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How science GCSEs in England are changing

BBC Science - 6 hours 19 min ago
Students will be graded numerically on a scale from 9 to 1.

How DNA can be used to store computer data

BBC Science - 6 hours 29 min ago
British scientists think DNA could be used to solve a global problem - where to store all our data.

Trilobites: What Makes Some Hair Curly? Not Quite What Scientists Thought

NYT Science - 7 hours 57 min ago
After testing two theories about what makes sheep’s wool kinky, researchers found flaws in existing ideas about how different types of cells contribute to curliness in hair.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose Last Year. Here Are the Top 5 Reasons.

NYT Science - 9 hours 38 min ago
The world needs to reduce emissions to avoid drastic global warming. For now, a new study shows, we’re moving in the opposite direction.

Origin of 'six-inch mummy' confirmed

BBC Science - 12 hours 53 min ago
Scientists investigate an unusual, small, mummified skeleton from Chile to establish is medical history.

Matter: Was a Tiny Mummified Skeleton an Alien? No, but the Real Story Is Almost as Strange

NYT Science - 13 hours 57 min ago
Known as “Ata,” the six-inch-long skeleton was discovered in Chile and may have had genetic mutations causing a bone disorder never before documented.

Global Health: South Sudan Halts Spread of Crippling Guinea Worms

NYT Science - 14 hours 53 min ago
It has been 15 months — longer than the worm’s life cycle — since the last case of infection, which means the parasite is nearing eradication in the country.

The Ruthless Phronima, and Other Hidden Wonders of the Sea

NYT Science - 15 hours 57 min ago
At the American Museum of Natural History, “Unseen Oceans” shines a light on the animals that call the ocean home and the humans who study them.

Plastic patch in Pacific Ocean growing rapidly, study shows

BBC Science - 16 hours 45 min ago
It is estimated some 80,000 tonnes of plastic is circulating in a patch between Hawaii and California.

Wreck of the Juneau Is Found, 76 Years After 5 Brothers Perished

NYT Science - 18 hours 18 min ago
The ship was torn apart by Japanese torpedoes during World War II. Hundreds of sailors died, including the five Sullivan brothers of Waterloo, Iowa.

Curiosity rover: 2,000 days on Mars

BBC Science - 21 hours 49 min ago
The Nasa robot this week celebrates 2,000 martian days investigating the surface of the Red Planet.

Anger over Sheffield's plan to fell healthy trees

BBC Science - 22 hours 18 min ago
Sheffield City Council's plan to fell thousands of healthy trees prompts angry protests.

'Radical change' needed on countryside

BBC Science - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 18:12
The UK government is failing rural communities and the natural environment, a report says.

AIDS Researcher Robert R. Redfield Named to Lead the C.D.C.

NYT Science - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 14:42
Dr. Redfield, a Baltimore AIDS researcher and advocate for medication-assisted therapies to treat addiction, will take over the public health agency.

More Cases Are Reported of Unusual Cancer Linked to Breast Implants

NYT Science - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 14:31
Women with breast implants have an increased risk of a type of lymphoma that can usually be cured by surgery alone — but not always.

Stephen Hawking to Be Interred at Westminster Abbey

NYT Science - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:17
The cosmologist’s ashes will be buried there later this year, near a few legendary scientists like Darwin and Newton.

Borrowing G.O.P. Playbook, Democratic States Sue the Government and Rack Up Wins

NYT Science - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:08
Democratic attorneys general are suing the Trump administration, just as their Republican counterparts sued the Obama administration. Each side has scored victories.

Trilobites: Robotic Fish to Keep a Fishy Eye on the Health of the Oceans

NYT Science - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 11:48
Researchers introduced SoFi, a soft robotic fish that can be operated underwater with a souped up Super Nintendo controller.

Making Magic Out of Thin Air

NYT Science - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 08:21
How do married clowns make wordless wizardry with balloons, umbrellas, packing peanuts and fabric? Turn on those electric fans.

Where Do Birds Flock Together? Australians Are Mailing In Feathers to Help Find Out

NYT Science - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 02:00
Kate Brandis, an Australian researcher, has enlisted the public to help her track elusive waterfowl as the country’s wetlands disappear.


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