mercoledì 30 aprile 2014

NYT Science: In 1918 Flu Pandemic Timing Was a Killer

In 1918 Flu Pandemic, Timing Was a Killer
By CARL ZIMMER

The outbreak was unusual in claiming many people in their late 20s. A new study says they may have died because they had antibodies to a different flu strain.

Published: April 30, 2014 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 28 aprile 2014

NYT Science: From Volunteers a DNA Database

From Volunteers, a DNA Database
By ALBERT SUN

The Personal Genome Project is gradually working its way toward 100,000 volunteers who are willing to have their genetic data in the public domain.

Published: April 29, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Reactions

Reactions
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Published: April 29, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: To Divide the Rent Start With a Triangle

To Divide the Rent, Start With a Triangle
By ALBERT SUN

An old mathematical proposition, Sperner’s lemma, can be used to resolve thorny modern predicaments fairly.

Published: April 29, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Divide Your Rent Fairly

Divide Your Rent Fairly
By ALBERT SUN

When you're sharing an apartment with roommates, it can be a challenge to decide who takes which bedroom, and at what price. Sit down with your roommates and use the calculator below to find the fair division.

Published: April 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: For Lab Rats a Male Scientist Effect

For Lab Rats, a ‘Male Scientist’ Effect
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Rodents left alone in a room with a man show a significant rise in a stress hormone, but not when left alone with women, a finding with possible repercussions for scientific research.

Published: April 29, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Continuing Evolution of Genes

The Continuing Evolution of Genes
By CARL ZIMMER

Scientists have found that genes are still to emerging. Now they’re trying to see why some quickly take on essential tasks, and others fall to the wayside.

Published: April 29, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Are These People in Real Pain or Just Faking It?

Are These People in Real Pain or Just Faking It?
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We all know what it’s like to experience pain that makes our faces twist into a grimace. But how do you know if someone else’s face of pain is real or feigned? And can only humans tell the difference?

Published: April 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: What Does Today Owe Tomorrow?

What Does Today Owe Tomorrow?
By JUSTIN GILLIS

That simple question goes to the heart of figuring out what we should spend now on efforts to deal with climate change.

Published: April 29, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Science Quiz: Real or Fake

Science Quiz: Real or Fake
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Jake dips his hand in the ice water. Can you tell if he’s really in pain?

Published: April 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Science Quiz: Real vs. Fake

Science Quiz: Real vs. Fake
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Luis dips his hand in the ice water. Can you tell if he’s really in pain?

Published: April 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Science Quiz: Real vs. Fake

Science Quiz: Real vs. Fake
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Jake dips his hand in the ice water. Can you tell if he’s really in pain?

Published: April 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Science Quiz: Real vs. Fake

Science Quiz: Real vs. Fake
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Margaret dips her hand in the ice water. Can you tell if she’s really in pain?

Published: April 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Science Quiz: Real vs. Fake

Science Quiz: Real vs. Fake
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Published: April 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Science Quiz: Real vs. Fake

Science Quiz: Real vs. Fake
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Margaret dips her hand in the ice water. Can you tell if she’s really in pain?

Published: April 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Science Quiz: Real vs. Fake

Science Quiz: Real vs. Fake
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Marni dips her hand in the ice water. Can you tell if she’s really in pain?

Published: April 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Science Quiz: Real vs. Fake

Science Quiz: Real vs. Fake
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Ting dips her hand in the ice water. Can you tell if she’s really in pain?

Published: April 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Science Quiz: Real vs. Fake

Science Quiz: Real vs. Fake
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Published: April 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Science Quiz: Real vs. Fake

Science Quiz: Real vs. Fake
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Ting dips her hand in the ice water. Is she really in pain, or is she lying?

Published: April 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Rubber Band With a Surprising Twist

A Rubber Band With a Surprising Twist
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

A shape rarely seen in nature, a variation on the helix, was accidentally generated by researchers at Harvard.

Published: April 29, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Some Corals Can Adapt to Warmer Waters

Some Corals Can Adapt to Warmer Waters
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

One species of coral has built up a resistance to warm waters, and “coral stress tests” suggest that other species may be able to adapt, too.

Published: April 29, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: In the Heat of the Night

In the Heat of the Night
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

It doesn’t just feel that way — there usually is a small but significant rise in core body temperature before a hot flash, which is a mechanism for dispersing heat.

Published: April 29, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Overriding Their Animal Impulses

Overriding Their Animal Impulses
By JAMES GORMAN

Duke University scientists organized an international effort to test 36 species on cognitive skills related to self-control. The great apes did well, as expected, but there were surprises.

Published: April 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Shell Game for Animals

Shell Game for Animals
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Intelligence is hard to test, but one aspect of being smart is self-control, and a version of the old shell game that works for many species suggests that brain size is very important.

Published: April 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Science Events: Unusual Vision and D.I.Y. Neuroscience

Science Events: Unusual Vision and D.I.Y. Neuroscience
By JASCHA HOFFMAN

May events at the intersection of art and science.

Published: April 29, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Living Symphonies

Living Symphonies
By Sound and Music

Living Symphonies is a sound installation which grows in the same way as a forest ecosystem. Portraying the thriving activity of the forest’s wildlife, plants and atmospheric conditions, it creates a never-ending symphony heard amongst the forest itself.

Published: April 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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domenica 27 aprile 2014

NYT Science: Putting a 32000-Ton Cap on Chernobyl

Putting a 32,000-Ton Cap on Chernobyl
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

An arch is being built to cover the ramshackle shelter built to entomb the radioactive remains of the reactor that exploded at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in 1986.

Published: April 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Chernobyl: Capping a Catastrophe

Chernobyl: Capping a Catastrophe
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A 32,000-ton arch that will end up costing $1.5 billion is being built in Chernobyl, Ukraine, to all but eliminate the risk of further contamination at the site of the 1986 nuclear reactor explosion.

Published: April 27, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Years After Chernobyl Building Progress

Years After Chernobyl, Building Progress
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At the Chernobyl nuclear plant, a rising arch is a sign of a cleanup’s progress, and the remains of Pripyat, a city once home to 45,000, is a reminder of the devastation of 1986.

Published: April 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 24 aprile 2014

NYT Science: Blue-Footed Boobies a Galápagos Treasure Under Threat

Blue-Footed Boobies, a Galápagos Treasure, Under Threat
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

The population of boobies, known for their brightly colored feet and signature mating dance, has halved, researchers say, though it’s not clear why breeding activity is so low.

Published: April 25, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Tsetse Fly Genome Is Solved Raising Hope in Battling Sleeping Sickness

Tsetse Fly Genome Is Solved, Raising Hope in Battling Sleeping Sickness
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

Sequencing the genome of one tsetse species took a decade, partly because tsetses have unusual biology and partly because of global health politics.

Published: April 25, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: From an Apple a Day to Energy Balance in Cancer Research

From an Apple a Day to ‘Energy Balance’ in Cancer Research
By GEORGE JOHNSON

With hopes dimming for a cancer-preventive foods, scientists are focusing on obesity, which is emerging as one of the biggest risk factors.

Published: April 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: CreatureCast: Cuttlefish Camouflage

CreatureCast: Cuttlefish Camouflage
By Jacob Gindi and Casey Dunn

Cuttlefish can alter their color, texture, and apparent shape. This extraordinary camouflage allows them to hide in plain sight against many different backgrounds.

Published: April 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Cloak of Near Invisibility in an Underwater World

A Cloak of Near Invisibility in an Underwater World
By CASEY DUNN

For many animals, being noticed can mean being eaten or scaring away a would-be meal. Cuttlefish deal with this in an extraordinary way.

Published: April 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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mercoledì 23 aprile 2014

NYT Science: Researchers See New Importance in Y Chromosome

Researchers See New Importance in Y Chromosome
By NICHOLAS WADE

Two surveys have reconstructed the full history of the shrunken male chromosome, which provides regulatory genes that play a role throughout the body.

Published: April 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Study Finds Less Green in the Congo Rain Forest

Study Finds Less Green in the Congo Rain Forest
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

Scientists say that a long drought that has affected trees in Central Africa could help them understand how global warming may harm vegetation.

Published: April 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Springing Forward and Its Consequences

Springing Forward, and Its Consequences
By CARL ZIMMER

With rising temperatures and carbon dioxide changing seasonal timetables, many plants are flowering earlier and longer.

Published: April 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Researchers See New Importance for Y Chromosome

Researchers See New Importance for Y Chromosome
By NICHOLAS WADE

Two surveys have reconstructed the full history of the shrunken male chromosome, which provides regulatory genes that play a role throughout the body.

Published: April 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 21 aprile 2014

NYT Science: Science Tools Anyone Can Afford

Science Tools Anyone Can Afford
By JOHN MARKOFF

Manu Prakash wants to grow a generation of young scientists by distributing powerful yet inexpensive laboratory instruments around the globe.

Published: April 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: An Apple a Day and Other Myths

An Apple a Day, and Other Myths
By GEORGE JOHNSON

The gap grows between food folklore and science on cancer.

Published: April 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Brain-Mapping Milestones

Brain-Mapping Milestones
By JAMES GORMAN

In further indications of cooperative progress in brain mapping, two separate projects make strides in the creation of cerebral connection atlases.

Published: April 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: If Its Possible It Happened

If It’s Possible, It Happened
By AMIR ALEXANDER

In his new book, Max Tegmark compellingly argues that everything that can happen does happen — in at least one of an infinite number of universes.

Published: April 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Trail of Tears and of Damaged Skulls

The Trail of Tears, and of Damaged Skulls
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

The forced marches of Native Americans in the 19th century left evidence that the stress interfered with the normal growth of their skulls.

Published: April 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Reactions

Reactions
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Letters to the editor and online comments.

Published: April 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Those Dirty Mushrooms

Those Dirty Mushrooms
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

The specks and smears of compost on store-bought mushrooms are basically safe to eat, an expert says.

Published: April 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: For These Females No Such Thing as Penis Envy

For These Females, No Such Thing as Penis Envy
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

The females of a kind of Brazilian cave insect have male organs, the males have female genitalia, and sex lasts 40 to 70 hours, a study has found.

Published: April 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Chimps Are Particular About Where They Rest

Chimps Are Particular About Where They Rest
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

A new study shows that chimpanzees in Uganda selected a resilient, high-quality wood to create the nests they used for sleeping in trees.

Published: April 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Capn Crunch Is Looking at You

Cap’n Crunch Is Looking at You
By RACHEL NUWER

According to a new study, the characters on cereal boxes are effectively making eye contact with customers in the grocery store aisle.

Published: April 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Mind Control in a Flash of Light

Mind Control in a Flash of Light
By JAMES GORMAN

Karl Deisseroth is among a group of scientists who have been working on a way to turn brain cells on and off using genetic engineering and light.

Published: April 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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domenica 20 aprile 2014

NYT Science: Renoir Shows His True Colors

Renoir Shows His True Colors
By KENNETH CHANG

When conservators at the Art Institute of Chicago wanted to solve the mystery of a missing pigment in a portrait by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, light shined the way.

Published: April 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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venerdì 18 aprile 2014

NYT Science: With Planned Crash NASA Lunar Mission Comes to End

With Planned Crash, NASA Lunar Mission Comes to End
By KENNETH CHANG

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer slammed into the moon early Friday, ending a successful six-month, $280 million mission.

Published: April 19, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Sponge Alert!

Sponge Alert!
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Sedentary sponges have evolved some fearsome weapons for trapping and devouring small prey.

Published: April 18, 2014 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 17 aprile 2014

NYT Science: SpongeBob the Carnivore

SpongeBob, the Carnivore
By JAMES GORMAN

Scientists did not realize until 1995 that some sponges were carnivorous. Researchers say they have identified four new North American species.

Published: April 18, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Scientists Find an Earth Twin or Maybe a Cousin

Scientists Find an ‘Earth Twin,’ or Maybe a Cousin
By KENNETH CHANG

A planet known as Kepler 186f, 500 light-years away, is the closet match to our own yet discovered, astronomers say.

Published: April 18, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Plants That Practice Genetic Engineering

Plants That Practice Genetic Engineering
By CARL ZIMMER

Long ago, a new paper suggests, a fern took a useful gene from a neighboring hornwort, an acquisition that allowed ferns to thrive in shade.

Published: April 17, 2014 at 4:00AM

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martedì 15 aprile 2014

NYT Science: Nasal Spray Holds Hope in Fighting Flu Epidemic

Nasal Spray Holds Hope in Fighting Flu Epidemic
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

A new method, still being tested, would coat receptors in the throat and nose before influenza viruses attach.

Published: April 16, 2014 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 14 aprile 2014

NYT Science: Reactions

Reactions
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Letters to the editor and online comments.

Published: April 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Creepy-Crawly Strangely Fascinating

Creepy-Crawly, Strangely Fascinating
By KATHERINE BOUTON

An entomologist who discovered he has a crippling fear of bugs writes a book about the human reaction to insects.

Published: April 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Zombies in the Garden Killing Themselves Slowly

Zombies in the Garden, Killing Themselves Slowly
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Certain parasites can take over their hosts’ behavior, forcing them to act against their own interest in order to benefit the parasites.

Published: April 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Tiny Discovery in Australias Swamps

A Tiny Discovery in Australia’s Swamps
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Scientists have discovered a tiny, elusive crayfish living in eastern Australia.

Published: April 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: How Fruit Flies Are Like Helicopters

How Fruit Flies Are Like Helicopters
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

High-tech analysis of the movement of the insects shows how they can quickly change direction to escape.

Published: April 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Best Selling Science Books

Best Selling Science Books
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: April 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Long in the Tooth

Long in the Tooth
By C CLAIBORNE RAY

Do our teeth linger after we die? Why?

Published: April 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Paying Farmers to Welcome Birds

Paying Farmers to Welcome Birds
By JIM ROBBINS

An alliance of conservations, bird watchers and farmers have joined in an innovative plan to restore essential habitat for migratory shorebirds in California.

Published: April 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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domenica 13 aprile 2014

NYT Science: Surge in Prescriptions for Opioid Painkillers for Pregnant Women

Surge in Prescriptions for Opioid Painkillers for Pregnant Women
By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS

Doctors are prescribing opioid painkillers to pregnant women in astonishing numbers, new research shows, despite the fact that risks to the developing fetus are largely unknown.

Published: April 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: U.N. Climate Panel Warns Speedier Action Is Needed to Avert Disaster

U.N. Climate Panel Warns Speedier Action Is Needed to Avert Disaster
By JUSTIN GILLIS

The countries of the world have dragged their feet so long on global warming that the situation is now critical, experts appointed by the United Nations reported Sunday.

Published: April 14, 2014 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 10 aprile 2014

NYT Science: ScienceTake: Those Clever Crows

ScienceTake: Those Clever Crows
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Scientists are trying to understand the limits to the well-established intelligence of crows.

Published: April 10, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Moral: Aesop Knew Something About Crows

The Moral: Aesop Knew Something About Crows
By JAMES GORMAN

Researchers set out to see if a crow would raise the water level in a tube by dropping stones in it, as in Aesop’s fable. This video shows the result.

Published: April 10, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Watch Proteins Do the Jitterbug

Watch Proteins Do the Jitterbug
By CARL ZIMMER

The animators who produced the video hit “The Inner Life of a Cell” are back with a look at the messy, chaotic dance performed by molecules in a neuron.

Published: April 10, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Papyrus Referring to Jesus Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake Scientists Say

Papyrus Referring to Jesus’ Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN

The test results do not prove that Jesus had a wife, only that the fragment is more likely a snippet from an ancient manuscript than a fake, the scholars agree.

Published: April 10, 2014 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 7 aprile 2014

NYT Science: A Strad? Violinists Cant Tell

A Strad? Violinists Can’t Tell
By PAM BELLUCK

In a blind test, more than half of the accomplished musicians chose newer instruments over older ones like the prized Stradivarius.

Published: April 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: What Fish Teach Us About Us

What Fish Teach Us About Us
By Interview by CLAUDIA DREIFUS

Neil H. Shubin, the paleontologist who helped discover a fossil hailed as a missing link between sea and land animals, talks about his television series, “Your Inner Fish,” and why he teaches anatomy classes.

Published: April 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Gauging the Intelligence of Infants

Gauging the Intelligence of Infants
By KENNETH CHANG

A test developed 25 years ago has held up surprisingly well, but the widespread screening its developer advocated has not become a reality.

Published: April 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Fearing Punishment for Bad Genes

Fearing Punishment for Bad Genes
By KIRA PEIKOFF

Many people at risk of serious inherited diseases would like to know if they carry the genes, yet fear a positive result could be used against them.

Published: April 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Reactions

Reactions
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Published: April 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Colder Can Mean Older

Colder Can Mean Older
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

A mouse study found that cooler mice were longer-lived, while a survey of humans found that body temperature decreased with age.

Published: April 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The 16th Centurys Line of Fire

The 16th Century’s Line of Fire
By JOHN ALLEN PAULOS

Mathematics would seem to be immune to ideology. But not always, as a look back at a controversy from the dawn of the modern era makes clear.

Published: April 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: For Space Projects Zero Gravity

For Space Projects, Zero Gravity
By KENNETH CHANG

The Mars rover Opportunity, still operating after 10 years on the planet, and the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn are among the NASA missions facing budget extinction.

Published: April 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Hungry Butterfly Is a Hurting Butterfly

A Hungry Butterfly Is a Hurting Butterfly
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Monarch butterflies quickly show the effects of going without food in their wings, which get smaller and paler.

Published: April 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Salamanders Hefty Role in the Forest

Salamander’s Hefty Role in the Forest
By RICHARD CONNIFF

Small but prolific predators, salamanders affect the ecosystem of a forest and collectively could help stave off climate disaster.

Published: April 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Before the Silk Road the Grain Road?

Before the Silk Road, the Grain Road?
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

More than 5,000 years ago, nomadic shepherds in Central Asia used imported grain from China and elsewhere, perhaps in funeral rituals, a new study has found.

Published: April 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Salamanders Natures Climate-Protecting Vacuum Cleaners

Salamanders, Nature’s Climate-Protecting Vacuum Cleaners
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Small and slippery, these amphibians live humble lives in the forest. But salamanders may play an outsize role in slowing climate change.

Published: April 7, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Robots Teach Robots to Beat Them at Pac-Man

Robots Teach Robots to Beat Them at Pac-Man
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Computer scientists at Washington State University have created robots that can train other robots to play games, and eventually to beat them.

Published: April 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A 64 Quake Still Reverberates

A ’64 Quake Still Reverberates
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

The great Alaskan earthquake cemented our understanding of the link between tectonic plate collisions and seismology, thanks to one geologist’s observations of the damage.

Published: April 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 3 aprile 2014

NYT Science: A Moon of Saturn Has a Sea Scientists Say

A Moon of Saturn Has a Sea, Scientists Say
By KENNETH CHANG

The finding of a body of water makes the moon, Enceladus, a promising candidate for harboring extraterrestrial life, even more than Mars.

Published: April 4, 2014 at 4:00AM

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mercoledì 2 aprile 2014

NYT Science: Program Looks to Give Bees a Leg Up (or Six)

Program Looks to Give Bees a Leg Up (or Six)
By JOHN SCHWARTZ

In California’s Central Valley, researchers are trying to find assortments of bee-friendly plants that local farmers and ranchers can easily grow.

Published: April 3, 2014 at 4:00AM

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martedì 1 aprile 2014

NYT Science: A New Salvo in Debate Over Caloric Restrictions and Longevity

A New Salvo in Debate Over Caloric Restrictions and Longevity
By NICHOLAS WADE

After two studies of low-calorie diets among monkeys reached opposing conclusions, the team linking it to longevity says the other team’s control group had a lean diet, too.

Published: April 2, 2014 at 4:00AM

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