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Meet the scientists studying seal poo

BBC Science - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 16:01
Scientists in the Antarctic are monitoring seal poo to keep track of what's happening in the environment.

Global Health: F.D.A. Approves the First Vaccine for Dengue Fever, but Limits Its Use

NYT Science - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 14:00
The agency placed restrictions on who can get the vaccine, Dengvaxia. Its use overseas has lagged amid concerns over rare safety risks.

Shrimp From 5 U.K. Rivers Have One Thing in Common: Cocaine

NYT Science - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 08:07
A new study of chemicals in river wildlife found pesticides in many of its samples, and cocaine in all of them. The drug’s source remained a mystery.

Extinction Rebellion removes 'misguided' prison advice

BBC Science - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 06:23
The climate change group deletes advice saying "most prison officers are black and wish you no harm".

Syrup Is as Canadian as a Maple Leaf. That Could Change With the Climate.

NYT Science - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 02:00
A growing body of research suggests that warming temperatures linked to climate change may significantly shrink the range where it’s possible to make maple syrup.

You Will Never Smell My World the Way I Do

NYT Science - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 02:00
Scientists find that whiskey’s smokiness, the smell of beets and lily of the valley perfume can be utterly different depending on your genetic wiring.

The teenagers saving Madagascar's forest

BBC Science - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 21:10
Warnings about the future of the country's wildlife has led young locals to learn new skills to farm sustainably.

Biodiversity heroes: The teenagers saving Madagascar's wildlife

BBC Science - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 21:08
This quiet, teen revolution could pave the way to Madagascar's sustainable future.

Could high-flying drones power your home one day?

BBC Science - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 16:29
How kites and drones could generate electricity to supplement conventional wind turbines.

McKesson, Drug Distribution Giant, Settles Lawsuit Over Opioids in West Virginia

NYT Science - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 14:52
The state accused the nation’s largest drug distributor of flooding rural counties with opioids. McKesson denied the allegations in a $37 million settlement.

Science Academy Pushes to Eject Members Found Guilty of Sexual Harassment

NYT Science - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 13:27
A preliminary vote by the National Academy of Sciences was the latest move to address discrimination against women in historically male-dominated science fields.

F.D.A. Won’t Ban Sales of Textured Breast Implants Linked to Cancer

NYT Science - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 12:43
Many other countries have already banned the products. But the U.S. agency said the risk was still low, despite repeated requests from women and doctors that the implants be removed from the market.

Trilobites: How Parasites Help a Forest Clean Up

NYT Science - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 12:34
Beetles digest more wood when infected by nematodes, potentially benefiting the whole ecosystem.

Top Executives of Insys, an Opioid Company, Found Guilty of Racketeering

NYT Science - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 12:03
The defendants, from Insys Therapeutics, were accused of conspiring to bribe doctors to prescribe a fentanyl-based painkiller.

Trilobites: Why Is This Ostrich Wearing an Extra Set of Wings?

NYT Science - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 11:00
Scientists took a creative approach to studying how dinosaurs evolved the flying abilities of modern birds.

Interior Dept. Loosens Offshore-Drilling Safety Rules Dating From Deepwater Horizon

NYT Science - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 10:17
The loosening of regulations on offshore drilling equipment has been a been a key piece of President Trump’s efforts to ease restrictions on fossil fuel companies.

On a Coastline With 1,200 Dead Dolphins, Fishermen and Conservationists Clash

NYT Science - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 10:01
More common dolphins have washed up dead on France’s Atlantic Coast since January than in all of 2017 or 2018. Scientists blame fishing. Fishermen are pushing back.

Staking Out Battle Lines, House Votes to Keep U.S. in Paris Climate Pact

NYT Science - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 09:33
The House passed a bill on Thursday that would block President Trump from quitting the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Gravitational waves hunt now in overdrive

BBC Science - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 07:17
The LIGO-VIRGO instruments tasked with detecting gravitational waves triggered five times in April.

Climate change: UK 'can cut emissions to nearly zero' by 2050

BBC Science - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 16:46
It could be done at no added cost from previous estimates, and reduce GDP by just 1-2%, a report says.

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