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
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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)
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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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NYT Science: ScienceTake: Sharing a Peahen's Gaze

ScienceTake: Sharing a Peahen's Gaze
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Do a peacock’s feathers, in all their iridescent beauty, really win the girl? Scientists put an eye-tracking helmet camera on a peahen to find out where her gaze lingered.

Published: October 14, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Maryland Hill’s Prehistoric Secret

A Maryland Hill’s Prehistoric Secret
By THEO EMERY

On a Maryland hilltop, what is believed to be an ancient ceremonial site offers a tantalizing view into prehistoric gatherings.

Published: October 15, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Belief in Books on Paper

A Belief in Books on Paper
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

A letter to the editor.

Published: October 15, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Solution for Zoo Penguins

A Solution for Zoo Penguins
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

A letter to the editor.

Published: October 15, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Something Is Killing Off the Moose

Something Is Killing Off the Moose
By JIM ROBBINS

Populations across the continent are experiencing a sharp decline, and the exact cause is a mystery. But there is a common thread among possible factors: climate change.

Published: October 15, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: What Cheating Says About Us (1 Letter)

What Cheating Says About Us (1 Letter)
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A letter to the Editor.

Published: October 15, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Science Bookshelf

Science Bookshelf
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Top-selling nonfiction titles based on the sciences.

Published: October 15, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Female Meerkat: Will Nurse for Rent

Female Meerkat: Will Nurse for Rent
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Rather than facing possible eviction, some female meerkats will nurse the dominant female’s offspring to remain in the community.

Published: October 15, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Feeding Instinct Starts in Womb

A Feeding Instinct Starts in Womb
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Opening the mouth to feed is an important element of nursing, an instinct fetuses develop in the womb.

Published: October 15, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Lively Peak Inside Immunology

A Lively Peak Inside Immunology
By NICHOLAS WADE

Daniel M. Davis writes with an insider’s perspective, not only on how our immune systems do and don’t work, but on the scientists who study them.

Published: October 15, 2013 at 4:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/15/science/the-compatibility-gene-offers-interesting-insights-on-the-immune-system.html

NYT Science: Analyzing the Sweet Tooth

Analyzing the Sweet Tooth
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Craving something sweet is primarily biological, an expert says, but the choice of a particular sweet is a learned behavior.

Published: October 15, 2013 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 10 ottobre 2013

NYT Science: Testing an Elephant's Attention

Testing an Elephant's Attention
By Anna Smet and Richard Byrne

It's known that elephants are social creatures, but scientists have now discovered that they appear to understand human pointing.

Published: October 10, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Elephants Get the Point of Pointing, Study Shows

Elephants Get the Point of Pointing, Study Shows
By CARL ZIMMER

New research suggests elephants understanding human pointing, an ability limited to a select few in the animal kingdom.

Published: October 10, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Study Finds Setbacks in Carbon Capture Projects

Study Finds Setbacks in Carbon Capture Projects
By MATTHEW L. WALD

The number of large projects to capture and bury carbon dioxide has fallen, a report says, even though scientists say such projects are needed to fight climate change.

Published: October 11, 2013 at 4:00AM

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mercoledì 9 ottobre 2013

NYT Science: By 2047, Coldest Years May Be Warmer Than Hottest in Past

By 2047, Coldest Years May Be Warmer Than Hottest in Past
By JUSTIN GILLIS

A new paper based on top climate models says that by about 2047, average temperatures across the globe will be higher than any highs recorded previously, with tropics hit earlier.

Published: October 10, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: CreatureCast: Royalty Sapped From Snails

CreatureCast: Royalty Sapped From Snails
By Nina Ruelle

Tyrian purple was one of the only bright dyes available to ancient civilizations. The sought-after pigment, whose color often worn by royalty, was created from the extracts of marine snails.

Published: October 9, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Color of Royalty, Bestowed by Science and Snails

The Color of Royalty, Bestowed by Science and Snails
By CASEY DUNN

In ancient Rome, purple dye that signified royalty came from a very unlikely source — marine snails, boiled down for the pigment locked in their shells.

Published: October 9, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: 3 Researchers Win Nobel Prize in Chemistry

3 Researchers Win Nobel Prize in Chemistry
By KENNETH CHANG

Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel were recognized for computer simulations that enable closer study of complex reactions like photosynthesis and the design of new drugs.

Published: October 10, 2013 at 4:00AM

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/10/science/three-researchers-win-nobel-prize-in-chemistry.html

martedì 8 ottobre 2013

NYT Science: Higgs Boson Particle Theory Wins Nobel

Higgs Boson Particle Theory Wins Nobel
By Emily B. Hager, Lindsay Sample and Robin Lindsay

Science reporter Dennis Overbye discusses the Higgs boson particle's significance -- and insignificance -- in understanding our universe.

Published: October 8, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Ashkenazi Origins May Be With European Women, Study Finds

Ashkenazi Origins May Be With European Women, Study Finds
By NICHOLAS WADE

A genetic analysis indicates that the women who founded the Ashkenazi Jewish community of Europe were not from the Near East, as previously thought.

Published: October 9, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Englert and Higgs Win Nobel Physics Prize

Englert and Higgs Win Nobel Physics Prize
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Physicists Francois Englert of Belgium and Peter Higgs of Britain have won the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics.

Published: October 9, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: What Is the Higgs?

What Is the Higgs?
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Two physicists, Peter Higgs of Britain and François Englert of Belgium, on Tuesday won the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Published: October 8, 2013 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 7 ottobre 2013

NYT Science: How to Slice a Global Carbon Pie?

How to Slice a Global Carbon Pie?
By JUSTIN GILLIS

A U.N. panel makes its suggestions more palatable by setting out a range of scenarios of when earth may surpass the 3.6 degree rise in temperature seen as a yardstick.

Published: October 8, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Electric Water Droplets and a Secret to Long Life (in Rats, Anyway)

Electric Water Droplets and a Secret to Long Life (in Rats, Anyway)
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Recent developments in health and science news. This week: Researchers have found electric charges in water droplets that bounce off metal surfaces, and a secret to the longevity of naked mole rats.

Published: October 8, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Excerpts: Four New Books on Water

Excerpts: Four New Books on Water
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From its history to how we use it today, four new books tackle a subject that runs through all of our lives.

Published: October 8, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Plenty of Water, but Little to Drink

Plenty of Water, but Little to Drink
By CORNELIA DEAN

New books dive into our planet’s dwindling supply of clean water, a resource that might often seem omnipresent.

Published: October 8, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: As Nobel Prize Announcement Nears, Physicists Await the Call

As Nobel Prize Announcement Nears, Physicists Await the Call
By DENNIS OVERBYE

Many expect that Peter Higgs, 84, whose name is attached to a landmark discovery, will be awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics, but there are other strong candidates.

Published: October 8, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: How Young Mice Tell Older Ones, ‘Get Lost’

How Young Mice Tell Older Ones, ‘Get Lost’
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

A newly discovered chemical substance allows young mice to ward off the sexual advances of older mice.

Published: October 8, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Sponges Recycle Food for Reefs

Sponges Recycle Food for Reefs
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

The organisms take cast offs from coral and algae and recycle it into food that is consumed by larger reef dwellers, according to a new study.

Published: October 8, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Support for Breast-Feeding (1 Letter)

Support for Breast-Feeding (1 Letter)
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A letter to the Editor.

Published: October 8, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Aging Gracefully (1 Letter)

Aging Gracefully (1 Letter)
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A letter to the Editor.

Published: October 8, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Banning Online Comments

Banning Online Comments
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Letter to the editor.

Published: October 8, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Do Most Flowers Have 5 Petals?

Do Most Flowers Have 5 Petals?
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

The number of petals a flower may have, and their arrangement, are all adapted to maximize pollination,attract pollinators or both.

Published: October 8, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Energy-Saving Secret of Jellyfish

Energy-Saving Secret of Jellyfish
By JAMES GORMAN

A jellyfish contracts its open bell and pushes water behind it, propelling itself forward. When the bell fills again, it gets a secondary, no-effort, thrust.

Published: October 8, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: ScienceTake: The Jellyfish Engine

ScienceTake: The Jellyfish Engine
By Christopher Cascarano, Jeffery DelViscio and James Gorman

The moon jellyfish is slow, but there's a reason for that. Its undulating pace allows it to swim more efficiently than just about anything in the ocean.

Published: October 7, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Focusing on Fruit Flies, Curiosity Takes Flight

Focusing on Fruit Flies, Curiosity Takes Flight
By JAMES GORMAN

For Michael Dickinson, a MacArthur prizewinning scientist, the humble fruit fly is a dream machine, and its brain a treasure trove of complexity that should be studied for its own sake, not just insight into humans.

Published: October 8, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Flight of the Fly

The Flight of the Fly
By Zach Wise

Michael Dickinson has spent his career studying how flies fly and researchers in his lab have invented new devices to investigate the complex feat of insect flight.

Published: October 7, 2013 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: 3 Win Joint Nobel Prize in Medicine

3 Win Joint Nobel Prize in Medicine
By LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN

James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman, and Thomas C. Südhof were recognized for their work involving the transport system of cells.

Published: October 8, 2013 at 4:00AM

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domenica 6 ottobre 2013

NYT Science: Zoos Aim to Ward Off a Penguin Killer

Zoos Aim to Ward Off a Penguin Killer
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

Malaria, an unrelenting killer, is stalking penguins in captivity, which lack natural resistance to the avian version of the disease.

Published: October 8, 2013 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 3 ottobre 2013

NYT Science: Earth’s Oxygen: A Mystery Easy to Take for Granted

Earth’s Oxygen: A Mystery Easy to Take for Granted
By CARL ZIMMER

It took billions of years for Earth’s atmosphere to have enough oxygen to keep animals like us alive. Scientists are still making fundamental discoveries about the element’s history.

Published: October 3, 2013 at 4:00AM

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martedì 1 ottobre 2013

NYT Science: Harold M. Agnew, Physicist Present at Birth of the Nuclear Age, Dies at 92

Harold M. Agnew, Physicist Present at Birth of the Nuclear Age, Dies at 92
By WILLIAM J. BROAD

Mr. Agnew, who helped build the world’s first reactor and atomic bombs, was ingenious technically and wielded great influence for decades.

Published: October 2, 2013 at 4:00AM

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