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!
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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

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/science/an-older-buddha-and-disease-numbers-good-and-bad.html

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

via NYT Science http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/science/men-can-be-such-worms-and-vice-versa.html

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

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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