lunedì 31 marzo 2014

NYT Science: What Really Killed William Henry Harrison?

What Really Killed William Henry Harrison?
By JANE McHUGH and PHILIP A. MACKOWIAK

The accepted wisdom is that the shortest-serving president developed pneumonia after delivering a long Inaugural Address in cold weather. But that might not be true.

Published: April 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: How Animals Think and Harmonic Stars

How Animals Think and Harmonic Stars
By JASCHA HOFFMAN

An exhibit that depicts what may be going on behind the scenes of a natural history museum, a show that reveal how animals’ minds work and high-tech music.

Published: April 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Reactions

Reactions
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Letters to the editor and online comments.

Published: April 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Fleshing Out the Bones

Fleshing Out the Bones
By HELENE STAPINSKI

At the American Museum of Natural History, turning the most recent scientific knowledge of long-dead species into life-size models is a demanding but endlessly fascinating job.

Published: April 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Visuals

Visuals
By HANNAH FAIRFIELD

A column that looks at the data behind science and health developments.

Published: April 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Gut Reactions to Beneficial Bacteria

Gut Reactions to Beneficial Bacteria
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

How do probiotic bacteria survive the stomach’s acid bath? And do we need to take supplements to increase their numbers in the first place?

Published: April 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Fewer Helmets More Deaths

Fewer Helmets, More Deaths
By ALASTAIR DANT and HANNAH FAIRFIELD

More states are being pressured to repeal their universal motorcycle helmet laws. But when those laws are changed, the number of fatalities starts to rise immediately.

Published: March 31, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: In Extra Rib a Harbinger of Mammoths Doom

In Extra Rib, a Harbinger of Mammoth’s Doom
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

The superfluous bone, seen in fossil samples, was a sign of inbreeding and harsh conditions during pregnancy.

Published: April 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Meet These New Snails. Now Say Goodbye.

Meet These New Snails. Now Say Goodbye.
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Just as several kinds of strikingly ornamented snails are being discovered, they are going extinct.

Published: April 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Spite Is Good. Spite Works.

Spite Is Good. Spite Works.
By NATALIE ANGIER

After decades of focusing on aggressiveness, selfishness, narcissism and greed, scientists have turned their attention to the subtler theme of spite.

Published: April 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: On Canvas Clues About Air Pollution

On Canvas, Clues About Air Pollution
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Those gorgeous sunsets captured by great painters are proving to be a new source of information for scientists.

Published: April 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Panel on U.N. Climate Change Report

Panel on U.N. Climate Change Report
By Quynhanh Do

Rajendra K. Pachauri, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and Christopher Field, the co-chairman of the group that wrote the report, discuss its warning.

Published: March 31, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Panels Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come

Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come
By JUSTIN GILLIS

A United Nations report warned that climate change is already having sweeping effects and the poorest nations are likely to feel the most severe impacts.

Published: April 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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domenica 30 marzo 2014

NYT Science: Panels Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come

Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come
By JUSTIN GILLIS

A U.N. report emphasized that the world’s food supply is at considerable risk — a threat that could have serious consequences for the poorest nations.

Published: March 31, 2014 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 27 marzo 2014

NYT Science: Enlisting a Computer to Battle Cancers One by One

Enlisting a Computer to Battle Cancers, One by One
By CARL ZIMMER

Once you decode a tumor’s genome, what’s next? Oncologists hope that IBM’s Watson will help them find drugs for patients’ particular brain cancer mix.

Published: March 27, 2014 at 4:00AM

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mercoledì 26 marzo 2014

NYT Science: Settlement Bars Misleading Health Claims by Tanning Salons in New York State

Settlement Bars Misleading Health Claims by Tanning Salons in New York State
By SABRINA TAVERNISE

A settlement with New York’s attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, bars the owner of the Hollywood Tans franchises in the state from making health claims or aiming its marketing at high school students.

Published: March 27, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Deadly Mix of Loose Sediments and Heavy Rain in a State Known for Landslides

Deadly Mix of Loose Sediments and Heavy Rain in a State Known for Landslides
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

Experts say a combination of factors including steep terrain, complex geology and weather are among the reasons that make the state so prone to landslides.

Published: March 27, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A New Planetoid Reported in Far Reaches of Solar System

A New Planetoid Reported in Far Reaches of Solar System
By KENNETH CHANG

Astronomers say they’ve discovered a second icy world similar to the planetoid Sedna, a finding that hints at the existence of a rogue planet.

Published: March 27, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Theory of Inflation

The Theory of Inflation
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Published: March 18, 2014 at 4:00AM

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martedì 25 marzo 2014

NYT Science: The Science of Mudslides

The Science of Mudslides
By Aaron Byrd, Leslye Davis, Henry Fountain and Catherine Spangler

They begin in an instant, often without warning. Many factors can contribute to mudslides, including erosion, fire and heavy rain. The aftermath can be devastating.

Published: March 25, 2014 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 24 marzo 2014

NYT Science: Reactions

Reactions
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Letters to the editor and online comments.

Published: March 25, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Birds Extinction Is Tied to the Arrival of Humans

Bird’s Extinction Is Tied to the Arrival of Humans
By RACHEL NUWER

Scientists have long assumed that humans played a role in the moa’s obliteration. Now there’s inescapable proof.

Published: March 25, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Ripples From the Big Bang

Ripples From the Big Bang
By DENNIS OVERBYE

The telescopic discovery of gravitational waves believed to have been left from the origin of the universe will reverberate for years to come.

Published: March 25, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Seeking Autisms Biochemical Roots

Seeking Autism’s Biochemical Roots
By Interview by CLAUDIA DREIFUS

A scientist talks about how his son inspired a change in his own work and in the direction of autism research as a whole.

Published: March 25, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Restaurants for Robins

Restaurants for Robins
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Food availability, and the amount of snow and ice, influence whether robins stay where they are or fly south for the winter.

Published: March 25, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Porpoise With a Big Chin

A Porpoise With a Big Chin
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

A newly identified ancient porpoise lived millions of years ago along the California coast, and had quite an underbite.

Published: March 25, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: These Vultures Get First Dibs on the Good Parts

These Vultures Get First Dibs on the Good Parts
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

An examination of vultures’ feeding patterns in Kenya show that some species show up early, in large groups, and claim the best pieces.

Published: March 25, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: No Monkeying Around for These Partners

No Monkeying Around for These Partners
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Genetic analysis supports what observation had already suggested about the steadfast monogamy of Azara’s owl monkeys in South American.

Published: March 25, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Study of Twins Separated by Orbit

A Study of Twins, Separated by Orbit
By JOHN SCHWARTZ

Scott and Mark Kelly, who are identical twins, offer the agency an unusual opportunity to study the effects of a long-term stay in space.

Published: March 25, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: ScienceTake: Monkey Manners

ScienceTake: Monkey Manners
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Young vervet monkeys watch Mom to learn how to clean their food.

Published: March 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: For These Monkeys Mother Knows Best

For These Monkeys, Mother Knows Best
By JAMES GORMAN

Vervet monkeys in South Africa look to their moms for guidance on how to clean their food.

Published: March 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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domenica 23 marzo 2014

NYT Science: Subject Two

Subject Two
By Nadav Klein and Haotian Zhou

Are they lying or telling the truth?

Published: March 23, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Subject One

Subject One
By Nadav Klein and Haotian Zhou

Are they lying or telling the truth?

Published: March 23, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Subject Four

Subject Four
By Nadav Klein and Haotian Zhou

Are they lying or telling the truth?

Published: March 23, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Subject Three

Subject Three
By Nadav Klein and Haotian Zhou

Are they lying or telling the truth?

Published: March 23, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Subject Five

Subject Five
By Nadav Klein and Haotian Zhou

Are they lying or telling the truth?

Published: March 23, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Subject Six

Subject Six
By Nadav Klein and Haotian Zhou

Are they lying or telling the truth?

Published: March 23, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Subject Nine

Subject Nine
By Nadav Klein and Haotian Zhou

Are they lying or telling the truth?

Published: March 23, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Subject Eight

Subject Eight
By Nadav Klein and Haotian Zhou

Are they lying or telling the truth?

Published: March 23, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Subject Ten

Subject Ten
By Nadav Klein and Haotian Zhou

Are they lying or telling the truth?

Published: March 23, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Subject Seven

Subject Seven
By Nadav Klein and Haotian Zhou

Are they lying or telling the truth?

Published: March 23, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Can You Spot the Liar?

Can You Spot the Liar?
By

Poker players might call it the “tell” — it’s the idea that your body language tells your questioners if the words you’re saying are actually true or false. These subjects in a University of Chicago study on body language and lying were asked several general questions — and then told off camera to lie or tell the truth when answering. Can you tell truth from falsehood?

Published: March 21, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: In Airport Screening Body Language Is Faulted as a Behavior Sleuth

In Airport Screening, Body Language Is Faulted as a Behavior Sleuth
By JOHN TIERNEY

There is little evidence to support the view that airport security screeners have done much beyond inconveniencing tens of thousands of passengers a year.

Published: March 25, 2014 at 4:00AM

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mercoledì 19 marzo 2014

NYT Science: Flies That Do Calculus With Their Wings

Flies That Do Calculus With Their Wings
By JAMES GORMAN

Equipped with magnets, fruit flies show scientists what it takes to stay aloft when you’re a tiny insect.

Published: March 19, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: ScienceTake: How to Fly Right

ScienceTake: How to Fly Right
By

The amazing fruit fly’s millisecond maneuvers.

Published: March 19, 2014 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 17 marzo 2014

NYT Science: Scientists Sound Alarm on Climate

Scientists Sound Alarm on Climate
By JUSTIN GILLIS

A stark new report seeks to cut through confusion and awaken the public to the urgency of the dangers of global warming.

Published: March 18, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Comment

Comment
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Readers respond in letters, comments on nytimes.com and social media to stories from the science and health sections.

Published: March 18, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Best Selling Science Books

Best Selling Science Books
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

A ranking of titles selected by the science editors from all adult nonfiction books reported to The New York Times for the month.

Published: March 18, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Chickadee Mating Zone Surges North

A Chickadee Mating Zone Surges North
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

The so-called hybrid zone where two closely related species of the bird meet and mate corresponds to global warming.

Published: March 18, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Gene Behind a Butterfly Disguise

The Gene Behind a Butterfly Disguise
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

The gene doublesex is responsible for mimicry in a swallowtail species, scientists have found.

Published: March 18, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Schizophrenics and Home Care

Schizophrenics and Home Care
By

A clinical trial of patients in India found that home treatment for schizophrenics was better at getting them to stay on their medications.

Published: March 18, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Machinery of an Energy Dream

Machinery of an Energy Dream
By KENNETH CHANG

With one tiny flash, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and elsewhere are inching closer to fusion’s promise of endless power.

Published: March 18, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Long-Haul Traveler

A Long-Haul Traveler
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Where do young loggerhead turtles go after they are born? A new study provides some answers.

Published: March 18, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: His Fertility Advance Draws Ire

His Fertility Advance Draws Ire
By SABRINA TAVERNISE

A scientist’s procedures have shaken up the field of genetics, bringing promise to would-be parents while drawing the ire of bioethicists and the scrutiny of regulators.

Published: March 18, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Growth Spurt at 1500 Years Old

A Growth Spurt at 1,500 Years Old
By CARL ZIMMER

Researchers at the British Antarctic Survey have revived moss that had been lying dormant in permafrost for a millennium and a half.

Published: March 18, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Squeezing the Milky Way Into a Photo

Squeezing the Milky Way Into a Photo
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

That picture of our galaxy? It’s not really of our galaxy.

Published: March 18, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Tumor the Embryos Evil Twin

A Tumor, the Embryo’s Evil Twin
By GEORGE JOHNSON

Scientists have been finding that the same genes that guide fetal cells as they multiply, migrate and create a newborn child are also among the primary drivers of cancer.

Published: March 18, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Detection of Waves in Space Buttresses Landmark Theory of Big Bang

Detection of Waves in Space Buttresses Landmark Theory of Big Bang
By DENNIS OVERBYE

Astronomers looking back 13.8 billion years found ripples in the fabric of space-time that support a theory offered by physicists like Alan Guth: that of a universe being wrenched apart around its inception.

Published: March 18, 2014 at 4:00AM

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sabato 15 marzo 2014

NYT Science: Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science

Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science
By WILLIAM J. BROAD

As government financing of basic research has fallen off precipitously, philanthropists have stepped in, setting personal priorities and raising questions about science research for the public good.

Published: March 16, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Funding the Future

Funding the Future
By Margaret Cheatham Williams

As government financing of basic science research has plunged, private donors have filled the void, raising questions about the future of research for the public good.

Published: March 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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venerdì 14 marzo 2014

NYT Science: Jack Kinzler Skylabs Savior Dies at 94

Jack Kinzler, Skylab’s Savior, Dies at 94
By MARGALIT FOX

Mr. Kinzler was known as NASA’s Mr. Fix-It and the savior of the United States’ $2.5 billion space station, the Skylab.

Published: March 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: U.S. Navy Strategists Have a Long History of Finding the Lost

U.S. Navy Strategists Have a Long History of Finding the Lost
By BENEDICT CAREY

The Office of Naval Intelligence has refined some of the most creative techniques have been used to find sunken ships, spent warheads and downed pilots.

Published: March 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 13 marzo 2014

NYT Science: Take a Breath and Thank a Sponge

Take a Breath and Thank a Sponge
By CARL ZIMMER

This simple animal played a crucial role in the rise of the animal kingdom by re-engineering the planet with oxygen, researchers say.

Published: March 18, 2014 at 4:00AM

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mercoledì 12 marzo 2014

NYT Science: Linguistic Study Sheds New Light on Peopling of North America

Linguistic Study Sheds New Light on Peopling of North America
By NICHOLAS WADE

Linguists have found that a lost language was spoken in Beringia, a plain bridging Siberia and North America, and that its speakers migrated both east and west.

Published: March 13, 2014 at 4:00AM

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martedì 11 marzo 2014

NYT Science: Hunein Maassab Developer of Nasal-Spray Flu Vaccine Dies at 87

Hunein Maassab, Developer of Nasal-Spray Flu Vaccine, Dies at 87
By WILLIAM YARDLEY

Dr. Maassab’s FluMist spray used a live version of the influenza virus that had been attenuated, or weakened, so as not to cause the flu.

Published: March 12, 2014 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 10 marzo 2014

NYT Science: William R. Pogue Astronaut Who Flew Longest Skylab Mission Is Dead at 84

William R. Pogue, Astronaut Who Flew Longest Skylab Mission, Is Dead at 84
By PAUL VITELLO

Colonel Pogue, the pilot for Skylab’s last manned mission in 1973, went on “strike” while in orbit to demand more free time to enjoy the view and to think.

Published: March 11, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: One Author of a Stem Cell Study Calls for Its Retraction

One Author of a Stem Cell Study Calls for Its Retraction
By HIROKO TABUCHI

A Japanese professor who was on the team that claimed to have found a simple way to make stem cells said he was no longer sure of its conclusions.

Published: March 11, 2014 at 4:00AM

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domenica 9 marzo 2014

NYT Science: Jack Belliveau Explorer of the Brain Dies at 55

Jack Belliveau, Explorer of the Brain, Dies at 55
By BENEDICT CAREY

Dr. Belliveau was a Harvard scientist whose quest to capture the quicksilver flare of thought inside a living brain led to the first magnetic resonance image of human brain function.

Published: March 10, 2014 at 4:00AM

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venerdì 7 marzo 2014

NYT Science: When Studies Are Wrong: A Coda

When Studies Are Wrong: A Coda
By GEORGE JOHNSON

Are some scientific fields, like physics. less prone to faulty research?

Published: March 7, 2014 at 5:00AM

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martedì 4 marzo 2014

NYT Science: Sherwin B. Nuland How We Die Author Dies at 83

Sherwin B. Nuland, ‘How We Die’ Author, Dies at 83
By DENISE GELLENE

Dr. Nuland’s book, “How We Die,” which won the National Book Award in 1994, depicted death as messy and often humiliating, and it urged readers to approach late-life care with tempered expectations.

Published: March 5, 2014 at 5:00AM

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lunedì 3 marzo 2014

NYT Science: Suicidal Tendencies Are Evident Before Deployment Study Finds

Suicidal Tendencies Are Evident Before Deployment, Study Finds
By BENEDICT CAREY

The effort to study soldiers began in 2008, after the suicide rate among active soldiers climbed above the civilian rate among young healthy adults for the first time.

Published: March 4, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: The Chain Fountain Explained

The Chain Fountain, Explained
By JAMES GORMAN

A startling video of a long bead chain spilling out of a container and rising into the air provided an intriguing puzzle for two Cambridge physicists.

Published: March 4, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Trilobites: Variations on a Theme

Trilobites: Variations on a Theme
By

Over 300 million years, trilobites evolved a diverse and successful array of forms while maintaining a simple, common body plan.

Published: March 4, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Fountains of Chain

Fountains of Chain
By

What, in Newton's name, would make a chain of beads rise and fall like water under pressure?

Published: March 3, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Crystals in the Sky

Crystals in the Sky
By KENNETH CHANG

Experiments with protein crystals that were conducted aboard Discovery in 1989 yielded little, but a project planned for the International Space Station holds promise.

Published: March 4, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: When Trilobites Ruled the World

When Trilobites Ruled the World
By NATALIE ANGIER

The remains of trilobites, a diverse group of marine animals much older than dinosaurs, are remarkably well preserved, providing fresh insights of their anatomies and social behavior.

Published: March 4, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: A Verdict of Murder

A Verdict of Murder
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

With the help of DNA analysis and a body scan of a mummy, scientists say that they have determined the cause of death of an Inca woman who lived centuries ago.

Published: March 4, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Ode to Trilobites Lost

Ode to Trilobites Lost
By Nigel Hughes

Nigel Hughes, a professor at the University of California, Riverside, sings an ode to a creature long vanished in "Lament for the Passing of the Trilobites."

Published: March 3, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Out of Siberian Ice a Virus Revived

Out of Siberian Ice, a Virus Revived
By CARL ZIMMER

A team of researchers has found something new, with potential implications for evolutionary theory and health, in permafrost more than 30,000 years old.

Published: March 4, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Wimpy Sparrows Welcome Here

Wimpy Sparrows Welcome Here
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Males of a certain sparrow species will help their neighbors fend off intruders, but only under certain conditions.

Published: March 4, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: The Need for Learning Research (1 Letter)

The Need for Learning Research (1 Letter)
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

A letter to the Editor.

Published: March 4, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: How a Lizard Gets Rid of a Suitor

How a Lizard Gets Rid of a Suitor
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

A study showed that in selecting mates, male dragon lizards preferred females with orange patches on their underbellies, a sign that they were fertile.

Published: March 4, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: Springtime for Ticks

Springtime for Ticks
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Do deer in the yard in winter mean tick bites in the spring? Not definitely, but be wary anyway.

Published: March 4, 2014 at 5:00AM

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NYT Science: A Successor to Sagan Reboots Cosmos

A Successor to Sagan Reboots ‘Cosmos’
By DENNIS OVERBYE

Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the series, on Fox, invites us to take a communal journey from earth to the observable universe.

Published: March 4, 2014 at 5:00AM

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