lunedì 31 agosto 2015

NYT Science: $79 for an Out-of-Date Book About a Modern NASA Logo

$79 for an Out-of-Date Book About a Modern NASA Logo
By KENNETH CHANG

A Kickstarter campaign by two designers aims to bring back a space agency graphics standard book, published in 1976, that reflects “modernist design thinking.”

Published: September 1, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Nostalgia for a Futuristic Logo

Nostalgia for a Futuristic Logo
By KENNETH CHANG

Two designers are trying to republish NASA’s manual for a modernist design that lasted 17 years.

Published: September 1, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Calling the Midwife, in Chiapas

Calling the Midwife, in Chiapas
By JANET JARMAN

In Chiapas, Mexico, a midwife may be the only person there to help a woman when she gives birth.

Published: August 31, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Can a Computer Can Tell Whether Something Was Written by a Man or a Woman?

Can a Computer Can Tell Whether Something Was Written by a Man or a Woman?
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

A reader wonders whether a computer can divine an author’s gender. Researchers once used a program to do just that.

Published: September 1, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor
By Unknown Author

Readers respond to articles in Science Times.

Published: September 1, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Oliver Sacks: Diverse Elements in Harmony

Oliver Sacks: Diverse Elements in Harmony
By ERICA GOODE

What was striking about Dr. Sacks was his capacity for enthusiasm about whatever idea or object had caught his attention.

Published: September 1, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Blind Spot Can Be Trained Away, a Study Says

Blind Spot Can Be Trained Away, a Study Says
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

After 20 days of repeated stimulation with a waveform, the blind spot of research participants shrunk by about 10 percent.

Published: September 1, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Replacing Pesticides With Genetics

Replacing Pesticides With Genetics
By DEVIN POWELL

Scientists have genetically modified thousands of diamondback moths, infusing the farm pests with DNA designed to kill female larvae.

Published: September 1, 2015 at 06:00AM

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domenica 30 agosto 2015

NYT Science: Oliver Sacks Dies at 82; Neurologist and Author Explored the Brain’s Quirks

Oliver Sacks Dies at 82; Neurologist and Author Explored the Brain’s Quirks
By GREGORY COWLES

Dr. Sacks explored some of the brain’s strangest pathways in best-selling case histories like “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” achieving a level of renown rare among scientists.

Published: August 31, 2015 at 06:00AM

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venerdì 28 agosto 2015

NYT Science: NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Has Next Mission After Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Has Next Mission After Pluto
By KENNETH CHANG

The spacecraft will visit 2014 MU69, another piece of the frigid debris beyond Neptune along the Kuiper belt.

Published: August 29, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Psychologists Welcome Analysis Casting Doubt on Their Work

Psychologists Welcome Analysis Casting Doubt on Their Work
By BENEDICT CAREY

To some, the news that most studies do not hold up when retested came as a relief, like the field had “come clean,” one expert said.

Published: August 29, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Three Popular Psychology Studies That Didn't Hold Up

Three Popular Psychology Studies That Didn't Hold Up
By BENEDICT CAREY and MICHAEL ROSTON

Researchers re-did 100 published psychology studies, and many did not check out. These are three of the studies, and some possible explanations for why they couldn’t be replicated.

Published: August 28, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: NASA’s Next Horizon in Space

NASA’s Next Horizon in Space
By MICHAEL ROSTON

Since New Horizons beamed back photos of Pluto, the question has loomed: What’s next? More than 1,600 Times readers shared their ideas.

Published: August 25, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Eric Betzig’s Life Over the Microscope

Eric Betzig’s Life Over the Microscope
By CLAUDIA DREIFUS

Dr. Betzig was one of three scientists given the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2014 for a new class of microscope, capping a quest that started in 1982.

Published: September 1, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Regenerative Medicine Researcher Cleared of Scientific Misconduct Charges

Regenerative Medicine Researcher Cleared of Scientific Misconduct Charges
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

The allegations, brought by colleagues, related to three patients on whom Dr. Paolo Macchiarini, a surgeon, had performed experimental operations.

Published: August 29, 2015 at 06:00AM

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giovedì 27 agosto 2015

NYT Science: A Twist to How a Túngara Frog Finds Her Prince

A Twist to How a Túngara Frog Finds Her Prince
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Given a choice of two males, a female will pick the most attractive. But, researchers say, that’s not necessarily the case when a third male is added.

Published: September 1, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: A Male Túngara Frog’s Mating Signal

A Male Túngara Frog’s Mating Signal
By AMANDA M. LEA

A male túngara frog calling within a chorus in Gamboa, Panama, in search of a potential mate.

Published: August 27, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: A Home’s Story, Told in Dust, Bacteria and Fungi

A Home’s Story, Told in Dust, Bacteria and Fungi
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

An analysis of dust from 1,200 homes across the continental United States provides new information about the fungal and bacterial communities within.

Published: September 1, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Many Social Science Findings Not as Strong as Claimed, Study Says

Many Social Science Findings Not as Strong as Claimed, Study Says
By BENEDICT CAREY

Only 36 of 100 studies that the Reproducibility Project looked at held up fully to scrutiny. But some questioned the process of replication itself.

Published: August 28, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: The Slow Process of Countering the Emerald Ash Borer

The Slow Process of Countering the Emerald Ash Borer
By CARL ZIMMER

Scientists hope to help North American ashes defend against an Asian beetle that has caused widespread damage throughout the U.S.

Published: September 1, 2015 at 06:00AM

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mercoledì 26 agosto 2015

NYT Science: Joseph Traub, Who Helped Bring Computer Science to Universities, Dies at 83

Joseph Traub, Who Helped Bring Computer Science to Universities, Dies at 83
By STEVE LOHR

Mr. Traub, who founded the computer science department at Columbia, helped the emerging academic discipline garner respectability and resources.

Published: August 27, 2015 at 06:00AM

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lunedì 24 agosto 2015

NYT Science: How a Volcanic Eruption in 1815 Darkened the World but Colored the Arts

How a Volcanic Eruption in 1815 Darkened the World but Colored the Arts
By WILLIAM J. BROAD

Investigators are still struggling to understand the most powerful eruption in recorded history, which gave rise to icy weather and pandemics, but also to great literature and art.

Published: August 25, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Book Review: ‘The Butterflies of North America; Titian Peale’s Lost Manuscript’

Book Review: ‘The Butterflies of North America; Titian Peale’s Lost Manuscript’
By DANA JENNINGS

With “The Butterflies of North America; Titian Peale’s Lost Manuscript,” today’s readers can appreciate both the insects and the striking images.

Published: August 25, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: The Widening World of Hand-Picked Truths

The Widening World of Hand-Picked Truths
By GEORGE JOHNSON

More than ever, the best available science doesn’t seem to change minds in a civilization of competing ideologies.

Published: August 25, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: A Way to Make Depth-Sensing Cameras Better

A Way to Make Depth-Sensing Cameras Better
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

The cameras can detect how far away something is. But they didn’t work well in bright light. A new technology is changing that.

Published: August 25, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: A Piece of the Earliest Baboon Ever Found

A Piece of the Earliest Baboon Ever Found
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

A two-million-year-old skull fragment was found in the same South African cave that turned up specimens of an early ancestor to humans in 2010.

Published: August 25, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor
By Unknown Author

Readers respond to articles in Science Times.

Published: August 25, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Mutation Reduces Pregnancy Complications for Africa’s Khoe-San People

Mutation Reduces Pregnancy Complications for Africa’s Khoe-San People
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

The gene variant can alter the formation of the placenta, resulting in larger, healthier babies, a study shows.

Published: August 25, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Do You Have Math Anxiety?

Do You Have Math Anxiety?
By Unknown Author

You may not like taking a quiz to measure your math anxiety. But don’t worry. There are no right answers, and you don’t have to show your work.

Published: August 24, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Two Panda Cubs at the National Zoo Present Special Problems

Two Panda Cubs at the National Zoo Present Special Problems
By KATIE ROGERS

Raising healthy twins is a unique problem for the zoo’s mother panda: Only two mother bears have successfully done so in captivity.

Published: August 25, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: NASA’s Cassini Takes a Last Look at Saturn’s Moon Dione

NASA’s Cassini Takes a Last Look at Saturn’s Moon Dione
By KENNETH CHANG

The spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn since 2004, has two more years of work before it runs out of fuel. Last week it made its final flyby of Dione.

Published: August 24, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: The Inexorable Forces of Nail Growth

The Inexorable Forces of Nail Growth
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

It’s like the movement of a tectonic plate at the end of your finger, or toe.

Published: August 25, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Walter Munk, ‘Einstein of the Oceans,’ at 97

Walter Munk, ‘Einstein of the Oceans,’ at 97
By KATE GALBRAITH

From forecasting waves in World War II to using ocean sounds to measure climate change, Walter Munk has spent nearly eight decades taking on timely problems.

Published: August 25, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: How the Boa Kills

How the Boa Kills
By DAVID FRANK and JAMES GORMAN

Understanding how a boa constrictor’s grip is deadly.

Published: August 24, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: The Truth Behind a Snake’s Deadly Embrace

The Truth Behind a Snake’s Deadly Embrace
By JAMES GORMAN

Boa constrictors don’t take a victim’s breath away to kill it. A herpetologist and his colleagues, with the help of a rat, tested conventional wisdom.

Published: August 24, 2015 at 06:00AM

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venerdì 21 agosto 2015

NYT Science: Study Fuels Debate Over Treating Breast Lesion Called Stage 0 Cancer

Study Fuels Debate Over Treating Breast Lesion Called Stage 0 Cancer
By GINA KOLATA

The study’s authors said the data indicates that treatment has not made much of a difference, if any, for the tens of thousands women a year who are told they have this condition.

Published: August 22, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Jacob Bekenstein, Physicist Who Revolutionized Theory of Black Holes, Dies at 68

Jacob Bekenstein, Physicist Who Revolutionized Theory of Black Holes, Dies at 68
By DENNIS OVERBYE

Dr. Bekenstein, whose proposition on entropy and space eventually won over a skeptical Stephen Hawking, was considered one of the few giants in the study of quantum gravity.

Published: August 22, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: As War Sows Chaos on Ground, It Can Lead to Cleaner Air, Study Says

As War Sows Chaos on Ground, It Can Lead to Cleaner Air, Study Says
By JOHN SCHWARTZ

A paper published in the journal Science found that Middle Eastern cities involved in wars or other crises showed fewer pollutants in the air.

Published: August 22, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: The ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster’

The ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster’
By SERPENT PROJECT

A team of BP drill workers discovered this deep sea creature off the coast of Angola.

Published: August 21, 2015 at 06:00AM

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giovedì 20 agosto 2015

NYT Science: Tracking a Rare Nautilus in Papua New Guinea

Tracking a Rare Nautilus in Papua New Guinea
By DENNIS OVERBYE

These ancient creatures with big shells are so good at hiding from researchers that they went decades without a definitive sighting.

Published: August 20, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Evolving a Defense, Mimics Save Themselves

Evolving a Defense, Mimics Save Themselves
By CARL ZIMMER

Many animals make elaborate disguises to save themselves from predators. And the disguises often seem to be better than they need to be.

Published: August 25, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Can You Spot the Mimic?

Can You Spot the Mimic?
By MICHAEL ROSTON and ALBERT SUN

Many species in nature mimic other organisms or features of their environment. Can you figure out which is the original and which is the mimic?

Published: August 20, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Cancer Free, But Opting For A Mastectomy

Cancer Free, But Opting For A Mastectomy
By KASSIE BRACKEN

The 2007 story of 33-year old Deborah Lindner, who underwent a preventive mastectomy after learning she carried the BRCA gene.

Published: August 20, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: John Henry Holland, Who Computerized Evolution, Dies at 86

John Henry Holland, Who Computerized Evolution, Dies at 86
By WILLIAM GRIMES

Dr. Holland developed computer codes, which he called genetic algorithms, that mimicked evolutionary processes by mating and mutating possible solutions.

Published: August 20, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Climate Change Intensifies California Drought, Scientists Say

Climate Change Intensifies California Drought, Scientists Say
By JUSTIN GILLIS

The odds of California suffering droughts at the far end of the scale, like the current one, have roughly doubled over the past century, scientists said.

Published: August 21, 2015 at 06:00AM

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martedì 18 agosto 2015

NYT Science: Atlas, a Humanoid Robot, Takes a Walk in the Woods

Atlas, a Humanoid Robot, Takes a Walk in the Woods
By KATIE ROGERS

The development is encouraging to scientists, who continue to focus on developing bipedal balance, an Achilles’ heel of the Atlas robot.

Published: August 19, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Methane Leaks in Natural-Gas Supply Chain Far Exceed Estimates, Study Says

Methane Leaks in Natural-Gas Supply Chain Far Exceed Estimates, Study Says
By JOHN SCHWARTZ

Gathering and processing sites lose about 100 billion cubic feet of natural gas a year, a study says, far more than estimates used by federal regulators.

Published: August 19, 2015 at 06:00AM

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lunedì 17 agosto 2015

NYT Science: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor
By Unknown Author

Readers respond to articles in Science Times.

Published: August 18, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: The Butterfly, the Ant and the Oregano

The Butterfly, the Ant and the Oregano
By NICHOLAS WADE

The discovery of a hostile but symbiotic three-way relationship has led to the Large Blue butterfly’s comeback in Britain.

Published: August 18, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: 1940: Electroshock Therapy

1940: Electroshock Therapy
By NICHOLAS BAKALAR

A new method of treating mental disorders was reported on July 6, 1940, by The New York Times, which chronicled its initial uses, decline and return.

Published: August 18, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: A Chinese Drought Weather Report Written on Cave Walls

A Chinese Drought Weather Report Written on Cave Walls
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

The inscriptions inside Dayu Cave in the Qinling Mountains describe the effects of seven droughts between 1520 and 1920.

Published: August 18, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Whistled Form of Turkish Is One of a Kind

Whistled Form of Turkish Is One of a Kind
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Unlike all other spoken languages, a whistled form of Turkish requires that speakers rely as heavily on the right side of their brain as on the left.

Published: August 18, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Communicating Through Whistling

Communicating Through Whistling
By ONUR GÜNTÜRKÜN

Two men arrange to meet at a cafe by whistling across a valley about 765 yards wide in Kuşköy, Turkey.

Published: August 17, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Marijuana: Uncertain Medicine

Marijuana: Uncertain Medicine
By AXEL GERDAU and AARON BYRD

Marijuana’s effects can vary from person to person, and scientists are not quite sure what to make of the common distinction users and growers make between cannabis sativa and cannabis indica.

Published: August 17, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: The Multicolor Signals of Mucus

The Multicolor Signals of Mucus
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

As an illness like a cold progresses, the color changes, and even green mucus is normal.

Published: August 18, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Red Panda Giving Birth

Red Panda Giving Birth
By ELIZABETH Freeman/GMU & SCBI

A red panda is shown giving birth to her cubs.

Published: August 17, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Red Pandas Are Adorable and in Trouble

Red Pandas Are Adorable and in Trouble
By JAMES GORMAN

The red panda is loved but vulnerable to habitat loss and climate change.

Published: August 18, 2015 at 06:00AM

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sabato 15 agosto 2015

NYT Science: Bernard d’Espagnat, French Physicist, Dies at 93

Bernard d’Espagnat, French Physicist, Dies at 93
By DENNIS OVERBYE

Dr. d’Espagnat was one of a handful of scientists in the 1960s and ’70s who urged their colleagues to look into the deeper meaning of quantum mechanics.

Published: August 16, 2015 at 06:00AM

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venerdì 14 agosto 2015

NYT Science: Richard S. Ross, Johns Hopkins Dean and Watergate Walk-On, Dies at 91

Richard S. Ross, Johns Hopkins Dean and Watergate Walk-On, Dies at 91
By SAM ROBERTS

Dr. Ross pushed for broader education for prospective doctors and earlier helped assess Richard M. Nixon’s health during the Watergate investigation.

Published: August 15, 2015 at 06:00AM

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giovedì 13 agosto 2015

NYT Science: Signs of a Historic El Niño, but Forecasters Remain Wary

Signs of a Historic El Niño, but Forecasters Remain Wary
By JOHN SCHWARTZ

This year’s Pacific weather pattern could be the most powerful on record and could bring enormous amounts of rain to drought-stricken California.

Published: August 14, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Timelapse of Perseid Meteor Shower

Timelapse of Perseid Meteor Shower
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Last night’s Perseid meteor shower was billed as the most spectacular since 2008.

Published: August 13, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: For Evolving Brains, a Paleo Diet Full of Carbs

For Evolving Brains, a Paleo Diet Full of Carbs
By CARL ZIMMER

A new report suggest that our ancestors were able to fuel the evolution of our oversize brains by incorporating cooked starches into their diet.

Published: August 13, 2015 at 06:00AM

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mercoledì 12 agosto 2015

NYT Science: An Unusual Octopus Gets a Second Look

An Unusual Octopus Gets a Second Look
By ASHAKI LLOYD

The larger Pacific striped octopus has an unusual way of mating, and hunts with a “slow bounce” style.

Published: August 18, 2015 at 06:00AM

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martedì 11 agosto 2015

NYT Science: Rebuilding Nature in Wake of Katrina

Rebuilding Nature in Wake of Katrina
By Unknown Author

Several projects have been undertaken to restore wetlands in Louisiana to provide flood protection and wildlife habitat.

Published: August 8, 2015 at 06:00AM

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lunedì 10 agosto 2015

NYT Science: The Moon Passed in Front of the Earth. Why Wasn’t There an Eclipse?

The Moon Passed in Front of the Earth. Why Wasn’t There an Eclipse?
By KENNETH CHANG

NASA explains why an animated image of the Moon crossing over the Earth wasn’t just someone being creative with Photoshop.

Published: August 10, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Astronauts Eat Lettuce Grown In Space

Astronauts Eat Lettuce Grown In Space
By NASA

On Monday, astronauts aboard the International Space Station harvested and ate the first lettuce to have been grown in space.

Published: August 10, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: When Dams Come Down, Salmon and Sand Can Prosper

When Dams Come Down, Salmon and Sand Can Prosper
By CORNELIA DEAN

The removal of a dam on the Elwha River in Washington has found a beneficiary other than fish: a beach.

Published: August 11, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Growing Vegetables in Space, NASA Astronauts Tweet Their Lunch

Growing Vegetables in Space, NASA Astronauts Tweet Their Lunch
By KATIE ROGERS

The local food movement has reached the final frontier.

Published: August 11, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Frogs With a Venomous Head Butt

Frogs With a Venomous Head Butt
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Researchers have discovered two species that deliver potent toxins through bony spines on their heads. One biologist had a personal encounter.

Published: August 11, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: If Mosquitoes Disappeared

If Mosquitoes Disappeared
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

It’s only natural that human beings, who do the itching and suffering from mosquito-borne diseases, want to imagine the insects gone.

Published: August 11, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Climate Change Could Harm British Butterflies

Climate Change Could Harm British Butterflies
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Six species of butterflies in Britain will face population extinctions by 2050 because of climate change, a new study reports.

Published: August 11, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor
By Unknown Author

Readers respond to articles in Science Times.

Published: August 11, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: The Roanoke Colonists: Lost, and Found?

The Roanoke Colonists: Lost, and Found?
By THEO EMERY

Archaelogical finds in North Carolina may provide clues to the fate of at least some of the Roanoke colonists, missing since the 1500s.

Published: August 11, 2015 at 06:00AM

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venerdì 7 agosto 2015

NYT Science: How to Save a Sinking Coast? Katrina Created a Laboratory

How to Save a Sinking Coast? Katrina Created a Laboratory
By JOHN SCHWARTZ

In the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana’s losses have overshadowed the restorative steps it has taken.

Published: August 8, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: After Katrina, Louisiana Wants Its Dirt Back

After Katrina, Louisiana Wants Its Dirt Back
By JOHN SCHWARTZ

In the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has been fortified against a repeat of such a disaster. In other parts of Louisiana, several projects to rebuild depleted land and create habitat are part of the state’s 50-year, $50 billion master plan.

Published: August 8, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Frances Oldham Kelsey, F.D.A. Doctor Who Exposed Danger of Thalidomide, Dies at 101

Frances Oldham Kelsey, F.D.A. Doctor Who Exposed Danger of Thalidomide, Dies at 101
By ROBERT D. McFADDEN

Dr. Kelsey became a 20th-century American heroine for sparing the United States from widespread birth deformities, and for inspiring laws making drugs safer.

Published: August 8, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Eye Shape May Help Distinguish Predator From Prey

Eye Shape May Help Distinguish Predator From Prey
By Unknown Author

An analysis of 214 species suggests a link between pupil shape and an animal’s ecological niche as a hunter or an animal concerned about being hunted.

Published: August 8, 2015 at 06:00AM

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giovedì 6 agosto 2015

NYT Science: Studies of Nepal Quake Raise Concern About Skyscrapers

Studies of Nepal Quake Raise Concern About Skyscrapers
By KENNETH CHANG

Two scientific papers suggest that an earthquake similar to the one that struck Nepal in April, with relatively slow oscillations, could be especially dangerous to cities with taller buildings.

Published: August 7, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: For Vaccines Needed in an Epidemic, Timing is Everything

For Vaccines Needed in an Epidemic, Timing is Everything
By CARL ZIMMER

Waiting to develop a vaccine until an epidemic is raging means waiting too long for it to be proved safe and effective, say scientists who are proposing a global vaccine fund.

Published: August 11, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: What’s That Bubble? A Dying Star’s Glowing Remains

What’s That Bubble? A Dying Star’s Glowing Remains
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

A new picture of the Southern Owl Nebula was captured by the Very Large Telescope in Chile.

Published: August 11, 2015 at 06:00AM

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mercoledì 5 agosto 2015

NYT Science: Louis Sokoloff, Pioneer of PET Scan, Dies at 93

Louis Sokoloff, Pioneer of PET Scan, Dies at 93
By SAM ROBERTS

Dr. Sokoloff won the Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award in 1981 for his role in developing the vivid color images that map brain function.

Published: August 6, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Painting by Numbers, With Genetically Modified Yeast

Painting by Numbers, With Genetically Modified Yeast
By JOANNA KLEIN

Live yeast portraits offer a visualization of the next frontier of of yeast manipulation, beyond beer and bread.

Published: August 5, 2015 at 06:00AM

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martedì 4 agosto 2015

NYT Science: Blame a Male-Biased Algorithm for the Temperature in Your Office? Readers Respond

Blame a Male-Biased Algorithm for the Temperature in Your Office? Readers Respond
By LELA MOORE

A recent article about the “thermal comfort model” often used to set office temperatures got readers on both sides of the temperature divide riled up.

Published: August 5, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Methane Leaks May Greatly Exceed Estimates, Report Says

Methane Leaks May Greatly Exceed Estimates, Report Says
By JOHN SCHWARTZ

A device that measures leaked methane may greatly underestimate it, says an inventor of the technology used in the device, possibly affecting climate change predictions.

Published: August 5, 2015 at 06:00AM

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lunedì 3 agosto 2015

NYT Science: Methane in Atmosphere May Greatly Exceed Estimates, Report Says

Methane in Atmosphere May Greatly Exceed Estimates, Report Says
By JOHN SCHWARTZ

A device that measures leaked methane may greatly underestimate it, says an inventor of the technology used in the device, possibly affecting climate change predictions.

Published: August 5, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: The Moon, Going Through a Phase

The Moon, Going Through a Phase
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Is there such a thing as a half moon?

Published: August 4, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: An Extraordinary Humpback Whale Sighting in Alaska

An Extraordinary Humpback Whale Sighting in Alaska
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

The whale, whom the researchers named Old Timer, was first seen in Lynn Canal in southeast Alaska. It is the longest string of sightings of a humpback.

Published: August 4, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Review: Carl Safina’s ‘Beyond Words’ Doesn’t Mince Any on Animal Abilities

Review: Carl Safina’s ‘Beyond Words’ Doesn’t Mince Any on Animal Abilities
By GREGORY COWLES

Carl Safina, unafraid to challenge scientific orthodoxy accepts as a given that animals are capable of thought and emotion.

Published: August 4, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor
By Unknown Author

Readers respond to articles in Science Times.

Published: August 4, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: The Flip Side of Optimism About Life on Other Planets

The Flip Side of Optimism About Life on Other Planets
By DENNIS OVERBYE

For all the recent momentum in the search for life elsewhere, there’s a school of thought that the suns may be setting.

Published: August 4, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Effects of Solitary Confinement

Effects of Solitary Confinement
By CENTER for CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

Inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison discuss the detrimental effects of long-term solitary confinement.

Published: August 3, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Wild Uganda Chimpanzees Using Clay as Food

Wild Uganda Chimpanzees Using Clay as Food
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Researchers studying the chimps living in the Budongo Forest says the apes are eating clay because of the destruction of local raffia palm trees.

Published: August 4, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Theory on Lithium in Stars May Be Confirmed

Theory on Lithium in Stars May Be Confirmed
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Lithium has been found in material ejected by a nova, or a stellar explosion, for the first time. That may confirm the theory that lithium in young stars came from novae.

Published: August 4, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Chilly at Work? A Decades-Old Formula May Be to Blame

Chilly at Work? A Decades-Old Formula May Be to Blame
By PAM BELLUCK

A study by Dutch scientists says most office buildings set temperature based on a model developed in the 1960s that uses the metabolic rates of men.

Published: August 4, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Never Mind Walking; Some Insects Can Jump on Water

Never Mind Walking; Some Insects Can Jump on Water
By JAMES GORMAN

Scientists built a tiny robot that can mimic a water strider and take off in a vertical jump without breaking the surface tension.

Published: August 3, 2015 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: The Water Strider’s Leap

The Water Strider’s Leap
By DAVID FRANK and JAMES GORMAN

A familiar insect’s vertical jump from the surface of water inspires the creation of a robot that can do the same.

Published: August 3, 2015 at 06:00AM

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