venerdì 30 maggio 2014

NYT Science: Quantum Teleportation

Quantum Teleportation
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Scientists reported that they were able to teleport quantum information reliably across a distance of about 10 feet.

Published: May 30, 2014 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 29 maggio 2014

NYT Science: A Price Tag on Carbon as a Climate Rescue Plan

A Price Tag on Carbon as a Climate Rescue Plan
By JUSTIN GILLIS

From China to Norway, Kazakhstan to the Northeastern United States, governments are requiring industries to buy permits allowing them to emit set levels of greenhouse gases.

Published: May 30, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Spacecraft to Ferry U.S. Astronauts Is Unveiled

Spacecraft to Ferry U.S. Astronauts Is Unveiled
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SpaceX, which has flown cargo capsules to the International Space Station, introduced the Dragon V2, designed to carry astronauts to low-Earth orbit.

Published: May 30, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Scientists Report Finding Reliable Way to Teleport Data

Scientists Report Finding Reliable Way to Teleport Data
By JOHN MARKOFF

It’s not “Star Trek,” but the physicists say they can send quantum information from one electron to another 10 feet away with perfect accuracy.

Published: May 30, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Nine Scientists Are Awarded Kavli Prizes

Nine Scientists Are Awarded Kavli Prizes
By DENNIS OVERBYE

The scientists will split $1 million prizes from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for work in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.

Published: May 30, 2014 at 4:00AM

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mercoledì 28 maggio 2014

NYT Science: Colliding Galaxies

Colliding Galaxies
By Dennis Overbye, Jason Drakeford and Jonathan Corum

Recently Hubble Space Telescope measurements have confirmed that the Milky Way will collide with a sibling galaxy known as the Andromeda nebula in about two billion years.

Published: May 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Andromeda and the Milky Way: A Merger of Galactic Proportions

Andromeda and the Milky Way: A Merger of Galactic Proportions
By DENNIS OVERBYE

News of two stars in the Andromeda galaxy colliding turned out to be a false alarm, but we’re going to have an encounter ourselves with Andromeda one day.

Published: May 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Now You See It, Then You Don’t

Now You See It, Then You Don’t
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When perturbed, Hippopodius hippopus will blanche milky white to make its presence known. It can take a half hour for all of the color to drain from the creature’s skin.

Published: May 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: CreatureCast: Suddenly Visible

CreatureCast: Suddenly Visible
By Pathikrit Bhattacharyya and Casey Dunn

Being invisible has its advantages, but also its perils. A marine creature called Hippopodius gets the best of both worlds by transforming from glassy clear to bright white and back again.

Published: May 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Marine Magician’s Vanishing Act

A Marine Magician’s Vanishing Act
By CASEY DUNN

An animal called Hippopodius lives most of its life transparently, appearing in full only when the risks that come with invisibility are too great.

Published: May 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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martedì 27 maggio 2014

NYT Science: Stronger Brains, Weaker Bodies

Stronger Brains, Weaker Bodies
By CARL ZIMMER

A study of metabolism among different species suggests that humans evolved to send more energy to our big prefrontal cortex and less to our muscles.

Published: May 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Tournament of the Ants

Tournament of the Ants
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When the queen dies, female Indian jumping ants compete to reproduce. ​

Published: May 27, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Ant Queen Is Dead. Let the Battles Begin.

The Ant Queen Is Dead. Let the Battles Begin.
By JAMES GORMAN

For Indian jumping ants, the death of the matriarch sets up a struggle to determine which workers will get to have children.

Published: May 27, 2014 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 26 maggio 2014

NYT Science: Science Events: Folded Paper, Kitchen Science and the World Science Festival

Science Events: Folded Paper, Kitchen Science and the World Science Festival
By JASCHA HOFFMAN

Coming events and reading matter at the intersection of science and culture.

Published: May 27, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Recruiting Help: Gamers

Recruiting Help: Gamers
By JAMES GORMAN

Players of Eyewire, an online neuroscience puzzle, are scoring scientific successes.

Published: May 27, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: All Circuits Are Busy

All Circuits Are Busy
By JAMES GORMAN

A brain researcher conveys a sense of unlimited possibility in brain mapping, predicting it may be achieved in 20 to 30 years.

Published: May 27, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Citizen Neuroscience

Citizen Neuroscience
By Zach Wise

Crowd-sourced science has exploded in recent years. An Internet game called Eyewire, from Sebastian Seung’s lab at M.I.T., asks volunteers to trace the fine details of neurons.

Published: May 26, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Reactions

Reactions
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Letters to the editor and online comments.

Published: May 27, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Waggling Bees Give Their Verdict on a Landscape

Waggling Bees Give Their Verdict on a Landscape
By NICHOLAS WADE

By observing bees’ waggle dances, scientists found that a program to make cropland more attractive for foraging wasn’t a resounding success.

Published: May 27, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Pain Medications Can Lose Their Punch

Pain Medications Can Lose Their Punch
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

A phenomenon called tolerance and other factors, a pain medicine specialist says, help explain why a pain pill doesn’t work as well after a while.

Published: May 27, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: How to Win the Lottery (Happily)

How to Win the Lottery (Happily)
By JOHN TIERNEY

The key to winning the lottery and remaining happily may simply be to first win the jackpot. The “curse” part is being debunked.

Published: May 27, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Welcoming the Newly Discovered

Welcoming the Newly Discovered
By NICHOLAS BAKALAR

An annual top-10 list celebrates species still here while underscoring those that have gone extinct.

Published: May 27, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: An Amphibian’s Best Friend

An Amphibian’s Best Friend
By GLENN COLLINS

A museum curator works on behalf of declining species.

Published: May 27, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Craft Beer, at the Genetic Level

Craft Beer, at the Genetic Level
By WILLIAM HERKEWITZ

While brewing yeast is one of the best-studied organisms in molecular and cell biology, exactly how its genes translate to varied beers is still poorly understood.

Published: May 27, 2014 at 4:00AM

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venerdì 23 maggio 2014

NYT Science: A Creationist’s Influence on Darwin

A Creationist’s Influence on Darwin
By GEORGE JOHNSON

Decades before “On the Origin of Species,” a theologian proposed — and rejected — a version of natural selection, and Darwin read about it in college.

Published: May 23, 2014 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 22 maggio 2014

NYT Science: Gerald M. Edelman, Nobel Laureate and ‘Neural Darwinist,’ Dies at 84

Gerald M. Edelman, Nobel Laureate and ‘Neural Darwinist,’ Dies at 84
By BRUCE WEBER

After winning a 1972 Nobel Prize for a breakthrough in immunology, Dr. Edelman focused on “how the brain gives rise to the mind.”

Published: May 23, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Agency Predicts Near-Average Hurricane Season for U.S. as El Niño Develops in the Pacific

Agency Predicts Near-Average Hurricane Season for U.S. as El Niño Develops in the Pacific
By MICHAEL WINES

Experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said they anticipated three to six hurricanes — one or two of them major storms — this year.

Published: May 23, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Even Fruit Flies Need a Moment to Think It Over

Even Fruit Flies Need a Moment to Think It Over
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

These tiny insects don’t act entirely on instinct, but ponder difficult choices, as humans do, a study finds.

Published: May 23, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Theory on How Flightless Birds Spread Across the World: They Flew There

A Theory on How Flightless Birds Spread Across the World: They Flew There
By CARL ZIMMER

DNA analysis in a new study suggests that the common ancestor of ratites continued to fly even after the supercontinent Gondwana split into pieces.

Published: May 23, 2014 at 4:00AM

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martedì 20 maggio 2014

NYT Science: Study Shows That Mice Run for Fun, Not Just for Lab Work

Study Shows That Mice Run for Fun, Not Just for Lab Work
By JAMES GORMAN

Two researchers in the Netherlands placed exercise wheels outdoors in a garden, and tracked what happened.

Published: May 21, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Mouse Enjoys a Hamster Wheel in the Wild

Mouse Enjoys a Hamster Wheel in the Wild
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Scientists at Leiden University in the Netherlands set up exercise wheels with motion detectors and automated cameras, and found that animals such as mice ran on the wheels voluntarily.

Published: May 20, 2014 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 19 maggio 2014

NYT Science: Scoliosis Exercise, Not Braces (1 Letter)

Scoliosis Exercise, Not Braces (1 Letter)
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A letter to the Editor.

Published: May 20, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Pets Driving With a Dog (1 Letter)

Pets Driving With a Dog (1 Letter)
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A letter to the Editor.

Published: May 20, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A.D.H.D. Treatment Without Drugs (1 Letter)

A.D.H.D. Treatment Without Drugs (1 Letter)
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A letter to the Editor.

Published: May 20, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: An Inconvenient Diet

An Inconvenient Diet
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Letters to the editor.

Published: May 20, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Why That Video Went Viral

Why That Video Went Viral
By NATALIE KITROEFF

Researchers are beginning to explore the motivations that turn a link, like a video of a firefighter saving a kitten, into click bait. It didn’t work for one site that reported that the kitten eventually died.

Published: May 20, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: When Polar Bears Said Goodbye to Brown

When Polar Bears Said Goodbye to Brown
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

After they diverged from brown bears, polar bears quickly evolved to survive in their frigid environment, researchers say.

Published: May 20, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Victory Lap for a Heretical Neurologist

A Victory Lap for a Heretical Neurologist
By ABIGAIL ZUGER, M.D.

Dr. Stanley B. Prusiner offers an entertaining account of the obstacles and skepticism he faced in his discovery of prions, which won him a Nobel Prize in 1997.

Published: May 20, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Melting Isn’t Glacial

The Melting Isn’t Glacial
By KENNETH CHANG

With every day, it seems, comes new evidence that the thawing of the world’s glaciers and the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica is accelerating.

Published: May 20, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: That Hang-Dog Look

That Hang-Dog Look
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

What can be done when man’s best friend seems to suffer from depression?

Published: May 20, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Math App That Offers an Unusual Human Touch

A Math App That Offers an Unusual Human Touch
By KENNETH CHANG

Tabtor offers, along with the usual sums, something seemingly unique: an instructor who tracks a child’s progress and offers feedback.

Published: May 20, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Creation, in the Eye of the Beholder

Creation, in the Eye of the Beholder
By GEORGE JOHNSON

For some of us, the apparent perfect symmetry of nature suggests an inventor. But evolution is messier and more roughshod than our own machines.

Published: May 20, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: An Ancient Shrimp’s Big Sperm, Preserved

An Ancient Shrimp’s Big Sperm, Preserved
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Australian scientists say they have found the world’s oldest sperm, 17 million years old. It’s a rare example of soft tissue being fossilized.

Published: May 20, 2014 at 4:00AM

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venerdì 16 maggio 2014

NYT Science: Clyde Snow, Forensic Detective Who Found Clues in Bones, Dies at 86

Clyde Snow, Forensic Detective Who Found Clues in Bones, Dies at 86
By ROBERT D. McFADDEN

Dr. Snow was a master of extracting the secrets of the dead from skeletal remains, and his subjects included John F. Kennedy, Mengele and even King Tutankhamen.

Published: May 17, 2014 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 15 maggio 2014

NYT Science: Drug Agency Recommends Lower Dose of Sleep Aid

Drug Agency Recommends Lower Dose of Sleep Aid
By SABRINA TAVERNISE

For prescriptions of Lunesta, the agency recommended a new starting dose of one milligram, down from two milligrams.

Published: May 16, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Prehistoric Skeleton in Mexico Is Said to Link Modern Native Americans to Siberians

Prehistoric Skeleton in Mexico Is Said to Link Modern Native Americans to Siberians
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

DNA in the bones of a teenage girl in an underwater cave in the Yucatán show that she has an Asian-derived genetic lineage, researchers say.

Published: May 20, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Error Leads IBM Researchers to a New Family of Materials

Error Leads IBM Researchers to a New Family of Materials
By JOHN MARKOFF

The materials, called thermosets, are unusually strong and light, exhibit “self-healing” properties and can be easily reformed to make products recyclable.

Published: May 16, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: When Predators Vanish, So Does the Ecosystem

When Predators Vanish, So Does the Ecosystem
By CARL ZIMMER

The salt marshes of New England are dying. An experiment finds that removing predators allows herbivores to denude their marsh habitat in a flash.

Published: May 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Science Behind Forest Fires

The Science Behind Forest Fires
By Aaron Byrd|David Frank|Lea Iadarola

When heat, oxygen and dry vegetation come together, the result can be a forest fire. Wildfires destroy millions of acres each year in the United States.

Published: May 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 12 maggio 2014

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NYT Science: Pine Island Glacier

Pine Island Glacier
By Carrie Halperin

This “airborne” tour was created from a small portion of the images collected during a flight over the Pine Island Glacier crack on Oct. 26, 2011.

Published: May 12, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Finder of New Worlds

Finder of New Worlds
By DENNIS OVERBYE

An astronomer’s long look at the stars has led to distant planets, and personally trying times.

Published: May 13, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Science Profile: Geoffrey Marcy

Science Profile: Geoffrey Marcy
By Sean Patrick Farrell, Chris Cascarano, Roopa Vasudevan and Sofia Perpetua

Geoffrey Marcy of the University of California, Berkeley, has discovered scores of alien worlds, so-called exoplanets circling distant stars.

Published: May 12, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Looks Like Rain Again. And Again.

Looks Like Rain Again. And Again.
By JUSTIN GILLIS

More frequent downpours and flash floods come as no surprise to those scientists who have been studying the climate in the past two decades.

Published: May 13, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Statins ad Women, Birth Defects and Polio Abroad

Statins ad Women, Birth Defects and Polio Abroad
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Letters to the editor and online comments.

Published: May 13, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Very High-Flying Scotsman

A Very High-Flying Scotsman
By KENNETH CHANG

Virgin Galactic’s David Mackay, the chief pilot for the world’s first airline to space, has kept working his way there despite growing up in a country without a space program.

Published: May 13, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: West Antarctic Glacier Ice Flows

West Antarctic Glacier Ice Flows
By Carrie Halperin|Karen Barrow

Pine Island, at left, and Thwaites glaciers have recently averaged ice elevation losses of 6 meters per year in places. The flow of ice from these glaciers has accelerated past four decades.

Published: May 12, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Science Best Sellers

Science Best Sellers
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Top-selling nonfiction titles based on the sciences.

Published: May 13, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Clean Living in a Dirty Birdbath

Clean Living in a Dirty Birdbath
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Birds probably do transmit diseases through dirty birdbaths, but aspects of their biology offer a lot of protection against disease.

Published: May 13, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Radio Signals Skew Birds’ Internal Navigation

Radio Signals Skew Birds’ Internal Navigation
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Electromagnetic signals from man-made devices can interfere with the inner compass of migrating birds.

Published: May 13, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: New Neurons Found to Overwrite Old Memories

New Neurons Found to Overwrite Old Memories
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

The loss of childhood memories may be the result of the constant birth of new neurons in the brain, research with rodents suggests.

Published: May 13, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Collapse of Parts of West Antarctica Ice Sheet Has Begun, Scientists Say

Collapse of Parts of West Antarctica Ice Sheet Has Begun, Scientists Say
By JUSTIN GILLIS and KENNETH CHANG

The collapse of large parts of the ice sheet is almost certainly unstoppable, with global warming accelerating the pace of the melting, two groups of scientists reported Monday.

Published: May 13, 2014 at 4:00AM

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domenica 11 maggio 2014

NYT Science: The Social Life of Spiders Thriving in a Social Web

The Social Life of Spiders Thriving in a Social Web
By NATALIE ANGIER

Most spiders are loners, but social spiders live in groups, and a new study suggests that their predicable social lives accentuate the individual spiders’ quirks and personal styles.

Published: May 13, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Sociable Spiders

Sociable Spiders
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A new look at the social organization of some eight-legged predators.

Published: May 11, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Plague, a Doctor, an Idea

A Plague, a Doctor, an Idea
By Catherine Spangler and Elles van Gelder

Gynecologists working in Africa suspect that women there are more vulnerable to H.I.V. because of waterborne parasites. An ambitious research project aims to revolutionize treatment for young women.

Published: May 11, 2014 at 4:00AM

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venerdì 9 maggio 2014

NYT Science: A Synthetic Biology Conference Lures an Intriguing Audience

A Synthetic Biology Conference Lures an Intriguing Audience
By JOHN MARKOFF

Both the F.B.I. and Homeland Security were in attendance at talks at M.I.T. about the engineering of organisms and its ability to help and harm.

Published: May 9, 2014 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 8 maggio 2014

NYT Science: Antibiotic-Resistant Germs, Lying in Wait

Antibiotic-Resistant Germs, Lying in Wait
By CARL ZIMMER

A study finds that genes that let bacteria survive drugs intended to wipe them out are widespread, even in the most isolated parts of the planet.

Published: May 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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martedì 6 maggio 2014

NYT Science: White House on Climate Change Report

White House on Climate Change Report
By None None

In a video released by the White House, President Obama’s science adviser, John P. Holdren, discussed a new study on climate change.

Published: May 6, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Animals of Chernobyl

The Animals of Chernobyl
By Erik Olsen

Biologist Timothy Mousseau has been studying the lasting effects of radiation on the flora and fauna of Chernobyl, Ukraine.

Published: May 5, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Wide Impact of Climate Change Already Seen in U.S. Study Says

Wide Impact of Climate Change Already Seen in U.S., Study Says
By JUSTIN GILLIS

A major federal study outlines the sweeping effects of rising temperatures, including droughts, devastating storms and dying forests.

Published: May 7, 2014 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 5 maggio 2014

NYT Science: Adapting to Chernobyl

Adapting to Chernobyl
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

A long-term study of the Chernobyl fallout area has found that some bird species have adapted to the radioactive environment by producing more protective antioxidants, with correspondingly less genetic damage.

Published: May 6, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Chernobyls Toll on Nature

Chernobyl’s Toll on Nature
By Erik Olsen

Biologist Timothy Mousseau has been studying the lasting effects of radiation on the flora and fauna of Chernobyl, Ukraine.

Published: May 5, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Still Counting Gulf Spills Dead Birds

Still Counting Gulf Spill’s Dead Birds
By MARK SCHROPE

New studies suggest that geographical circumstances may have hidden extent of the bird kill caused by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, though the effort also illustrates the imprecise science involved in quantifying the toll.

Published: May 6, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Goal to Combat Malaria With the Help of a Robot

A Goal to Combat Malaria With the Help of a Robot
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

An American company is starting a crowdfunding campaign to help it build a robot able to dissect mosquitoes to remove the key ingredient of its malaria vaccine.

Published: May 6, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Debt to the Future Face of Pain Science Meets Fiction

A Debt to the Future, Face of Pain, Science Meets Fiction
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Letters to the editor and online comments.

Published: May 6, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: One Million

One Million
By RACHEL NUWER

An average glass, left to sit quietly (no sipping!) will produce a million bubbles in four hours, a physicist estimates.

Published: May 6, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Butterfly and Bee Stop at Crying Croc for a Drink

Butterfly and Bee Stop at Crying Croc for a Drink
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Tear-drinking in the wild may be common, but isn’t seen often, says an aquatic ecologist in Costa Rica who witnessed just that.

Published: May 6, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A 9000-Year-Old Hunting Cabin Underwater

A 9,000-Year-Old Hunting Cabin, Underwater
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

In Lake Huron, 120 feet down, researchers discovered a stone structure used to capture caribou. Charcoal was found nearby, so cooking may have been involved.

Published: May 6, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Red in the Face

Red in the Face
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

People who turn red after drinking alcohol most likely have an enzyme deficiency that prevents the full metabolism of alcohol.

Published: May 6, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Cosmic Connections in the Deep Sea

Cosmic Connections in the Deep Sea
By DENNIS OVERBYE

The sea is its own cosmos, and whatever meaning we can ascribe to the universe arose in its depths, the mysterious caldron of creativity and possibility, the restless sifting of chance, adaptation, survival and extinction.

Published: May 6, 2014 at 4:00AM

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domenica 4 maggio 2014

NYT Science: A Desert Spider With Astonishing Moves

A Desert Spider With Astonishing Moves
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

The Moroccan spider, newly discovered, is called the flic-flac for its leap, which resembles a gymnast’s handspring.

Published: May 6, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Tumbling Spider

Tumbling Spider
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For one desert species, doing flips is a way to escape predators. ​

Published: May 4, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Spreading the A.P. Gospel to Nurture Scientists and Engineers

Spreading the A.P. Gospel to Nurture Scientists and Engineers
By KENNETH CHANG

A nonprofit organization founded to help improve education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is working with schools to expand the success of advanced placement classes.

Published: May 6, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Spreading the A.P. Gospel to Breed Scientists and Engineers

Spreading the A.P. Gospel to Breed Scientists and Engineers
By KENNETH CHANG

A nonprofit organization founded to help improve education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is working with schools to expand the success of advanced placement classes.

Published: May 6, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Young Blood May Hold Key to Reversing Aging

Young Blood May Hold Key to Reversing Aging
By CARL ZIMMER

After scientists found that blood from young mice rejuvenated the muscles and brains of old mice, experts said the research could lead to treatments for illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease.

Published: May 5, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Three-Drug Protocol Persists for Lethal Injections Despite Ease of Using One

Three-Drug Protocol Persists for Lethal Injections, Despite Ease of Using One
By DENISE GRADY

A number of factors have conspired to produce painful scenes in the death chamber, experts say, including an ill-conceived drug formulation clung to by many states

Published: May 2, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: 4.1% Are Said to Face Death on Convictions That Are False

4.1% Are Said to Face Death on Convictions That Are False
By JAN HOFFMAN

Opponents of capital punishment were not surprised by the figure, but prosecutors said it was overstated.

Published: May 2, 2014 at 4:00AM

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