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Giant ice disk appears in Presumpscot River, Westbrook

BBC Science - 3 hours 39 min ago
The approximately 91m (298ft) wide frozen slab formed naturally and has been slowly spinning.

Sacklers Directed Efforts to Mislead Public About OxyContin, New Documents Indicate

NYT Science - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 16:59
A filing in a Massachusetts lawsuit contains dozens of internal Purdue Pharma documents suggesting the family was far more involved than the company has long contended.

Keep Your Crop Circles, Iowa: This Huge Ice Disk in a Maine River Is Churning Up Theories

NYT Science - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 15:12
Despite all the speculation, it’s not a landing zone for aliens. Scientists say the ice disks are an unusual but entirely natural phenomenon.

Here’s How the Shutdown Is Delaying Climate Data and Undercutting Scientists

NYT Science - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 15:04
A key global temperature report isn’t coming out this week because of missing data, and some long-term research projects are at risk.

Trilobites: When Fungi Fight Back

NYT Science - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:55
A mushroom species was found to sense predators and sent warning signals to other parts of its body, but how it does that remains a mystery.

Giant Ice Disk Spins in Maine River

NYT Science - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:40
Residents rushed to catch a glimpse of the ice disk. One woman captured the scene in a drone video. And scientists said the ice disks are an unusual — but entirely natural — phenomenon caused by changing water temperatures.

Nonfiction: Tracing the Rise of a Guardian Hacker

NYT Science - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:00
In “Breaking and Entering,” Jeremy Smith tells the story of a brilliant, larger-than-life computer scientist who runs her own boutique cybersecurity firm.

World's loneliest frog finds a possible mate

BBC Science - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 06:45
The world's loneliest frog, known as Romeo, finds a possible mate after water frogs found in the wild.

World's 'loneliest' frog gets a date

BBC Science - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 06:02
Scientists find a Juliet for water frog, Romeo, once thought to be the last of his kind in the world.

Cern plans even larger hadron collider for physics search

BBC Science - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 06:01
The Future Circular Collider could be Europe's £20bn successor to the existing Large Hadron Collider.

China's Moon mission sees first seeds sprout

BBC Science - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 03:08
The seeds, inside a sealed container, are the first plants ever grown on the Moon's surface.

North Korea’s Less-Known Military Threat: Biological Weapons

NYT Science - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 23:30
Military analysts are increasingly concerned about the nation’s “advanced, underestimated and highly lethal” bioweapons program.

F.D.A. Says It Will Resume Inspecting Some High-Risk Foods

NYT Science - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 17:30
Despite the federal shutdown, some agency inspectors are returning to work and will begin performing food safety visits without pay this week, the F.D.A. commissioner said.

Elias M. Stein, Mathematician of Fluctuations, Is Dead at 87

NYT Science - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 14:59
Arriving from Europe with diamonds in his shoes (hidden there), he found renown in his field with real-world applications, like charting a stock market.

Calculator: Opioids, Car Crashes and Falling: The Odds of Dying in the U.S.

NYT Science - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 14:34
A new report found that, for the first time, Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than in a vehicle crash. But the likeliest causes of death are still heart disease and cancer.

The Strange Marketplace for Diabetes Test Strips

NYT Science - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 13:11
It is legal to resell unused test strips for blood glucose, and many patients do, driving an unusual trade online and on the streets.

Rise of the Golden Jackal

NYT Science - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:17
A species that was barely known in Europe now vastly outnumbers wolves there, and is rapidly spreading north and west.

Take a Number: You’re Not Getting Much Taller, America. But You Are Getting Bigger.

NYT Science - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 11:15
New government data charts some interesting changes in average bodies over recent decades.

Global Health: A Silver Bullet Against the Brain-Eating Amoeba?

NYT Science - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 10:00
Minuscule particles coated with anti-seizure drugs seem to halt microbes that feed on brain tissue.

Concerns over increase in toxic brine from desalination plants

BBC Science - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 07:39
Operations to extract fresh water from the sea are now producing 50% more of this salty effluent than expected.

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