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Q&A: Born to Be an Ear Wiggler?

NY Times Science - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 07:02
Some people can control their auricular muscles to move the ear slightly but to a noticeable extent, an ability that seems to have a genetic basis.

Battery with inbuilt 'fire extinguisher' developed

BBC Science - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 06:07
Flames from an exploding battery were put out in less than half a second during tests.

ScienceTake: A Manakin Challenge for Researchers

NY Times Science - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 03:00
Male manakins, Panamanian birds, have acrobatic courtship dances. Scientists wanted to know if the activity was testosterone-related.

The Real Manakin Challenge

NY Times Science - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 03:00
Male manakins leap, flip and snap their wings to attract females. With a bit of testosterone the females perform some of the same difficult acrobatics.

Prince Charles co-authors Ladybird climate change book

BBC Science - Sun, 01/15/2017 - 10:22
Prince Charles co-authors a book for adults in the style of the well-known children's series.

SpaceX rocket successfully lifts off

BBC Science - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 10:40
SpaceX successfully launches a rocket, its first mission since an explosion in September.

SpaceX returns to flight with Falcon 9 rocket launch

BBC Science - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 10:11
The US SpaceX rocket company resumes operations after a launch pad explosion in September.

SpaceX Launches Rocket, Its First Since Explosion on Launchpad

NY Times Science - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 09:59
The return to business for Elon Musk’s company was successful, despite being overshadowed by questions about the viability of his long-range plans.

Scott Pruitt, Trump’s E.P.A. Pick, Backed Industry Donors Over Regulators

NY Times Science - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 08:30
If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Pruitt could be in charge of policing industries that have long helped advance his political career.

Australian Drug Maker Has Low Profile but Powerful Backers in Washington

NY Times Science - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 16:30
Representatives Chris Collins and Tom Price and other power players have substantial investments in Innate Immunotherapeutics, a company with no approved drugs.

Study Maps ‘Uniquely Devastating’ Genital Injuries Among Troops

NY Times Science - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 16:15
A new report found that more than 1,300 men in the American military suffered various injuries to their genitals or urinary tract while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Trilobites: Sometimes Nature is Morbid. That’s Why There’s #BestCarcass.

NY Times Science - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 15:26
A macabre Twitter battle emerged after a group of scientists who study African carnivores starting sharing photos of prey from the field.

Why Do Our Recorded Voices Sound Weird to Us?

NY Times Science - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 05:07
Many people are unpleasantly surprised when they hear recordings of themselves: Do we really sound like that?

Opinion: Big Sugar’s Secret Ally? Nutritionists

NY Times Science - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 00:21
The scientific consensus that all calories are equally fattening is outdated and dangerous.

Alien bird risk from pet trade

BBC Science - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 00:13
The trade in caged birds poses a risk to native species if birds manage to escape, research suggests.

Trilobites: For the First Time, a Ruby Sea Dragon Flaunts in Front of the Camera

NY Times Science - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 17:03
Scientists observed the bright red sea creatures in the waters off Western Australia with the help of a remotely operated vehicle.

Tidal lagoon: £1.3bn Swansea Bay project backed by review

BBC Science - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 09:43
Plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon off Swansea are backed in a government-commissioned review.

Orcas reveal the origin of menopause

BBC Science - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 09:04
By studying the long lives of killer whale families, researchers say they have solved the evolutionary mystery of the menopause.

Trilobites: Why Killer Whales Go Through Menopause

NY Times Science - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 09:00
Orcas are one of the few species that outlive their fertility, and researchers believe reproductive conflict between mothers and daughters might explain why they develop menopause.

Oliver Smithies, Tinkerer Who Transformed Genetics and Won a Nobel, Dies at 91

NY Times Science - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 17:41
Dr. Smithies discovered a powerful tool for identifying the roles of individual genes in health and disease.
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