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Got a Thyroid Tumor? Most Should Be Left Alone.

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 13:34
A new report in The New England Journal of Medicine confirms what many cancer researchers have known — that an “epidemic” can be traced to overdiagnosis.

Trilobites: Some Turtles See Red Better Than You Do

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:15
A “red gene” that originated from dinosaurs gives some birds and turtles special color vision, allowing them to see differences in shades that aren’t detectable to humans.

Raw Data: The Known: Cancer Is Really, Really Old. The Unknown: How Common It Was.

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 10:53
A fossilized bone tumor in South Africa is the oldest known case of cancer, researchers say. The extent of the disease so long ago remains elusive.

Q&A: Why Do Schools of Fish Seem to Know One Hand From the Other?

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 10:36
The synchronized behavior of schools of fish fascinates researchers, who have yet to fully determine what factors determine the direction they go.

By Degrees: America’s First Offshore Wind Farm May Power Up a New Industry

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 09:27
A just-completed project off the coast of Rhode Island, though relatively tiny, is at the forefront of a sea-based transition to renewable energy.

Ang Lee Is Embracing a Faster Film Format. Can Theaters Keep Up?

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 09:03
“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” will be shown in a new format at the New York Film Festival, but Sony is still figuring out how to best show it beyond New York.

Mystery stone structure under Neolithic dump on Orkney

BBC Science - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 06:42
Archaeologists have uncovered a mysterious stone structure buried under what they describe as Scotland's "largest Neolithic rubbish dump".

Spider silk helps creates microscope superlens

BBC Science - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 04:27
Spider silk is used to create a superlens for a microscope, allowing Bangor University scientists to view objects previously deemed "invisible".

The New Health Care: The Life-Changing Magic of Choosing the Right Hospital

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 02:00
Traveling a little farther for a higher-quality place can have a measurable difference in outcomes.

Whose Lives Should Be Saved? Researchers Ask the Public

NY Times Science - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 19:03
For the past few years, researchers have been holding forums to see how people would ration limited medical resources during disasters or pandemics.

New York City Wages War on the Zika Virus

NY Times Science - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 17:29
Health officials are preparing for the arrival of locally transmitted cases of the virus by laying traps, spraying and conducting lab tests.

D.A. Henderson, Doctor Who Helped End Smallpox Scourge, Dies at 87

NY Times Science - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 16:51
Starting in 1966, Dr. Henderson, known as D.A., led the World Health Organization’s war on the smallpox virus, and achieved success astonishingly quickly.

English Village Becomes Climate Leader by Quietly Cleaning Up Its Own Patch

NY Times Science - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 09:26
In Ashton Hayes, residents have banded together to cut greenhouse emissions with solar panels, wine-and-cheese nights and no politicians.

The Beat, and the Bug Spray, Go On in South Beach Despite Zika Threat

NY Times Science - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 13:22
There was some worry, but not enough to dim the party atmosphere. Said one man: “Maybe it’s only a problem if there’s a big swarm. I’m pretty chill.”

Poverty, Drought and Felled Trees Imperil Malawi Water Supply

NY Times Science - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 09:34
The practice of depleting the forest for precious fuel during hard times has been taking a toll at taps in the capital city, Lilongwe.

California wildfires: Blue Cut blaze curbed as evacuees return

BBC Science - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 03:13
Firefighters in California gain ground in tackling the massive Blue Cut wildfire, containing around 40% and allowing many evacuees to return home.

Why Do You Want a Pet? Can You Afford It?

NY Times Science - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 02:01
The question of whether to get a pet is more complex than you’d think. The needs of the animal are as important as the needs of the owner, experts say.

Pregnant Women Advised to Avoid Travel to Active Zika Zone in Miami Beach

NY Times Science - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 17:57
Federal health officials issued a broad advisory after Florida identified five new infections from local transmissions and a second active Zika zone.

What We Know and What We Don’t Know About the Zika Cases in South Florida

NY Times Science - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 16:03
Thirty-six people have caught the Zika virus in southern Florida, but no one knows how large an area is affected or how long the danger will last.

Trilobites: Bird Song Found to Somehow Protect Babies From High Temperatures

NY Times Science - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:44
Their parents sing for Australian finches when they are about to hatch, and it somehow helps them thrive in high temperatures.
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