domenica 31 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: Microcephaly, Spotlighted by Zika Virus, Has Long Afflicted and Mystified

Microcephaly, Spotlighted by Zika Virus, Has Long Afflicted and Mystified
By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS

Each year, an estimated 25,000 babies in the United States receive a diagnosis of microcephaly, an abnormally small head, but prognoses are hard to predict.

Published: February 1, 2016 at 06:00AM

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venerdì 29 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: Tribes’ Win in Fight for La Jolla Bones Clouds Hopes for DNA Studies

Tribes' Win in Fight for La Jolla Bones Clouds Hopes for DNA Studies
By CARL ZIMMER

For years the remains have been out of reach, the subject of a legal struggle that pitted 3 scientists against their own administration and the Kumeyaay.

Published: February 2, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Bird Watchers Help Science Fill Gaps in the Migratory Story

Bird Watchers Help Science Fill Gaps in the Migratory Story
By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR

With a flood of amateur data, researchers create an animated map showing where birds go once they leave our backyards, and how they travel on the way back.

Published: January 29, 2016 at 06:00AM

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giovedì 28 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: Signs of Modern Astronomy Seen in Ancient Babylon

Signs of Modern Astronomy Seen in Ancient Babylon
By KENNETH CHANG

Scientists have found a small clay tablet with markings indicating that a sort of precalculus technique was used to track Jupiter's motion in the night sky.

Published: January 29, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Dr. Herbert L. Abrams, Who Worked Against Nuclear War, Dies at 95

Dr. Herbert L. Abrams, Who Worked Against Nuclear War, Dies at 95
By WILLIAM GRIMES

Dr. Abrams, an expert in cardiovascular radiology, was a founder of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which won a Nobel Peace Prize for its work.

Published: January 29, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: The Challenger Explosion, 30 Years Later

The Challenger Explosion, 30 Years Later
By Unknown Author

The explosion of the space shuttle Challenger on Jan. 28, 1986, remains one of the worst accidents of the American space program.

Published: January 29, 2016 at 06:00AM

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martedì 26 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: How to Get Five Planets Into a Single Photograph

How to Get Five Planets Into a Single Photograph
By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR

The trickiest aspect of capturing Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in the same image is knowing where to look.

Published: January 27, 2016 at 06:00AM

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lunedì 25 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: In Napa Valley, Future Landscapes Are Viewed in the Past

In Napa Valley, Future Landscapes Are Viewed in the Past
By JIM ROBBINS

Ecologists restoring parts of San Francisco Bay are guided by tattered maps, old snapshots, even paintings of a vanished world.

Published: January 26, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Linking Arthritis to Old Injuries

Linking Arthritis to Old Injuries
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Post-traumatic arthritis is a leading cause of disability, especially for wounded soldiers, but a way to prevent it has not been proven.

Published: January 26, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor
By Unknown Author

Readers react to articles in Science Times.

Published: January 26, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Some Carnivores Are Better Than Others at Unlocking Dinner

Some Carnivores Are Better Than Others at Unlocking Dinner
By JAMES GORMAN

Researchers tested 39 species of carnivores in zoos to see which were best at opening a puzzle box containing a treat.

Published: January 26, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: ScienceTake | Carnivore’s Puzzle Box

ScienceTake | Carnivore's Puzzle Box
By DAVID FRANK

In experiments with zoo animals, relative brain size was the best clue to problem solving ability in carnivores.

Published: January 25, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: The Bugs Sharing Your Home (Get Out a Calculator)

The Bugs Sharing Your Home (Get Out a Calculator)
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

An unsual survey identifies many of the bugs living with us in our houses.

Published: January 26, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Unraveling the Ties of Altitude, Oxygen and Lung Cancer

Unraveling the Ties of Altitude, Oxygen and Lung Cancer
By GEORGE JOHNSON

Humans need oxygen, but the link between higher altitudes, where there's less of it, and a lower incidence of lung cancer is growing stronger.

Published: January 26, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Old Nuclear Fallout Proves Useful for Sea Turtle Clues

Old Nuclear Fallout Proves Useful for Sea Turtle Clues
By RACHEL NUWER

Researchers are relying on radiocarbon from bomb tests decades ago to learn more about endangered hawksbill turtles in the Hawaiian Islands.

Published: January 26, 2016 at 06:00AM

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sabato 23 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: In an Ancient Tomb, a Hierarchy of the Dead

In an Ancient Tomb, a Hierarchy of the Dead
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

A Neolithic community buried its members in layers. Those on top died unhappily, it appears.

Published: January 26, 2016 at 06:00AM

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venerdì 22 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: Who Ever Said No Two Snowflakes Were Alike?

Who Ever Said No Two Snowflakes Were Alike?
By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR

A physicist in California has engineered a method to make "identical twin" snowflakes.

Published: January 23, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: For Prairie Voles, a Furry Shoulder to Cry On

For Prairie Voles, a Furry Shoulder to Cry On
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Prairie voles demonstrate sympathetic behavior, scientists find.

Published: January 26, 2016 at 06:00AM

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giovedì 21 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: New Biggest Prime Number = 2 to the 74 Mil ... Uh, It’s Big

New Biggest Prime Number = 2 to the 74 Mil ... Uh, It's Big
By KENNETH CHANG

A prime number is one that can be divided by only 1 and itself. A PC at a Missouri university has found one with more than 22 million digits.

Published: January 22, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Telling Jewels From Junk in DNA

Telling Jewels From Junk in DNA
By CARL ZIMMER

Some cellular DNA yields molecules that serve mysterious but important functions in the cell, new research suggests.

Published: January 22, 2016 at 06:00AM

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mercoledì 20 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: California Said to Target Exxon in Climate Inquiry

California Said to Target Exxon in Climate Inquiry
By JOHN SCHWARTZ

California appears to have joined New York in weighing Exxon Mobil's honesty in admitting to the risks posed by climate change.

Published: January 21, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Prehistoric Massacre Hints at War Among Hunter-Gatherers

Prehistoric Massacre Hints at War Among Hunter-Gatherers
By JAMES GORMAN

A dig in Kenya has uncovered the remains of a slaughter from 10,000 years ago, suggesting that warfare may have existed even before humans began agriculture.

Published: January 21, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Ninth Planet May Exist Beyond Pluto, Scientists Report

Ninth Planet May Exist Beyond Pluto, Scientists Report
By KENNETH CHANG

Two professors at the California Institute of Technology laid out an argument for the new planet's existence, which would be about 4,500 times the size of Pluto.

Published: January 21, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: 2015 Was Hottest Year in Recorded History, Scientists Say

2015 Was Hottest Year in Recorded History, Scientists Say
By JUSTIN GILLIS

The bulk of the record-setting heat, NASA and NOAA say, is from long-term planetary warming caused by human emissions of greenhouse gases.

Published: January 21, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: The Hottest Year on Record

The Hottest Year on Record
By Unknown Author

Globally, 2015 was the warmest year in recorded history.

Published: January 20, 2016 at 06:00AM

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martedì 19 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: U.S. Acts to Spur Development of High-Tech Reactors

U.S. Acts to Spur Development of High-Tech Reactors
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

The Energy Department will provide X-energy and Southern Company up to $40 million each for development of new nuclear power technologies to be used in coming decades.

Published: January 20, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Prepare for a Celestial Spectacle as Five Planets Align

Prepare for a Celestial Spectacle as Five Planets Align
By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR

For the first time in more than a decade, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter will be simultaneously visible to the naked eye.

Published: January 20, 2016 at 06:00AM

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lunedì 18 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: In Argentina, Rancher’s Discovery Leads to Largest Titanosaur

In Argentina, Rancher's Discovery Leads to Largest Titanosaur
By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD

A rancher in Argentina discovered a new species of titanosaur, now at the American Museum of Natural History. Experts hope the fossil discovery will yield new insights.

Published: January 19, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Video: SpaceX Rocket Landing Ends in Explosion

Video: SpaceX Rocket Landing Ends in Explosion
By MIKE McPHATE

The latest attempt by Elon Musk's company to recover one of its rockets after a launch failed in a ball of fire on Sunday.

Published: January 19, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: The Big Search to Find Out Where Dogs Come From

The Big Search to Find Out Where Dogs Come From
By JAMES GORMAN

With a major study of ancient bones and DNA, scientists hope to determine where and when dogs first appeared.

Published: January 19, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: ‘Hack the Dinos’ Helps Paleontologists

'Hack the Dinos' Helps Paleontologists
By KENNETH CHANG

A November contest at the American Museum of Natural History gave programmers a chance to develop ways to manage a glut of data.

Published: January 19, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Chickens Weren’t Always Dinner for Humans

Chickens Weren't Always Dinner for Humans
By JAMES GORMAN

A study will look at how people interacted with the fowl in the thousands of years before coops became its home.

Published: January 19, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Desert Rats Finding Meals Less Palatable

Desert Rats Finding Meals Less Palatable
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

As the climate warms, wood rats in the Mojave Desert are less able to tolerate toxins in the creosote bushes they rely on for food, a new study finds.

Published: January 19, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Bird Brains: Smarter Than We Thought

Bird Brains: Smarter Than We Thought
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Understanding how young zebra finches acquire their courtship songs may shed light on how all brains learn.

Published: January 19, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: What Does It Mean When Animals Suffer a Vast Die-Off?

What Does It Mean When Animals Suffer a Vast Die-Off?
By JAMES GORMAN

Seabirds called murres are undergoing a die-off in Alaska, probably because of warming water, but the larger meaning of such die-offs is hard to know.

Published: January 19, 2016 at 06:00AM

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domenica 17 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: Satellite Tracking Rising Seas Launches Successfully

Satellite Tracking Rising Seas Launches Successfully
By KENNETH CHANG

The Jason-3 mission will use radar to determine the height of the sea as global temperatures increase and will help to predict hurricanes.

Published: January 18, 2016 at 06:00AM

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sabato 16 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: Drug Overdoses Propel Rise in Mortality Rates of Young Whites

Drug Overdoses Propel Rise in Mortality Rates of Young Whites
By GINA KOLATA and SARAH COHEN

The rising death rates for young white adults, ages 25 to 34, make them the first generation since the Vietnam War years to experience higher death rates in early adulthood than their previous generation.

Published: January 17, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Airing the Evidence on Dust Mites

Airing the Evidence on Dust Mites
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Keeping a home's relative humidity low can help fight the irritating creatures, but solid made-vs.-unmade-bed evidence remains undone.

Published: January 19, 2016 at 06:00AM

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venerdì 15 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: Ball of Gas Has Energy of Hundreds of Billions of Suns

Ball of Gas Has Energy of Hundreds of Billions of Suns
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Scientist may have found the most powerful supernova ever seen.

Published: January 19, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: New Tactics to Save California’s Decimated Salmon Population

New Tactics to Save California's Decimated Salmon Population
By MATT RICHTEL

At a hatchery on the Klamath River, biologists are using genetic techniques to reduce inbreeding, though some argue natural methods are more effective.

Published: January 19, 2016 at 06:00AM

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giovedì 14 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: Contracts Announced for Runs to Space Station

Contracts Announced for Runs to Space Station
By KENNETH CHANG

NASA announced on Thursday the companies it had selected for a second round of contracts to take cargo to the International Space Station.

Published: January 15, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Stories Spill Out as Spotlight Is Shined on Sexism in Astronomy

Stories Spill Out as Spotlight Is Shined on Sexism in Astronomy
By KAREN WORKMAN

Female students and professionals have been using the hashtag #astroSH to share stories of how sexism has affected them.

Published: January 15, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Searching for Cancer Maps in Free-Floating DNA

Searching for Cancer Maps in Free-Floating DNA
By CARL ZIMMER

A new study suggests that one day a simple blood test may tell doctors whether you have the disease and, if so, where it is.

Published: January 15, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Godzillium vs. Trumpium: Some Suggestions to Add to the Periodic Table

Godzillium vs. Trumpium: Some Suggestions to Add to the Periodic Table
By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR

What would you name a new element on the periodic table? Scientists will soon have to decide. New York Times readers had some suggestions.

Published: January 14, 2016 at 06:00AM

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mercoledì 13 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: Medical Device Maker Failed to Report Infections, Senate Report Says

Medical Device Maker Failed to Report Infections, Senate Report Says
By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS

Serious infections linked to scopes used to examine the small intestine have been more widespread than the F.D.A. knew, though manufacturers are required to report them, a panel says.

Published: January 14, 2016 at 06:00AM

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martedì 12 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: Michael W. Davidson, a Success in Microscopes and Neckwear, Dies at 65

Michael W. Davidson, a Success in Microscopes and Neckwear, Dies at 65
By KENNETH CHANG

Mr. Davidson created psychedelic images of crystallized substances like DNA and hormones. Many of those images ended up on ties, millions of which were sold.

Published: January 13, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: U.S. Restricts Movement of Salamanders, for Their Own Good

U.S. Restricts Movement of Salamanders, for Their Own Good
By CARL ZIMMER

Scientists hope that a rule making it illegal to import salamanders or move them across state lines, will help stop a deadly fungus.

Published: January 13, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: The 40,000-Mile Volcano

The 40,000-Mile Volcano
By WILLIAM J. BROAD

A major project in the Pacific Ocean off the West Coast is monitoring a steaming ridge full of living and mineral wonders on the ocean floor circling Earth.

Published: January 12, 2016 at 06:00AM

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lunedì 11 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: As U.S. Modernizes Nuclear Weapons, ‘Smaller’ Leaves Some Uneasy

As U.S. Modernizes Nuclear Weapons, 'Smaller' Leaves Some Uneasy
By WILLIAM J. BROAD and DAVID E. SANGER

The Energy Department and the Pentagon have been readying a weapon with a build-it-smaller approach, setting off a philosophical clash in the world of nuclear arms.

Published: January 12, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: The Arrival of Electric Light

The Arrival of Electric Light
By NICHOLAS BAKALAR

A Times article on April 15, 1858, out of Havana mentioned the technology, but it would be two decades before Thomas Edison's name appeared.

Published: January 12, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Pouring a Foundation on Mars

Pouring a Foundation on Mars
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Researchers devise a building material that could be made from materials on the planet.

Published: January 12, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Rethinking the Airplane, for Climate’s Sake

Rethinking the Airplane, for Climate's Sake
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

Although aviation was left out of the climate treaty adopted in December, reducing emissions remains a priority at the core of several research efforts.

Published: January 12, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: DNA From Facial Tissue?

DNA From Facial Tissue?
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

A used tissue can provide copious amounts of DNA, so the chief concerns are proper identification and safe storage.

Published: January 12, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Signs of the ‘Human Age’

Signs of the 'Human Age'
By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR

A team of scientists argue Earth has now entered a distinct age from the Holocene epoch, due to the colossal changes humans have made since the mid-20th century.

Published: January 11, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Studying Sharks’ Social Lives to Expose Their Friendly Side

Studying Sharks' Social Lives to Expose Their Friendly Side
By LAURA PARKER

Researchers in Australia are studying the social behavior of sharks to help battle the misconception that sharks are largely solitary killing machines.

Published: January 12, 2016 at 06:00AM

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sabato 9 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: Parasitic Infections Common in Roman Times

Parasitic Infections Common in Roman Times
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

Despite advances in sanitation, Romans were often infested with lice, tapeworms and more.

Published: January 12, 2016 at 06:00AM

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venerdì 8 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: Great White Shark Dies After Three Days in Captivity

Great White Shark Dies After Three Days in Captivity
By MIKE McPHATE

It was the world's only captive great white shark, a species that has proven difficult to keep in tanks.

Published: January 9, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Moonlight Drives Zooplankton’s Winter Migrations

Moonlight Drives Zooplankton's Winter Migrations
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

During Arctic winters, zooplankton migrate from the surface when they moon is full, a study found.

Published: January 12, 2016 at 06:00AM

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giovedì 7 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: No Short-Term Fix for California Methane Leak

No Short-Term Fix for California Methane Leak
By HENRY FOUNTAIN

After early efforts to plug a leaky well failed, officials see a relief well as the solution. But drilling such a well takes time.

Published: January 8, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Venomous Sea Snakes Showing Up in Distress at Beaches

Venomous Sea Snakes Showing Up in Distress at Beaches
By KAREN WORKMAN

New reports of the snakes on Australian beaches came after the rare appearance of two in California.

Published: January 7, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Genetic Flip Helped Organisms Go From One Cell to Many

Genetic Flip Helped Organisms Go From One Cell to Many
By CARL ZIMMER

Some simple changes in ancient organisms might have given rise to a world of multicellular animals.

Published: January 12, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Bacterium in Ötzi the Iceman’s Stomach Offers Clue on Human Migration

Bacterium in Ötzi the Iceman's Stomach Offers Clue on Human Migration
By NICHOLAS WADE

An insight into the peopling of Europe has emerged from an unlikely source — the stomach contents of a 5,300-year-old body pulled from a thawing glacier.

Published: January 8, 2016 at 06:00AM

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mercoledì 6 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: Study Finds That Weather Disasters Took a Heavy Toll on Crops

Study Finds That Weather Disasters Took a Heavy Toll on Crops
By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR

Droughts and heat waves wiped out nearly a tenth of some cereal crops in countries hit by extreme weather from 1964 to 2007, researchers say.

Published: January 7, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Comparisons Don’t Support North Korea’s Claims of a Hydrogen Bomb, Experts Say

Comparisons Don't Support North Korea's Claims of a Hydrogen Bomb, Experts Say
By WILLIAM J. BROAD

Experts said comparisons of underground nuclear tests over the past several decades suggested that the North Koreans were exaggerating.

Published: January 7, 2016 at 06:00AM

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lunedì 4 gennaio 2016

NYT Science: Behind a Shopping Center in New Jersey, Signs of a Mass Extinction

Behind a Shopping Center in New Jersey, Signs of a Mass Extinction
By KENNETH CHANG

For decades, a quarry provided sand used for water filtration. Now it's lush with fossil discoveries and opened annually to the public.

Published: January 5, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Study Shows Larger Effect of Clouds on El Niño

Study Shows Larger Effect of Clouds on El Niño
By SINDYA N. BHANOO

The research indicates that cirrus clouds trap the heat coming off the Pacific Ocean, further warming the atmosphere.

Published: January 5, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Amateur Sleuths on the Dinosaur Trail

Amateur Sleuths on the Dinosaur Trail
By DAVID MARK SIMPSON

With only two field paleontologists, the Forest Service has turned for help to a small group of amateur fossil-hunters, many in their 70s and 80s.

Published: January 5, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: A Reprieve for Fungus-Battered Frogs

A Reprieve for Fungus-Battered Frogs
By RACHEL NUWER

Researchers on the Spanish island of Majorca have succeeded in eradicating a disease that is devastating amphibians around the world.

Published: January 5, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: In a First, Element Will Be Named by Researchers in Japan

In a First, Element Will Be Named by Researchers in Japan
By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR

Element 113 is credited to scientists from the Riken institute in Japan, who will bestow an official name more than 12 years after they began their efforts.

Published: January 5, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor
By Unknown Author

Readers react to articles in Science Times.

Published: January 5, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Comparing Children’s and Parents’ Heights

Comparing Children's and Parents' Heights
By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Doctors often use a fairly simply formula to predict the adult height of a child, based significantly on the parents' heights.

Published: January 5, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: Power of the Tongue

Power of the Tongue
By DAVID FRANK and JAMES GORMAN

Small chameleons have a stronger and longer tongue to shoot out faster than those of larger chameleons.

Published: January 4, 2016 at 06:00AM

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NYT Science: No Disguising the Power of a Smaller Chameleon’s Tongue

No Disguising the Power of a Smaller Chameleon's Tongue
By JAMES GORMAN

The animal has an apparatus that can shoot to about two and a half body lengths, accelerating at about 8,500 feet per second per second.

Published: January 4, 2016 at 06:00AM

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