mercoledì 29 gennaio 2014

NYT Science: John R. Huizenga, Physicist at Fore of Nuclear Era, Dies at 92

John R. Huizenga, Physicist at Fore of Nuclear Era, Dies at 92
By WILLIAM J. BROAD

Dr. Huizenga helped build the world’s first atom bomb and was part of the scientific team that discovered two elements in the periodic table.

Published: January 30, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: The Little Bit of Neanderthal in All of Us

The Little Bit of Neanderthal in All of Us
By CARL ZIMMER

Two studies show how the legacy of Neanderthals endures 30,000 years after their extinction, finding Neanderthal genes in skin and hair that may have helped humans evolve.

Published: January 30, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Obesity Takes Hold Early in Life, Study Finds

Obesity Takes Hold Early in Life, Study Finds
By GINA KOLATA

Experts say the results of the study may reshape approaches to combating the nation’s obesity epidemic, suggesting that efforts must start much earlier and focus more on the children at greatest risk.

Published: January 30, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Climate Change Taking Toll on Penguins, Study Finds

Climate Change Taking Toll on Penguins, Study Finds
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

Intense rainfall and extreme heat combined with predation and starvation make life difficult for penguins, a University of Washington scientist says.

Published: January 30, 2014 at 5:00AM

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martedì 28 gennaio 2014

NYT Science: ScienceTake: Moles on the Move

ScienceTake: Moles on the Move
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The terrors of the lawn look as though they are swimming as they tunnel, but they put a lot of force behind their shovel-like paws.

Published: January 28, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Uncovering the Secrets of Mole Motion

Uncovering the Secrets of Mole Motion
By JAMES GORMAN

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts and Brown University are studying just how moles move all that dirt when they tunnel under the surface of lawns.

Published: January 28, 2014 at 5:00AM

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lunedì 27 gennaio 2014

NYT Science: Antibiotics in Animals Tied to Risk of Human Infection

Antibiotics in Animals Tied to Risk of Human Infection
By SABRINA TAVERNISE

A federal analysis of 30 antibiotics used in animal feed found that the majority of them were likely to be contributing to the growing problem of bacterial infections that are resistant to treatment in people, according to documents released Monday by a health advocacy group.

Published: January 28, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: No Longer Leading Killer, Plague Still Raises Fears

No Longer Leading Killer, Plague Still Raises Fears
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

History tells us that the Plague of Justinian and the Black Death each took a large fraction of the earth’s population. Science tells us that the plague is still out there.

Published: January 28, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: New Lead in Honeybee Deaths and Another Hot Year on Earth

New Lead in Honeybee Deaths and Another Hot Year on Earth
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

A team of bee investigators say the dying species may be passing around a virus, while two government agencies say 2013 was among the hottest ever recorded.

Published: January 28, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: It All Started With a 12-Year-Old Cousin

It All Started With a 12-Year-Old Cousin
By CLAUDIA DREIFUS

Salman Khan’s first student was a family member. Now his free electronic schoolhouse reaches more than 10 million users around the world.

Published: January 28, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Polar Bears Turn to Snow-Goose Egg Diet

Polar Bears Turn to Snow-Goose Egg Diet
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

As polar bears spend more time on land in a warming climate, they are adapting their diets, eating more snow-goose eggs and caribou instead of ringed seal pups.

Published: January 28, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: From Warheads to Cheap Energy

From Warheads to Cheap Energy
By WILLIAM J. BROAD

In all, over two decades, the program known as Megatons to Megawatts turned 20,000 Russian warheads into electricity that has illuminated one in 10 American light bulbs.

Published: January 28, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Taking a Restful Position

Taking a Restful Position
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Deciding which sleep position is most comfortable is the most important factor, unless sleep apnea is a factor, experts say.

Published: January 28, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Examining the Square Root of D’oh!

Examining the Square Root of D’oh!
By AMIR ALEXANDER

Math is everywhere in the “The Simpsons,” from references that flash across the screen in an eye blink to entire segments that explore deep mathematical concepts.

Published: January 28, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: The Sloth’s Busy Inner Life

The Sloth’s Busy Inner Life
By NICHOLAS WADE

The sloth, known for its sluggishness, has carved out a clever mode of life as a kind of walking ecosystem, but its lifestyle does constrain its energy level.

Published: January 28, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Bodies Not Made for Space

Bodies Not Made for Space
By KENNETH CHANG

Swelled heads, atrophied legs, radiation threats — space takes a toll on the human body, and some health problems still elude doctors more than 50 years after the first spaceflight.

Published: January 28, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Scientists’ Anxieties and Sonic Wonders

Scientists’ Anxieties and Sonic Wonders
By JASCHA HOFFMAN

Events and reading matter at the intersection of science and culture.

Published: January 28, 2014 at 5:00AM

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venerdì 24 gennaio 2014

NYT Science: Fruit Fly Brothers Tend to Cooperate

Fruit Fly Brothers Tend to Cooperate
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Exposing female flies to different sets of males, researchers found the most peaceful groups contained the most brothers.

Published: January 28, 2014 at 5:00AM

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giovedì 23 gennaio 2014

NYT Science: Threat to Bottom Line Spurs Action on Climate

Threat to Bottom Line Spurs Action on Climate
By CORAL DAVENPORT

Coca-Cola and other corporations are starting to see global warming as an economically disruptive force affecting commodity costs and supply chains.

Published: January 24, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Mars Rover Marks an Unexpected Anniversary With a Mysterious Discovery

Mars Rover Marks an Unexpected Anniversary With a Mysterious Discovery
By KENNETH CHANG

NASA’s Opportunity rover bounded to the surface of Mars for what was planned to be a three-month exploration, but ten years later, it’s still there making discoveries.

Published: January 24, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: CreatureCast: Swimming With Cilia

CreatureCast: Swimming With Cilia
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Cilia are hairlike structures that project from cells. They can move in coordinated, rhythmic waves that propel organisms through water.

Published: January 23, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Moving, Without Feet to Do So

Moving, Without Feet to Do So
By CASEY DUNN

This episode of CreatureCast presents two organisms that use cilia for locomotion. One is small and unicellular, the other is a much larger animal.

Published: January 23, 2014 at 5:00AM

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martedì 21 gennaio 2014

NYT Science: Bee Deaths May Stem From Virus, Study Says

Bee Deaths May Stem From Virus, Study Says
By MICHAEL WINES

The mysterious die-offs of honeybees known as colony collapse disorder may be linked to a rapidly mutating virus that jumped to bees from tobacco and soy plants.

Published: January 22, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: John Dobson Dies at 98; Taught Art of Stargazing

John Dobson Dies at 98; Taught Art of Stargazing
By DOUGLAS MARTIN

Mr. Dobson, who developed the first high-powered, inexpensive, telescope for amateur astronomers, wanted others to see phenomena previously visible only to professional astronomers.

Published: January 22, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: 2013 Listed as One of the Warmest Years on Record

2013 Listed as One of the Warmest Years on Record
By JUSTIN GILLIS

Two government agencies said Tuesday that 2013 was among the warmest years in the global temperature record, though they differed on exactly where it ranked.

Published: January 22, 2014 at 5:00AM

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lunedì 20 gennaio 2014

NYT Science: Seeing X Chromosomes in a New Light

Seeing X Chromosomes in a New Light
By CARL ZIMMER

Scientists have enlisted color coding in the effort to better understand X chromosomes, how they are shut down in certain cells and what it all means for men and women.

Published: January 21, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Stark Reminders of How Uncivil a War It Was

Stark Reminders of How Uncivil a War It Was
By DENISE GRADY

A new exhibition in Philadelphia, with its ball forceps and Minié balls, offers visitors “a kick in the gut.”

Published: January 21, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: ‘Extinct’ Shark Reappears, and Sochi Awaits Snow

‘Extinct’ Shark Reappears, and Sochi Awaits Snow
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Water was the watch word this week, with a drought tormenting California and residents of West Virginia still wary of the state’s drinking supply after a chemical spill.

Published: January 21, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: New Truths That Only One Can See

New Truths That Only One Can See
By GEORGE JOHNSON

Replication, the gold standard of science, can help affirm the truth of a discovery, but it is getting harder all the time, raising questions about findings and unconscious bias.

Published: January 21, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Longer Life Span Tied to Energy Use in Primates

Longer Life Span Tied to Energy Use in Primates
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

According to a new study, primates burn about half as many calories per day as mammals of comparable size — and not simply because the other mammals are more active.

Published: January 21, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: The Final Frontier’s Financial Limits

The Final Frontier’s Financial Limits
By KENNETH CHANG

As NASA waits on the coming year’s federal allotment, present and future missions hang in the budgetary balance.

Published: January 21, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Costs of Climate Change

Costs of Climate Change
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Letter to the editor.

Published: January 21, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Fighting a Cold

Fighting a Cold
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Effective prevention is the best remedy for the common cold, experts say, but failing that, symptoms can always be treated with rest and fluids.

Published: January 21, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: A Queen Bee’s Secret, Pinpointed

A Queen Bee’s Secret, Pinpointed
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

An international team of researchers has identified pheromones that are specific to queen wasps, bumblebees and desert ants that keep workers sterile while in their presence.

Published: January 21, 2014 at 5:00AM

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domenica 19 gennaio 2014

NYT Science: Reviving a Life Saver

Reviving a Life Saver
By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT

Law enforcement agencies across the country have placed a new emphasis on training and equipping officers to treat serious wounds by reviving the use of tourniquets.

Published: January 21, 2014 at 5:00AM

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giovedì 16 gennaio 2014

NYT Science: List of Smoking-Related Illnesses Grows Significantly in U.S. Report

List of Smoking-Related Illnesses Grows Significantly in U.S. Report
By SABRINA TAVERNISE

Long known to cause lung cancer and heart disease, smoking also causes diabetes, colorectal and liver cancers and erectile dysfunction, a new report from the United States surgeon general says.

Published: January 17, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Climate Aids in Study Face Big Obstacles

Climate Aids in Study Face Big Obstacles
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

The latest draft report by United Nations climate experts cites technologies that are still in their infancy, with few projects operating around the world.

Published: January 17, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: U.N. Says Lag in Confronting Climate Woes Will Be Costly

U.N. Says Lag in Confronting Climate Woes Will Be Costly
By JUSTIN GILLIS

Another 15 years of failure to limit carbon emissions could make the situation virtually impossible to solve with current technologies, the experts found.

Published: January 17, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: This Week’s Forecast: What Flu Season May Look Like

This Week’s Forecast: What Flu Season May Look Like
By CARL ZIMMER

Scientists are developing computer models that make predictions about the flu season in the United States in real time.

Published: January 16, 2014 at 5:00AM

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mercoledì 15 gennaio 2014

NYT Science: Far West Got Drier Last Year, Data Shows

Far West Got Drier Last Year, Data Shows
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

Although 2013 was a wetter than average year for the contiguous 48 states, scientists said, that statistic masked sharp regional differences.

Published: January 16, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Bird Data Confirms That V’s Help Save Energy

Bird Data Confirms That V’s Help Save Energy
By FLORA LICHTMAN

Information collected from 14 flying bald ibises supports the explanation that birds fly in V formations to conserve energy.

Published: January 21, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Researcher Footage of Flying Ibises

Researcher Footage of Flying Ibises
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Scientists have found that a V-formation helps birds conserve energy during flight and report their findings in this week’s Nature.

Published: January 15, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: With Math as Inspiration, a New Form of Flyer

With Math as Inspiration, a New Form of Flyer
By JAMES GORMAN

Two scientists have developed a small, hovering, flapping-wing flying machine that looks for all the world like a flying jellyfish.

Published: January 16, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: ScienceTake: Flying Jellyfish

ScienceTake: Flying Jellyfish
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Researchers have designed a flying machine that can stay aloft without fancy sensors or control mechanisms.

Published: January 15, 2014 at 5:00AM

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lunedì 13 gennaio 2014

NYT Science: Over the Side With Old Scientific Tenets

Over the Side With Old Scientific Tenets
By DENNIS OVERBYE

Scientists, writers and other deep thinkers ponder a big question: What scientific idea is ready for retirement? (Hint: Watch yourselves, infinity and the universe.)

Published: January 14, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Tide Gauges Needed for Research Are Often Victims of Storms

Tide Gauges Needed for Research Are Often Victims of Storms
By JUSTIN GILLIS

As Hurricanes Sandy, Katrina and Rita showed, equipment for accurate tidal readings, vital to understanding individual storms, may not withstand them.

Published: January 14, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Frozen Insects, Glowing Fish and a Futuristic Suit

Frozen Insects, Glowing Fish and a Futuristic Suit
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

NASA will keep the International Space Station in orbit through 2024, four years longer than planned, and Harvard researchers have developed an inexpensive carbon-based battery.

Published: January 14, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: A Mental Alarm Clock

A Mental Alarm Clock
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

A period of relative alertness, part of the body’s circadian rhythm, may explain why some wake up in the middle of the night.

Published: January 14, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: More Cat Sense

More Cat Sense
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Letter to the editor.

Published: January 14, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Help That Bighorns Don’t Need

Help That Bighorns Don’t Need
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Letter to the editor.

Published: January 14, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Scientists Find Rare Hybrid of Two Other Dolphin Species

Scientists Find Rare Hybrid of Two Other Dolphin Species
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

It is the first known instance among marine mammals of hybridization, which is more commonly seen in plants, fish and birds, researchers say.

Published: January 14, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Rising Sea, Sinking Land

Rising Sea, Sinking Land
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Tide gauges along the East Coast show a long-term increase in relative sea levels.

Published: January 14, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Fins to Feet

Fins to Feet
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New specimens of Tiktaalik, a transitional fish, show two pairs of fins that functioned like limbs.

Published: January 14, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: An Ancient Fish’s Four-Wheel Drive

An Ancient Fish’s Four-Wheel Drive
By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD

Based on fossils of Tiktaalik roseae, a transitional species that lived 375 million years ago, scientists have concluded that the modification of fins into four limbs began before vertebrates left the water.

Published: January 14, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Exploring Planetary Mass

Exploring Planetary Mass
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

A newly discovered planet weighs the same as Earth but is 60 percent larger in diameter. That means the planet, KOI-314c, has a very thick, gaseous atmosphere.

Published: January 14, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Best-Selling Science Books

Best-Selling Science Books
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Top-selling nonfiction titles based on the sciences.

Published: January 14, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Nutcracker Man’s Secret: He Didn’t Crack Nuts

Nutcracker Man’s Secret: He Didn’t Crack Nuts
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Forget the strong jaws. An ancient human ancestor actually preferred something softer and chewier, the nutrient-rich tiger nut.

Published: January 14, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Grappling With Sea Level Rise, Sooner not Later

Grappling With Sea Level Rise, Sooner not Later
By JUSTIN GILLIS

The numbers are unmistakable, scientists say. Global sea level is rising, while land along the East Coast is sinking. Just ask Norfolk, Va.

Published: January 14, 2014 at 5:00AM

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venerdì 10 gennaio 2014

NYT Science: A Window to Bone Disease in a Shark’s Skeleton

A Window to Bone Disease in a Shark’s Skeleton
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

The elephant shark’s skeleton is made up largely of cartilage, not bone, and a possible explanation could help in developing treatments for bone diseases like osteoporosis.

Published: January 14, 2014 at 5:00AM

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giovedì 9 gennaio 2014

NYT Science: Designing the Next Wave of Computer Chips

Designing the Next Wave of Computer Chips
By JOHN MARKOFF

Scientists are looking for new ways to make computer chips and investigating materials that can self-assemble.

Published: January 10, 2014 at 5:00AM

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mercoledì 8 gennaio 2014

NYT Science: Why Wasn’t It ‘Grapes of Glee’? Study of Books Finds Economic Link

Why Wasn’t It ‘Grapes of Glee’? Study of Books Finds Economic Link
By PAM BELLUCK

About a finding that literary misery in a given year correlated with the average of the previous decade’s economic misery index numbers, some say “no duh.”

Published: January 9, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: A Living Time Capsule Shows the Human Mark on Evolution

A Living Time Capsule Shows the Human Mark on Evolution
By CARL ZIMMER

The resurrection of centuries-old animals provides a look at how humans have affected the way wild species adapt.

Published: January 9, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: NASA Extends the Life of the International Space Station

NASA Extends the Life of the International Space Station
By KENNETH CHANG

Instead of splashing into the Pacific Ocean in 2020 as planned, the International Space Station will continue circling Earth for at least an additional four years.

Published: January 9, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: With Help of Victims From 1849, Scientists Decode Early Strain of Cholera

With Help of Victims From 1849, Scientists Decode Early Strain of Cholera
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

Scientists in Ontario used bits of human intestine stored in a Philadelphia medical museum to map a cholera strain linked to 19th-century pandemics.

Published: January 9, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Fluorescence Is Widespread in Fish, Study Finds

Fluorescence Is Widespread in Fish, Study Finds
By JAMES GORMAN

The findings, that at least 180 species and 16 orders of fish are biofluorescent, have implications for their evolution and behavior.

Published: January 9, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: ScienceTake: Fluorescing Fish

ScienceTake: Fluorescing Fish
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From sea horses that glow red to bright green eels, researchers have discovered 180 species of fish that fluoresce under blue light.

Published: January 8, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Nuclear Materials Report Shows Better Safekeeping

Nuclear Materials Report Shows Better Safekeeping
By WILLIAM J. BROAD

A report issued Wednesday on the security of deadly nuclear materials worldwide found steady improvement, but the United States slipped.

Published: January 9, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Nations With Fuel for Atomic Bombs

Nations With Fuel for Atomic Bombs
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The number of countries with fuel for nuclear weapons has dropped since 1991.

Published: January 8, 2014 at 5:00AM

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lunedì 6 gennaio 2014

NYT Science: Halton C. Arp, Astronomer Who Challenged Big Bang Theory, Dies at 86

Halton C. Arp, Astronomer Who Challenged Big Bang Theory, Dies at 86
By DENNIS OVERBYE

Mr. Arp was a prodigal son of American astronomy whose dogged insistence that astronomers had misread the distance to quasars led to his exile from his peers.

Published: January 7, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Still Stuck in a Climate Argument

Still Stuck in a Climate Argument
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

The case of the Akademik Shokalskiy highlights a changing Antarctic, as well as the myriad questions that still surround the influence of climate change in the region.

Published: January 7, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: A Search for Self in a Brain Scan

A Search for Self in a Brain Scan
By JAMES GORMAN

I always felt that my “self” sat somewhere behind my eyes and between my ears, so I couldn’t shake the sense that there would be something special in seeing my brain.

Published: January 7, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: The Brain, in Exquisite Detail

The Brain, in Exquisite Detail
By JAMES GORMAN

Undertaking thousands of hours of work, researchers are working to create an interactive database of a healthy brain’s structure and activity, the first of its kind.

Published: January 7, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Mapping the Highways of the Brain

Mapping the Highways of the Brain
By Zach Wise

Deanna Barch and her colleagues are trying to map connections in the human brain. The study is part of The Human Connectome Project, which aims to produce an interactive brain map.

Published: January 6, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: A New Test for Malaria, No Blood Required

A New Test for Malaria, No Blood Required
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

Rice University researchers have developed a rapid malaria test that uses a laser pulse and may be able to detect the disease when only one red blood cell in a million is infected.

Published: January 7, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: The Forecast on GJ 1214b: Extremely Cloudy

The Forecast on GJ 1214b: Extremely Cloudy
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Astronomers, using the Hubble Space Telescope, found the atmosphere of a “super-earth” planet so thick that observations of the surface were nearly impossible.

Published: January 7, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: A Long, Frozen Rescue and Sharks on Twitter

A Long, Frozen Rescue and Sharks on Twitter
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

It was a long wait for those on a trapped research vessel, and if any of 338 sharks get too close to the Australian beach, they’ll send out tweets.

Published: January 7, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Decoding Our Feline Friends

Decoding Our Feline Friends
By NICHOLAS WADE

What’s the meaning of that dead rodent in the house? This guide to our feline friends unravels the mysteries.

Published: January 7, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Inside the Cat Brain

Inside the Cat Brain
By JOHN BRADSHAW

An excerpt from “Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet.”

Published: January 7, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: The Disappearing Accent in Pop Music

The Disappearing Accent in Pop Music
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

The apparent presence or absence of an identifiable accent in a vocal performance could have many possible explanations.

Published: January 7, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: These Females Prefer a Familiar (Fish) Face

These Females Prefer a Familiar (Fish) Face
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

A certain neuron prompts female medaka fish to consent faster to mating, researchers says, and may lead to further insights regarding social decision making.

Published: January 7, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Mutant Petunias Sing the Blues

Mutant Petunias Sing the Blues
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

What makes some petunias blue? Researchers have discovered a genetic glitch that produces the different shade, and weakens the plants.

Published: January 7, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: A Symbol of the Range Returns Home

A Symbol of the Range Returns Home
By KATE YOSHIDA

Bighorn sheep, whose populations have dwindled, are the focus of extensive conservation work focused on relocating them to areas where the species once thrived.

Published: January 7, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Battle for Survival May Yield the Rain Forest’s Diversity

Battle for Survival May Yield the Rain Forest’s Diversity
By CARL ZIMMER

Warfare between plants and insects is responsible for remarkable tropical biodiversity, two ecologists contend.

Published: January 3, 2014 at 5:00AM

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