a robotic fish designed by M.I.T. scientists to better observe the lives and habitats of ocean fish.Researchers introduced SoFi, a soft robotic fish that can be operated underwater with a souped up Super Nintendo controller.

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Stephen Hawking to Be Interred at Westminster Abbey

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:09:34 GMT

Stephen Hawking will be interred at Westminster Abbey in London, keeping company with the likes of Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton.The cosmologist’s ashes will be buried there later this year, near a few legendary scientists like Darwin and Newton.

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Profiles in Science: David Reich Unearths Human History Etched in Bone

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:41:01 GMT

Jonas Oppenheimer, a technician in the lab of David Reich, a geneticist at Harvard, sandblasts an ancient skull fragment to find the cochlea, or inner ear, the area likeliest to retain DNA.The geneticist at Harvard Medical School has retrieved DNA from more than 900 ancient people. His findings trace the prehistoric migrations of our species.

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Trilobites: Something’s Brewing in the Lab: Beer Without Hops

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:15:19 GMT

Charles Denby, a biochemist, pouring a mix of brewer’s yeast with molecules from plants that can produce hoppy flavors into a fermentor to make a hop-free beer.Growing the small, green flowers is resource-intensive, and farmers can’t keep up. So scientists engineered yeast to produce the bitter, citrusy flavor in beer.

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Trilobites: In a Cockroach Genome, ‘Little Mighty’ Secrets

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:20:12 GMT

Researchers decoding the genome of the American cockroach found a wide variety of genes that help the insects perceive tastes and survive harsh environments.The American cockroach has the second largest insect genome ever sequenced. The variety of genes may help it survive in a multitude of environments.

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The Ruthless Phronima, and Other Hidden Wonders of the Sea

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:00:06 GMT

The American Museum of Natural History’s latest exhibition, “Unseen Oceans,” welcomes visitors with a projection of sand and surf.At the American Museum of Natural History, “Unseen Oceans” shines a light on the animals that call the ocean home and the humans who study them.

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ScienceTake: The Amazing Metabolism of Hummingbirds

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:00:09 GMT

Hummingbirds have several tricks to survive with a super-high metabolism on a diet of nectar.

Why Can’t Dying Patients Get the Drugs They Want?

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:32:16 GMT

Nancy Goodman, with her 7-year-old daughter, Sarah Froman, started Kids v Cancer after her son, Jacob Froman, died of cancer at age 10.A Republican-backed “Right to Try” bill would allow patients to sidestep F.D.A. approval. But the true gatekeepers are the drug companies themselves.

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Gary Lincoff, 75, Dies; Spread the Joy of Mushrooms Far and Wide

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 18:03:18 GMT

The mycologist Gary Lincoff pointed out a resinous polypore fungus in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx on a mushroom foray in 2011.Mr. Lincoff, a self-taught mycologist, led mushroom hunts from Siberia to Central Park, where he found more than 400 species just blocks from his apartment.

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Q&A: Unique Identifiers in Animal DNA

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:31:36 GMT

Genetic fingerprinting can distinguish individuals from one another in many different species — even to identify poached or illegally trafficked animals.

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At Hamburger Central, Antibiotics for Cattle That Aren’t Sick

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 02:34:47 GMT

The Cactus Feeders feedlot in Tulia, Tex.Many industrial feedlots see routine use of antibiotics as essential. Some cattlemen disagree, calling them “performance enhancing drugs.”

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Elon Musk Joins #DeleteFacebook With a Barrage of Tweets

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:00:51 GMT

Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla Inc. and SpaceX. He and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook have long been at odds.Mr. Musk deleted the Facebook pages of two of his companies, SpaceX and Tesla. He and the Facebook C.E.O., Mark Zuckerberg, have, er, not always gotten along.

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American Adults Just Keep Getting Fatter

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:00:05 GMT

Public health experts said they were alarmed that efforts to educate people about the health risks of a poor diet do not seem to be working.A large scale federal survey has documented the continuing rise in severe obesity, which increases the risks for heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

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150 Whales Beached in Australia, as Rescuers Fight to Save Them

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:26:49 GMT

More than 150 short-finned pilot whales were found beached in Hamelin Bay, Western Australia, on Friday.Poor weather and the threat of sharks were hindering emergency efforts.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose Last Year. Here Are the Top 5 Reasons.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:19:17 GMT

A coal-fired power plant in Huainan, China. Roughly two-thirds of last year’s emissions increase came from Asian countries that rely heavily on fossil fuels for economic development.The world needs to reduce emissions to avoid drastic global warming. For now, a new study shows, we’re moving in the opposite direction.

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Global Health: South Sudan Halts Spread of Crippling Guinea Worms

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:03:24 GMT

A woman with scars on her leg left by two Guinea worms in Terekeka, South Sudan. Only 30 infestations were recorded worldwide last year, an enormous achievement since 1986, when there were an estimated 3.5 million cases in 21 Asian and African countries.It has been 15 months — longer than the worm’s life cycle — since the last case of infection, which means the parasite is nearing eradication in the country.

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Wreck of the Juneau Is Found, 76 Years After 5 Brothers Perished

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:07:35 GMT

A remotely controlled vehicle captured footage of guns aboard the sunken Juneau, more than two miles beneath the water’s surface in the South Pacific.The ship was torn apart by Japanese torpedoes during World War II. Hundreds of sailors died, including the five Sullivan brothers of Waterloo, Iowa.

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More Cases Are Reported of Unusual Cancer Linked to Breast Implants

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:31:05 GMT

Breast implants with textured coatings have been cited repeatedly in association with an unusual cancer. The F.D.A. on Wednesday said that it had received more reports of people who had implants contracting the immune system disease.Women with breast implants have an increased risk of a type of lymphoma that can usually be cured by surgery alone — but not always.

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AIDS Researcher Robert R. Redfield Named to Lead the C.D.C.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:42:04 GMT

Dr. Robert R. Redfield had proposed widespread testing for H.I.V. in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, but also cautioned against stigmatizing those who had the virus.Dr. Redfield, a Baltimore AIDS researcher and advocate for medication-assisted therapies to treat addiction, will take over the public health agency.

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Borrowing G.O.P. Playbook, Democratic States Sue the Government and Rack Up Wins

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:34:58 GMT

Members of the Democratic Attorneys General Association — including Xavier Becerra of California, at the lectern — at a news conference in Washington last month.Democratic attorneys general are suing the Trump administration, just as their Republican counterparts sued the Obama administration. Each side has scored victories.

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Making Magic Out of Thin Air

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:21:05 GMT

Christina Gelsone, left, and Seth Bloom, a duo known as Acrobuffos, during a performance at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.How do married clowns make wordless wizardry with balloons, umbrellas, packing peanuts and fabric? Turn on those electric fans.

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Where Do Birds Flock Together? Australians Are Mailing In Feathers to Help Find Out

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:00:12 GMT

Kate Brandis, an Australian researcher, has enlisted the public to help her track elusive waterfowl as the country’s wetlands disappear.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Bigger Is Not Better for Ocean Conservation

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:17:14 GMT

Nations are protecting vast expanses of open sea but their first priority should be their richly biodiverse coastal waters.

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N.I.H. to Investigate Outreach to Alcohol Companies

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:14:07 GMT

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said he was “concerned” about meetings scientists and officials had with alcohol industry executives to raise money for a study about the benefits of moderate drinking.After a report in The Times, the National Institutes of Health will examine whether health officials violated government policy by soliciting donations to fund a study of moderate drinking.

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N.Y.C. Nature: The Croaky Sounds of Spring

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:34:35 GMT

The wood frog, thawed and ready to leap.The rasping call of the wood frog, who amazingly emerges from being mostly frozen during the winter, is filling city woodlands right now.

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Trilobites: ‘These Eagles Are More Than Just a Symbol’

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:36:34 GMT

A bald eagle near Big Bear Lake, in the San Bernardino National Forest, in 2016.Avid bird-watchers come out annually for the counting program in the San Bernardino National Forest and California state parks, where conservation of eagles has largely been a success.

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Sudan, the Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies in Kenya

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:33:44 GMT

Sudan died on Monday after suffering from age-related health problems, including a series of infections.Just two members of the charismatic subspecies remain, both female. But scientists still hope to prevent the extinction of the animals.

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Robert P. Langlands Is Awarded the Abel Prize, a Top Math Honor

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:15:58 GMT

Robert P. Langlands, professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., speaking in the fall of 2016 at a conference centered around his work.The honor, regarded by some as a Nobel Prize of mathematics, recognizes work on a “grand unified theory” to connect different areas of mathematics.

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Canada’s Outdoor Rinks Are Melting. So Is a Way of Life.

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:36:10 GMT

Jack and Cara Williams on the backyard rink built by their father.Canada loves its ice, and outdoor hockey is part of the nation's cultural identity. So what happens when winters get too warm for backyard rinks?

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‘We’re Losing the Fight’: Tuberculosis Batters a Venezuela in Crisis

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 07:43:39 GMT

Pallbearers carried the coffin of Victor Martínez, 47, who died of tuberculosis last month in Petare, Venezuela.The disease, which until recently seemed to be under control in Venezuela, is making an aggressive comeback in the nation, overwhelming its broken health care system.

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How Hummingbirds Cheat Death

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:00:06 GMT

A hovering hummingbird burns energy faster than any other bird or mammal — and it often lives just hours from starvation.

She Was the Only Woman in a Photo of 38 Scientists, and Now She’s Been Identified

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:05:44 GMT

Sheila Minor Huff, center left and partly obscured, was just beginning her career when she was photographed at the International Conference on the Biology of Whales in Virginia in 1971.At a whale biology conference in 1971, one attendee was photographed but not named. Internet sleuths tracked her down.

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The Struggle to Build a Massive ‘Biobank’ of Patient Data

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:35:26 GMT

Blood samples to be processed at the U.K. Biobank. The U.S. is embarking on a similar project called All of Us, but its scope — and costs — are raising challenges.At a cost of $1.4 billion, a National Institutes of Health program may help scientists discover links between diseases, genes and lifestyle. But the project faces obstacles.

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Built to Flood: As Harvey Raged, Their Homes Were Swamped on Purpose. Six Months Later, They Face a Terrible Choice.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:22:34 GMT

A Texas suburb was intentionally flooded to save the city of Houston. We followed homeowners as they decided whether to cut their losses or rebuild.

Take This App and Call Me in the Morning

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:59:38 GMT

Reset, a prescription treatment app, allows patients to track pain, loneliness, social pressure and other situations that could trigger their addictions.A new category of prescription medical treatments, what executives call digital therapeutics, comes in the form of mobile apps.

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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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