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Amazon fires: Brazil governors push Bolsonaro to accept aid

BBC Science - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 03:42
The plea from the governors comes after a spat between President Bolsonaro and the French president.

Scientists Fertilize Eggs From the Last Two Northern White Rhinos

NYT Science - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 02:00
A mother and daughter are the only two northern white rhinoceroses left in the world. Their eggs were fertilized using sperm from males who have died.

What’s Killing California’s Sea Otters? House Cats.

NYT Science - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 02:00
The state’s beloved sea mammals have been plagued by the deadly Toxoplasma parasite. They’re catching it from feral and pet cats.

'Starhopper': SpaceX engine testbed makes minute-long jump

BBC Science - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 01:37
The Californian rocket company demonstrates its new methane-burning engine in Texas.

Sacklers Would Give Up Ownership of Purdue Pharma Under Settlement Proposal

NYT Science - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 20:42
The company is in discussions to resolve thousands of lawsuits. Participants in the talks value the plan at between $10 billion and $12 billion.

Has Kenya's plastic bag ban worked?

BBC Science - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 16:55
Plastic carrier bags were made illegal, so how has the government enforced the ban?

Johnson & Johnson’s Brand Falters Over Its Role in the Opioid Crisis

NYT Science - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 16:34
An Oklahoma court case highlights the health care giant’s role in the epidemic as a leading supplier of opioid ingredients.

Philip Morris and Altria Are in Talks to Merge

NYT Science - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 16:19
With Altria’s investment in Juul, a combination of the tobacco giants would dominate the international market for e-cigarettes.

How fire shaped humans, and forged the modern economy

BBC Science - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 16:09
If you rule out everything made by fire, we would not be left with much of an economy at all.

Zoo trade in baby elephants banned internationally

BBC Science - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 08:42
The international wildlife regulator bans the capture and export of baby African elephants.

Could farmed insects be the perfect pet-food ingredient?

BBC Science - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 08:19
Insect-based foods may be better for pets than prime steak, according to the British Veterinary Association.

Amazon fires: Brazil to reject G7 offer of $22m aid

BBC Science - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 08:14
President Bolsonaro demands an apology from his French counterpart for calling him a liar.

Brazil Says It Will Reject $22 Million in Amazon Aid Pledged at G7

NYT Science - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 05:47
President Jair Bolsonaro suggested that President Emmanuel Macron’s real motive behind the offer, made at the Group of 7 summit, was to shield France’s agriculture from Brazilian competition.

A Raft of Floating Rock Stuns Sailors. But Can It Save the Reef?

NYT Science - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 04:11
Researchers are curious about whether marine life, hitching a ride on a raft of floating volcanic rock, could replenish the dying reef.

Insect-based food 'better for pets than top steak'

BBC Science - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 04:00
The body representing UK vets says pet food diets based on insects are a 'fantastic opportunity'.

Should You Take Your Shoes Off at Home?

NYT Science - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 02:00
We asked experts about one of the great philosophical questions.

Is It Time to Upend the Periodic Table?

NYT Science - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 02:00
The iconic chart of elements has served chemistry well for 150 years. But it’s not the only option out there, and scientists are pushing its limits.

'Rosalind Franklin' Mars rover assembly completed

BBC Science - Tue, 08/27/2019 - 00:34
Engineers in Stevenage, UK, finish building a robot that will search for life on the Red Planet.

Heat Deaths Jump in Southwest United States, Puzzling Officials

NYT Science - Mon, 08/26/2019 - 14:36
The number of heat-related deaths has more than tripled in Arizona and Nevada since 2014, new data show, raising concern about the limits of adaptation.

Ann Nelson, Expert on Particle Physics, Is Dead at 61

NYT Science - Mon, 08/26/2019 - 13:44
Dr. Nelson was celebrated for helping to address flaws in the Standard Model, the longtime basis for explaining how particles interact.


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