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Trilobites: Using Harpoon-Like Appendages, Bacteria ‘Fish’ for New DNA

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:20
Seeing how microbes snatch new genetic material from their environment could help in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

Trilobites: This Burrowing Clam Is Not Boring. It Uses Acid to Make Its Home.

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 08:08
Researchers have solved the mystery of how this small species of giant clam forms its own cave inside the rock of a coral reef.

Einstein the Anti-Racist? Not in His Travel Diaries

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 07:39
The celebrated physicist’s journal during an international tour of China, Japan and other countries in the 1920s displays a “clear hallmark of racism,” an editor said.

Asteroids and Adversaries: Challenging What NASA Knows About Space Rocks

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 02:00
Two years ago, NASA dismissed and mocked an amateur’s criticisms of its asteroids database. Now Nathan Myhrvold is back, and his papers have passed peer review.

Huge Dust Storm on Mars Threatens NASA’s Opportunity Rover

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 14:34
The storm, which has blanketed a quarter of the planet, has plunged the rover into a “dark, perpetual night.”

A Landmark Diet Study Was Flawed. The Researchers Stand By the Findings Anyway.

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 14:32
A highly publicized trial in Spain found that the Mediterranean diet protects against heart disease. Now the original work has been retracted and re-analyzed, with the same result.

Trilobites: Aztec Turquoise Tiles May Solve a Mesoamerican Mystery

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:49
A recent geochemical analysis calls into question the idea of extensive contact between Mesoamerican and Southwest American cultures before the Spanish invaded.

Trilobites: Listen to the Sounds of Narwhals That Have Been Elusive to Science

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 11:19
As melting ice opens east Greenland to petroleum prospectors and cruises, scientists are rushing to study the noises made by a remote population of toothed whales.

Antarctica Is Melting More Than Twice as Fast as in 2012

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 11:00
The continent’s rate of ice loss is speeding up, which is contributing even more to rising sea levels.

Raccoon Climbs 25-Story Tower in St. Paul and Becomes a Sensation

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 10:12
Maintenance workers tried to rouse the raccoon from a second-story ledge in downtown St. Paul on Tuesday. It escaped and began a mesmerizing ascent.

Last March of the ‘Wooden Elephants’: Africa’s Ancient Baobabs Are Dying

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:34
Researchers fear the trees are parched by drought and rising temperatures linked to climate change.

Matter: A Crispr Conundrum: How Cells Fend Off Gene Editing

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:11
Scientists may need to bypass a cell’s cancer defenses in order to successfully edit its DNA. The finding raises questions about gene-editing advances.

How Universities Deal With Sexual Harassment Needs Sweeping Change, Panel Says

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 08:30
Current policies and programs have failed overwhelmingly to address and prevent the problem, said a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

Global Health: As an HIV Prevention Drug Surged in Australia, Condom Use Fell

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:58
Infection rates declined despite an rise in unprotected sex, suggesting widespread use of the drug may mitigate the effects of riskier behavior.

Extremely Large, Extremely Expensive: The Race for the Next Giant Telescopes

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:41
Even as astronomers await a verdict on construction of a huge telescope on Mauna Kea, they are still trying to figure out how to pay for the next stargazing Goliaths.

Nonfiction: Is Our Obsession With Wellness Doing Us In?

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:00
In “Natural Causes,” Barbara Ehrenreich argues that our quest for perfect health is fundamentally misguided.

Meet ‘the Million-Dollar Palate’ Behind a Flood of New Foods

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:35
From a lab at Oregon State, Sarah Masoni works with companies big and small to create flavors, develop products and market them.

Lasik’s Risks Are Coming Into Sharper Focus

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:04
Some patients who undergo the eye surgery report a variety of side effects. They may persist for years, studies show.

Basics: Secrets of the Y Chromosome

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 08:37
It’s not just what makes males into males. The sex chromosome also influences health in hidden ways, some experts believe, and may even explain why men have shorter life spans.

Trilobites: Do You Know What Lightning Really Looks Like?

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 02:00
Paintings by artists over centuries have consistently underestimated the number of root-like veins in a lightning strike, researchers found.