martedì 31 dicembre 2013

NYT Science: ScienceTake: How to Control Starfish

ScienceTake: How to Control Starfish
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During a meal, a starfish’s stomach comes out of its mouth and grabs hold of what it is eating. Figuring out what controls this process could mean good news for the coral that starfish feed on.

Published: December 31, 2013 at 5:00AM

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lunedì 30 dicembre 2013

NYT Science: Unsettling News on Knee Surgery, and a Striking Neanderthal Gene

Unsettling News on Knee Surgery, and a Striking Neanderthal Gene
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

A common orthopedic surgery may be no more effective than fake operations for people with a certain injury, and Type 2 diabetes may be linked to a gene dating to Neanderthals.

Published: December 31, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Viewing Where the Internet Goes

Viewing Where the Internet Goes
By JOHN MARKOFF

Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn, who outlined the conventions of the Internet in a hotel room in 1973, spoke separately about what has become of it and where it is doing.

Published: December 31, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: More Crocodile Species Discovered

More Crocodile Species Discovered
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Biologists have determined that African slender-snouted crocodiles from West Africa and Central Africa are distinct species that diverged about seven million years ago.

Published: December 31, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: What Works for Sharks and Honeybees ...

What Works for Sharks and Honeybees ...
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Scientists have found that one of the last hunter-gatherer groups on earth forages for food in a pattern that other animals use.

Published: December 31, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Without Winter Freezes, Mangroves Are Marching North, Scientists Say

Without Winter Freezes, Mangroves Are Marching North, Scientists Say
By JUSTIN GILLIS

Mangroves, once kept in check by bitter winter nights in coastal central Florida, are displacing salt marshes, and experts ponder the implications.

Published: December 31, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Tales of Caring With Warm Hands

Tales of Caring With Warm Hands
By ABIGAIL ZUGER, M.D.

In chronicling his experiences with patients and his declining parents, Dr. Brendan Reilly offers a poignant portrait of modern medicine, and a manner of care that is slipping away.

Published: December 31, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Plants Do Compete, and Take Time Off

Plants Do Compete, and Take Time Off
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

One orchid was fine until another showed up, when the first stopped blooming. Could the second have made it happen?

Published: December 31, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Visual Delights on Film and Science-Driven Theater

Visual Delights on Film and Science-Driven Theater
By JASCHA HOFFMAN

January events at the intersection of science and culture including “Mysteries of the Unseen World” and a play set in a research station in Antarctica.

Published: December 31, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Playing With How We Keep Faces Straight

Playing With How We Keep Faces Straight
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Researchers at M.I.T. have developed a computer algorithm that can make subtle changes to facial images that affect our ability to remember them.

Published: December 31, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Shaping Humanity

Shaping Humanity
By JOHN GURCHE

Assorted excerpts from “Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins.”

Published: December 31, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: I Had My DNA Picture Taken, With Varying Results

I Had My DNA Picture Taken, With Varying Results
By KIRA PEIKOFF

Three different companies that offer genetic testing checked snapshots of my code, and the discrepancies in their results were striking.

Published: December 31, 2013 at 5:00AM

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sabato 28 dicembre 2013

NYT Science: Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience

Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience
By JOHN MARKOFF

The new computing approach is based on the biological nervous system, specifically on how neurons react to stimuli and connect with other neurons to interpret information.

Published: December 29, 2013 at 5:00AM

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giovedì 26 dicembre 2013

NYT Science: In the Human Brain, Size Really Isn’t Everything

In the Human Brain, Size Really Isn’t Everything
By CARL ZIMMER

Researchers at Harvard argue that the human brain is so advanced not simply because it is large, but because its rapid growth caused neurons to develop new connections and circuits.

Published: December 26, 2013 at 5:00AM

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martedì 24 dicembre 2013

NYT Science: Astronauts Complete Repairs to Space Station

Astronauts Complete Repairs to Space Station
By KENNETH CHANG

Ending a spacewalk mission with the words, “Houston, you’ve got yourself a new pump module.”

Published: December 25, 2013 at 5:00AM

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lunedì 23 dicembre 2013

NYT Science: To Be Born on a Christmas Morn

To Be Born on a Christmas Morn
By ANDREW GELMAN

Data show that the rate of childbirth tends to drop most on Christmas, New Year’s Day and July 4, but also on April Fools’ Day and Halloween. It’s a little higher on Valentine’s Day.

Published: December 24, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Best Places for Seafood? Follow a Gannet

Best Places for Seafood? Follow a Gannet
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Australasian gannets have a way of finding out, at communal bathing sites, where the fish are.

Published: December 24, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: The Old Snake-and-Egg Question

The Old Snake-and-Egg Question
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Contrary to a long-held belief, researchers have found that about 175 million years ago, the ancestors of snakes and lizards gave birth to live young instead of laying eggs.

Published: December 24, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: On New Caledonia, a Lone Survivor

On New Caledonia, a Lone Survivor
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

The Amborella plant is the only direct descendant of the ancestor of all flowering plants on earth. Scientists have sequenced its genome.

Published: December 24, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: New Insights From Old DNA, Flowing Ants, Insecticides in Question

New Insights From Old DNA, Flowing Ants, Insecticides in Question
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

A recap of science and health events from the week. Happy holidays, everyone.

Published: December 24, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: A Doctor’s Intimate View of Hemophilia

A Doctor’s Intimate View of Hemophilia
By CLAUDIA DREIFUS

Holbrook Kohrt, a physician and researcher, has spent a lifetime as a patient. That experience informs every day of his work to find cures for cancer.

Published: December 24, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: When The Doctor Is Also a Patient

When The Doctor Is Also a Patient
By Jeffery DelViscio, Pedro Rafael Rosado, Kriston Lewis, Robin Lindsay and Abe Sater

Holbrook Kohrt, a hematologist, talks about his own experiences as a hemophiliac.

Published: December 23, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: The Wind Cries ... Oe?

The Wind Cries ... Oe?
By MARK VANHOENACKER

You may not know the world’s distinctive breezes by their names, like the Oe or the Witch of November, but chances are, if they blew your way, you’d remember them.

Published: December 24, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Our Pleasure in Others’ Misfortune

Our Pleasure in Others’ Misfortune
By CHRISTIE ASCHWANDEN

In his new book exploring schadenfreude, the psychologist Richard H. Smith writes that the emotion stems from our hard-wired need to compare ourselves to others.

Published: December 24, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Plants in Peril

Plants in Peril
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Do plants feel pain? When a tree is pruned, for example, does it suffer?

Published: December 24, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Aggression’s Positives (1 Letter)

Aggression’s Positives (1 Letter)
By

A letter to the Editor.

Published: December 24, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Dental Frustration (1 Letter)

Dental Frustration (1 Letter)
By

A letter to the Editor.

Published: December 24, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: For That Zeus Bug in Your Life

For That Zeus Bug in Your Life
By NATALIE ANGIER

The drive to exchange presents is ancient, transcultural and by no means limited to Homo sapiens.

Published: December 24, 2013 at 5:00AM

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mercoledì 18 dicembre 2013

NYT Science: Toe Fossil Provides Complete Neanderthal Genome

Toe Fossil Provides Complete Neanderthal Genome
By CARL ZIMMER

Scientists say the accuracy of the new genome is of similar quality to sequencing the DNA of a living person.

Published: December 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

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martedì 17 dicembre 2013

NYT Science: Spacewalks Set to Fix Broken Space Station Pump

Spacewalks Set to Fix Broken Space Station Pump
By KENNETH CHANG

NASA has postponed the launching of a cargo ship to the International Space Station until astronauts there have solved a cooling system problem.

Published: December 18, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: ScienceTake: The Physics of Ants

ScienceTake: The Physics of Ants
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They can flow like a liquid and bounce back like a solid. Masses of fire ants show a duality that intrigues physicists.

Published: December 17, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Ants That Can Flow Like a Fluid, or Move Like a Solid

Ants That Can Flow Like a Fluid, or Move Like a Solid
By JAMES GORMAN

A mass of fire ants can act like a fluid or a solid, depending on the situation. It’s the first time this duality had been observed in a group of living things.

Published: December 17, 2013 at 5:00AM

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lunedì 16 dicembre 2013

NYT Science: Dinosaurs and Statistics

Dinosaurs and Statistics
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A new paper highlights possible statistical problems in a series of papers on dinosaur growth rates.

Published: December 17, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Outsider Challenges Papers on Growth of Dinosaurs

Outsider Challenges Papers on Growth of Dinosaurs
By KENNETH CHANG

Nathan P. Myhrvold, the former chief technology officer of Microsoft, says that while trying to study why dinosaurs were so large, he found discrepancies in papers discussing the creatures’ growth rates.

Published: December 17, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: A Struggle to Balance Wind Energy With Wildlife

A Struggle to Balance Wind Energy With Wildlife
By DAN FROSCH

Tensions between the Obama administration and the wind energy industry and environmental organizations rose after a new rule was announced allowing wind farms 30-year permits to kill eagles.

Published: December 17, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: The Big Squeeze

The Big Squeeze
By KENNETH CHANG

What happens if you crush an organic substance between diamond anvils? Researchers are finding out, with ramifications for our knowledge of Earth’s core.

Published: December 17, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Truths About Grades, and the Coldest Cold on Earth

Truths About Grades, and the Coldest Cold on Earth
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Two Harvard studies show that early music education has no discernible effect on cognitive abilities, and East Antarctica records a record low of minus 134 to minus 137 degrees.

Published: December 17, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: A Simple Community Health Remedy in Mali

A Simple Community Health Remedy in Mali
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

Deploying community health workers to treat sick children rapidly can make an enormous difference in how many live and how many die, according to a study done in Mali.

Published: December 17, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Breathe In, Breathe Out

Breathe In, Breathe Out
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Biologists have found that savannah monitor lizards extract oxygen from the air when inhaling and when exhaling — a trait, known as unidirectional breathing, that is most associated with birds.

Published: December 17, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Animal Humanity

Animal Humanity
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Letters to the editor.

Published: December 17, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Climate Change Denial

Climate Change Denial
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Letters to the editor.

Published: December 17, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Neanderthals and the Dead

Neanderthals and the Dead
By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD

A re-examination of remains supports claims that our ancient human relatives held burials, thus narrowing the behavioral distance between them and us.

Published: December 17, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Best Foot (and Hand and Eye) Forward

Best Foot (and Hand and Eye) Forward
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Preference for one hand or foot over the other, known as laterality, has been studied in humans chiefly as it relates to language development.

Published: December 17, 2013 at 5:00AM

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sabato 14 dicembre 2013

NYT Science: As Rover Lands, China Joins Moon Club

As Rover Lands, China Joins Moon Club
By CHRIS BUCKLEY

China became the third country to accomplish a “soft landing,” in which a rover will explore the lunar surface to further the nation’s broader ambitions in space.

Published: December 15, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Iran Reports Successfully Sending Another Monkey Into Space

Iran Reports Successfully Sending Another Monkey Into Space
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Iran’s state television said the country used liquid fuel for the first time to launch the rocket, named Pajohesh, meaning “research” in Farsi.

Published: December 15, 2013 at 5:00AM

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venerdì 13 dicembre 2013

NYT Science: Noble Molecules Found in Space

Noble Molecules Found in Space
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

European astronomers say they have detected noble gas molecules in space for the first time, even though they were not looking for them.

Published: December 17, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Men Surpass Women in Publishing Research

Men Surpass Women in Publishing Research
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

A new analysis also found that papers that list men as the dominant author are more likely to be cited.

Published: December 17, 2013 at 5:00AM

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giovedì 12 dicembre 2013

NYT Science: $3 Million Prizes to Go to Mathematicians

$3 Million Prizes to Go to Mathematicians
By DENNIS OVERBYE

Yuri Milner, the Russian entrepreneur and philanthropist, announced the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, the latest of his lavish cash awards to scientists.

Published: December 14, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Faulty Valve Puts Limits on Astronauts’ Power Use

Faulty Valve Puts Limits on Astronauts’ Power Use
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NASA scrambled on Thursday to figure out what was wrong with a key cooling unit that shut down because of a faulty valve.

Published: December 13, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Oklahoma Quakes

Oklahoma Quakes
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Oklahoma has been jolted by thousands of minor earthquakes in recent years, far more than the average of about 50 quakes a year.

Published: December 13, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: As Quakes Shake Oklahoma, Scientists Eye Oil and Gas Industry

As Quakes Shake Oklahoma, Scientists Eye Oil and Gas Industry
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

Oklahoma has never been known as earthquake country, with a yearly average of about 50, most minor. But in the past three years, the state has had thousands of quakes.

Published: December 13, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Man-Made Quakes

Man-Made Quakes
By Aaron Byrd, Leslye Davis and Henry Fountain

Earthquakes associated with hydraulic fracturing can more accurately be linked to the disposal of waste water from fracking and other methods of oil and natural gas extraction.

Published: December 12, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Learning From the History of Vitamins

Learning From the History of Vitamins
By CARL ZIMMER

By studying how we and other species make vitamins, scientists hope to find new ways to keep us healthy.

Published: December 12, 2013 at 5:00AM

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mercoledì 11 dicembre 2013

NYT Science: 30 Years of the Space Shuttle

30 Years of the Space Shuttle
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An interactive timeline of the 135 space shuttle missions.

Published: December 11, 2013 at 5:00AM

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martedì 10 dicembre 2013

NYT Science: ScenceTake: Angry Birds

ScenceTake: Angry Birds
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Mockingbirds furiously protect their nests against intruding cowbirds, with mixed results.

Published: December 10, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: In a Bird’s Nest, an Animal Behavior Puzzle

In a Bird’s Nest, an Animal Behavior Puzzle
By JAMES GORMAN

When scientists looked closely at the war between chalk-browed mockingbirds and shiny cowbirds, they found something unexpected.

Published: December 10, 2013 at 5:00AM

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lunedì 9 dicembre 2013

NYT Science: Considering the Humanity of Nonhumans

Considering the Humanity of Nonhumans
By JAMES GORMAN

Fundamental questions of philosophy and morality, and what it means to be autonomous, are following an unusual challenge to have chimpanzees recognized as legal persons.

Published: December 10, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Vitamins’ Old, Old Edge

Vitamins’ Old, Old Edge
By CARL ZIMMER

From the beginnings of life roughly four billion years ago, they have played a central, necessary role. In fact, early life forms used to be veritable vitamin factories.

Published: December 10, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Decoding a Tsunami’s Source

Decoding a Tsunami’s Source
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

An unusual drilling expedition finds that a weak, slippery fault moved as much as 50 meters in the 2011 earthquake that devastated Japan, displacing an enormous amount of water.

Published: December 10, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Palliative Care Shortage (1 Letter)

Palliative Care Shortage (1 Letter)
By

A letter to the Editor.

Published: December 10, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: A Showy Beetle That Befriended Ants

A Showy Beetle That Befriended Ants
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

A newly discovered beetle species from the lowland rain forests of French Guiana stands out from its relatives in the Western Hemisphere because of its large size and rich colors.

Published: December 10, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Science Bookshelf

Science Bookshelf
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Titles, fundamentally based on the sciences, as selected by the science editors from all adult nonfiction books reported to The New York Times for the month.

Published: December 10, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: The Male Koala’s Hefty Come-Hither Call

The Male Koala’s Hefty Come-Hither Call
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Koalas have a special sound-producing organ not seen in other land-dwelling animals, giving the mating males a deeper voice.

Published: December 10, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: An Inexpensive Way to Print Out Metal Parts

An Inexpensive Way to Print Out Metal Parts
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Researchers at Michigan Technological University have developed a 3-D metal printer using open-source software and off-the-shelf components.

Published: December 10, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: The Montreal Protocol, a Little Treaty That Could

The Montreal Protocol, a Little Treaty That Could
By JUSTIN GILLIS

New science suggests that the Montreal Protocol, seen as the most successful global environmental treaty, may be even more important in limiting global warming than once thought.

Published: December 10, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: An Evolutionary Twist and a New Role for Drones

An Evolutionary Twist and a New Role for Drones
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

A 400,000-year-old femur recovered in Spain shows that human evolution was more complex than previously thought, and a scientific panel warned of rapid, catastrophic effects of global warming.

Published: December 10, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Intellectuals on a Mission

Intellectuals on a Mission
By DENNIS OVERBYE

In the new documentary “The Unbelievers,” an engaging, if contrasting, pair of scientists set off on a worldwide tour to promote reason.

Published: December 10, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Beyond a Man’s Machines

Beyond a Man’s Machines
By DANA JENNINGS

“The Art of Rube Goldberg” shows that the inventor known for his complex contraptions was an all-around cartoon man as well as an authentic American eccentric and wiseacre.

Published: December 10, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Rube Goldberg: Man Behind the Machines

Rube Goldberg: Man Behind the Machines
By Axel Gerdau

His inexhaustible reservoir of elaborate contraptions that mutated simple tasks into madcap feats of ingenuity made Rube Goldberg rich and famous. But he was also an all-around cartoon man and artist.

Published: December 9, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: When Lightning Strikes Your Car

When Lightning Strikes Your Car
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Best to stay in it during a storm, the National Lightning Safety Institute says, though the tires don’t have anything to do with it.

Published: December 10, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: On Mars, an Ancient Lake and Perhaps Life

On Mars, an Ancient Lake and Perhaps Life
By KENNETH CHANG

Scientists have confirmed that the crater where a NASA rover landed last year contained a freshwater lake, around the time that life is thought to have begun on Earth.

Published: December 10, 2013 at 5:00AM

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mercoledì 4 dicembre 2013

NYT Science: At 400,000 Years, Oldest Human DNA Yet Found Raises New Mysteries

At 400,000 Years, Oldest Human DNA Yet Found Raises New Mysteries
By CARL ZIMMER

DNA from a fossil in Spain most closely matches another extinct human lineage, Denisovans, whose remains have been found thousands of miles away in Siberia.

Published: December 5, 2013 at 5:00AM

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martedì 3 dicembre 2013

NYT Science: Panel Says Global Warming Risks Sudden, Deep Changes

Panel Says Global Warming Risks Sudden, Deep Changes
By JUSTIN GILLIS

A scientific panel’s report rules out some doomsday notions but says dire climatic surprises seem inevitable.

Published: December 4, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/04/science/earth/panel-says-global-warming-risks-sudden-deep-changes.html

NYT Science: Using a Rough Surface to Stay Dry

Using a Rough Surface to Stay Dry
By JAMES GORMAN

A smooth surface might seem most likely to repel water, but scientists found that a rough surface, with ridges, for example, worked better.

Published: December 3, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: SceinceTake: Splash!

SceinceTake: Splash!
By

New surfaces make water bounce, faster.

Published: December 3, 2013 at 5:00AM

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lunedì 2 dicembre 2013

NYT Science: Big Bugs Too Lovely to Squish

Big Bugs Too Lovely to Squish
By DANA JENNINGS

“Beetles and Other Insects,” an expanded edition of Bernard Durin’s 1980 work, gathers 60 color plates of all his known watercolor portraits of insects.

Published: December 3, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/science/the-french-painter-bernard-durins-close-look-at-insect-life.html

NYT Science: Circumcisions to Help Prevent AIDS Are on the Rise

Circumcisions to Help Prevent AIDS Are on the Rise
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

A United Nations agency estimated that 3.2 million African men had been voluntarily circumcised since 2007. Studies show that the procedure reduces the risk of infection by about 60 percent.

Published: December 3, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/science/circumcisions-to-help-prevent-aids-are-on-the-rise.html

NYT Science: An Older Buddha, and Disease Numbers Good and Bad

An Older Buddha, and Disease Numbers Good and Bad
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

The World Health Organization increased its estimate of 2009 swine flu deaths, while researchers in Pittsburgh may have put a number on the cases of contagious disease prevented by vaccines.

Published: December 3, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Families, in Many Shapes and Sizes (5 Comments)

Families, in Many Shapes and Sizes (5 Comments)
By

Letters and comments to the Editor.

Published: December 3, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Men Can Be Such Worms (and Vice Versa)

Men Can Be Such Worms (and Vice Versa)
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Male roundworms shorten the life spans of females, according to a new study, and the researchers believe their findings are linked to sex.

Published: December 3, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Finding Japan’s Aircraft-Carrier Sub

Finding Japan’s Aircraft-Carrier Sub
By LOUIS LUCERO II

The I-400, an enormous World War II submarine, was sunk by the United States — in 1946, after the war, to keep it out of the hands of the Soviet Union. The submersible Pisces V found it.

Published: December 3, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Building a Cheaper Catalyst

Building a Cheaper Catalyst
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

For years, scientists have tried to coax important chemical reactions out of nonprecious metals. Three different teams of researchers have pulled it off.

Published: December 3, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/science/building-a-cheaper-catalyst.html

NYT Science: A Head for Hunting

A Head for Hunting
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

They may be slow, but seahorses can snatch fast prey because of the unusual shape of their heads.

Published: December 3, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/science/a-head-for-hunting.html

NYT Science: Learning to Defuse the Aorta

Learning to Defuse the Aorta
By GINA KOLATA

The long search for a gene mutation has led to a chance of stopping Marfan syndrome and reducing the risk of a fatal burst before it happens.

Published: December 3, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/science/learning-to-defuse-the-aorta.html

NYT Science: In Communal Living, Intimacy’s Logistics

In Communal Living, Intimacy’s Logistics
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

History has shown that privacy for intimate encounters required a liberal view of what that meant or a little creativity.

Published: December 3, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/science/in-communal-living-intimacys-logistics.html

NYT Science: Healing Soldiers’ Most Exposed Wounds

Healing Soldiers’ Most Exposed Wounds
By CLAUDIA DREIFUS

Col. Robert G. Hale, commander of the Army’s dental and trauma research detachment, has helped develop new ways to heal the facial wounds of troops returning from combat overseas.

Published: December 3, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/science/healing-soldiers-most-exposed-wounds.html

NYT Science: Rights Group Sues to Have Chimp Recognized as Legal Person

Rights Group Sues to Have Chimp Recognized as Legal Person
By JAMES GORMAN

The Nonhuman Rights Project is using the novel strategy in seeking to have the chimp removed from his owners and placed in a sanctuary.

Published: December 3, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/science/rights-group-sues-to-have-chimp-recognized-as-legal-person.html

NYT Science: Image Mysteries and Flatiron Glow Sticks

Image Mysteries and Flatiron Glow Sticks
By JASCHA HOFFMAN

A Penn and Teller film documents a quest to find out whether the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer had help from an optical device. And a Manhattan event involves the Flatiron Building, hundreds of volunteers and glow sticks.

Published: December 3, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/science/image-mysteries-and-flatiron-glow-sticks.html

domenica 1 dicembre 2013

NYT Science: In New Jersey Pines, Trouble Arrives on Six Legs

In New Jersey Pines, Trouble Arrives on Six Legs
By JUSTIN GILLIS

A beetle invasion of New Jersey’s Pinelands, said to be caused by global warming, has drawn little attention, and scientists say the state has been too slow in its response.

Published: December 2, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/02/science/earth/in-new-jersey-pines-trouble-arrives-on-six-legs.html

NYT Science: Comet, Thought Dead but Found Alive, Is Now Fading Away, Astronomers Say

Comet, Thought Dead but Found Alive, Is Now Fading Away, Astronomers Say
By KENNETH CHANG

After surprising experts with its disappearance and subsequent reappearance last week, the Comet ISON is now thought to have met its demise.

Published: December 2, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/02/us/comet-thought-dead-but-found-alive-is-now-fading-away-astronomers-say.html

venerdì 29 novembre 2013

NYT Science: Comet ISON, Presumed Dead, Shows New Life

Comet ISON, Presumed Dead, Shows New Life
By KENNETH CHANG

Astronomers are marveling at the death and apparent resurrection of Comet ISON, which dove close to the sun on Thanksgiving.

Published: November 30, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Coming Soon, a Night Watchman With Wheels?

Coming Soon, a Night Watchman With Wheels?
By JOHN MARKOFF

A California company’s mobile robot is intended to serve as a security tool, but some see it as an entry point to a post-privacy world and a threat to take over some low-paying jobs.

Published: December 3, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/science/coming-soon-a-night-watchman-with-wheels.html

giovedì 28 novembre 2013

NYT Science: Linking Genes to Diseases by Sifting Through Electronic Medical Records

Linking Genes to Diseases by Sifting Through Electronic Medical Records
By CARL ZIMMER

In so-called phenome-wide association studies, scientists start with a gene variant and search thousands of medical conditions for a match.

Published: November 28, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/28/science/linking-genes-to-diseases-by-sifting-through-electronic-medical-records.html

martedì 26 novembre 2013

NYT Science: Comet Nears Sun, Offering Planetary Clues

Comet Nears Sun, Offering Planetary Clues
By KENNETH CHANG

A comet that spent the first 4.5 billion years of its existence in the farthest reaches of the solar system will almost graze the furnace of the sun on Thanksgiving.

Published: November 27, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/27/us/comet-nears-sun-offering-planetary-clues.html

lunedì 25 novembre 2013

NYT Science: New Clues May Change Buddha’s Date of Birth

New Clues May Change Buddha’s Date of Birth
By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD

At a temple in Nepal that contains a pillar documenting a homage at the Buddha’s birthplace, researchers determined that lower structures were erected as early as the sixth century B.C.

Published: November 26, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/26/science/new-clues-may-change-buddhas-date-of-birth.html

NYT Science: Microbes May Explain Some of the Mysteries of Terroir and Wine

Microbes May Explain Some of the Mysteries of Terroir and Wine
By NICHOLAS WADE

Researchers have found that grape varieties in different regions carry distinctive patterns of fungi and bacteria, which may explain the factors that make a wine unique.

Published: November 26, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/26/science/microbes-may-explain-some-of-the-mysteries-of-terroir-and-wine.html

NYT Science: Families: A Slide Show

Families: A Slide Show
By

With every year, American families are becoming more diverse and the makeup of those families more complex. The Times asked readers to share a favorite photograph and tell us what makes their family unique or special. Here is a selection of the responses.

Published: November 25, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2013/11/25/science/25Modern-Family-readers.html

NYT Science: ScienceTake: The Fungus Highway

ScienceTake: The Fungus Highway
By

One fungus, Neurospora crassa, has a highly efficient traffic system to spread nuclei among its filaments as it grows. Human highway designers, take note.

Published: November 25, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/11/25/science/100000002564178/sciencetake-the-fungus-highway.html

domenica 24 novembre 2013

NYT Science: Already Anticipating ‘Terminator’ Ethics

Already Anticipating ‘Terminator’ Ethics
By JOHN MARKOFF

Amid rapid advances encouraged and funded by the Pentagon, roboticists are facing questions about the purposes of what they are designing.

Published: November 24, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/24/science/already-anticipating-terminator-ethics.html

venerdì 22 novembre 2013

NYT Science: Experts Say Poaching Could Soon Lead to a Decline in the Rhino Population

Experts Say Poaching Could Soon Lead to a Decline in the Rhino Population
By LOUIS LUCERO II

Economics is driving the destruction of the animals in Africa and Asia, where the horns are seen as luxury items.

Published: November 23, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/23/science/experts-say-poaching-could-soon-lead-to-a-decline-in-the-rhino-population.html

NYT Science: In Ruins of Palace, a Wine With Hints of Cinnamon and Top Notes of Antiquity

In Ruins of Palace, a Wine With Hints of Cinnamon and Top Notes of Antiquity
By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD

Where rulers of a Middle Bronze Age city-state once feasted, researchers have found one of civilization’s oldest and largest wine cellars.

Published: November 23, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/23/science/in-ruins-of-palace-a-wine-with-hints-of-cinnamon-and-top-notes-of-antiquity.html

giovedì 21 novembre 2013

NYT Science: Icy Observatory Detects Neutrinos From Outside Our Solar System

Icy Observatory Detects Neutrinos From Outside Our Solar System
By KENNETH CHANG

Over two years, the IceCube Neutrino observatory in Antarctica detected 28 neutrinos from outside our solar system, the first detected since 1987.

Published: November 22, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/22/science/space/icy-observatory-detects-neutrinos-from-outside-our-solar-system.html

NYT Science: Signs of Aging, Even in the Embryo

Signs of Aging, Even in the Embryo
By CARL ZIMMER

New research indicates that senescent cells, those that stop dividing, play an important role at both the dawn and dusk of life.

Published: November 21, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/21/science/signs-of-aging-even-in-the-embryo.html

mercoledì 20 novembre 2013

NYT Science: Frederick Sanger, 95, Two-Time Winner of Nobel and Pioneer in Genetics, Dies

Frederick Sanger, 95, Two-Time Winner of Nobel and Pioneer in Genetics, Dies
By DENISE GELLENE

Dr. Sanger, a British biochemist, showed how amino acids link together to form insulin in 1958, and invented a method of “reading” molecular letters that make up the genetic code in 1980.

Published: November 21, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/21/science/frederick-sanger-two-time-nobel-winning-scientist-dies-at-95.html

NYT Science: Two Surprises in Ancient DNA of Boy Found Buried in Siberia

Two Surprises in Ancient DNA of Boy Found Buried in Siberia
By NICHOLAS WADE

The genome of a Mal’ta boy indicates that Europeans reached farther east across Eurasia than previously assumed, and that Native Americans may be descended from a mix of Western Europeans and East Asians.

Published: November 21, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/21/science/two-surprises-in-dna-of-boy-found-buried-in-siberia.html

NYT Science: A Different Kind of Mating Dance

A Different Kind of Mating Dance
By JAMES GORMAN

A sea slug from the Great Barrier Reef has been caught on video in a mating behavior so extreme that it appears to be a scientific first.

Published: November 20, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/science/a-different-kind-of-mating-dance.html

NYT Science: ScienceTake: Sea Slug Love

ScienceTake: Sea Slug Love
By

In the mating game, males and females can have different agendas even when they inhabit the same body.

Published: November 20, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/11/20/science/100000002560506/sciencetake-sea-slug-love.html

martedì 19 novembre 2013

NYT Science: Contest Aims for a Cleaner-Burning Wood Stove

Contest Aims for a Cleaner-Burning Wood Stove
By MATTHEW L. WALD

Twelve teams are competing in Washington to find ways to get twice as much heat out of a log of firewood while producing cleaner smoke.

Published: November 20, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/science/earth/contest-aims-for-a-cleaner-burning-wood-stove.html

lunedì 18 novembre 2013

NYT Science: Slowdown in Carbon Emissions Worldwide, but Coal Burning Continues to Grow

Slowdown in Carbon Emissions Worldwide, but Coal Burning Continues to Grow
By JUSTIN GILLIS and DAVID JOLLY

Experts said the world remains far from meeting international goals on climate change.

Published: November 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/science/slowdown-in-carbon-emissions-worldwide-but-coal-burning-continues-to-grow.html

NYT Science: Hurricanes and Climate, Helping Stuck Babies, Changing Forests

Hurricanes and Climate, Helping Stuck Babies, Changing Forests
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

A typhoon prompted questions about a possible link between natural disasters and a warming planet. A mechanic comes up with a baby extricator. A new tool helps track the state of the forests.

Published: November 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/science/hurricanes-and-climate-helping-stuck-babies-changing-forests.html

NYT Science: Excerpt: ‘Love and Math’

Excerpt: ‘Love and Math’
By EDWARD FRENKEL

The preface to a new book on mathematics — a subject woven into the very existence of our lives that’s embraced by very few of us.

Published: November 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/science/excerpt-love-and-math.html

NYT Science: Brilliance Triumphs Over Rejection

Brilliance Triumphs Over Rejection
By AMIR ALEXANDER

In the former Soviet Union, Edward Frenkel was denied admission to the best mathematics program because he was a Jew. But as he recounts in “Love & Math,” the now-renowned mathematician didn’t let that stop him.

Published: November 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/science/in-love-math-fighting-discrimination-through-numbers.html

NYT Science: Coldblooded Does Not Mean Stupid

Coldblooded Does Not Mean Stupid
By EMILY ANTHES

Recent research revealing that their brains are less primitive than previously thought could offer new insights on cognitive evolution.

Published: November 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/science/coldblooded-does-not-mean-stupid.html

NYT Science: An Earlier Exodus Amid Climate Change

An Earlier Exodus Amid Climate Change
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Birds are migrating earlier and earlier each year, and scientists have long suspected that climate change is responsible.

Published: November 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/science/an-earlier-exodus-amid-climate-change.html

NYT Science: Reptilian Smarts

Reptilian Smarts
By Jeffery DelViscio, Pedro Rafael Rosado, Kriston Lewis, Robin Lindsay, Abe Sater and Amy Rio

New research is showing that lizards, turtles and snakes are more intelligent than previously believed.

Published: November 18, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/11/18/science/100000002558704/reptilian-smarts.html

NYT Science: A Historical Elephant’s New Identity

A Historical Elephant’s New Identity
By RACHEL NUWER

A 255-year-old elephant fetus on which Carl Linnaeus based his taxonomy of Asian elephants was actually African, new research shows.

Published: November 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/science/a-historical-elephants-new-identity.html

NYT Science: Clues to the Origins of Big Cats

Clues to the Origins of Big Cats
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

A new set of fossils, ranging from four million to six million years old, and thought to be the oldest ever found, belonged to a previously unknown species.

Published: November 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/science/earth/clues-to-the-origins-of-big-cats.html

NYT Science: Not Much of an Appetite at 80

Not Much of an Appetite at 80
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Disinterest in eating among older adults can stem from a range of issues, including depression and the side effects of medication.

Published: November 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/science/not-much-of-an-appetite-at-80.html

NYT Science: A Rare Sample of a Much Saltier Time

A Rare Sample of a Much Saltier Time
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Seawater from a crater at the bottom of Chesapeake Bay offers a rare glimpse of the North Atlantic 100 million to 145 million years ago.

Published: November 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/science/a-rare-sample-of-a-much-saltier-time.html

NYT Science: Agriculture as Solution

Agriculture as Solution
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Letter to the editor.

Published: November 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/science/agriculture-as-solution.html

NYT Science: Inequality of Feelings

Inequality of Feelings
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Letter to the editor.

Published: November 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/science/inequality-of-feelings.html

NYT Science: A Cold War Fought by Women

A Cold War Fought by Women
By JOHN TIERNEY

New evidence shows that female aggression helps explain peer pressure to meet standards of physical appearance and sexual conduct.

Published: November 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/science/a-cold-war-fought-by-women.html

NYT Science: Casual Casualties (3 Letters)

Casual Casualties (3 Letters)
By

A letter to the Editor.

Published: November 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/science/casual-casualties-1-letter.html

NYT Science: A New Danger to Africans

A New Danger to Africans
By DONALD G. M cNEIL J r.

Africans may become susceptible to a type of malaria that they had long been thought to be immune to because the parasite appears to be evolving, scientists said last week.

Published: November 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/science/a-new-danger-to-africans.html

NYT Science: Getting Realistic (1 Letter)

Getting Realistic (1 Letter)
By

A letter to the Editor.

Published: November 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/science/getting-realistic-1-letter.html

NYT Science: New Plan for a Disabled Kepler

New Plan for a Disabled Kepler
By DENNIS OVERBYE

A plan to keep Kepler hunting for planets would have the spacecraft skipping around the sky, observing any one spot for up to 80 days.

Published: November 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/science/space/new-plan-for-a-disabled-kepler.html

NYT Science: More Explorations in Space

More Explorations in Space
By DENNIS OVERBYE

With or without Kepler, several satellites, intended to identify nearby exoplanets, are in the works in the coming years.

Published: November 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/science/space/more-explorations-in-space.html

NYT Science: Measuring the Might of Haiyan

Measuring the Might of Haiyan
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

Without a flight into a storm, its exact strength is difficult to gauge. Forecasters said Typhoon Haiyan would pack winds of up to 195 miles an hour, but the top measured speeds were closer to 150 m.p.h.

Published: November 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/science/measuring-the-might-of-haiyan.html

domenica 17 novembre 2013

NYT Science: Developing a Fax Machine to Copy Life on Mars

Developing a Fax Machine to Copy Life on Mars
By ANDREW POLLACK

DNA sequencing and DNA synthesis are becoming faster and cheaper, and J. Craig Venter wants to use the technology to bring Martian life to Earth.

Published: November 18, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/18/science/developing-a-fax-machine-to-copy-life-on-mars.html

sabato 16 novembre 2013

NYT Science: Aleksandr Serebrov, Cosmonaut of Fettered Times, Dies at 69

Aleksandr Serebrov, Cosmonaut of Fettered Times, Dies at 69
By DOUGLAS MARTIN

Mr. Serebrov, who once held a spacewalk record, flew four missions for a program that abandoned Soviet ambitions for Russian spare parts.

Published: November 18, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/18/science/space/aleksandr-serebrov-cosmonaut-of-fettered-times-dies-at-69.html

NYT Science: The Future of Storms

The Future of Storms
By Aaron Byrd, Alexandra Garcia and Henry Fountain

Scientists disagree over whether climate change is altering hurricanes. It is impossible, when looking at one storm, to know whether global warming had an impact, but researchers see a trend.

Published: November 16, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/11/16/science/100000002555638/the-future-of-storms.html

venerdì 15 novembre 2013

NYT Science: NASA Probe May Help Solve Riddle of Mars’s Missing Air

NASA Probe May Help Solve Riddle of Mars’s Missing Air
By KENNETH CHANG

Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or Maven for short, is to spend at least a year observing the Martian atmosphere.

Published: November 16, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/16/science/space/nasa-probe-may-help-solve-riddle-of-marss-missing-air.html

giovedì 14 novembre 2013

NYT Science: New Interactive Tool Helps Track Earth’s Forests

New Interactive Tool Helps Track Earth’s Forests
By LOUIS LUCERO II

Researchers working with Google have created a way to monitor the gains and losses of forest cover using a dozen years of satellite images.

Published: November 15, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/15/science/earth/new-interactive-tool-helps-track-earths-forests.html

NYT Science: Wolf to Dog: Scientists Agree on How, but Not Where

Wolf to Dog: Scientists Agree on How, but Not Where
By CARL ZIMMER

A new study points to Europe, not East Asia, the latest chapter in a debate that shows the challenges of piecing together the history of a species.

Published: November 14, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/14/science/wolf-to-dog-scientists-agree-on-how-but-not-where.html

martedì 12 novembre 2013

NYT Science: The View From Saturn

The View From Saturn
By DENNIS OVERBYE

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft created a photograph that spans 405,000 miles. It includes a view of Earth from 898 million miles away.

Published: November 12, 2013 at 5:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/science/space/the-view-from-saturn.html

lunedì 11 novembre 2013

NYT Science: Watch Out for Falling Space Junk and Asteroids

Watch Out for Falling Space Junk and Asteroids
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Recent developments in health and science news. This week: India hopes to join the exclusive Mars club, and a newly discovered dinosaur from the T. rex family.

Published: November 12, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: The Universe’s End

The Universe’s End
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Letter to the editor.

Published: November 12, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Honoring Female Pioneers in Science

Honoring Female Pioneers in Science
By DENISE GRADY

An exhibit offers little-known details on extraordinary women like Florence Nightingale, Hertha Ayrton and Sophie Kowalevski.

Published: November 12, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Long-Term Benefits of Music Lessons

Long-Term Benefits of Music Lessons
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

A new study reports that older adults who took lessons at a young age can process the sounds of speech faster than those who did not.

Published: November 12, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Science Bookshelf

Science Bookshelf
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Top-selling nonfiction titles based on the sciences.

Published: November 12, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: No Need to Fumble for Reading Glasses

No Need to Fumble for Reading Glasses
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Snakes can optimize their vision by controlling the blood flow in their eyes when they perceive threats.

Published: November 12, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Ocean Drones Plumb New Depths

Ocean Drones Plumb New Depths
By WILLIAM HERKEWITZ

Research teams are deploying data-gathering gliders to study the Atlantic’s many mysterious underwater movements.

Published: November 12, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Exploring the Ocean

Exploring the Ocean
By Erik Olsen

Underwater drones are changing the way scientists study the sea.

Published: November 11, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Single Tooth Tells of Long-Extinct Platypus

Single Tooth Tells of Long-Extinct Platypus
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Scientists have identified an ancient species of platypus, its diet and habitat, all from the discovery of a single fossil tooth.

Published: November 12, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Choosing to Chew Gum

Choosing to Chew Gum
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Chewing sugarless gum after a meal can help prevent tooth decay, the American Dental Association has said.

Published: November 12, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Vaccine Drive to Curb Spread in Middle East

Vaccine Drive to Curb Spread in Middle East
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

Health officials will try to get polio vaccines to more than 20 million children across the Middle East.

Published: November 12, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Warning on Global Food Supply

Warning on Global Food Supply
By JUSTIN GILLIS

The negative effects of global climate change on agriculture are expected to get worse, experts say, raising deep concerns about the global food supply in the decades to come.

Published: November 12, 2013 at 5:00AM

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venerdì 8 novembre 2013

NYT Science: Spotting Autism in an Infant’s Gaze

Spotting Autism in an Infant’s Gaze
By Karen Barrow, Pedro Rafael Rosado, Michael Mason, Kriston Lewis, Amy Rio and Abe Sater

A new study suggests that tracking a baby’s eye movement may lead to earlier autism detection.

Published: November 8, 2013 at 5:00AM

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giovedì 7 novembre 2013

NYT Science: High Above Sea Level, Evolutionary Hot Spots

High Above Sea Level, Evolutionary Hot Spots
By CARL ZIMMER

The remarkable ecosystems known as Páramos are home to the fastest evolution on Earth, a new study suggests.

Published: November 12, 2013 at 5:00AM

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mercoledì 6 novembre 2013

NYT Science: Fossil of Copulating Insects Identified as Oldest on Record

Fossil of Copulating Insects Identified as Oldest on Record
By JAMES GORMAN

Researchers say the oldest fossil of two insects copulating — in this case, froghoppers killed in a volcanic eruption 165 million years ago — was identified in what is now Northeastern China.

Published: November 7, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: More Large Asteroid Strikes Are Likely, Scientists Find

More Large Asteroid Strikes Are Likely, Scientists Find
By KENNETH CHANG

In new research, a team of scientists is suggesting that the Earth is vulnerable to asteroid strikes as often as every decade or two.

Published: November 7, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Satellite Will Fall to Earth, but No One’s Sure Where

Satellite Will Fall to Earth, but No One’s Sure Where
By KENNETH CHANG

The Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer, which mapped Earth’s gravitational field in detail, will meet a fiery destruction sometime in the next few days.

Published: November 7, 2013 at 5:00AM

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lunedì 4 novembre 2013

NYT Science: Nalini Ambady, Psychologist of Intuition, Is Dead at 54

Nalini Ambady, Psychologist of Intuition, Is Dead at 54
By MARGALIT FOX

Professor Ambady was a social psychologist whose research on the surprising accuracy of first impressions was popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in his 2005 best seller, “Blink.”

Published: November 5, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: A Key to Quantum Computing, Close to Home

A Key to Quantum Computing, Close to Home
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Copper phthalocyanine, a blue dye found in many household items, could fill a critical need in the quest for a quantum computer, researchers say.

Published: November 5, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Elizabeth Gilbert Finds Inspiration Behind the Garden Gate

Elizabeth Gilbert Finds Inspiration Behind the Garden Gate
By CLAUDIA DREIFUS

After the success of “Eat, Pray, Love,” Elizabeth Gilbert set off on a different path with her new novel, about a 19th-century botanist.

Published: November 5, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Cosmic Census Finds Billions of Planets That Could Be Like Earth

Cosmic Census Finds Billions of Planets That Could Be Like Earth
By DENNIS OVERBYE

With the help of the Kepler spacecraft, astronomers calculate the number of habitable Earth-like planets in the Goldilocks zone — not too hot, not too cold.

Published: November 5, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Poisonous to Pets

Poisonous to Pets
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

In addition to chocolate, canine food risks include the artificial sweetener xylitol, macadamia nuts, onions, garlic, leeks and chives.

Published: November 5, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Humpback Dolphin Clan Branches Out

Humpback Dolphin Clan Branches Out
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

New research confirmed that there are four distinct species of humpback dolphins, not two.

Published: November 5, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: How to Shorten Commutes (1 Letter)

How to Shorten Commutes (1 Letter)
By

A letter to the Editor.

Published: November 5, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Science on His Own Terms

Science on His Own Terms
By MICHAEL POLLAK

In his autobiography, Gene Shinn recounts his life and research, driven among other things by a boundless curiosity and a sure hand at underwater demolition.

Published: November 5, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: More Like Her

More Like Her
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Letter to the editor.

Published: November 5, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Finding the Higgs Leads to More Puzzles

Finding the Higgs Leads to More Puzzles
By DENNIS OVERBYE

As scientists try to reconcile the discovery of the Higgs boson with what they thought they knew, one theory suggests that a glitch in the Higgs field could end the universe as we know it.

Published: November 5, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: A Roman Sculpture, a Study on Lying and a Disturbing F.D.A. Report

A Roman Sculpture, a Study on Lying and a Disturbing F.D.A. Report
By JENNIFER A. KINGSON

This week brought news of an auction for a permit to shoot an endangered black rhinoceros, and a Food and Drug Administration report on contamination in imported spices.

Published: November 5, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: ScienceTake: The Contagious Yawn

ScienceTake: The Contagious Yawn
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People are not the only animals who yawn, or who catch yawns from each other; dogs and chimps even catch human yawns. It may have to do with empathy, which seems to have deep roots in evolution.

Published: November 4, 2013 at 5:00AM

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sabato 2 novembre 2013

NYT Science: Oarfish Offer Chance to Study an Elusive Animal Long Thought a Monster

Oarfish Offer Chance to Study an Elusive Animal Long Thought a Monster
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Within five days, two oarfish, were found in California last month, giving marine biologists a rare opportunity to study a lengthy and elusive big fish.

Published: November 3, 2013 at 4:00AM

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venerdì 1 novembre 2013

NYT Science: Science Panel Warns of Risks to Food Supply From Climate Change

Science Panel Warns of Risks to Food Supply From Climate Change
By JUSTIN GILLIS

A leaked draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is by far the starkest warning that the scientists have ever issued.

Published: November 2, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Sunday Morning Surprise: A Solar Eclipse

Sunday Morning Surprise: A Solar Eclipse
By KENNETH CHANG

Early risers in the eastern United States will wake to a rare site on Sunday morning: a partial eclipse. A brief total eclipse will then sweep across the Atlantic and Central Africa.

Published: November 2, 2013 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 31 ottobre 2013

NYT Science: White House Will Focus on Climate Shifts While Trying to Cut Greenhouse Gases

White House Will Focus on Climate Shifts While Trying to Cut Greenhouse Gases
By JUSTIN GILLIS

White House aides said President Obama would sign an executive order on Friday morning directing federal agencies to make it easier for states to build resilience against storms.

Published: November 1, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Dog’s Tail Wag Can Say a Lot

A Dog’s Tail Wag Can Say a Lot
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

When watching a tail wag to the left, dogs showed signs of anxiety, scientists found. When the tail went in the opposite direction, they remained calm.

Published: November 5, 2013 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Afraid of Snakes? Your Pulvinar May Be to Blame

Afraid of Snakes? Your Pulvinar May Be to Blame
By CARL ZIMMER

Scientists have discovered that certain neurons in the brain, in a region known as the pulvinar, only respond to snakes.

Published: October 31, 2013 at 4:00AM

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mercoledì 30 ottobre 2013

NYT Science: Closing of Live Poultry Markets Is Called Effective in Flu Fight

Closing of Live Poultry Markets Is Called Effective in Flu Fight
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

Experts warn that shutting such markets permanently would be impractical because consumers in many countries demand live birds, but even temporary shutdowns should be considered.

Published: October 31, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Dark Matter Experiment Has Found Nothing, Scientists Say Proudly

Dark Matter Experiment Has Found Nothing, Scientists Say Proudly
By DENNIS OVERBYE

Physicists based in a former mine in South Dakota said Wednesday that they had not found the particles thought to make up a quarter of the cosmos, but they took hope from how clearly they did not see anything.

Published: October 31, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Astronomers Find Earthlike Planet, but It’s Infernally Hot

Astronomers Find Earthlike Planet, but It’s Infernally Hot
By KENNETH CHANG

Kepler-78b, a planet some 400 light-years away is the first Earth-size planet that seems to be made of the same mixture of rock and iron as Earth.

Published: October 31, 2013 at 4:00AM

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martedì 29 ottobre 2013

NYT Science: How Does a Tick Do Its Dirty Work? Research Video Offers a Clue

How Does a Tick Do Its Dirty Work? Research Video Offers a Clue
By JAMES GORMAN

Just in time for Halloween — a video made by researchers shows how ticks that carry Lyme disease cut into skin and hang on for days.

Published: October 30, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: ScienceTake: What Makes Ticks Stick

ScienceTake: What Makes Ticks Stick
By

Scientists studying ticks that carry Lyme bacteria wanted to know how these arachnids are able to stick so well to skin. The answer is a mouth that works like a ratchet.

Published: October 29, 2013 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 28 ottobre 2013

NYT Science: High-Flying Tourism, Toddlers Who Read Faces

High-Flying Tourism, Toddlers Who Read Faces
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA and KENNETH CHANG

This week: a $75,000 ride into the stratosphere, a rare earth element cleanup in China and there’s no fooling the baby.

Published: October 29, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Natural Allies for the Next Sandy

Natural Allies for the Next Sandy
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

Nature’s own walls, like reefs and marshes, have appeal and provide many other benefits, but questions remain on how much protection they would provide, especially in a major storm.

Published: October 29, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Jump-Starter Kits for the Mind

Jump-Starter Kits for the Mind
By KATE MURPHY

Low-level electric current offers promise, and potential perils, as a way to stimulate the brain, but many do-it-yourselfers aren’t waiting for confirmation. They’re rushing to buy kits online or hooking themselves to nine-volt batteries.

Published: October 29, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: An Insect? For Me? You Shouldn’t Have

An Insect? For Me? You Shouldn’t Have
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

When male nursery-web spiders give their female companions a gift, their mating produces more spiders.

Published: October 29, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Algorithm Can Identify Dolphin Whistles

Algorithm Can Identify Dolphin Whistles
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

In the past, researchers charted the signature whistles of bottlenose dolphins on a spectrograph, which maps sound waves visually. But the algorithm, also used to identify songs, is much faster.

Published: October 29, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Robotic Crowd-Pleasers of the Past

Robotic Crowd-Pleasers of the Past
By

They could talk, sing, smoke, shoot guns — early humanoid robots were created in our image, but without anything close to the technology needed to be truly autonomous.

Published: October 29, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Automatons of Yesteryear

The Automatons of Yesteryear
By KATIE HILER

Humanoid machines have been around since the early 20th century, but technology has only recently begun to fulfill some of the aspirations of the earliest inventors.

Published: October 29, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Entering a New Era of Robots

Entering a New Era of Robots
By

In a shift away from strictly industrial use, they are being designed to collaborate with, and even look like, human beings.

Published: October 29, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Making Robots More Like Us

Making Robots More Like Us
By JOHN MARKOFF

In a shift away from robots made to perform in factories, designers are putting the ‘human’ into humanoids so that they can safely interact in public.

Published: October 29, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Humanoid Robots

Humanoid Robots
By John Markoff, Vijai Singh and David Walter Banks

Fully programmable robots were on display at the Humanoids 2013 conference in Atlanta. The goal is to enable them to work effectively and even autonomously in emergency situations.

Published: October 28, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: What Causes a Neck to Crack?

What Causes a Neck to Crack?
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

The neck’s paired joints are filled with a bit of fluid, and when the neck is bent, a gas is released, creating that cracking sound, experts say.

Published: October 29, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Explaining a Collider and Poison’s Power

Explaining a Collider and Poison’s Power
By JASCHA HOFFMAN

November events at the intersection of science and culture.

Published: October 29, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Student Uncovers Baby Dinosaur Specimen

Student Uncovers Baby Dinosaur Specimen
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

A discovery by a 17-year-old on a field trip turned out to be the most complete known specimen of the tube-crested Parasaurolophus, researcher say.

Published: October 29, 2013 at 4:00AM

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domenica 27 ottobre 2013

NYT Science: Of Fact, Fiction and Defibrillators

Of Fact, Fiction and Defibrillators
By GINA KOLATA

Dick Cheney writes that to prevent terrorists from sending a fatal shock to his defibrillator, he had doctors fit a new device without Wi-Fi capability. Could somebody really kill you that way?

Published: October 29, 2013 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 24 ottobre 2013

NYT Science: Pentagon Agency to Spend $70 Million on Brain Research

Pentagon Agency to Spend $70 Million on Brain Research
By JAMES GORMAN

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced Thursday that it will spend the money to improve brain implants.

Published: October 25, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Our Ancestors’ Name Starts With Homo, but Then What?

Our Ancestors’ Name Starts With Homo, but Then What?
By CARL ZIMMER

A recently discovered 1.8-million-year-old hominid and his comrades didn’t belong to our own species, Homo sapiens, but figuring out their lineage is a complicated task.

Published: October 24, 2013 at 4:00AM

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martedì 22 ottobre 2013

NYT Science: Boarding Soon: A Balloon to the Stratosphere?

Boarding Soon: A Balloon to the Stratosphere?
By KENNETH CHANG

World View, a new space tourism company, unveiled its plans on Tuesday to loft passengers to the stratosphere as early as 2015, not by rocket but by giant balloon.

Published: October 23, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Flying to the Stratosphere

Flying to the Stratosphere
By

An animation that demonstrates the flight experience.

Published: October 22, 2013 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 21 ottobre 2013

NYT Science: ScienceTake: Flight of the Bumblebee

ScienceTake: Flight of the Bumblebee
By

Harvard researches have discovered that the bubble bee is a much more tactful navigator that it's name implies.

Published: October 21, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Plundering Science, Bone by Bone

Plundering Science, Bone by Bone
By ALANNA MITCHELL

Fossil poachers have become a major problem for paleontologists, wreaking havoc on the sites of dinosaur remains.

Published: October 22, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Scientists Go Back to Work and a Skull Changes Some Minds

Scientists Go Back to Work and a Skull Changes Some Minds
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Recent developments in health and science news. This week: A government-funded study from the 1950s was condemned, and chunks of an exploded meteor were excavated.

Published: October 22, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: What Does ‘Terminal’ Mean? (3 Letters)

What Does ‘Terminal’ Mean? (3 Letters)
By

A letter to the Editor.

Published: October 22, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Tests for Newborns (1 Letter)

Tests for Newborns (1 Letter)
By

A letter to the Editor.

Published: October 22, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Improbable French Buddies

The Improbable French Buddies
By JENNIFER SCHUESSLER

The philosopher Albert Camus and the scientist Jacques Monod, active in the Resistance, forged a lasting and deep friendship.

Published: October 22, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Sweet Life

The Sweet Life
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Molds and bacteria cannot survive on very sugary foods, like molasses and honey, because the concentrated sugar draws moisture out of cells.

Published: October 22, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Pace-Setting Cells Linked to Slower Heartbeat

Pace-Setting Cells Linked to Slower Heartbeat
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Researchers recorded electrical signals from the sinoatrial node, which acts as an internal pacemaker, in old mice and found they could not keep up with those in younger mice.

Published: October 22, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Answer to the Old Teeth-and-Scales Question

Answer to the Old Teeth-and-Scales Question
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Scientists have learned that, contrary to decades of conventional wisdom, scales may have come before teeth in vertebrates.

Published: October 22, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Quiet Trip to the Ozone Hole

Quiet Trip to the Ozone Hole
By MATTHEW L. WALD

A team of specialists and entrepreneurs is hoping to send a glider 17 miles high for a closer look at what ails the atmosphere.

Published: October 22, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Soaring to the Stratosphere

Soaring to the Stratosphere
By Sean Patrick Farrell

The Perlan Project is building a carbon-fiber glider to carry two pilots to 90,000 feet. Its mission is to set an altitude record and to explore the high reaches of atmosphere.

Published: October 21, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: New Technique Holds Promise for Hair Loss

New Technique Holds Promise for Hair Loss
By DENISE GRADY

Researchers said the procedure, tested in mice, would not just relocate hair, as in a transplant, but would increase its amount.

Published: October 22, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Robot Games: A Challenge for the Machines and the Controllers

Robot Games: A Challenge for the Machines and the Controllers
By JOHN MARKOFF

A December contest held by a Pentagon agency will show how far technology has come, and how far it has to go to catch up to sci-fi movie depictions.

Published: October 22, 2013 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 17 ottobre 2013

NYT Science: A Simpler Family Tree?

A Simpler Family Tree?
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A skull discovered in the Republic of Georgia may indicate that early species in the genus Homo are actually more closely related members of a single evolutionary lineage.

Published: October 18, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Fossil Skull May Rewrite Humans’ Evolutionary Story

Fossil Skull May Rewrite Humans’ Evolutionary Story
By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD

An analysis of a 1.8 million-year-old skull suggests that early human ancestors may have been members of the same species, with diverse physical appearances.

Published: October 18, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Key to Ants’ Evolution May Have Started With a Wasp

Key to Ants’ Evolution May Have Started With a Wasp
By CARL ZIMMER

A recently published evolutionary tree of ants and their closest relatives may provide answers to how ants evolved and spread to most corners of the earth.

Published: October 17, 2013 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 14 ottobre 2013

NYT Science: Nobel Prizes and an Astronaut Mourned

Nobel Prizes and an Astronaut Mourned
By NICHOLAS BAKALAR

Recent developments in health and science news. This week: A long lost moon of Neptune was spotted, as was a lizard thought to be extinct.

Published: October 15, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Nature Overflows in These Musty Rooms

Nature Overflows in These Musty Rooms
By LIZ LEYDEN

A rare open house in London allows visitors a peek into the Herbarium at Kew Gardens, a vast collection of plant specimens and other treasures, some from Darwin and Livingstone, others more recent.

Published: October 15, 2013 at 4:00AM

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