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Peter Kirstein, Father of the European Internet, Is Dead at 86

NYT Science - Wed, 01/08/2020 - 12:47
He was crucial to the spread of the protocols that underpin today’s internet (and gave Queen Elizabeth her own email address).

How a Fish Steals Its Ability to Glow

NYT Science - Wed, 01/08/2020 - 12:03
Many organisms have evolved bioluminescence, but the golden sweeper’s lights comes from the glowing shrimp in its diet.

Yes, This Cuttlefish Is Wearing 3-D Glasses

NYT Science - Wed, 01/08/2020 - 11:54
Scientists knew octopuses and squid don’t have any depth perception, but they had a hunch their cuttlefish cousins might.

The Flu Season May Yet Turn Ugly, C.D.C. Warns

NYT Science - Wed, 01/08/2020 - 06:30
Almost as many people are falling ill as did two years ago, in what was a particularly severe flu season. But this season’s virus is unusual, and it’s too early to tell how dangerous.

2019 Was Second Hottest Year on Record

NYT Science - Wed, 01/08/2020 - 05:13
2019 was a very hot year, with global average temperatures the second highest on record,by less than one-tenth of a degree Fahrenheit behind 2016. 

Cancer Death Rate Is in Steady Decline Among Americans

NYT Science - Wed, 01/08/2020 - 04:00
Breakthrough treatments for lung cancer and melanoma have driven down mortality overall. But progress has slowed for other cancers.

Australia to cull thousands of camels

BBC Science - Wed, 01/08/2020 - 03:59
Feral camels and horses will be shot dead as they are damaging settlements in search of water.

The Gene Drive Dilemma: We Can Alter Entire Species, But Should We?

NYT Science - Wed, 01/08/2020 - 02:00
A new genetic engineering technology could help eliminate malaria and stave off extinctions — if humanity decides to unleash it.

Natural History Museum will showcase 'fantastic beasts'

BBC Science - Tue, 01/07/2020 - 16:46
The Harry Potter universe will be used to shine a light on nature's own amazing creatures.

Food 'made from air' could compete with soya

BBC Science - Tue, 01/07/2020 - 16:43
Finnish scientists say the food could be grown with near-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

June Bacon-Bercey, 90, Pathbreaking Meteorologist, Is Dead

NYT Science - Tue, 01/07/2020 - 16:13
She is widely believed to have been the first African-American female meteorologist to forecast weather on television.

Vast 'star nursery' region found in our galaxy

BBC Science - Tue, 01/07/2020 - 12:36
Astronomers find a vast structure in our galaxy, made up of many interconnected "star nurseries".

Marine Labs on the Water’s Edge Are Threatened by Climate Change

NYT Science - Tue, 01/07/2020 - 10:00
A marine lab built to withstand hurricanes faces a slower menace: climate change. Problems arising wherever science operates at the shifting border of soil and sea.

Hints of Phantom Crater Found Under Volcanic Plateau in Laos

NYT Science - Tue, 01/07/2020 - 09:23
Scientists knew a meteorite impact had flung debris all over the world, but where it struck has remained a mystery.

Australia fires: Misleading maps and pictures go viral

BBC Science - Tue, 01/07/2020 - 07:44
Maps of Australia's fire crisis are spreading on social media but many are misleading.

Gravitational waves: Cosmic vibrations sensed from unusual star merger

BBC Science - Tue, 01/07/2020 - 03:03
Laser labs pick up a signal emanating from the collision of two dense, dead stars.

The Superpowers of Super-Thin Materials

NYT Science - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 23:50
In materials science, 2-D is the new 3-D.

SpaceX sends 60 more Starlink satellites into orbit

BBC Science - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 19:28
The California company's latest mission makes it the world's largest commercial satellite operator.

New E.P.A. Rule Would Reduce Truck Pollution, and Avert Tougher State Controls

NYT Science - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 09:50
The E.P.A. opened an effort to cut  pollution from trucks, an anomaly for an administration known for regulatory rollbacks but a move that would also pre-empt state rules.

A.I. Comes to the Operating Room

NYT Science - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 08:00
Images made by lasers and read by computers can help speed up the diagnosis of brain tumors during surgery.

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