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Black Scientists Held Back by Perceptions of Their Priorities

NYT Science - 54 min 58 sec ago
New research suggests “hard/lab science” is valued over “patient-focused science” in awarding research grants.

Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing

NYT Science - 1 hour 23 min ago
Scientists at a company lab said they had taken a big step toward creating a machine that would make today’s supercomputers look like toys.

That New Alzheimer’s Drug? Don’t Get Your Hopes Up Yet

NYT Science - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 13:48
After declaring aducanumab a failure, the manufacturer now says the drug may help slow cognitive decline in certain patients. Some experts are skeptical.

Lighthouse moved 70m on rails to save it from falling into sea

BBC Science - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 12:39
Coastal erosion threatened to topple Denmark's Rubjerg Knude lighthouse - but now it's being moved.

Trump Administration Moves to Lift Protections for Fish and Divert Water to Farms

NYT Science - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 11:18
The Trump administration eased protections on a small California fish, allowing water to be diverted from its estuary habitat to large Central Valley farms.

Who Drank the Kool-Aid? How Children Get Hooked on Sugary Drinks

NYT Science - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 10:39
Misleading marketing and labeling may confuse parents about the health value of many juices, a new report finds.

Climate change: Switch to 100% organic farming would boost emissions

BBC Science - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 09:38
Going fully organic in England and Wales would require more imports of food and increase carbon output.

'Molar Berg': Getting a measure of Antarctica's big new iceberg

BBC Science - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 08:31
Scientists use satellites to run the rule over the White Continent's latest mega-berg.

Fossil Fuels on Trial: New York’s Lawsuit Against Exxon Begins

NYT Science - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 08:09
After four years of investigation and finger-pointing, a trial about whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about the financial risks of climate change begins on Tuesday.

Bezos floats 'national team' to build Moon lander

BBC Science - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 07:21
Four aerospace firms will team up in a bid to build a lunar landing system.

Jeff Bezos Announces Blue Origin’s Team Approach to NASA Moon Lander

NYT Science - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 06:34
The start-up launched by the Amazon founder will work with three older space companies in its bid to carry American astronauts back to the lunar surface.

How liquid air could help keep the lights on

BBC Science - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 06:15
The UK will build the first ever liquid air energy storage plant, based on an idea from a backyard inventor.

The World Can Make More Water From the Sea, but at What Cost?

NYT Science - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 02:00
As more places face a scarcity of fresh water, desalination is seen as a possible answer.  But energy and financial requirements limit how widely it can be used.

How space affects women and men differently

BBC Science - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 16:48
BBC Radio 5 Live speaks to a space gynaecologist about the impact of space travel on female astronauts.

The Loudest Bird in the World Has a Song Like a Pile Driver

NYT Science - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 16:36
When a mate approaches a male white bellbird in the Amazon, he whips around and sings his piercing tune right in her face.

Neanderthal 'glue' points to complex thinking

BBC Science - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 13:44
A Neanderthal tool from the Netherlands bears traces of ancient "glue".

Female astronauts answer questions from orbit after spacewalk

BBC Science - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 12:47
US astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch answer questions about their all-female space walk.

How the Butterfly Discovered Daylight

NYT Science - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 12:24
Nocturnal moths evolved into daytime butterflies not to escape bats, as biologists once thought, but to enjoy an abundant new drink: the nectar of flowering plants.

The Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Acidified the Ocean in a Flash

NYT Science - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 12:00
The Chicxulub event was as damaging to life in the oceans as it was to creatures on land, a study shows.

Climate change: Peatlands 'turning into carbon sources'

BBC Science - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 10:33
Scientists call for urgent action to prevent peatlands drying out and releasing vast stores of carbon.


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