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BBC Science - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 17:07
Winning photos from the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition

He Took a Drug to Prevent AIDS. Then He Couldn’t Get Disability Insurance.

NY Times Science - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 16:47
Insurers have denied life and disability coverage to men taking Truvada to prevent H.I.V. infection, say gay rights advocates and medical experts.

Great White demystified

BBC Science - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 16:36
Shark diving is helping tourists improve their perception about the largest predatory fish in the world.

New York Will Investigate Reports of Gay Men Denied Insurance

NY Times Science - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 16:32
Denying men life or disability policies because they take drugs to prevent H.I.V. is discriminatory and may trigger penalties.

Musk's Tesla to stay in space for millions of years

BBC Science - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 16:17
A car launched by Elon Musk could stay in space for millions of years before hitting Earth or Venus.

Peru Moves to Protect ‘One of the Last Great Intact Forests’

NY Times Science - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:00
While the United States may be weakening protections for wilderness, the creation of Yaguas National Park protects millions of acres from development and deforestation.

Quantum computers 'one step closer'

BBC Science - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:25
Quantum computing has taken a step forward with the recent development of a silicon-based programmable quantum processor.

AI does grunt work on China's pig farms

BBC Science - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 09:19
Alibaba rolls out a system that analyses pig squeals and coughs to improve pork production.

Mind: The First Step Toward a Personal Memory Maker?

NY Times Science - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 07:27
Electric pulses to the brain help subjects store memory, scientists have found. But the road to perfecting recall remains daunting.

Here Are the Places That Struggle to Meet the Rules on Safe Drinking Water

NY Times Science - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 06:21
Since 1982, between 3 and 10 percent of water systems in the United States have been in violation of federal health standards each year. Rural areas are especially struggling.

Crypto-currency craze 'hinders search for alien life'

BBC Science - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 03:43
A scientist says the search for alien intelligence has been hit by a shortage of computer hardware.

Australia Diary: Missing a Blue-Tongued Friend

NY Times Science - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 19:11
A reader discovers her husband had a loyal companion while tending to his garden.

Trilobites: Some Songbirds Have Brains Specially Designed to Find Mates for Life

NY Times Science - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 18:03
Systems in the brains of male and female songbirds are well-developed and finely tuned, but the wiring is different.

Anne Treisman, Who Studied How We Perceive, Dies at 82

NY Times Science - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:32
Her theories on how the brain sorts the avalanche of sensory input it receives to focus on a particular thing have been foundational in the field.

Trilobites: How Cockroaches Crash Into Walls and Keep Going

NY Times Science - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 16:00
The ability of the ancient pests may owe less to their speed than to their tough-shock absorbent exoskeletons. The finding could help engineers design tougher robots.

Debunked: The Strange Tale of Pope Gregory and the Rabbits

NY Times Science - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 16:00
Scientists have often recounted a story about the domestication of rabbits involving a pope and Lent. But it’s just not true.

BBC to ban single-use plastics by 2020 after Blue Planet II

BBC Science - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:31
The move comes after the 'shocking' scale of plastic waste featured on the Blue Planet II series.

Genes remain active after death

BBC Science - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:56
Cells continue to function even after an individual dies, a discovery that could be developed into a forensic tool.

The New Health Care: Heart Stents Are Useless for Most Stable Patients. They’re Still Widely Used.

NY Times Science - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:37
Why are so many people agreeing to an expensive procedure — and putting themselves at risk — for a placebo effect?

Amazon fish challenges mutation idea

BBC Science - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 05:19
Study of an Amazon fish has challenged ideas about how DNA gathers deadly mutations over time.
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