lunedì 30 giugno 2014

NYT Science: Science Events: Heroic Apes and Abandoned Railways

Science Events: Heroic Apes and Abandoned Railways
By JASCHA HOFFMAN

July events at the intersection of science and culture.

Published: July 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: City Smells Confound Flower-Seeking Moths

City Smells Confound Flower-Seeking Moths
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

A study found that car exhaust and other urban fumes can hurt moths’ ability to find flowers.

Published: July 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Solar Show With Mixed Reviews

A Solar Show With Mixed Reviews
By KENNETH CHANG

The peak of the sunspot cycle has produced few spectacular bursts, and much speculation about how much more can be expected.

Published: July 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Life Outside the Hospital; Consequences of Cool; You’re So Far Away

Life Outside the Hospital; Consequences of Cool; You’re So Far Away
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Letters to the editor and online comments.

Published: July 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Saving Lives and Pushing Paper

Saving Lives and Pushing Paper
By ABIGAIL ZUGER, M.D.

A sense of estrangement pervades a documentary that tracks the training of a handful of E.R. doctors in Los Angeles and the challenges they face as they move to a new building and adapt to new regulations.

Published: July 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Shell Game

Shell Game
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Powdered eggshells can be a useful source of dietary calcium, comparable to a supplement, but crunching on coarse bits will probably not have much nutritional effect.

Published: July 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Clue to Disease’s Spread in a 6,200-Year-Old Grave

Clue to Disease’s Spread in a 6,200-Year-Old Grave
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

The oldest Schistosoma egg ever found was unearthed recently in Syria, suggesting that ancient Mesopotamians may have helped spread the parasite that causes bilharzia.

Published: July 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: After the Trees Disappear

After the Trees Disappear
By MAGGIE KOERTH-BAKER

The emerald ash borer is devastating trees from Minnesota to New York, and there is little scientists can do but study what effect the trees’ extinction will have on the ecosystem.

Published: July 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Movie Aliens, Scary and Cute

Movie Aliens, Scary and Cute
By DENNIS OVERBYE

Two new science-fiction movies, “Earth to Echo” and “The Signal,” take different approaches to the question of what else might be out there.

Published: July 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Leprosy, Still Claiming Victims

Leprosy, Still Claiming Victims
By NATALIE ANGIER

New research suggests that the leprosy parasite is a paradox encapsulated — at once rugged and feeble, exacting and inept.

Published: July 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Navigating in Air and Water

Navigating in Air and Water
By David Frank

For flying and swimming creatures obstructions can be something to avoid, or reference points to keep nearby.

Published: June 30, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: How Bumblebees and Zebra Fish Navigate Their Worlds

How Bumblebees and Zebra Fish Navigate Their Worlds
By JAMES GORMAN

A study compared how two species in different mediums, air and water, reacted to apparent obstacles as they were moving.

Published: June 30, 2014 at 4:00AM

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domenica 29 giugno 2014

NYT Science: NASA Launching Satellite to Track Carbon

NASA Launching Satellite to Track Carbon
By KENNETH CHANG

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 is scheduled to lift off Tuesday with the aim of getting better data on how carbon moves into and out of the atmosphere — a key to understanding climate change.

Published: June 30, 2014 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 26 giugno 2014

NYT Science: The Secret of the Disco Clam’s Light Show

The Secret of the Disco Clam’s Light Show
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Microscopic spheres of reflective silica in the inner lip of the disco clam help it create its mirror-ball effect underwater. Why the clam does this is still a mystery.

Published: July 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: That’s So Random: Why We Persist in Seeing Streaks

That’s So Random: Why We Persist in Seeing Streaks
By CARL ZIMMER

And it’s not just humans. Monkeys, too, seem to believe in the “hot hand” beloved of gamblers and basketball players, scientists say.

Published: June 26, 2014 at 4:00AM

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mercoledì 25 giugno 2014

NYT Science: The Man Who Hated Gravity, Part 2

The Man Who Hated Gravity, Part 2
By GEORGE JOHNSON

More on Roger Babson, and on the real danger facing George Clooney and Sandra Bullock in “Gravity.”

Published: June 25, 2014 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 23 giugno 2014

NYT Science: Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Economy From Global Warming

Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Economy From Global Warming
By JUSTIN GILLIS

Treasury secretaries dating to the Nixon years backed a new report predicting a heavy loss of coastal properties, a shift of farming northward, and dangerous outdoor conditions because of climate change.

Published: June 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Searching for Answers in Very Old DNA

Searching for Answers in Very Old DNA
By CLAUDIA DREIFUS

The geneticist Svante Paabo created his own research field by sequencing the genomes of ancient humans.

Published: June 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Sounds of Danger Disrupt Crabs’ Dinner

Sounds of Danger Disrupt Crabs’ Dinner
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When exposed to the sounds of preying fish, mud crabs are less likely to eat, a study finds.

Published: June 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Support for New Mothers

Support for New Mothers
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Letters to the editor and online comments.

Published: June 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Where Personal Memories Take Root

Where Personal Memories Take Root
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

A new study lends weight to the notion that every memory of a personal experience is spread out across many neurons in the hippocampus, not stored in a single neuron in that region of the brain.

Published: June 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Science Profile: Svante Paabo

Science Profile: Svante Paabo
By Erik Olsen

Svante Paabo is a Swedish biologist who studies evolutionary genetics.

Published: June 23, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Still Exerting a Hold on Science

Still Exerting a Hold on Science
By GEORGE JOHNSON

A businessman who was interested in a solution to gravity ended up contributing significantly to better understanding it. But it remains a force that confounds scientists.

Published: June 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Sunken Kingdom Re-emerges

A Sunken Kingdom Re-emerges
By KATRIN BENNHOLD

The floods and storms that battered Britain earlier this year radically changed the way archaeologists interpret the landscape.

Published: June 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Oral Vaccine for Cholera Found Effective in Africa

Oral Vaccine for Cholera Found Effective in Africa
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

A study found that two doses of an oral vaccine provided 86 percent protection against cholera in Guinea.

Published: June 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Multimillion-Dollar Minds of 5 Mathematical Masters

The Multimillion-Dollar Minds of 5 Mathematical Masters
By KENNETH CHANG

The Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, financed by Yuri Milner, a Russian investor, and Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, comes with a $3 million award.

Published: June 23, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Mosquito Bait

Mosquito Bait
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Is there anything people can eat or drink to cut the odds of mosquito bites?

Published: June 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Mystery Character in the Story

A Mystery Character in the Story
By ABIGAIL ZUGER, M.D.

Thomas Goetz on an 1890 announcement of a cure for tuberculosis, proclaimed by Robert Koch and covered by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Published: June 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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venerdì 20 giugno 2014

NYT Science: This Is Your Brain on Writing

This Is Your Brain on Writing
By CARL ZIMMER

For the first time, researchers have used fMRI scanners to track the brain activity of writers as they created fiction. The results have drawn strong reactions from other scientists.

Published: June 19, 2014 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 19 giugno 2014

NYT Science: Astronomers Hedge on Big Bang Detection Claim

Astronomers Hedge on Big Bang Detection Claim
By DENNIS OVERBYE

Astronomers who said in March that they had detected remnants of the Big Bang now concede that dust from the Milky Way may have skewed their findings.

Published: June 20, 2014 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 16 giugno 2014

NYT Science: Sending Patients Home, Décor and Distraction, Priceless Nature

Sending Patients Home, Décor and Distraction, Priceless Nature
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Letters to the editor and online comments.

Published: June 17, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Earth’s Hidden Ocean

The Earth’s Hidden Ocean
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

An ocean of water appears to be tied up in minerals of the mantle 400 miles below the surface, according to an analysis of seismic waves passing through the deep earth.

Published: June 17, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Older Than the Rolling Stones

Older Than the Rolling Stones
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

A project aimed at recapturing the soundtrack of history suggests that the rocks at Stonehenge were chosen, and hauled from a long distance, for their ability to produce a hollow bell-like noises.

Published: June 17, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Efforts to Inspire Students Have Borne Little Fruit

Efforts to Inspire Students Have Borne Little Fruit
By KENNETH CHANG

The Obama administration began private-public partnerships to encourage students to pursue studies in science and technology, but that goal has been an elusive one.

Published: June 17, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Pterosaurs, Flying Reptiles, Were a Social Lot

Pterosaurs, Flying Reptiles, Were a Social Lot
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

The discovery of intact eggs and pterosaur fossils in China suggests that the creatures nested in large groups.

Published: June 17, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Sounds of Frog Lust, Made Even Sexier

Sounds of Frog Lust, Made Even Sexier
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Male Mientien tree frogs are using storm drains to enhance their mating calls, researchers say.

Published: June 17, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Chain Reaction of Change Behind Dams

A Chain Reaction of Change Behind Dams
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Researchers found that evolutionary change in alewife herrings since the 18th century had a ripple effect on bluegill.

Published: June 17, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Computing Crime and Punishment

Computing Crime and Punishment
By SANDRA BLAKESLEE

A trove of London trial data over more than two centuries, digitized and analyzed by algorithm, yield clues in the evolution of the British justice system.

Published: June 17, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Helicopter of One’s Own

A Helicopter of One’s Own
By DANNY HAKIM

European researchers are testing designs for a small, easily piloted helicopter that could one day help shorten commutes and ease traffic congestion.

Published: June 17, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Asparagus, Revisited

Asparagus, Revisited
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Why does eating asparagus make one’s urine smell funny?

Published: June 17, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: MyCopter Simulator

MyCopter Simulator
By University of Liverpool

This video from the University of Liverpool demonstrates the myCopter, a personal helicopter being developed in the United Kingdom.

Published: June 16, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Secrets of the Bat Wing

Secrets of the Bat Wing
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The spectacular flight of bats may be aided by long, thin muscles in the skin of their wings.

Published: June 16, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: New Insight Into How Bats Conquer the Air

New Insight Into How Bats Conquer the Air
By JAMES GORMAN

Scientists at Brown University have discovered evidence that bats’ muscles help shape their wings in flight.

Published: June 16, 2014 at 4:00AM

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domenica 15 giugno 2014

NYT Science: Unexpected, Unplanned and Unwanted

Unexpected, Unplanned and Unwanted
By Margaret Williams

When her second son was born, six weeks premature, Emily Guillermo recalled thinking, “You’re not supposed to be mine. You were not supposed to be made.”

Published: June 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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sabato 14 giugno 2014

NYT Science: Calling Back a Zombie Ship From the Graveyard of Space

Calling Back a Zombie Ship From the Graveyard of Space
By KENNETH CHANG

After 36 years in space, the International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 appears to be in good working order, and a shoestring group of civilian engineers is trying to bring it back into Earth’s orbit.

Published: June 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 12 giugno 2014

NYT Science: Even Crayfish Can Get Anxious

Even Crayfish Can Get Anxious
By JAMES GORMAN

In an experiment that indicates anxiety exists far down the food chain, scientists made crayfish nervous and then calmed them with drugs.

Published: June 13, 2014 at 4:00AM

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mercoledì 11 giugno 2014

NYT Science: A Long-Ago Ancestor: A Little Fish, With Incipient Jaws

A Long-Ago Ancestor: A Little Fish, With Incipient Jaws
By CARL ZIMMER

Metaspriggina is two inches long and 505 million years old, and scientists recently uncovered an extraordinary cache of its fossils.

Published: June 12, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: An Ancient Fish

An Ancient Fish
By Phlesch Bubble

Metaspriggina swam the oceans more than 500 million years ago. Now its fossils are helping scientists understand how our own biology developed.

Published: June 11, 2014 at 4:00AM

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martedì 10 giugno 2014

NYT Science: To Aid the Blind, an Assist From Cameras

To Aid the Blind, an Assist From Cameras
By EVAN FLEISCHER

Two devices developed in Israel — a smart contact lens and an iPhone app that turns sights into sounds — aim to give users a kind of sight.

Published: June 11, 2014 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 9 giugno 2014

NYT Science: And Even More on Climate Change

And Even More on Climate Change
By JOSHUA A. KRISCH

A roundup of New York Times series, video, blogs and forum related to global warming.

Published: June 10, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Of Fish, Monsoons and the Future

Of Fish, Monsoons and the Future
By CHRIS BERDIK

Scientists are digitally tracking the links between human activity and the fragile ecosystem of Cambodia’s great lake.

Published: June 10, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Seeing Obstacle-Filled Path to Mars

Seeing Obstacle-Filled Path to Mars
By KENNETH CHANG

A review of the human spaceflight program found no viable strategy and too little funding to get astronauts on Mars by the 2030s as President Obama pledged they would.

Published: June 10, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Slow Lane

The Slow Lane
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Why do medicines with codeine tend to cause constipation?

Published: June 10, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Future Fossils: Plastic Stone

Future Fossils: Plastic Stone
By RACHEL NUWER

Relics fused from natural and artificial substances could one day be markers of humanity.

Published: June 10, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Cambodia’s Declining Catch

Cambodia’s Declining Catch
By Steve Sapienza

The Tonle Sap, one of the world’s most productive freshwater ecosystems, is in trouble. A group of researchers is working with local fishermen to figure out how to save it.

Published: June 9, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Possible Way to Save a Disappearing Leonardo

A Possible Way to Save a Disappearing Leonardo
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

A technique for tracking paper degradation may help preserve a vanishing portrait from the 1500s.

Published: June 10, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Spiders’ Webs Hum With Information

Spiders’ Webs Hum With Information
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Spider silks can vibrate along a wide range of frequencies, conveying crucial information about prey.

Published: June 10, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Handwriting Loses Ground, Healing Tattoos, Telescopic Legacies

Handwriting Loses Ground, Healing Tattoos, Telescopic Legacies
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Letters and online comments on the loss of handwriting in schools, a breast cancer survivor’s saving ink and an observatory’s adoring public.

Published: June 10, 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: June 10, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Abuse Cases, and a Legacy of Skepticism

Abuse Cases, and a Legacy of Skepticism
By EMILY BAZELON

A new book on the McMartin Preschool and other child abuse scandals of the 1980s that were dismissed as hysterical witch hunts, suggests that one tragic legacy is that children who report abuse face undue skepticism.

Published: June 10, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Catfish Whiskers, pH Detectors, Help Track Prey

Catfish Whiskers, pH Detectors, Help Track Prey
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Japanese sea catfish are able to detect minute changes in seawater acidity, helping them find their favored food.

Published: June 10, 2014 at 4:00AM

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venerdì 6 giugno 2014

NYT Science: In Some States, Emissions Cuts Defy Skeptics

In Some States, Emissions Cuts Defy Skeptics
By JUSTIN GILLIS and MICHAEL WINES

At least 10 states have already met President Obama’s goal of a 30 percent reduction in power plant emissions by 2030, without the economic damage that critics have warned would occur.

Published: June 7, 2014 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 5 giugno 2014

NYT Science: George J. Armelagos, Anthropologist Who Told Skeletons’ Tales, Dies at 77

George J. Armelagos, Anthropologist Who Told Skeletons’ Tales, Dies at 77
By MARGALIT FOX

Professor Armelagos was one of the founders of paleopathology, a discipline at the nexus of biology, medicine, evolution, archaeology and culture.

Published: June 6, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Rocky Balboa’s Workout

Rocky Balboa’s Workout
By Chris Cascarano

Andy Karl plays Rocky Balboa in the Broadway adaptation of “Rocky.” He shares some of the strength- training moves he uses to stay in shape for the show’s workout montages and fight scenes.

Published: June 5, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: N.I.H. Seeks $4.5 Billion to Try to Crack the Code of How Brains Function

N.I.H. Seeks $4.5 Billion to Try to Crack the Code of How Brains Function
By JAMES GORMAN

The National Institutes of Health’s price tag stamps President Obama’s Brain Initiative as an effort on the scale of the Human Genome Project.

Published: June 6, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: DNA Test Indicates Camel-to-Human Transmission of MERS

DNA Test Indicates Camel-to-Human Transmission of MERS
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

The virus in a 44-year-old Saudi man who died in November was the same as that in an ailing camel he was tending, scientists report.

Published: June 6, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Putting a Price Tag on Nature’s Defenses

Putting a Price Tag on Nature’s Defenses
By CARL ZIMMER

A new study estimates the trillions of dollars of protection that ecosystems provide, although not everyone buys the premise.

Published: June 5, 2014 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 2 giugno 2014

NYT Science: Automating Cybersecurity

Automating Cybersecurity
By KENNETH CHANG

A Defense Department agency is holding a contest to encourage programmers to create automation tools to find flaws in computer systems, like ones that make data vulnerable to theft.

Published: June 3, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Complicated Brains, Walking Well Into Old Age, To Teleport Data

Complicated Brains, Walking Well Into Old Age, To Teleport Data
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Letters to the editor and online comments.

Published: June 3, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Star-Gazing Palace’s Hazy Future

A Star-Gazing Palace’s Hazy Future
By DENNIS OVERBYE

As attentions turn to newer telescopes, Lick Observatory fights to stay relevant.

Published: June 3, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: When Coral Reefs Thrive, So Does Variety in Fish

When Coral Reefs Thrive, So Does Variety in Fish
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Research from the off the Malay Archipelago draws a connection between the stability of reefs and the diversity of the fish living there.

Published: June 3, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Filing by Computer: A Pillow Helped

Filing by Computer: A Pillow Helped
By GERALD ESKENAZI

A longtime sports journalist reminisces about the day in 1974 when he first lugged a 15-pound computer he called “the blue monster” to file a story from the road.

Published: June 3, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: How Cats See in the Dark

How Cats See in the Dark
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Does the slit shape of a cat’s pupil confer any advantages over the more rounded pupils of other animals?

Published: June 3, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: On the Move Because of Global Warming

On the Move Because of Global Warming
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Climate change is changing the distribution of light-and dark-colored butterflies and dragonflies in Europe, researchers report.

Published: June 3, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Forests of the Ocean

The Forests of the Ocean
By DANA JENNINGS

Josie Iselin celebrates seaweeds, saying she hopes to “reveal the largely unseen forms of ocean flora as a nexus where art and science converge.”

Published: June 3, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: On Separate Islands, Crickets Go Silent

On Separate Islands, Crickets Go Silent
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Crickets on two Hawaiian islands have independently mutated to not chirp, gaining them protection from a parasitic fly, but hindering their ability to find a mate.

Published: June 3, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades
By MARIA KONNIKOVA

Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.

Published: June 3, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Longest Migration

The Longest Migration
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Point to point, a zebra herd in Botswana and Namibia travels farther than any other African mammals, researchers say.

Published: June 2, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: What’s Black and White and Travels 310 Miles?

What’s Black and White and Travels 310 Miles?
By JAMES GORMAN

It’s a newly discovered annual migration of several thousand zebra in Botswana and Namibia, one of the longest animal journeys in Africa.

Published: June 2, 2014 at 4:00AM

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