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India Launches 104 Satellites From a Single Rocket, Ramping Up a Space Race

NY Times Science - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 04:01
The country nearly tripled the previous record of 37, set by Russia, establishing itself as a major player in the growing market for surveillance and communication.

Football headers 'linked to brain damage'

BBC Science - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 02:58
Footballers suffer similar brain damage to boxers, a small scientific study suggests.

Intel Drops Its Sponsorship of Science Fairs, Prompting an Identity Crisis

NY Times Science - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:30
The chip giant is ending its support of the fairs and sponsoring newer events like homemade engineering contests. Critics say the traditional fairs are as vital as ever.

Humana Plans to Pull Out of Obamacare’s Insurance Exchanges

NY Times Science - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 17:28
President Trump seized on the company’s decision as support for his call to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Human Gene Editing Receives Science Panel’s Support

NY Times Science - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 16:08
Pressed by controversial, advancing technology, an influential committee laid out the conditions under which human embryos might be engineered with heritable traits.

Dubai Plans a Taxi That Skips the Driver, and the Roads

NY Times Science - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:31
Pilotless drones, capable of carrying one passenger and a small suitcase, are set to begin buzzing above the United Arab Emirates city as early as July.

Trilobites: Ancient Jars Hold Clues About Earth’s Fluctuating Magnetic Fields

NY Times Science - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:56
By scanning pottery from the Iron Age kingdom of Judah, geoscientists detected a spike and then a decline in the planet’s magnetic field starting in the eighth century B.C.

First live birth evidence in dinosaur relative

BBC Science - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 10:20
Scientists have uncovered the first evidence of live births in the group of animals that includes dinosaurs, crocodiles and birds.

History sheds light on Amazon's rich tree diversity

BBC Science - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 09:43
The rich, diverse communities of trees in the Amazon are the result of species spreading over the vast area over geological time, a study suggests.

Trilobites: How to Keep the Bloom on That Valentine Rose

NY Times Science - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 08:20
Just like hangover cures, there are many theories about the best method for keeping cut flowers fresh. Here’s what you need to know.

The mystery of the whoop whooping bee

BBC Science - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 06:51
Scientists think they have found the explanation behind sounds generated by bees

First Words: Is the ‘Anthropocene’ Epoch a Condemnation of Human Interference — or a Call for More?

NY Times Science - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 02:00
When some climate scientists began saying we’d entered a new epoch, they meant to draw attention to human effects on climate. Now, to their dismay, it’s become a tech call to arms for more disruption.

Op-Ed Contributor: When Canadian Scientists Were Muzzled by Their Government

NY Times Science - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 00:21
American scientists should learn from their northern neighbors. Reject interference. Stay vigilant. Stay scientists.

Grisly Cleanup Follows Deaths of 400 Whales in New Zealand

NY Times Science - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 16:07
Excavators and dump trucks moved over 200 decomposing carcasses of pilot whales away from the coastline. Gas buildup in the carcasses risked explosions.

Lower Back Ache? Be Active and Wait It Out, New Guidelines Say

NY Times Science - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 14:00
A national physicians’ group says back pain is treated best by exercise, massage therapy or yoga and over-the-counter pain relievers, not medications like opioids.

A Race to Document Rare Plants Before These Cliffs Are Ground to Dust

NY Times Science - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 09:44
The species native to Cambodia’s limestone karsts exist nowhere else. Now these unique environments are being pulverized for cement.

Banned chemicals persist in deep ocean

BBC Science - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 09:08
Chemicals banned in the 1970s have been found in the deepest reaches of the ocean, according to a new study.

Sharp Rise Reported in Older Americans’ Use of Multiple Psychotropic Drugs

NY Times Science - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 08:00
Almost half of these people were not diagnosed with any mood, chronic pain or sleep problem, researchers reported in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

ScienceTake: How a Little Bit of Hydra Regrows a Whole Animal

NY Times Science - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 02:00
A protein scaffold in the body of the hydra, a tiny predator, helps it regenerate a whole animal from even a small piece.

Growth Secrets of the Hydra

NY Times Science - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 02:00
The tiny hydra, a relative of jellyfish and a favorite in school biology labs, can regrow a whole animal from a piece, partly because even small remnants contain part of a protein scaffold that guides development.
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