giovedì 31 luglio 2014

NYT Science: NASA to Test Making Oxygen, Key to Rocket Fuel, on Mars

NASA to Test Making Oxygen, Key to Rocket Fuel, on Mars
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The instruments on the robotic vehicle that will depart for the Red Planet in 2020 will include a device for making oxygen out of carbon dioxide.

Published: August 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Having More Than One Set of DNA Carries Legacy of Risk

Having More Than One Set of DNA Carries Legacy of Risk
By CARL ZIMMER

Mosaicism is more common than once thought and can lead to diseases in the children of those with more than one genome, a study says.

Published: July 31, 2014 at 4:00AM

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mercoledì 30 luglio 2014

NYT Science: The Moon Is (Slightly) Flat, Scientists Say

The Moon Is (Slightly) Flat, Scientists Say
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

“Like a lemon with an equatorial bulge” is how a planetary scientist, the author of the study, described the true shape of the moon.

Published: July 31, 2014 at 4:00AM

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martedì 29 luglio 2014

NYT Science: Surgeon General Calls for Action to Reduce Skin Cancer Rate

Surgeon General Calls for Action to Reduce Skin Cancer Rate
By SABRINA TAVERNISE

In a report released Tuesday, Dr. Boris D. Lushniak, the acting surgeon general, said action needed to be taken to slow the incidence of skin cancer, the most diagnosed form of cancer nationwide.

Published: July 30, 2014 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 28 luglio 2014

NYT Science: Into the Abyss, Music to Remember, Burning Man Planetarium, Intricate Insects

Into the Abyss, Music to Remember, Burning Man Planetarium, Intricate Insects
By JASCHA HOFFMAN

August events at the intersection of science and culture.

Published: July 29, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Seals Surviving Climate Change Tend to Thrive

Seals Surviving Climate Change Tend to Thrive
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Antarctic fur seal populations are declining, and changing genetically.

Published: July 29, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Shipping Lanes Threaten Pacific Blue Whales

Shipping Lanes Threaten Pacific Blue Whales
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Two major feeding grounds for the huge mammals are bisected by the routes of ships near seaports in San Francisco and Santa Barbara, Calif.

Published: July 29, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Great Giant Flea Hunt

The Great Giant Flea Hunt
By CAROL KAESUK YOON

The Pacific Northwest is a home to the mountain beaver, which is home to the elusive Hystrichopsylla schefferi.

Published: July 29, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Watched While Sleeping, What We Don’t Know, Jealous Dogs

Watched While Sleeping, What We Don’t Know, Jealous Dogs
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Letters to the editor and online comments.

Published: July 29, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Treasures, and Gold, in Exploration of Sunken Ship

Treasures, and Gold, in Exploration of Sunken Ship
By WILLIAM J. BROAD

Reports give new details of not only the treasure discovered from the S.S. Central America, which sank more than 150 years ago, but also of the items that speak of the lives lost.

Published: July 29, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Guide to A.S.M.R. on the Internet

A Guide to A.S.M.R. on the Internet
By Ashley Maas and Heather Murphy

Whispering, rustling paper and tapping fingers — more than 2.6 million videos on YouTube are designed to trigger a little-known phenomenon called autonomous sensory meridian response, or A.S.M.R.

Published: July 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Lost World Is Resurrected

A Lost World Is Resurrected
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

The work of the naturalist John Whipple Potter Jenks was thrown out and forgotten until a group of graduate students revived it, with an artist’s help, for a new exhibition.

Published: July 29, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Tentacled Underwater Workhorse

A Tentacled Underwater Workhorse
By KATHERINE HARMON COURAGE

A new breed of robots with sinewy arms, a powerful grip and the ability to work underwater, is almost here.

Published: July 29, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Robot Takes a Swim

A Robot Takes a Swim
By Research Center for Sea Technologies and Marine Robotics

PoseiDrone, a robot whose body was inspired by the bodies of octopus and squid, navigates a rocky underwater world.

Published: July 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Faking Death to Survive Another Day

Faking Death to Survive Another Day
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Some species of fly are adapted to feign dropping dead as a way to avoid a threat, and several other insects and spiders also show this behavior.

Published: July 29, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Five-Legged Kangaroo?

Five-Legged Kangaroo?
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When Australia’s signature mammal walks, its tail works like a fifth leg.

Published: July 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: For Kangaroos, Tail Becomes a Fifth Leg

For Kangaroos, Tail Becomes a Fifth Leg
By JAMES GORMAN

A study shows that when kangaroos feed, they use a slower, walking motion that relies on the tail to exert force.

Published: July 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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domenica 27 luglio 2014

NYT Science: Peter Marler, Graphic Decoder of Birdsong, Dies at 86

Peter Marler, Graphic Decoder of Birdsong, Dies at 86
By PAUL VITELLO

Dr. Marler showed that certain songbirds not only learned their songs, but also learned to sing in a dialect peculiar to the region in which they were born.

Published: July 28, 2014 at 4:00AM

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venerdì 25 luglio 2014

NYT Science: New Find Hints at More Feathered Dinosaurs

New Find Hints at More Feathered Dinosaurs
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

A species with feathers was discovered in Russia. It is the first find of a feathered dinosaur not of the theropod suborder.

Published: July 29, 2014 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 24 luglio 2014

NYT Science: Study Gives Hope of Adaptation to Climate Change

Study Gives Hope of Adaptation to Climate Change
By CARL ZIMMER

Research on flies in drier conditions indicates that some have the genes to survive longer over generations.

Published: July 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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mercoledì 23 luglio 2014

NYT Science: Crash Victims to Undergo Routine Tests, Experts Say

Crash Victims to Undergo Routine Tests, Experts Say
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

Some of the testing may help illuminate exactly what happened to the jetliner after it was hit by a surface-to-air missile.

Published: July 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Brand New Look at the Face of Mars

Brand New Look at the Face of Mars
By JOSHUA A. KRISCH

A map captures the Martian craters, valleys and peaks in stunning detail and offers ideas on where the rovers of the future might land.

Published: July 23, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Entering Gray Area, Study Says Dogs Can Be Green With Envy

Entering Gray Area, Study Says Dogs Can Be Green With Envy
By JAMES GORMAN

A paper says that if you are petting another dog, your canine is going to show a form of jealousy. But some say such emotion is too complex for a dog.

Published: July 24, 2014 at 4:00AM

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martedì 22 luglio 2014

NYT Science: Fresh Concerns About a Hysterectomy Procedure Linked to Cancer Spread

Fresh Concerns About a Hysterectomy Procedure Linked to Cancer Spread
By PAM BELLUCK

Undetected tumors in women having hysterectomies are more common than thought, suggesting that cutting uterine tissue into pieces before removal can inadvertently spread cancer cells.

Published: July 23, 2014 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 21 luglio 2014

NYT Science: Corralling Carbon Before It Belches From Stack

Corralling Carbon Before It Belches From Stack
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

Many scientists say capturing the carbon that spews from power plants and locking it away is necessary to stave off the worst effects of climate change.

Published: July 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: How It Happens | Carbon Capture

How It Happens | Carbon Capture
By Aaron Byrd and Sofia Perpetua

To fight against global warming, the world needs to sharply reduce emissions of carbon dioxide gas. A technology called carbon capture and storage can keep the gas out of the environment.

Published: July 21, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Light Show That Fizzled

Light Show That Fizzled
By RON COWEN

Eagerly anticipating a gas cloud’s collision with the Milky Way’s black hole, astronomers instead saw nothing. An intriguing explanation has emerged.

Published: July 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Newly Found Mite Is Jenny From the Reef

A Newly Found Mite Is Jenny From the Reef
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

A research team that liked listening to the music of Jennifer Lopez called an aquatic mite it discovered Litarachna Lopezae.

Published: July 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Spark for a Stagnant Search

Spark for a Stagnant Search
By CARL ZIMMER and BENEDICT CAREY

As research into mental illness sputters, the father of a man effectively treated for bipolar disorder is donating $650 million to the cause through his foundation.

Published: July 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Blind as a Bat: A Case of Mind vs. Body

Blind as a Bat: A Case of Mind vs. Body
By GEORGE JOHNSON

A philosopher lays out the difficulties scientists face in trying to explain how the human brain gives rise to consciousness.

Published: July 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Newly Found Mite Is Jenny From the Reef

A Newly Found Mite Is Jenny From the Reef
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

A research team that liked listening to the music of Jennifer Lopez called an aquatic mite it discovered Litarachna Lopezae.

Published: July 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Drones on a Different Mission

Drones on a Different Mission
By JAMES GORMAN

A fleet of remote-controlled aircraft has been deployed, and operators trained, not to conduct military operations, but to protect natural resources around the world.

Published: July 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Raising a Glass to Chemistry

Raising a Glass to Chemistry
By GREGORY COWLES

A study of alcohol — its manufacture and consumption — highlights its reliance on good chemistry and the magical process of fermentation that turns sugars into intoxicating drinks.

Published: July 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Doctor Apologies, Contraceptives and H.I.V., Dosing Dangers, Mystery of Leprosy

Doctor Apologies, Contraceptives and H.I.V., Dosing Dangers, Mystery of Leprosy
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Letters to the editor and online comments.

Published: July 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: More Eyes on the Skies

More Eyes on the Skies
By DENNIS OVERBYE

Construction is starting on several gargantuan observatories, mostly in Chile, the most ambitious spree of telescope-making in the history of astronomy.

Published: July 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Mighty Little Diggers

Mighty Little Diggers
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Specially evolved bones and claws are some of the tools that allow animals like chipmunks and moles to dig in even rocky, root-clogged soil.

Published: July 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Beyond Energy, Matter, Time and Space

Beyond Energy, Matter, Time and Space
By GEORGE JOHNSON

Humans might think we can figure out the ultimate mysteries, but there is no reason to believe that we have all the pieces necessary for a theory of everything.

Published: July 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Gene That Turns Worms Into Pavlov’s Dogs

The Gene That Turns Worms Into Pavlov’s Dogs
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Japanese scientists working with roundworms found that those with a genetic defect in a specific insulin receptor did not learn to avoid unpleasant situations the way other worms did.

Published: July 22, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: ScienceTake | How an Embryo Grows

ScienceTake | How an Embryo Grows
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Mapping what happens to each and every cell as a fly develops.

Published: July 21, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Tracking Life From Its Smallest Form

Tracking Life From Its Smallest Form
By JAMES GORMAN

Researchers in Virginia have developed software that can track each and every cell in a developing embryo.

Published: July 21, 2014 at 4:00AM

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sabato 19 luglio 2014

NYT Science: Pathogen Mishaps Rise as Labs Proliferate With Scant Regulation

Pathogen Mishaps Rise as Labs Proliferate With Scant Regulation
By DENISE GRADY

The recent number of mistakes documented at federal laboratories involving anthrax, flu and smallpox viruses have contributed to a debate over lax government oversight at high-level containment labs.

Published: July 20, 2014 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 17 luglio 2014

NYT Science: A Call to Fight Malaria One Mosquito at a Time by Altering DNA

A Call to Fight Malaria One Mosquito at a Time by Altering DNA
By CARL ZIMMER

Two papers published Thursday say the procedure, known as Crispr, can have wide benefits. But other experts worry about unintended consequences.

Published: July 17, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Ask Well: Is Your Sunscreen Safe?

Ask Well: Is Your Sunscreen Safe?
By Krishnan Vasudevan

Ask Well provides answers to the question of whether nanoparticles of titanium dioxide are safe in sunscreen.

Published: July 17, 2014 at 4:00AM

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mercoledì 16 luglio 2014

NYT Science: Changyuraptor, Large Species of Flying Dinosaur, Is Discovered

Changyuraptor, Large Species of Flying Dinosaur, Is Discovered
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

The microraptor was four feet long and weighed about nine pounds — by far the largest such dinosaur that lived about 125 million years ago.

Published: July 16, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Stalking the Shadow Universe

Stalking the Shadow Universe
By DENNIS OVERBYE

It has long been theorized that it is dark matter that provides the scaffolding for stars and galaxies. Now, scientists are using computer simulations to show us the universe we can’t see.

Published: July 16, 2014 at 4:00AM

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martedì 15 luglio 2014

NYT Science: Would-Be Rescuers of Zombie Spacecraft Had Previously Solved a NASA Mystery

Would-Be Rescuers of Zombie Spacecraft Had Previously Solved a NASA Mystery
By KENNETH CHANG

A project by Dennis Wingo and Keith Cowing involved the rescuing of magnetic tapes from five robotic craft photographing the moon’s surface.

Published: July 16, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Shadow Universe Revealed

The Shadow Universe Revealed
By Dennis Overbye, Jonathan Corum and Jason Drakeford

Recently astronomers have used a cosmic web imager to visualize simulations of dark matter, showing how the the large scale structure of the universe grows and the nests in which galaxies are hatched.

Published: July 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Shadow Universe Revealed

The Shadow Universe Revealed
By Dennis Overbye, Jonathan Corum and Jason Drakeford

Recently astronomers have used a cosmic web imager to visualize simulations of dark matter, showing how the the large scale structure of the universe grows and the nests in which galaxies are hatched.

Published: July 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 14 luglio 2014

NYT Science: AIDS 'Cures,' Sharing Therapy Notes, Examining the Physical Exam

AIDS 'Cures,' Sharing Therapy Notes, Examining the Physical Exam
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Letters to the editor and online comments.

Published: July 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Talent

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Talent
By BENEDICT CAREY

A new review of research has restarted the argument over the relative importance of practice and native talent.

Published: July 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: If Birds Are Up, They May as Well Sing

If Birds Are Up, They May as Well Sing
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

A dweller on the Upper West Side of Manhattan complains about the noisy birds at night. Hey, maybe we’re the ones keeping them up.

Published: July 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Recreating Mars in a Lab, and Finding Water

Recreating Mars in a Lab, and Finding Water
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

An astrobiologist who noticed globules that might have been water on a Mars lander in 2008 demonstrates that small amounts of water may be forming on the planet today.

Published: July 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A 52-Million-Year-Old Window Into the Future

A 52-Million-Year-Old Window Into the Future
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

A fossil, only two inches long, discovered in British Columbia is determined to be of a hedgehog that lived 52 million years ago, during the early Eocene epoch.

Published: July 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Advanced Metrics of Attraction

The Advanced Metrics of Attraction
By JOHN ALLEN PAULOS

We may not realize it, but we’re applying mathematical notions to relationships, and a crush is just a statistically small sample.

Published: July 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Tropical Fish, Where They Don’t Belong

Tropical Fish, Where They Don’t Belong
By THE NEW YORK TIMES

In warming seas, they are on the move, and are threatening kelp forests and sea grass meadows in temperate waters.

Published: July 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Bigfoot and Yeti, as Elusive as Ever

Bigfoot and Yeti, as Elusive as Ever
By RACHEL NUWER

Genetic testing of 30 samples of hair supposedly from a humanoid creature determined they were from other known animals, though two were from an extinct species.

Published: July 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: In Defense of Indispensable Dad

In Defense of Indispensable Dad
By ALEX STONE

A veteran science writer jumps to Dad’s defense, drawing on several decades of research and his own experience as a five-time father.

Published: July 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Real-Life Illness in a Virtual World

Real-Life Illness in a Virtual World
By JOHN MARKOFF

A promising industry has also been called a “graveyard of broken dreams,” in part because of a nagging problem of motion sickness associated with the viewing devices.

Published: July 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: A Virtual Elephant

A Virtual Elephant
By Magic Leap

Magic Leap’s “Little Elephant” animation illustrates one type of experience that the company’s human computing platform will be able to deliver.

Published: July 14, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Science Visuals

Science Visuals
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This collection of columns takes a look behind the numbers to show hidden trends and relationships over a range of science and health topics.

Published: July 14, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Science Best Sellers

Science Best Sellers
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The top 20 titles as selected by the science editors from all adult nonfiction books reported to The New York Times for the month. These titles are fundamentally based on the sciences.

Published: July 15, 2014 at 4:00AM

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venerdì 11 luglio 2014

NYT Science: Study of Organic Crops Finds Fewer Pesticides and More Antioxidants

Study of Organic Crops Finds Fewer Pesticides and More Antioxidants
By KENNETH CHANG

A comprehensive review of earlier studies found higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticides in organic fruits and vegetables compared with conventionally grown produce.

Published: July 12, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Summer School for Anchovies

Summer School for Anchovies
By JOSHUA A. KRISCH

Oceanographers have noted a billion-strong anchovy swarm near Southern California, a remarkably large example of a fish gathering.

Published: July 11, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: C.D.C. Closes Anthrax and Flu Labs After Accidents

C.D.C. Closes Anthrax and Flu Labs After Accidents
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

The latest incident involved cross-contamination with the H5N1 bird flu. The agency also said newly found vials of smallpox contained live virus.

Published: July 12, 2014 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 10 luglio 2014

NYT Science: Science Journal Pulls 60 Papers in Peer-Review Fraud

Science Journal Pulls 60 Papers in Peer-Review Fraud
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

A researcher in Taiwan was accused of creating online accounts to judge his own academic papers in the journal called a “peer-review and citation ring.”

Published: July 11, 2014 at 4:00AM

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mercoledì 9 luglio 2014

NYT Science: Space Probe Might Lack Nitrogen to Push It Home

Space Probe Might Lack Nitrogen to Push It Home
By KENNETH CHANG

Engineers trying to lasso an aged NASA space probe may have run into an insurmountable obstacle: Tanks once full of nitrogen gas, needed to fire the thrusters, appear to have be empty.

Published: July 10, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Hope for Frogs Facing a Deadly Fungus

Hope for Frogs Facing a Deadly Fungus
By CARL ZIMMER

A new study says amphibians can acquire defenses against a killer that has made many species extinct, and that one day a vaccine could be developed.

Published: July 9, 2014 at 4:00AM

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martedì 8 luglio 2014

NYT Science: In Effort to Shift Abandoned NASA Craft, a Hiccup (or Burp)

In Effort to Shift Abandoned NASA Craft, a Hiccup (or Burp)
By KENNETH CHANG

Attempts to correct the course of an abandoned spacecraft stumbled when thrusters failed to fire properly. Another try will be made on Wednesday.

Published: July 9, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: European Effort for Computer-Simulated Brain Draws Fire

European Effort for Computer-Simulated Brain Draws Fire
By JOSHUA A. KRISCH

Hundreds of neuroscientists from around the world sent an open letter to the European Commission condemning what they see as an absence of feasibility and transparency.

Published: July 9, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Six Vials of Smallpox Discovered in Laboratory Near Washington

Six Vials of Smallpox Discovered in Laboratory Near Washington
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

The sealed vials were discovered on July 1 in a Food and Drug Administration lab at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and were later confirmed to be smallpox.

Published: July 9, 2014 at 4:00AM

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lunedì 7 luglio 2014

NYT Science: Seeker, Doer, Giver, Ponderer

Seeker, Doer, Giver, Ponderer
By WILLIAM J. BROAD

The billionaire mathematician James H. Simons had led a life of ferocious curiosity.

Published: July 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Soccer, a Beautiful Game of Chance

Soccer, a Beautiful Game of Chance
By JOHN TIERNEY

If the World Cup is supposed to be soccer’s ultimate comparison of team skills, why do games keep coming down to “measurement errors,” or luck?

Published: July 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Ash Borers and a Deluge of Data

Ash Borers and a Deluge of Data
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Letters to the editor and online comments.

Published: July 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Ancient Bird Had Some Feathers Just for Show

Ancient Bird Had Some Feathers Just for Show
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A new fossil of a well-known early bird could help shed light on the evolution of feathers, researchers say.

Published: July 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Picking Lesser of Two Climate Evils

Picking Lesser of Two Climate Evils
By JUSTIN GILLIS

One of the biggest debates over global warming involves how much effort to put into stopping methane gas leaks.

Published: July 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Earthlike Planets May Be Merely an Illusion

Earthlike Planets May Be Merely an Illusion
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Researchers have found that Gliese 581g and its presumed neighbor, Gliese 581d, don’t exist. They were simply illusions created by the star they supposedly orbited.

Published: July 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: New Field Tests May Curb Kissing Bug Disease

New Field Tests May Curb Kissing Bug Disease
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

Rapid and accurate tests could speed up diagnosis of Chagas disease, which has few symptoms at first but can be fatal.

Published: July 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Debate Continues on Hazards of Electromagnetic Waves

Debate Continues on Hazards of Electromagnetic Waves
By KENNETH CHANG

Twenty-five years after a Science Times report, there remains uncertainty about the potentially harmful effects of certain electromagnetic waves.

Published: July 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Beehive Air-Conditioning

Beehive Air-Conditioning
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

When they are specifically foraging for water, bees prefer pure water, like that from a birdbath, which they use to cool their home.

Published: July 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: Does Your Cat Have O.C.D.?

Does Your Cat Have O.C.D.?
By EMILY ANTHES

A science historian investigates the complex minds and rich emotional lives of animals.

Published: July 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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domenica 6 luglio 2014

NYT Science: A Zany Imagination Runs Riot

A Zany Imagination Runs Riot
By LOREN GRUSH

Colin Furze, a garage inventor and do-it-yourself daredevil from England, is a high school dropout who harnessed the powers of the X-Men superheroes to become a YouTube star.

Published: July 8, 2014 at 4:00AM

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venerdì 4 luglio 2014

NYT Science: Bruno Zumino, Sought to Tie Together Laws of Universe, Dies at 91

Bruno Zumino, Sought to Tie Together Laws of Universe, Dies at 91
By KENNETH CHANG

Mr. Zumino proposed a theory called supersymmetry that promised to help tie together the fundamental laws of the universe but that has yet to be borne out in experiments.

Published: July 5, 2014 at 4:00AM

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giovedì 3 luglio 2014

NYT Science: Obama Mocks Congress on Climate Change

Obama Mocks Congress on Climate Change
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At the League of Conservation Voters’ Capital Dinner, President Obama mocked members of Congress who claim that climate change is “a liberal plot.”

Published: July 3, 2014 at 4:00AM

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mercoledì 2 luglio 2014

NYT Science: Second Try Puts Carbon Observatory Into Orbit

Second Try Puts Carbon Observatory Into Orbit
By KENNETH CHANG

A NASA mission, delayed a day by an equipment malfunction, is now on its way to measure carbon dioxide levels and perhaps solve a mystery.

Published: July 3, 2014 at 4:00AM

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martedì 1 luglio 2014

NYT Science: Noisy Predators Put Plants on Alert, Study Finds

Noisy Predators Put Plants on Alert, Study Finds
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Plants respond to sound, but why? Researchers who exposed plants to the vibrations of chomping caterpillars say the reason is self-defense.

Published: July 2, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: NASA Delays Launching of Carbon Observatory

NASA Delays Launching of Carbon Observatory
By KENNETH CHANG

An equipment malfunction has pushed the liftoff of the spacecraft, which will measure carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, until at least Wednesday.

Published: July 2, 2014 at 4:00AM

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NYT Science: The Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer
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Published: July 1, 2014 at 4:00AM

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