venerdì 27 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: Is That Dress White and Gold or Blue and Black?

Is That Dress White and Gold or Blue and Black?
By Unknown Author

Our perception of color depends on interpreting the amount of light in a room or scene.

Published: February 28, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: In Short-Lived Fish, Secrets to Aging

In Short-Lived Fish, Secrets to Aging
By CARL ZIMMER

Turquoise killifish last no more than a few months, giving researchers a faster way of learning more about the mechanics of getting older.

Published: March 3, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: On Nantucket, Surf’s Up, if You’re Part Penguin

On Nantucket, Surf’s Up, if You’re Part Penguin
By KENNETH CHANG and CORNELIA DEAN

A photographer captured slushy waves in Massachusetts, a wintry phenomenon that even some glaciologists could not fully explain.

Published: February 28, 2015 at 06:00AM

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giovedì 26 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: Pentagon, Looking for Edge in the Future, Checks In With Silicon Valley

Pentagon, Looking for Edge in the Future, Checks In With Silicon Valley
By JOHN MARKOFF

A small group of high-ranking officials made a quiet visit looking for “game changing” technologies that would maintain military superiority.

Published: February 27, 2015 at 06:00AM

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mercoledì 25 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: After Deadly Infections, F.D.A. Asks Device Makers About Cleaning Methods

After Deadly Infections, F.D.A. Asks Device Makers About Cleaning Methods
By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS

Duodenoscopes are difficult to disinfect, and there is no expert consensus on the best way to do so now that standard methods have been called into question.

Published: February 26, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Lawmakers Seek Information on Funding for Climate Change Critics

Lawmakers Seek Information on Funding for Climate Change Critics
By JOHN SCHWARTZ

After revelations about Willie Soon, an opponent of mainstream climate science, lawmakers begin inquiries into connections between funding and research

Published: February 26, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Whose Eyelash Is This?

Whose Eyelash Is This?
By Unknown Author

Researchers have discovered that among mammals, the optimal eyelash length is one-third the width of the eye. Can you guess what animal these eyelashes belong to?

Published: February 24, 2015 at 06:00AM

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martedì 24 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: Length of Lashes Keeps Eyes From Drying, Study Finds

Length of Lashes Keeps Eyes From Drying, Study Finds
By JAMES GORMAN

Researchers found that across a wide variety of mammals, eyelashes are always about one-third as long as the eye is wide, the ideal length for diverting airflow around the eye.

Published: February 25, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Head of U.N. Climate Panel Resigns Amid Harassment Accusations

Head of U.N. Climate Panel Resigns Amid Harassment Accusations
By JUSTIN GILLIS

Rajendra Pachauri’s 13 years as chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change made him one of the world’s leading voices on climate change.

Published: February 25, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Rats May Be Exonerated in European Plague, Say Scientists With a Gerbil Theory

Rats May Be Exonerated in European Plague, Say Scientists With a Gerbil Theory
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Researchers suggest that the bacterium behind the Black Death was repeatedly imported via gerbils and other mammals in Asia.

Published: February 25, 2015 at 06:00AM

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lunedì 23 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: Rarely Seen Images From Space Including the ‘Best Selfie Ever’

Rarely Seen Images From Space Including the ‘Best Selfie Ever’
By KENNETH CHANG

More than 700 vintage photographs from the early days of space exploration are to be auctioned Thursday.

Published: February 24, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: When the Space Age Was Young

When the Space Age Was Young
By Unknown Author

A collection of space program images, dating from 1946 to the end of NASA’s lunar missions in 1972.

Published: February 23, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Mice Brain May Give Insight Into Diseases of Human Mind

Mice Brain May Give Insight Into Diseases of Human Mind
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

When injected with human DNA, mice embryos grew brains that were 12 percent larger than those of embryos injected with the same genes from chimpanzees.

Published: February 24, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: For Successful Evolution, Bigger Is Better

For Successful Evolution, Bigger Is Better
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Scientists at Stanford found that the maximum body size for marine animals has increased by a factor of 100,000 over 542 million years.

Published: February 24, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: New Light on the Roots of English

New Light on the Roots of English
By NICHOLAS WADE

The precursor to many modern languages, including English, was probably spread by force, not farming.

Published: February 24, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Why We All Sound Like Pollyannas

Why We All Sound Like Pollyannas
By JOHN TIERNEY

An algorithm used to analyze more than 100 billion words determined that we are naturally upbeat, at least in how we express ourselves.

Published: February 24, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Time for New Antlers

Time for New Antlers
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

When deer lose their antlers each year, do they grow back in the same pattern?

Published: February 24, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Building Face, and a Case, on DNA

Building Face, and a Case, on DNA
By ANDREW POLLACK

The growing capability to determine physical characteristics from genetics can help the police, but it also raises questions of rights and profiling.

Published: February 24, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: I’ve Just Seen a (DNA-Generated) Face

I’ve Just Seen a (DNA-Generated) Face
By Unknown Author

To test the accuracy of DNA-based facial sketches, two Times journalists had scans made and people were asked to guess who the faces belonged to.

Published: February 24, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Taking a Dive With Turtles via Video

Taking a Dive With Turtles via Video
By JAMES GORMAN

Scientists studying leatherbacks that spend their summer in Nova Scotia feeding on jellyfish are sticking cameras on their backs.

Published: February 24, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: The Turtle’s Point of View

The Turtle’s Point of View
By James Gorman and Poh Si Teng

Scientists studying the behavior of endangered leatherback sea turtles put video cameras on their shells.

Published: February 23, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher

Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher
By JUSTIN GILLIS and JOHN SCHWARTZ

Newly released documents show the extent of the links between corporate interests and the published work of Wei-Hock Soon, a Smithsonian-affiliated scientist who has tried to debunk the consensus about global warming.

Published: February 22, 2015 at 06:00AM

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sabato 21 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: Documents Track Funding That Scientist Failed to Disclose

Documents Track Funding That Scientist Failed to Disclose
By Unknown Author

These documents show that Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon, a part-time researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., received funding from fossil-fuel interests that he subsequently failed to disclose in a string of scientific papers.

Published: February 21, 2015 at 06:00AM

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venerdì 20 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: Ernest Sternglass, Physicist and Nuclear Critic, Dies at 91

Ernest Sternglass, Physicist and Nuclear Critic, Dies at 91
By KENNETH CHANG

Dr. Sternglass, whose research in radiation physics laid the foundation for important technological advances, became a prominent critic of nuclear weapons and power.

Published: February 21, 2015 at 06:00AM

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giovedì 19 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: Now Cleared for Landing at Airports: Bees

Now Cleared for Landing at Airports: Bees
By DANIELLE BEURTEAUX

Urban beekeepers need green space, and many airports have plenty of it — fields that legally cannot be built on. Chicago’s O’Hare now has the largest airport apiary project in the world.

Published: February 24, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: A New Theory on How Neanderthal DNA Spread in Asia

A New Theory on How Neanderthal DNA Spread in Asia
By CARL ZIMMER

Two teams of researchers have come to a conclusion about how the ancestors of Asians and Europeans have different amounts of Neanderthal DNA.

Published: February 20, 2015 at 06:00AM

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martedì 17 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: Why Popcorn Also Jumps

Why Popcorn Also Jumps
By JAMES GORMAN

Besides bursting, kernels vault and somersault like a gymnast of sorts, with one white leg. Two French scientists say the leg is acting like a muscle.

Published: February 17, 2015 at 06:00AM

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lunedì 16 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: Hand of a Superhero

Hand of a Superhero
By JACQUELINE MROZ

Three-dimensional printers create inexpensive, striking prosthetics for children who are missing fingers.

Published: February 17, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Your Letters: Carbon Dioxide Storage, H.I.V. Drugs and Ebola Management

Your Letters: Carbon Dioxide Storage, H.I.V. Drugs and Ebola Management
By Unknown Author

Your letters to the Editor.

Published: February 17, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: The Science of Finding Romance Online

The Science of Finding Romance Online
By RACHEL NUWER

Two researchers discovered ways to make your profile stand out. One of them proved just how well they worked.

Published: February 17, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Noisy Moths Throw Off Bats

Noisy Moths Throw Off Bats
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

With its tail, assuming it has one, the luna moth can frustrate a bat’s ability to use echolocation to hunt.

Published: February 17, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Crossed Legs, Heightened Worries?

Crossed Legs, Heightened Worries?
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Does sitting with one leg crossed over the other lead to circulatory problems?

Published: February 17, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Disorder Rules the Universe

Disorder Rules the Universe
By AMIR ALEXANDER

In a rich and entertaining new book, a philosopher and a physicist describe how the new physics changed our world.

Published: February 17, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Sweetest Violins Explained: Holes Fill in Blanks

Sweetest Violins Explained: Holes Fill in Blanks
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

What was it about the exquisite instruments produced in Cremona, Italy? Researchers conducted experiments to find out.

Published: February 17, 2015 at 06:00AM

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venerdì 13 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: More Evidence That Mammals Coexisted With Dinosaurs

More Evidence That Mammals Coexisted With Dinosaurs
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

New discoveries point to a tree climber and a superb digger.

Published: February 17, 2015 at 06:00AM

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giovedì 12 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: Plastic Ocean Waste Levels Going Up, Study Says

Plastic Ocean Waste Levels Going Up, Study Says
By JOHN SCHWARTZ

The amount of debris is likely to increase tenfold over the next decade unless nations start disposing of trash responsibly, new research suggests.

Published: February 13, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Studies of Health Care System Found Often to Omit Common Research Method

Studies of Health Care System Found Often to Omit Common Research Method
By SABRINA TAVERNISE

Experts expressed frustration that efforts to reform the health care system so rarely relied on rigorous methods of evaluation like the one known as random assignment.

Published: February 13, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: In Climate Change, What’s in a Name?

In Climate Change, What’s in a Name?
By JUSTIN GILLIS

For those opposing the science surrounding the issue, are they “climate deniers” or merely “skeptics”? And what about “warmistas” vs. “lukewarmers”?

Published: February 17, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Studying Oversize Brain Cells for Links to Exceptional Memory

Studying Oversize Brain Cells for Links to Exceptional Memory
By CARL ZIMMER

Learning what makes so-called von Economo neurons special could help point researchers to treatments for some kinds of mental decline.

Published: February 13, 2015 at 06:00AM

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mercoledì 11 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: On Third Try, Deep Space Climate Observatory Launches

On Third Try, Deep Space Climate Observatory Launches
By KENNETH CHANG

The observatory took off on a SpaceX rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on a mission to provide early warnings of solar storms before they reach Earth.

Published: February 12, 2015 at 06:00AM

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martedì 10 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: Launch of Solar-Storms Satellite Is Postponed Again

Launch of Solar-Storms Satellite Is Postponed Again
By KENNETH CHANG

High-level winds on Tuesday prevented the launch of the Deep Space Climate Observatory, which is to serve as a warning system for solar storms.

Published: February 11, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Panel Urges More Research on Geoengineering as a Tool Against Climate Change

Panel Urges More Research on Geoengineering as a Tool Against Climate Change
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

The National Academy of Sciences panel said that with proper governance, experiments of climate intervention technologies should pose no significant risk.

Published: February 11, 2015 at 06:00AM

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lunedì 9 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: Down Deep, the Life of Corals

Down Deep, the Life of Corals
By Unknown Author

Environmental groups and sport fishermen are pushing for protection of deep-sea corals in ocean canyons that run from New York to Virginia.

Published: February 9, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Atlantic Corals: Colorful and Vulnerable

Atlantic Corals: Colorful and Vulnerable
By JAMES GORMAN

Possible protections for fragile ecosystems from fishing in and around 15 ocean canyons are being considered.

Published: February 10, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: A Controversy in the Wind

A Controversy in the Wind
By DEBORAH BLUM

Scientists and state officials disagree over the risk posed by naturally occurring asbestos in Nevada.

Published: February 10, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: An Incubator for Innovation

An Incubator for Innovation
By JOHN MARKOFF

With venture capital for clean energy investments drying up, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is nurturing entrepreneurs.

Published: February 10, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: A Never-Ending Genetic Quest

A Never-Ending Genetic Quest
By CLAUDIA DREIFUS

Dr. King discovered BRCA1, the so-called breast cancer gene, and now believes every woman should be tested.

Published: February 10, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Fixing Climate in Iceland

Fixing Climate in Iceland
By Carrie Halperin and Henry Fountain

CarbFix, a pilot program at Iceland’s Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Station, seeks to tackle climate change by injecting greenhouse gasses into the ground for permanent storage.

Published: February 9, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Your Letters: Supplement Standards, New Teeth and Bingo

Your Letters: Supplement Standards, New Teeth and Bingo
By Unknown Author

Your letter to the Editor.

Published: February 10, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Unchanged for More Than Two Billion Years

Unchanged for More Than Two Billion Years
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Scientists have discovered micro-organisms beneath the ocean floor that apparently have not evolved for a very long time.

Published: February 10, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Burying a Mountain of COU+2082

Burying a Mountain of COU+2082
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

Researchers are working on a carbon storage process to inject gas emissions and water into volcanic rock, with the mixture eventually turning into solid minerals.

Published: February 10, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Training the Mind Not to Wander

Training the Mind Not to Wander
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Students at Princeton had their brain activity monitored, and learned to recognize that their attention was lagging.

Published: February 10, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: A Business Plan for Space

A Business Plan for Space
By KENNETH CHANG

The Federal Aviation Administration gave a foundation to U.S. companies seeking a foothold on celestial bodies by saying it would make sure businesses wouldn’t interfere with one another.

Published: February 10, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Bringing the Ocean to a Sea

Bringing the Ocean to a Sea
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Has anyone suggested piping or channeling water from the Pacific Ocean to the Salton Sea to replenish the disappearing body of water?

Published: February 10, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Best Selling Science Books

Best Selling Science Books
By Unknown Author

A selection of best-selling nonfiction books about the sciences.

Published: February 10, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Weighing Flight

Weighing Flight
By David Frank and James Gorman

With a new device scientists measure the force of a wingbeat while birds fly freely.

Published: February 9, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Training Birds to Aid a Scientific Breakthrough

Training Birds to Aid a Scientific Breakthrough
By JAMES GORMAN

In a first, researchers directly measured the aerodynamic force of a flying animal, as parrotlets were taught to fly into a box and to a perch.

Published: February 9, 2015 at 06:00AM

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domenica 8 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: Warning System for Solar Storms Is Kept on Earth for Now

Warning System for Solar Storms Is Kept on Earth for Now
By KENNETH CHANG

The planned launching of a spacecraft that is to act as a “tsunami buoy” to warn of potentially catastrophic solar storms was aborted with less than three minutes left in the countdown on Sunday evening.

Published: February 9, 2015 at 06:00AM

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sabato 7 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: A Sleepless Night’s Fancy Nears Space After 17 Years

A Sleepless Night’s Fancy Nears Space After 17 Years
By KENNETH CHANG

The Deep Space Climate Observatory, a 1,250-pound satellite intended to serve as a sentinel for solar storms, is to lift off Sunday from Cape Canaveral.

Published: February 8, 2015 at 06:00AM

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venerdì 6 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: The New School Takes a Big Step Beyond Divesting Fossil Fuel Stock

The New School Takes a Big Step Beyond Divesting Fossil Fuel Stock
By JOHN SCHWARTZ

The historically progressive school plans to bolster its curriculum to include more attention in its courses to climate change and sustainability.

Published: February 7, 2015 at 06:00AM

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giovedì 5 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: In Bedbugs, Scientists See a Model of Evolution

In Bedbugs, Scientists See a Model of Evolution
By CARL ZIMMER

New research indicates that some bedbugs are well on their way to becoming a new species.

Published: February 5, 2015 at 06:00AM

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mercoledì 4 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: Ebola Drug Has Encouraging Early Results, and Questions Follow

Ebola Drug Has Encouraging Early Results, and Questions Follow
By SHERI FINK

Favipiravir has shown preliminary signs of effectiveness in a study, raising questions about its wider use and the testing of another therapy.

Published: February 5, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Living With a Star

Living With a Star
By DENNIS OVERBYE

Even a slight change in the precariously controlled violence of the sun, an enormous thermonuclear furnace, can have drastic consequences on Earth.

Published: February 5, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Out There | Raining Fire

Out There | Raining Fire
By Jason Drakeford, Jonathan Corum and Dennis Overbye

Though it is sedate in comparison with other stars, our sun is a volatile neighbor, a thermonuclear furnace fueling spectacular storms that send high-energy particles and radiation far out into space.

Published: February 4, 2015 at 06:00AM

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martedì 3 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: Britain Set to Approve Technique To Create Babies From 3 People

Britain Set to Approve Technique To Create Babies From 3 People
By STEPHEN CASTLE

The House of Commons voted to allow the in vitro creation of embryos using the DNA of three people, a procedure that could prevent the inheritance of genetic diseases.

Published: February 4, 2015 at 06:00AM

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lunedì 2 febbraio 2015

NYT Science: A Long Path to Survival

A Long Path to Survival
By Unknown Author

The 150-mile Red Desert-to-Hoback migration path allows a swath of Wyoming to support a mule deer population. Scientists now use it to study the deer.

Published: February 3, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: A Long Path to Survival

A Long Path to Survival
By Unknown Author

The 150-mile Red Desert-to-Hoback migration path allows a swath of Wyoming to support a mule deer population. Scientists now use it to study the deer.

Published: February 3, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Your Letters: Stardust and Animal Friendships

Your Letters: Stardust and Animal Friendships
By Unknown Author

Letters to the Editor.

Published: February 3, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: A Planet With Rings That Dwarf Saturn’s

A Planet With Rings That Dwarf Saturn’s
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

The planet, the first of its kind to be found outside our solar system, is surrounded by 30 rings, each tens of millions of kilometers in diameter.

Published: February 3, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: How to Catch a Deer

How to Catch a Deer
By Michael Kirby Smith and Ben Laffin

To protect migration routes, wildlife biologists at the University of Wyoming are capturing mule deer by helicopter to learn exactly where they go, what they eat and how healthy they are.

Published: February 2, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: The Longest JourneyTo Catch, and Protect, a Deer

The Longest JourneyTo Catch, and Protect, a Deer
By JAMES GORMAN

Capturing and testing mule deer may help save their migration routes.

Published: February 3, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: A New Portal to Scientific Discourse

A New Portal to Scientific Discourse
By DENNIS OVERBYE

StarTalk, a TV talk show based on the radio show and podcast of the same name, will air on the National Geographic Channel in April.

Published: February 3, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Snake Ancestors Probably Had Legs

Snake Ancestors Probably Had Legs
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Newly discovered fossils at least 140 million years old indicate that skull and jaw development, not limblessness, differentiated snake evolution from that of lizards.

Published: February 3, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Leading a Mouse to Drink, or Not

Leading a Mouse to Drink, or Not
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

Researchers discover a circuit in the brains of mice that tells them whether or not they’re thirsty.

Published: February 3, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Climate Record Keeping

Climate Record Keeping
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

What is the evidence for periods of global warming in the past?

Published: February 3, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: A Facility’s Bingo Call: You Can’t Play

A Facility’s Bingo Call: You Can’t Play
By PAULA SPAN

Retirement community residents often face new limits as their care level increases.

Published: February 3, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: U.N. Weather Agency Confirms 2014 as Hottest Year

U.N. Weather Agency Confirms 2014 as Hottest Year
By JUSTIN GILLIS

The World Meteorological Organization also said that 14 of the 15 warmest years on record had occurred in the 21st century.

Published: February 3, 2015 at 06:00AM

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