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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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NYT Science: Families: A Slide Show

Families: A Slide Show
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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

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NYT Science: ScienceTake: The Fungus Highway

ScienceTake: The Fungus Highway
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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NYT Science: ScienceTake: Sea Slug Love

ScienceTake: Sea Slug Love
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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NYT Science: Casual Casualties (3 Letters)

Casual Casualties (3 Letters)
By

A letter to the Editor.

Published: November 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

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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

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NYT Science: Getting Realistic (1 Letter)

Getting Realistic (1 Letter)
By

A letter to the Editor.

Published: November 19, 2013 at 5:00AM

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/science/no-need-to-fumble-for-reading-glasses.html

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

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/science/earth/ocean-drones-plumb-new-depths.html

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

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/11/11/science/100000002525812/exploring-the-ocean.html

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

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/science/single-tooth-tells-of-long-extinct-platypus.html

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

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/science/choosing-to-chew-gum.html

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

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/science/vaccine-drive-to-curb-spread-in-middle-east.html

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

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/science/earth/warning-on-global-food-supply.html

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

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/11/08/science/100000002543364/spotting-autism-in-an-infants-gaze.html

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

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/science/high-above-sea-level-evolutionary-hot-spots.html

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

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/07/science/earth/fossil-of-copulating-insects-identified-as-oldest-on-record.html

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

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/07/science/space/more-large-asteroid-strikes-are-likely-scientists-find.html

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

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/07/science/space/satellite-will-fall-to-earth-but-no-ones-sure-where.html

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

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/science/nalini-ambady-psychologist-of-intuition-is-dead-at-54.html

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

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/science/a-key-to-quantum-computing-close-to-home.html

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)
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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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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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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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