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Has another interstellar visitor been found?

BBC Science - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 07:14
An amateur astronomer has discovered a comet that could come from outside our Solar System.

For Poison-Dart Frogs, Markings Matter When It Comes to Survival

NYT Science - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 06:53
An experiment found that white-striped frogs were less effective at scaring off predators than frogs with yellow stripes. Yet both populations are thriving.

Lovers of Modena skeletons holding hands were both men

BBC Science - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 04:39
The male skeletons, buried in Roman times, have been holding hands for around 1,500 years.

Jane Goodall Keeps Going, With a Lot of Hope (and a Bit of Whiskey)

NYT Science - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 02:44
During her girlhood, Tarzan was her role model. When she realized how chimpanzee habitats were being destroyed, she turned into a crusader. At 85, she’s still preaching.

Stargazing in a War Zone: Veterans on Natural Beauty in Dangerous Places

NYT Science - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 02:00
Veterans share the moments during deployments when natural beauty took their breath away, even if just for a moment.

Farmers 'misunderstand' Wales rewilding project

BBC Science - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 00:04
Plans to restore ecosystems in the countryside will support landowners, its director says.

Extreme Weather Displaced a Record 7 Million in First Half of 2019

NYT Science - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 00:00
A new report puts 2019 on pace to be one of the most disastrous years in almost two decades even before the effects of Hurricane Dorian on the Bahamas are tallied. But there was also good news. 

A Breeding Ground for a Fatal Scourge: Nursing Homes

NYT Science - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 18:13
Drug-resistant germs, including Candida auris, prey on severely ill patients in skilled nursing facilities, a problem sometimes amplified by poor care and low staffing.

Australia bushfires are now 'hotter and more intense'

BBC Science - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 16:51
Scores of fires are raging across Australia's east coast, and the fire season has only just begun.

Deep sea habitats survey spots shipwreck

BBC Science - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 16:00
The ship is believed to be a cargo vessel sunk by a submarine during World War Two.

Bloodhound Diary: Do the maths

BBC Science - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 15:06
The approaching high-speed trials will help validate the assumptions that went into building the world's fastest car.

In the South Pacific, a Humpback Whale Karaoke Lounge

NYT Science - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 13:04
Male humpbacks sing songs that are distinctive to their breeding grounds. A gathering spot 700 miles from New Zealand may explain why the songs evolve from year to year.

Climate Denialist to Depart White House National Security Council

NYT Science - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 11:45
William Happer, a National Security Council adviser who tried unsuccessfully to create a federal panel to attack climate science, plans to leave the White House. 

Purdue Pharma Reaches Tentative Settlement in Thousands of Opioids Cases

NYT Science - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 11:44
The company and its owners, members of the Sackler family, have tentatively reached the first comprehensive settlement in thousands of cases nationwide.

Trump Administration Weighs Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes

NYT Science - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 11:42
As vaping-related illnesses spread, President Trump and top health officials met at the White House to discuss ways to keep the products away from teenagers.

Is It Time to Quit Vaping?

NYT Science - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 11:39
Public health officials have recommended that people consider refraining from vaping while they investigate hundreds of cases of lung illness and six deaths linked to e-cigarettes in a largely unexplained health scare. Here’s what we know so far.

Why Aren’t There Better Cancer Drugs? Scientists May Have Picked the Wrong Targets

NYT Science - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 11:38
Drugs can stop cancer cells if they attack the right proteins. But many of these targets were chosen with dated, imprecise technology, a new study suggests.

How Immunotherapy Might Be Used to Treat Heart Failure

NYT Science - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 11:25
Modified immune cells may be trained not just to attack cancer, but any cells in the body that cause disease, a new study suggests.

Water found for first time on potentially habitable planet

BBC Science - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 10:00
Astronomers discover water in the atmosphere of a "habitable" planet orbiting a distant star.

Project Oberon: UK eyes cluster of military radar satellites

BBC Science - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 08:14
Defence chiefs want a batch of small spacecraft able to see the Earth's surface in all weathers.

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