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Trilobites: Scales, Feathers and Hair Have a Common Ancestor

NYT Science - 6 hours 10 min ago
An ancient reptilian creature was found by researchers to be the source of the spikes, plumage and fur that cover reptiles, birds and mammals.

Pet City: School’s Out for the Animals, Too

NYT Science - 9 hours 7 min ago
Pets (and the animals that eat them) are considered a valuable educational component by many New York educators, but with summer vacation, their care and feeding can pose a challenge.

American Drivers Regain Appetite for Gas Guzzlers

NYT Science - 9 hours 45 min ago
Setting aside concerns about global warming, consumers are unloading hybrid and electric vehicles in favor of bigger cars, pickups and S.U.V.s.

EU referendum: UK science wakes up to new future

BBC Science - 13 hours 15 min ago
UK science must fight to make sure it is not an after-thought as Britain renegotiates its relationship with the EU, say research leaders.

Buenos Aires to shut scandal-prone zoo

BBC Science - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 17:34
The mayor of Buenos Aires announces his administration has taken over the running of the city's zoo after a series of scandals.

Why Do We Inherit Mitochondrial DNA Only From Our Mothers?

NYT Science - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 13:13
New research investigates why paternal mitochondria perish in embryos.

Should Your Driverless Car Hit a Pedestrian to Save Your Life?

NYT Science - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 11:00
Surveys show that people generally believe autonomous vehicles should make an emergency decision for the greatest good — except if it might kill them.

Trilobites: What Old Monkeys and Old Humans Have in Common

NYT Science - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 10:50
Monkeys get more picky about certain relationships with age, suggesting biological origins to similar behavior in distantly-related humans.

Scientists hungry to deliver food system paradigm shift

BBC Science - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:02
Eight universities across northern England join forces to form a scientific powerhouse at the launch of a five-year, £16m global food research programme.

A Cautionary Tale of ‘Stem Cell Tourism’

NYT Science - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 17:28
Desperate patients are turning to therapy at unregulated clinics overseas that say they can treat many diseases. But one man experienced tragic consequences.

Rise of border fences hampers wildlife movements

BBC Science - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 16:50
The growth of border fences in Central and Eastern Europe in recent years is a "major threat" to wildlife, according to a new study.

Frog rescue: Last hope for endangered amphibian

BBC Science - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 16:08
How a shipping container became a last sanctuary for one of the world's most endangered amphibians, the mountain chicken frog.

Essay: Making the Case for More Than Just STEM

NYT Science - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 16:06
The writer says the humanities encourage schoolchildren to solve problems creatively, a skill not fostered solely through science and technology.

Trilobites: Watermelon Snow: Not Edible but Important for Climate Change

NYT Science - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 14:38
A study called for better understanding of potential effects on the climate of red algae that grows on snow in warmer months.

Abortion Pill Orders Rise in 7 Latin American Nations on Zika Alert

NYT Science - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 14:00
Orders rose from 36 to 76 percent in nations where the disease is causing babies to be born with tiny heads and damaged brains, a new study says.

Matter: Cancer Is Contagious Among Clams. What About Us?

NYT Science - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 10:05
Once considered a rarity, infectious tumors appear to be more common in the animal world than once believed.

Solar Impulse on track for Seville landing

BBC Science - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 06:20
The zero-fuel aeroplane, Solar Impulse, is aiming to complete its Atlantic crossing on Thursday with a landing in Seville.

Trilobites: Cassini’s Final Mission: Obliteration

NYT Science - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 02:00
The spacecraft is preparing to plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere to ensure that nothing from Earth is left on the planets moons, which could host life.

Diesels more polluting below 18C, research suggests

BBC Science - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 21:00
Pollution from many popular diesel cars is much worse when it is colder than 18C outside, new research suggests.

'Last breath'

BBC Science - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 16:59
In June 1997, astronauts on the Russian space station Mir faced disaster after the worst collision in the history of manned space flight.

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