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July 12, 2019
Rhinos and Their Gamekeepers Benefit from AI
Starting in 2017, an artificial intelligence monitoring system at the Welgevonden Game Reserve in South Africa has been helping to protect rhinos and their caretakers.
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July 11, 2019
Backpack Harvests Energy as You Walk
The pack produces a steady trickle of electricity from the swinging motion of your stuff. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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July 9, 2019
Why Baseballs Are Flying in 2019
An analysis of the 2019 edition of the Major League baseball points to reasons why it's leaving ballparks at a record rate.
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July 4, 2019
Some Hot Dog Histology
A lab analysis found that even an all-beef frankfurter had very little skeletal muscle, or "meat." So what’s in there? Christopher Intagliata reports. 
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July 2, 2019
Mind and Body Benefit from Two Hours in Nature Each Week
People who spent at least two hours outside—either all at once or totaled over several shorter visits—were more likely to report good health and psychological well-being. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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June 30, 2019
Scientist Encourages Other Women Scientists to Make Themselves Heard
Geneticist Natalie Telis noticed few women asking questions at scientific conferences. So she publicized the problem and set about to make a change. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 27, 2019
Male Bats Up Mating Odds with Mouth Morsels
Males that allow females to take food right out of their mouths are more likely to sire offspring with their dining companions.
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June 27, 2019
Scientists Fool Flies with "Virtual Tastes"
By switching fruit flies' sensory neurons on and off with light, scientists were able to create the sensation of sweet or bitter tastes. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 26, 2019
Wheat Plants "Sneeze" and Spread Disease
Wheat plants' leaves repel water, which creates the perfect conditions for dew droplets to catapult off the leaves—taking pathogenic spores for the ride. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 25, 2019
Elite Runners' Microbes Make Mice Mightier
Mice that were fed bacteria isolated from elite athletes logged more treadmill time than other mice that got bacteria found in yogurt.
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June 24, 2019
Science News Briefs from around the World
A few brief reports about international science and technology from Canada to Kenya, including one about how humans thousands of years ago in what is now Argentina butchered and presumably ate giant ground sloths.
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June 22, 2019
Antiperspirant Boosts Armpit and Toe-Web Microbial Diversity
Rather than wiping microbes out, antiperspirants and foot powders increased the diversity of microbial flora in armpits and between toes. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 18, 2019
Monkey Cousins Use Similar Calls
Two monkey species who last shared a common ancestor 3 million years ago have "eerily similar" alarm calls.
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June 16, 2019
How Millipedes Avoid Interspecies Sexual Slips
Millipedes, often blind, have come up with clever physical signals to ward off sexual advances from members of wrong species.
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June 13, 2019
You Contain Multitudes of Microplastics
People appear to consume between 74,000 and 121,000 microplastic particles annually, and that's probably a gross underestimate.
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June 13, 2019
A Biodegradable Label Doesn't Make It So
At the third Scientific American “Science on the Hill” event, “Solving the Plastic Waste Problem”, one of the issues discussed by experts on Capitol Hill was biodegradability.  
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June 6, 2019
High School Cheaters Nabbed by Neural Network
Researchers trained a neural network to scrutinize high school essays and sniff out ghostwritten papers. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 5, 2019
Preserved Poop Is an Archaeological Treasure
Anthropologists found parasite eggs in ancient poop samples, providing a glimpse of human health as hunter-gatherers transitioned to settlements. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 4, 2019
Remembering Murray Gell-Mann
Murray Gell-Mann, 1969 Nobel Laureate in Physics who identified the quark, died May 24th.
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May 30, 2019
Bonobo Mothers Supervise Their Sons' Monkey Business
Some wild female bonobos introduce their sons to desirable females—then make sure their relations won’t be interrupted by competing males. Karen Hopkin reports.
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May 29, 2019
Music May Orchestrate Better Brain Connectivity in Preterm Infants
Preterm babies who listened to music in the neonatal intensive care unit had brain activity that more closely resembled that of full-term babies. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 24, 2019
Icy Room Temperatures May Chill Productivity
A new study suggests women's performance on math and verbal tasks increases as room temperature rises, up to about the mid 70s F. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 22, 2019
Bird Beak Shapes Depend on More Than Diet
A study found that only a small percentage of bird beak shape variation is dependent on diet, with other factors like display and nest construction probably playing parts too.
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May 21, 2019
Ancient Gum Gives Archaeologists Something to Chew On
Chewing gums discovered in western Sweden contain the oldest human DNA found in Scandinavia. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 17, 2019
Nobelist: Harness Evolution as a Problem-Solving Algorithm
Frances Arnold, the Caltech scientist who shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, says evolution can show us how to solve problems of sustainability.
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May 16, 2019
Unread Books at Home Still Spark Literacy Habits
Growing up in a home filled with books enhances enhances intellectual capacity in later life, even if you don't read them all.
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May 15, 2019
Kid Climate Educators Open Adult Eyes
A study finds that kids, especially daughters, are effective at teaching their parents about climate issues.
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May 15, 2019
Penguin Poop Helps Biodiversity Bloom in Antarctica
Ammonia from penguin poop gets carried on Antarctic winds, fertilizing mosses and lichens as far as a mile away. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 13, 2019
Ancient Whiz Opens Archaeology Window
The residue of ancient urine can reveal the presence of early stationary herder-farmer communities.
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May 9, 2019
U.S. Coral Reefs Do $1.8 Billion of Work Per Year
By dampening the energy of waves, coral reefs protect coastal cities from flooding damage and other economic losses. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 6, 2019
Could Air-Conditioners Help Cool the Planet?
Researchers want to outfit air conditioners with carbon-capture technology. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 3, 2019
Chemists Investigate Casanova's Clap
In his memoirs, the womanizing writer Giacomo Casanova described suffering several bouts of gonorrhea—but researchers found no trace of the microbe on his handwritten journals. Karen Hopkin reports.
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May 2, 2019
Software Sniffs Out Rat Squeaks
Algorithms learned to sift ultrasonic rat squeaks from other noise, which could help researchers who study rodents’ emotional states. Lucy Huang reports.
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May 1, 2019
New Model Aims to Solve Mystery of the Moon's Formation
Scientists propose that the moon could have formed when a Mars-sized object slammed into an Earth covered in magma seas. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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April 30, 2019
Cats Recognize Their Names—but May Not Respond
Felines move their ears, heads and tails more when they hear their names compared to when they hear similar words. Jim Daley reports.
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April 27, 2019
Science News Briefs from All Over
A few brief reports about international science and technology from Liberia to Hawaii, including one on the discovery in Northern Ireland of soil bacteria that stop the growth of MRSA and other superbugs.
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April 26, 2019
Hurricane Maria Rain Amount Chances Are Boosted by Climate Change
The likelihood of an event like Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and of its massive precipitation, is fivefold higher in the climate of today than it would have been some 60 years ago
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April 26, 2019
Harder-Working Snakes Pack Stronger Venom
Snake venom toxicity depends on snake size, energy requirements and environmental dimensionality more than on prey size.
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April 25, 2019
River Dolphins Have a Wide Vocal Repertoire
Freshwater dolphins are evolutionary relics, and their calls give clues to the origins of cetacean communication in general. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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April 24, 2019
Honeybees Can Put Two and Two Together
The tiny brain of a honeybee is apparently able to calculate small numbers' addition and subtraction. Annie Sneed reports.
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April 20, 2019
4/20 Traffic Accidents Claim Curbed
A deeper data dive calls into question a 2018 study that found a spike in fatal traffic accidents apparently related to marijuana consumption on this date.
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April 20, 2019
Hyena Society Stability Has Last Laugh
Female hyenas keep their clans in line by virtue of their complex social networks. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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April 19, 2019
Gluten-Free Restaurant Foods Are Often Mislabeled
One in three gluten-free dishes tested at restaurants contained gluten—especially GF pizzas and pastas. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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April 18, 2019
What Chickens Can Teach Hearing Researchers
At an April 9th event sponsored by the Kavli Foundation and produced by Scientific American that honored Nobel and Kavli Prize winners, neuroscientists James Hudspeth and Robert Fettiplace talked about the physiology of hearing and the possibility of restoring hearing loss.
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April 16, 2019
Nobelist Says System of Science Offers Life Lessons
At an April 9th event sponsored by the Kavli Foundation and produced by Scientific American that honored Nobel and Kavli Prize winners, economist Paul Romer talked about how the social system of science offers hope for humanity and for how we can live with each other.
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April 13, 2019
Squeezed Potassium Atoms Straddle Liquid and Solid
At extreme pressures, potassium atoms can be both liquid and solid at the same time, a phase of matter known as "chain melt." Christopher Intagliata reports. 
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April 12, 2019
Urban Coyote Evolution Favors the Bold
Coyotes become fearless around people in just a few generations—which isn’t good for their longterm co-existence with humans in cities. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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April 11, 2019
Computers Turn an Ear on New York City
NYU’s “Sounds of New York City” project listens to the city—and then, with the help of citizen scientists, teaches machines to decode the soundscape. Jim Daley reports.
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April 9, 2019
Whitening Strips Alter Proteins in Teeth
Hydrogen peroxide in whitening treatments penetrates enamel and dentin, and alters tooth proteins. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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April 8, 2019
Infrared Light Offers a Cooler Way to Defrost
Light tuned to a specific frequency warms ice more than water—which could come in handy for defrosting delicate biological samples. Adam Levy reports.
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April 5, 2019
Spider Monkeys Optimize Jungle Acoustics
The monkeys lower the pitch of their "whinnies" when they're far from the rest of their group, which might help the calls travel further through jungle foliage. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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April 3, 2019
Tennessee Whiskey Relies on Missing Ingredients
Food chemists precisely measured how charcoal filtration contributes to Tennessee whiskey's smoother flavor. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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April 1, 2019
There's a Word for Today
English lacks some words that other languages pack with meaning.
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March 29, 2019
Bumblebee Queens Prefer Layovers to Nonstop Flights
Scientists tracked bumblebee queens with radar when they emerged from hibernation and found the bees take only brief flights en route to a new nest. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 27, 2019
Scenic City Sights Linked to Higher Happiness
Tracking the location and mood of 15,000 people, researchers found that scenic beauty was linked to happiness—including near urban sights like bridges and buildings. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 26, 2019
Tech's Brain Effect: It's Complicated
We don't yet know what the immersion in technology does to our brains, but one neuroscientist says the answer is likely to be that there's good, there's bad, and it's complex.
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March 23, 2019
Daylight Brings Toxic Beetles Together for Safety
During daylight hours, hundreds of bombardier beetles of multiple species will congregate together to more effectively ward off any predators not afraid of a lone beetle's toxic spray.
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March 19, 2019
Solar Jets Cause Standing Waves in Earth's Magnetic Field
When jets of charged particles from the sun hit our magnetosphere, some of the ensuing ripples travel toward the northern and southern poles and get reflected back. The resulting interference allows standing waves to form, like on a drumhead.
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March 19, 2019
Sing Solo for Higher Fidelity
By tracking duetting choir singers, researchers found that when an individual singer's pitch drifts off tune their partner’s tend to too. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 15, 2019
Edible Insect Breeding Led to Larger but Not Necessarily Better Larvae
Researchers aiming to lower the cost of mealworms were able to double the worms' size, but the larger larvae had fewer eggs and weaker offspring. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 12, 2019
Busting Earth-Bound Asteroids a Bigger Job Than We Thought
A new model suggests smashing killer space rocks with insufficient force could let gravity pull the pieces back together. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 11, 2019
Weekday–Weekend Sleep Imbalance Bad for Blood Sugar Regulation
Weekday sleep deprivation with weekend make-up sleeping seems to be worse for blood sugar control than even chronic sleep deprivation alone.
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March 8, 2019
Warm-Blooded Animals Lost Ability to Heal the Heart
Thyroid hormone, which helps warm-blooded animals regulate body temperature, also appears to put a halt on heart regeneration. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 6, 2019
Animal Migrations Track with Wikipedia Searches
By analyzing nearly 2.5 billion Wikipedia page views, researchers found species searches reflect seasonal animal migrations and plant blooming. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 5, 2019
Baseball Commish Talks Big Data
At a sports technology conference, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred addressed issues including an automated strike zone and advanced analytics.
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March 4, 2019
Background Music Might Stifle Creativity
Volunteers who listened to music solved fewer word puzzles than others who worked in silence. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 4, 2019
Science News Briefs from around the Globe
A few brief reports about international science and technology from Greenland to Palau, including one on the discovery of a trove of mummified cats in Egypt.
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March 1, 2019
Budding Yeast Produce Cannabis Compounds
Biologists have taken the genes that produce cannabinoids in weed and plugged them into yeast, making rare and novel compounds more accessible. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 26, 2019
Who Has "the Right Stuff" for Mars?
Humans traveling to Mars will be required to operate with a degree of autonomy human astronauts have never had, due to communication delays. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 25, 2019
Grandma's Influence Is Good for Grandkids
Grandmothers can enhance the survival of grandchildren. That is, unless grandma’s too old or lives too far away. Karen Hopkin reports.
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February 23, 2019
Should Robots Have a License to Kill?
Artificial intelligence experts, ethicists and diplomats debate autonomous weapons. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 21, 2019
Warming Climate Implies More Flies—and Disease
The incidence of foodborne illness could jump in a warming world, due to an increase in housefly activity. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 19, 2019
Light-Skin Variant Arose in Asia Independent of Europe
A new genetic study of Latin Americans provides evidence that gene variants for lighter skin color came about in Asia as well as in Europe. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 19, 2019
Teach Science Process over Findings
Seismologist and policy advisor Lucy Jones says science education needs to teach how science works more than just what it finds out.
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February 16, 2019
Human Diet Drugs Kill Mosquitoes' Appetite, Too
When researchers fed mosquitoes a drug used to treat people for obesity, the insects were less interested in hunting for their next human meal ticket. Karen Hopkin reports.
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February 15, 2019
Grazing Deer Alter Forest Acoustics
Deer populations have exploded in North American woodlands, changing forest ecology—and how sounds, like birdsong, travel through the trees. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 15, 2019
Elephant Weight Cycles with New Teeth
Elephants have six sets of teeth over their lives, sometimes two sets at once. At those times, they can extract more nutrition from food and put on weight.
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February 13, 2019
Finally Over for Mars Rover
The rover Opportunity has called it quits after working for more than 14 years on Mars.
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February 12, 2019
Our Brains Really Remember Some Pop Music
Although millennials' memory of recent pop tunes drops quickly, their ability to identify top hits from the 1960s through 1990s remains moderately high. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 9, 2019
Biologists Track Tweets to Monitor Birds
Conservation biologists can track the whereabouts of endangered species by the sounds they make, avoiding cumbersome trackers and tags. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 7, 2019
Desalination Could Cause Ecological Sea Change
An environmental assessment of the nation's largest desalination plant finds mixed results. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 7, 2019
Different Humpback Whale Groups Meet to Jam
Humpback populations from the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet up south of Africa and trade song stylings.
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February 4, 2019
Targeting Certain Brain Cells Can Switch Off Pain
By turning off certain brain cells, researchers were able to make mice sense painful stimuli—but not the associated discomfort. Karen Hopkin reports.
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January 31, 2019
Neandertal Spears Were Surprisingly Deadly
Javelin throwers chucking replicas of Neandertal spears were able to hit targets farther away, and with greater force than previously thought to be possible. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 30, 2019
"Rectenna" Converts Wi-Fi to Electricity
Researchers built a small, flexible device that harvests wi-fi, bluetooth and cellular signals, and turns them into DC electricity. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 29, 2019
Science News Briefs from the World Over
A few brief reports about international science and technology from Papua New Guinea to Kazakhstan, including one on the slow slide of Mount Etna in Italy.
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January 28, 2019
Cod Could Cope with Constrained Climate Change
Cod egg survival stays high with limited warming, but plummets when the temperature rises a few degrees Celsius in their current spawning grounds.
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January 26, 2019
Intimate Hermit Crab Keeps Shell On
A species of hermit crab appears to have evolved a large penis to enable intercourse without leaving, and thus possibly losing, its adopted shell.
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January 24, 2019
Ecologists Eavesdrop with Bioacoustics
By coupling audio recordings with satellite data and camera traps, ecologists can keep their eyes—and ears—on protected tropical forests. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 24, 2019
Saturn's Blingy Rings Are a Recent Upgrade
Though Saturn formed about 4.5 billion years ago, its rings were added relatively recently—only 100 million to 10 million years ago. Karen Hopkin reports.
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January 23, 2019
Do-Gooders Should Survey Communities First
Detroit residents declined an offer of free street trees—but were more willing to accept them if they had a say in the type of tree. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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January 19, 2019
Viewing This Weekend's Lunar Eclipse
A total lunar eclipse will grace the skies this Sunday, January 20—and it may or may not be red. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 18, 2019
"<i>Mona Lisa</i> Effect" Not True for <i>Mona Lisa</i>
The Mona Lisa effect is the illusion that the subject of a painting follows you with her gaze, despite where you stand. But da Vinci's famous painting doesn't have that quality. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 16, 2019
Ants Stick to Cliques to Dodge Disease
Ants infected with fungal pathogens steer clear of other cliques within the colony&mdash;avoiding wider infection, and allowing for a sort of immunity. Lucy Huang reports.
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January 13, 2019
Mistimed Migration Means Bird Death Battles
Climate change is shifting population numbers and nest building by resident and migratory birds in Europe&mdash;sometimes leading to deadly conflict. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 12, 2019
Monogamy May Be Written in Our Genes
In animal studies, a set of 24 genes involved in neural development, learning and memory, and cognition, seem to be associated with monogamy. Karen Hopkin reports.
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January 10, 2019
Seeing Superman Increases Altruism
Subject who saw a Superman poster were more likely to offer help than were people who saw another image.
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January 9, 2019
Inhaled RNA Might Help Heal Cystic Fibrosis
Scientists are working to correct a genetic defect in cystic fibrosis patients by having them inhale RNA. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 5, 2019
Invisible Killers Hitchhike on Native Plant Seedlings
More than a quarter of the seedlings sampled at native plant nurseries were infected with pathogens&mdash;which could hamper restoration work. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 3, 2019
Facebook Users Value the Service More Than Investors Do
Users of the social network said they'd require payment of more than $1,000 to quit the platform for one year. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 31, 2018
Science News from around the Planet
A few brief reports about international science and technology from Germany to Rwanda, including one on the discovery of the world's oldest known brewery, discovered in Israel.
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December 30, 2018
Turn Xmas Tree into Food and Medicine
Pine needles can easily be broken down into sugars as well as the building blocks of paint, adhesives and medicines. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 27, 2018
Simple Sugars Wipe Out Beneficial Gut Bugs
Fructose and sucrose can make it all the way to the colon, where they spell a sugary death sentence for beneficial bacteria. Karen Hopkin reports.
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December 27, 2018
Smarter Pricing Could Ease Parking Frustration
A new algorithm raises parking rates in busy neighborhoods and lowers them elsewhere, guaranteeing free parking spots regardless of location. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 25, 2018
"Hunger Hormone" Ghrelin Aids Overindulgence
Ghrelin, the hormone that makes you hungry, also makes food, and food smells, irresistibly appealing. Karen Hopkin reports.
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December 24, 2018
Colorful Peacocks Impress Females with Good Vibes
Peafowls' head crests are specifically tuned to the vibrations produced by feather-rattling male peacocks, thus acting as a sort of antenna. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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December 24, 2018
Measuring the Strength of a Person's Gaze
A new study suggests that, unconsciously, we actually do believe that looking exerts a slight force on the things being looked at. Karen Hopkin reports.
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December 22, 2018
"Relaxation Music" Works&mdash;but So Does Chopin
So-called "relaxation music" is only about as effective as a soothing Chopin piece at lulling listeners into a relaxed state. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 21, 2018
Bone Building Needs Bit of Breakdown First
The hormone irisin encourages bone remodeling, in part by first triggering another substance that encourages some bone breakdown.
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December 20, 2018
Frog Picks Maternity Ward Like Goldilocks
The Bahia's broad-snout casque-headed tree frog needs a pool to raise its young that's just right.
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December 19, 2018
You Gotta Scratch That Itch
A particular set of brain neurons may be behind registering itch and inducing us to scratch.
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December 14, 2018
Join <i>Blue Planet II</i> Live-Tweet
Starting December 16, ocean scientists will live-tweet the BBC documentary series Blue Planet II, available via Netflix.
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December 13, 2018
Big-Boned Chickens May Be Humans' Geologic Legacy
Millions of years from now, the geologic record of the "Anthropocene" will be littered with plastics, yes, but also chicken bones. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 12, 2018
Ancient Marine Reptiles Had Familiar Gear
Ichthyosaurs had traits in common with turtles and modern marine mammals, like blubber and countershading camouflage. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 12, 2018
Little Aphids Ride Big Ones to Safety
When trouble lurks, juvenile aphids drop off of the plants they're eating and hitch a ride on bigger aphid escapees.
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December 9, 2018
Utah's Deserts Are Bee Hotspots
The Trump administration is shrinking Utah's desert monuments, stripping some federal protections for wild pollinators. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 7, 2018
Who's a Smart Dog?!
An estimate of dog intelligence requires looking at non-dogs as well to understand what's special to canines and what is just typical of the taxonomic groups they're in.
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December 6, 2018
Data Reveals Most Influential Movies
By analyzing the network connections between 47,000 films on IMDb, researchers found the most influential films ever made. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 1, 2018
Blue Whales Have Changed Their Tune
In the last few decades blue whale calls have been getting lower in pitch&mdash;and a rebound in their numbers may be the reason. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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November 27, 2018
Smart Meters Speed Showers
Smart meters on showerheads encouraged hotel guests to conserve&mdash;even though they personally saved no money. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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November 26, 2018
Mars Mission Makes Clean Landing
The sounds of the Mars InSight Mission control room during the tense minutes leading to the landing on the surface.
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November 22, 2018
Do Wine over Those Brussels Sprouts
Taking a swig of red wine before eating Brussels sprouts appears to moderate Brussels sprouts' polarizing flavor. Christopher Intagliata reports
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November 20, 2018
Rains Bring a Microbial Massacre to Chilean Desert
Freak heavy rainstorms in 2015 and 2017 wiped out many dry-adapted microbes in the Atacama Desert, useful info in the search for life off Earth. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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November 18, 2018
Consensual Hugs Seem to Reduce Stress
People who had a conflict in a given day but also got hugged were not as affected by the negative interaction as were their unhugged counterparts.
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November 17, 2018
World's Largest Organism Faces Bleak Future
The single organism that is the Utah aspen grove known as Pando is on the decline due to herbivores wiping out its youngest tree outgrowths
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November 15, 2018
U.S. Immigrants Leave Country&mdash;and Microbes&mdash;Behind
Immigrants to the U.S. lose their native mix of gut microbes almost immediately after arriving in the U.S.&mdash;which researchers can't quite explain. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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November 14, 2018
Science News Briefs from All over
A few very brief reports about international science and technology from Alaska to Indonesia, including one on offshore dairy farming from the Netherlands.
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November 11, 2018
Babies and Chimps Share a Laugh
Adult humans laugh primarily on the exhale, but human babies laugh on the inhale and the exhale&mdash;as do chimps. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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November 9, 2018
Singing Fish Reveal Underwater Battles in the Amazon
Researchers recorded piranha "honks" and catfish "screeches" in the Peruvian Amazon, which might illuminate fish activity in murky jungle waters. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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November 8, 2018
Social Construct of Race Imposes Biology
Anthropologist Jennifer Raff argues that race is culturally created, but has biological consequences.
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November 7, 2018
Pandas Swoon to Particular Croons
Listening to the sounds panda pairs make when they're introduced could lead to better breeding success. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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November 2, 2018
First Benefit of Knowing Your Genome
The "low hanging fruit" of genome-related health care will be knowing which drugs are likely to treat you best, says science journalist Carl Zimmer.
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October 31, 2018
For Halloween, Consider the Chocolate Midge
A tiny fly, related to biting no-see-ums, pollinates cacao trees and enables our chocolate cravings. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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October 30, 2018
Dolphins Dumb Down Calls to Compete with Ship Noise
Bottlenose dolphins simplify and raise the pitch of their whistles to be heard above underwater shipping noise. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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October 22, 2018
Asocial Octopuses Become Cuddly on MDMA
Octopuses react to MDMA much like humans do. And not surprisingly, given their anatomy, the animals are excellent huggers. Annie Sneed reports.
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October 21, 2018
Science News Briefs from around the Globe
A few very brief reports about science and technology from around the globe, including one from Mongolia on horse dentistry.
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October 19, 2018
Wild Songbirds Can Pick Up New Tunes
Researchers taught two dozen wild sparrows new songs, by playing them the recordings of sparrows that live thousands of miles away. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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October 18, 2018
Health Care Let Neandertals "Punch above Their Weight"
By caring for their sick and injured, Neandertals were able to expand into more dangerous environments and pursue more deadly prey. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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October 16, 2018
Nice People Have Emptier Wallets
A study correlating personality traits with financial data found that agreeable people had lower savings, higher debt and higher bankruptcy rates. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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October 13, 2018
Solar Eclipse Was a Buzzkill for Bees
Bees suddenly fell silent when the sun disappeared during last year's solar eclipse&mdash;perhaps because they were tricked into night mode. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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October 12, 2018
Confident Tone Overcomes Accent Distrust
English as-a-first-language Canadian study subjects were less trusting of statements in English spoken with a foreign accent, unless the speaker sounded confident about their assertion.
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October 10, 2018
Mom's Genes Make Some Giraffes Hard to Spot
Baby giraffes inherit aspects of their mothers' patterning&mdash;which could give them a survival advantage if good camouflage runs in the family. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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October 9, 2018
Economics Nobel Highlights Climate Action Necessity
William Nordhaus shared the 2018 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, "for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis,&rdquo; with Paul Romer, "for integrating technological innovations into long-run macroeconomic analysis."
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October 6, 2018
Highway Crossings Protect Migrating Pronghorns&mdash;and Motorists
Twice a year, thousands of pronghorn antelope and mule deer migrate through Wyoming, and newly built highway crossings are sparing the lives of animals&mdash;and motorists. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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October 5, 2018
Beer Fermentation Hops Along
The bittering agents called hops have enzymes that chew up starch and unleash more fermentable sugar&mdash;which can boost alcohol and CO2 in the finished brew. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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October 3, 2018
Nobel in Chemistry for New and Useful Chemical Entities via Evolutionary Principles
Frances H. Arnold, George P. Smith and Gregory P. Winter share the 2018 chemistry Nobel for developing evolutionary-based techniques that lead to the creation of new chemical entities with useful properties.
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October 2, 2018
Nobel in Physics for Controlling Laser Light
Arthur Ashkin, G&eacute;rard Mourou and Donna Strickland share the 2018 physics Nobel for their work with lasers that have led to numerous practical applications, such as eye surgery.
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October 1, 2018
Nobel for Helping the Immune System Fight Cancer
James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo share the Nobel Prize for their work on harnessing the cancer patient's own immune system to destroy tumors.
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October 1, 2018
Blasey Ford Spells Out Trauma Memory Formation
Christine Blasey Ford's professional expertise came into play during her testimony regarding the Supreme Court nomination.
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September 27, 2018
Scanning Ancient Civilizations from the Skies
An aerial laser scan of more than 800 square miles of Guatemalan jungle revealed Maya buildings, canals, roads and bridges. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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September 26, 2018
Antifreeze Surface Fights Ice with Ice
Patterning a surface with tiny stripes of ice prevents frost formation on the rest of the surface&mdash;a technique that could keep planes or roads frost-free. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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September 25, 2018
Scale Can Measure Medicine&mdash;and Play a Scale, Too
Researchers have designed a musical instrument that can detect counterfeit drugs by the pitch of its notes. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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September 22, 2018
Diverse Tree Portfolio Weathers Droughts Better
Forests with numerous tree species, and therefore a mix of water-management strategies, appear more tolerant of drought. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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September 19, 2018
Pirates Needed Science, Too
On International Talk Like a Pirate Day, here's an eye-patch-witness account of how science helps in all peg-leg walks of life, even piracy
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September 19, 2018
Sea Otters' Powerful Paw Prey Perception
The marine mammals have extraordinarily sensitive touch&mdash;which helps them nab prey in the absence of other sensory cues. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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September 17, 2018
Science News Briefs from Around the World
A few very brief reports about science and technology from around the globe.
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September 13, 2018
Genetic Tweak Gave Early Humans a Leg Up
A mutation in a key gene may have endowed humans with superior endurance&mdash;allowing them to compete better with other animals on the savanna. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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September 12, 2018
Earlier Springs May Mean Mistimed Bird Migrations
Springtime's arriving earlier across North America. But the degree of change isn't the same everywhere, which could spell trouble for migratory birds. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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September 11, 2018
Survey the Wildlife of the "Great Indoors"
Biologists are enlisting citizen scientists to poke around under the sink and behind the curtains, for wildlife living in the "great indoors." Karen Hopkin reports.
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September 7, 2018
When Neutron Stars Collide
Astrophysicists have gotten a better glimpse at what happens to crashing neutron stars by listening in on the electromagnetic echoes of the collision. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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September 6, 2018
Bonnethead Sharks Are Underwater Lawn Mowers
The hammerhead relatives consume copious amounts of sea grass, and have the digestive machinery to process it&mdash;making them true omnivores. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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September 6, 2018
Hurricane Is a Natural Selection Experiment
When Hurricane Irma blew through the Turks and Caicos, lizards with shorter hindlimbs lucked out. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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September 5, 2018
Pasta Problem Cracked!
An intrepid undergrad led the way to understanding the physics of snapping strands of spaghetti.
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August 31, 2018
Science News You Might Have Missed
A few very brief reports about science and technology from around the globe.
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August 27, 2018
Pineapple Waste Won't Be Wasted
Costa Rican scientists are extracting valuable materials from the peel and stubble of pineapples.
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August 24, 2018
Sometimes Mosquitoes Are Just Thirsty
Mosquitoes want your blood for its proteins...or simply to hydrate on a hot, dry day. &nbsp; &nbsp;
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August 23, 2018
Robot Bartender Will Take Your Order
Digital assistants have to respond quickly, but correctly&mdash;so researchers are studying how real humans navigate that trade-off, to design better machines. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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August 22, 2018
As Spring Arrives Earlier, Arctic Geese Speed Up Their Migration
The birds are arriving in the Arctic up to 13 days earlier than they used to. But at a cost: hunger. Annie Sneed reports.
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August 21, 2018
Freeloading Ants Help the Workflow
Fire ants tunnels got excavated efficiently by only a small percentage of the group doing most of the work, thus avoiding pileups in tight spaces.
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August 20, 2018
Ancient Americans Bred Symbolically Important Scarlet Macaws
Genetic information from the bones of macaws found in abandoned pueblos suggests they were bred and distributed as a commodity. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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August 17, 2018
Rising CO2 Means Monarch Butterfly Bellyaches
Milkweed grown with more carbon dioxide in the air supplies fewer toxins to monarch butterflies that need the toxins to fight off gut parasites.
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August 16, 2018
For Some Crows, Migration Is Optional
Crows are what's known as "partial migrants"&mdash;as cold weather approaches, some crows fly south whereas others stay put. And that behavior appears to be ingrained. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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August 15, 2018
Plants Dominate the Planet's Biomass
About 80 percent of Earth's biomass is plant life, with humans about equal to krill way down the heft chart. &nbsp; &nbsp;
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August 14, 2018
Solar Eclipse of 2017 Boosted Science Interest
The Michigan Scientific Literacy Survey of 2017 found that last year's total solar eclipse got Americans more interested in celestial science. &nbsp;
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August 14, 2018
Crickets Carve Tools to Amplify Their Chirps
The insects fashion and use "baffles"&mdash;sound controllers&mdash;made of leaves to produce sound more efficiently. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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August 11, 2018
Computerized Chemical Toxicity Prediction Beats Animal Testing
Researchers programmed a computer to compare structures and toxic effects of different chemicals, making it possible to then predict the toxicity of new chemicals based on their structural similarity to known ones.
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August 10, 2018
Better Data Could Mean Better Dating
Both men and women tended to pursue mates just 25 percent more desirable than themselves &mdash; suggesting they are "optimistic realists." Christopher Intagliata reports.
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August 9, 2018
To Evolve Baleen, Lose Your Teeth First
Whale ancestors probably never had teeth and baleen at the same time, and only developed baleen after trying toothlessness and sucking in prey.
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August 7, 2018
Corn Variety Grabs Fertilizer from the Air
A variety of corn from Oaxaca, Mexico, has aerial roots that harbor nitrogen-fixing bacteria, allowing the corn to suck nitrogen straight from the air. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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August 3, 2018
Birds Learn Safety from Other Kinds of Birds
Birds become good at avoiding danger by eavesdropping on the alarm calls of other birds&mdash;and the learning occurs without even seeing their peers or predators. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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August 2, 2018
Microbes Share Your Morning Metro Commute
An analysis of the Hong Kong metro found microbes, including some with antibiotic resistance genes, freshly disperse throughout the system each day. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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August 1, 2018
Oh Say Can You See Subtle Details?
Different people have differing aptitudes for observing small changes and particular features.
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July 31, 2018
Some Crows Hit On Dead Companions
About 5 percent of crows will attempt to copulate with other crows that have joined the choir invisible .
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July 30, 2018
Mouth Sets Healing Standard
Certain proteins that coordinate the healing response are present at higher levels in oral tissue&mdash;meaning wounds in the mouth fix faster. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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July 26, 2018
Border Wall Could Disrupt Hundreds of Species
More than 2,500 scientists signed a letter saying that an expanded U.S.&ndash;Mexico border wall would threaten both biodiversity and scientific research. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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July 26, 2018
Turn a Wall into a Touch Screen Cheap
Researchers used a couple of hundred dollars worth of materials to turn a wall into a giant touch screen
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July 24, 2018
Ancient Tooth Tartar Traps Clues to Iron Age Diet
By analyzing the proteins in ancient dental plaque, archaeologists determined that British menus almost three millennia ago featured milk, oats and peas. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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July 23, 2018
Honey Bee Alarm Signal Could Protect Elephants
Chemicals designed to simulate honeybee alarm pheromones could deter elephants from farmers&rsquo; crops, easing conflicts with humans. Annie Sneed reports.
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July 20, 2018
Sea Level Rise Could Inundate the Internet
Extreme sea level rise could swamp internet cabling and hubs by 2033&mdash;and coastal cities like New York, Seattle and Miami are at greatest risk. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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July 20, 2018
Astronomy Tool Helps ID Sharks
Shark researchers used a system for recognizing patterns in star field photographs to identify whale sharks, which have individual spot patterns.
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July 19, 2018
Mammals Moonlight around Human Settlements
A study of human&ndash;mammal interaction across the globe found animals are more prone to take to the night around humans. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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July 17, 2018
Jupiter's Moon Total Hits 79
The International Astronomical Union reports that there are now 79 known Jovian moons, with a dozen found last year.
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July 17, 2018
Moths Evade Bats with Slight of Wing
Some moth species have evolved long wing tails that flutter and twist as the moth flies, which distract hungry bats. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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July 14, 2018
Science News You Might Have Missed
Very brief reports about science and technology from around the globe.
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July 13, 2018
Smart Mouth Guard Senses Muscle Fatigue
A prototype flexible electronic mouth guard can measure lactate levels in an athlete&rsquo;s saliva, tracking muscle fatigue during training and performance.
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July 11, 2018
Favorite Wine Grapes May Need Genetic Help
Wine book author Kevin Begos explains that just a few varieties of wine grapes dominate the industry, which leaves them vulnerable to potentially catastrophic disease outbreaks.
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July 7, 2018
Iridescence Could Help Critters Hide in Plain Sight
Iridescence appears to break up the recognizable shape of objects&mdash;making them harder to spot. Karen Hopkin reports.
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July 5, 2018
Primate Conflicts Play Out in the Operating Room
By analyzing 200 surgeries, anthropologists found mixed-gender operating room teams exhibited the highest levels of cooperation. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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July 5, 2018
Sharks Make a Splash in Brooklyn
Visitors can see and learn about sharks and their environment in the new "Ocean Wonders: Sharks!" facility at the Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium.
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July 4, 2018
City Life Favors Downsized Invertebrates
Most invertebrates get smaller on average in cities, although a few very mobile species respond to urbanization by growing.
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July 3, 2018
People Ration Where They Roam
An analysis of the movement of some 40,000 people suggests most of us frequent only 25 places&mdash;and as we sub in new favorites, we drop old ones. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 29, 2018
Humans Can Size One Another Up with a Roar
Listeners to a person letting loose with a roar can accurately estimate the size and formidability or the human noise maker. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 26, 2018
Piano Lessons Tune Up Language Skills
Six months of piano lessons can heighten kindergartners' brain responses to different pitches, and improve their ability to tell apart two similar-sounding words. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 26, 2018
Cardinal Rule: Female Birds Sing, Too
Many people assume only male birds do the singing. But females also sing in at least 660 species and perhaps many more.
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June 22, 2018
Bird's Song Staying Power Implies Culture
Certain motifs in swamp sparrow songs can last hundreds, even thousands of years&mdash;evidence of a cultural tradition in the birds. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 22, 2018
Alaskan Beluga Whales Ace Hearing Exam
Researchers tested the hearing of beluga whales in an Alaskan bay and found that they seem to have suffered little hearing loss due to ocean noise. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 20, 2018
Fat–Carb Combo Is a Potent One–Two Punch
Foods high in both carbs and fats tickle the brain&rsquo;s reward circuits more so than snacks that showcase just one or the other. Karen Hopkin reports.
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June 18, 2018
Jupiter Crackles with Polar Lightning
Juno spacecraft data suggest lightning on Jupiter is much more common than we thought&mdash;but it congregates near the poles, not the equator as on Earth. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 15, 2018
Coral Reefs Keep Costly Waves at Bay
A new analysis found the flood protection benefits of coral reefs save the global economy $4 billion dollars a year. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 15, 2018
Hippo Dung Fouls Up Freshwater Fisheries
Hippo poop is piling up in Tanzania&rsquo;s freshwater fisheries&mdash;which is bad news for biodiversity, and deleterious for the dinner plate. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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June 14, 2018
A Litmus Test for Bad Breath
Researchers engineered a portable device that detects even the tiniest trace of hydrogen sulfide&mdash;one of the primary offenders in bad breath. Karen Hopkin reports.
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June 12, 2018
Prez (of AMA) Issues Call to Arms-Science
At the AMA annual meeting the organization's president petitioned for an evidence-based, science-driven analysis of gun violence and solutions.
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June 8, 2018
Powder Pulls Drinking Water from Desert Air
A structure known as a metal organic framework traps water vapor by night, then releases it when heated the next day. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 6, 2018
Ancient Clan War Explains Genetic Diversity Drop
Some 5,000 to 7,000 years ago, the diversity of Y chromosomes plummeted. A new analysis suggests clan warfare may have been the cause. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 6, 2018
Saying "This May Hurt" May Make It Worse
Warning a child that something, like a vaccine shot, will hurt can actually increase their perception of the pain.
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June 2, 2018
Mongooses Gift Grooming for Guard Duty
Humans and other primates often reciprocate good deeds. A new study suggests a nonprimate, the dwarf mongoose, does so, too, even after a delay. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 31, 2018
Some Trees Beat Heat with Sweat
During extreme heat waves, a species of eucalyptus copes by releasing water and taking advantage of evaporative cooling. Other trees may do the same.
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May 30, 2018
Computers Go Head-to-Head with Humans on Face Recognition
The best facial-recognition algorithms are now as good as the best forensic examiners are. But the best results come by combining human and computer skills. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 30, 2018
Pinnipeds Don't Appreciate Biped Disturbance
Sea lions and fur seals in Uruguay have become a tourist attraction&mdash;but the animals have become less, not more, accepting of humans. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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May 25, 2018
Computers Predict Pop Chart Success
An evolutionary analysis of pop tunes revealed that over the past 30 years songs have grown sadder&mdash;but the big hits buck that trend. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 23, 2018
Doc's YA Novel Treats Life-and-Death Issues
Pediatric cardiologist Ism&eacute;e Williams discusses her young adult novel, Water in May, about a teenage girl whose newborn has a life-threatening heart condition.
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May 17, 2018
Google's AI Assistant Does Your Talk Tasks
The new Google AI voice assistant, called Duplex, highlights the intricacies of carrying out a mundane human-style conversation, as it keeps you off the phone.
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May 16, 2018
Great Ape Makes Good Doc
Orangutans were observed to use plant extracts to treat their own pain.
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May 16, 2018
Stool-Pigeon Poop Reveals Bird-Racing Fouls
Racing pigeons is big business&mdash;and doping is common. Now scientists have devised a way to detect doping in the avian athletes. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 15, 2018
Radar Scans Detail North Korean Nukes
Scientists have added radar info to seismic data, isotope measurements and optical imagery to study covert nuclear tests. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 12, 2018
Hunting Rules Have Changed Mama Bear Care
Hunting regulations in Sweden prohibit killing brown bear mothers in company of cubs&mdash;causing mama bears to care for their young longer. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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May 10, 2018
Jupiter and Venus Squeeze Earth's Orbit
Sediment records have confirmed that Jupiter and Venus change Earth's orbit from virtually circular to noticeably elliptical and back every 405,000 years. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 8, 2018
Mars Lander Will Peer Inside the Red Planet
The InSight Mission will look at Mars's seismic activity and latent heat to find out more about how planets get made--and how humans might live there.
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May 7, 2018
Plants Can Sense Animal Attack Coming
Tomato plants detected snail slime in soil near them and mounted preemptive defenses, even though they were not directly touched.
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May 5, 2018
Archaeologist Makes a Case for Seafaring Neandertals
Ancient tools on Mediterranean islands could predate the appearance of modern humans&mdash;suggesting Neandertals took to the seas. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 3, 2018
Africa: Future Worldwide Science Hub
Thierry Zomahoun, president of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, talks about the potential and needs of science on the continent.
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May 1, 2018
Healthful Eating Requires Supermarket Smarts
Advice from an N.Y.U. food policy symposium: eating healthfully means you can't ever let down your guard when shopping.
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April 29, 2018
Culture Shapes Kids' Views of Nature
In a study of children interacting with toy animals Native American kids and non-Native kids imagined the animals very differently.
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April 28, 2018
Bad Audio Can Hurt a Scientist's Credibility
Listeners gave more credence to a scientist&rsquo;s radio interview when the audio was good quality than they did to the same material when the audio was poor. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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April 27, 2018
Bill Gates Announces a Universal Flu Vaccine Effort
Today in Boston, Gates announced a $12-million initiative to foster the development of a vaccine effective against all flu strains.
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April 25, 2018
Drumming Beats Speech for Distant Communication
The Bora people in the northwestern Amazon use drums to send languagelike messages across long distances. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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April 24, 2018
Bees Have a Goldilocks Lawn Mow Schedule
Lawns mowed every two weeks hosted more bees than lawns mowed every three weeks. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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April 21, 2018
If Singing's Tough, Try Whistling
A new study claims it's easier to accurately whistle a melody than to sing it. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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April 19, 2018
Traffic Deaths Increase after 4:20 P.M. on 4/20
A look at a database of fatal traffic accidents found a 12 percent increase on the informal marijuana holiday 4/20 after 4:20 P.M. compared with nearby dates.
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April 19, 2018
NYC Mice Are Packed with Pathogens
Mice trapped in New York City apartment buildings harbored disease-causing bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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April 18, 2018
Mine Social Media Posts to Predict Flu
Researchers used Twitter searches for nonflu words associated with behavior to predict flu outbreaks two weeks in advance.
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April 17, 2018
Planting Milkweed for Monarchs? Make Sure It's Native
Non-native milkweed species planted in the southern U.S. could harm monarch butterflies as temperatures rise. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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April 13, 2018
The Internet Needs a Tune-Up
Princeton University's Jennifer Rexford talks about optimizing the internet for the uses it got drafted into performing.
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April 12, 2018
Glacier Suddenly Goes Galloping
Researchers try to figure out why every 20 years a Pakistan glacier moves roughly 1,500 times faster.
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April 12, 2018
Some Habitable Zone Exoplanets May Get X-Rayed Out
Red dwarfs are a popular place to hunt for small exoplanets in the habitable zone&mdash;but the stars' radiation bursts might fry chances for life as we know it. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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April 10, 2018
Right Whales Seem to Think before They Speak
Rather than always making the same call in response to the same stimuli, North Atlantic right whales are capable of changing their vocalizations.
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April 8, 2018
Old New England Underground May Be Spry after All
The U.S. Northeast may be more geologically active than was previously thought, according to a seismic sensor network.
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April 7, 2018
Brain Scan Might Reveal Appetite for Risk
Volunteers willing to place riskier bets tended to sport larger amygdalas&mdash;a region associated with processing fear. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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April 4, 2018
Neandertal Face Shape Was All Over the Air
The jutting midface of Neandertals seems to have evolved to help get large volumes of air into an active body that needed lots of oxygen.
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April 3, 2018
Rev Up Photosynthesis to Boost Crop Yields
Photosynthesis actually is an inefficient process, but a biological chemist is trying to crank it up.
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April 1, 2018
13,000-Year-Old Footprints under West Coast Beach
Several feet below a beach in British Columbia, archaeologists discovered soil trampled by human feet&mdash;the oldest footprints found so far in North America. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 29, 2018
Math Cracks a Knuckle-Cracking Mystery
The source of knuckle cracking sounds is much debated&mdash;but new mathematical models may reconcile two opposing views. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 26, 2018
Rotting Flesh Offers Insight on Fossilization
To learn more about decay and fossilization, researchers conduct unorthodox experiments&mdash;like dissecting decomposing animals in the lab. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 24, 2018
Ravens Crow with Individual Flair
Ravens produce different types of calls depending on their age and sex&mdash;which might help ravens size up other individuals. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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March 21, 2018
U.S. Flu Spread Counts On Southern Cold Snaps
A multifactorial analysis finds that the ignition of a flu epidemic stems from a blast of colder weather striking an otherwise warm, humid, urban environment, and driving people indoors into close quarters.
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March 21, 2018
Louise Slaughter Was Congress's Food Safety Champion
Upstate New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, who worked for decades on issues such as overuse of antibiotics in agriculture and food safety in general, died March 16 at the age of 88.
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March 19, 2018
Arctic Heat Waves Linked to Snowpocalypse-Like Storms
An analysis of more than six decades of daily temperature and snowfall data linked warmer arctic temperatures to cold snaps at lower latitudes. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 16, 2018
Gut Parasites Have Their Own Gut Microbiomes
The whipworm lives in the human gut, mooching microbes from its host to build its own microbiome. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 13, 2018
Drones Could Help Biologists Tally Birds
Counting by drone not only saves time and effort, but yields better data on species numbers&mdash;a definite plus in terms of conservation. Karen Hopkin reports.
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March 10, 2018
Saliva Protein Might Inhibit Intestinal Anarchy
A protein found in spit prevents bad bugs from binding to intestinal cells in the lab, pointing to a possible way to lower the chances of dysentery. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 9, 2018
Searching the Heavens for Mountains
Exoplanet hunters are moving beyond simply finding new planets into trying to know what they look like and whether there's surface or subsurface activity.
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March 7, 2018
Human Echolocators Use Tricks Similar to Bats
People who use echolocating mouth clicks to compensate for low vision increase the number and intensity of clicks when objects are harder to detect. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 6, 2018
Animal Coloration Can Serve Double Duty
The cinnabar moth caterpillar's coloration pattern warns predators close up, but camouflages the critter from a distance.
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March 2, 2018
Some Lichen Fungi Let Genes Go Bye
A study of 22 different types of lichens revealed 10 included fungi that had lost a gene for energy production, making them completely dependent on their algal partner.
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February 28, 2018
To See Gun Injury Drop, Hold an NRA Meeting
When the National Rifle Association holds its national convention, gun injuries drop 20 percent&mdash;perhaps because fewer gun owners are around their guns. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 27, 2018
Big Cities Have Fewer Tweeters Per Capita
But those who do tweet in big cities are more prolific&mdash;tweeting more often, on average, than their small-town counterparts. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 23, 2018
How Baby Birds Learn to Duet
Recordings of songbird duets reveal baby birds learn conversational turn-taking like we do: gradually, and from adults. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 22, 2018
Mosquitoes Learn the Smell of Danger
The bloodsuckers lose their appetite for attractive scents when they associate those aromas with a likelihood of being swatted. Karen Hopkin reports.
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February 21, 2018
Needed: Info on Biodiversity Change over Time
Understanding an ecosystem means following changes in the abundances and identities of the species present as the clock ticks. The BioTIME database should help.
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February 19, 2018
Undersea Recordings Reveal a Whale's Tale
By eavesdropping on the calls of blue whales, researchers hope to get a more accurate picture of the massive mammals' distribution and abundance. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 16, 2018
Seabird Feathers Reveal Less-Resilient Ocean
By analyzing 130 years of seabird feathers, researchers determined that food webs are losing complexity in the Pacific&mdash;meaning less-resilient ecosystems. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 14, 2018
Beetle Liberation Due to Regurgitation
The bombardier beetle can spray its hot brew of toxic chemicals even after bring swallowed, to force a predator into vomiting it back out.
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February 13, 2018
Old Trees Are Ecosystem Gold
David Lindenmayer of the Australian National University College of Science in Canberra says that older trees play outsize roles in maintaining landscapes and ecosystems.
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February 11, 2018
Boat Noise Means Fish Can't Learn Their Lessons
Damselfish had trouble learning to avoid predators, when that lesson was accompanied by a soundtrack of buzzing boat engines. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 7, 2018
Woodpeckers Drum to Their Own Tunes
The length and spacing of woodpecker drum rolls varies enough to tell woodpeckers apart&mdash;which could be useful to conservation biologists. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 6, 2018
Homebodies Economize on Energy Use
Today&rsquo;s work-from-home, on-demand culture means more days at home&mdash;and translates into greater energy savings, too. Karen Hopkin reports.
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February 3, 2018
Killer Whale Culture Revealed by Mimicking Us
Orcas can imitate calls from other whales and even human speech&mdash;suggesting they can transmit cultural practices, such as unique dialects. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 2, 2018
Holiday Cheer Leads to Birth-Rate Spike
During feel-good holiday periods like Christmas and Eid-al-Fitr, romance strikes&mdash;leading to a boom in births nine months later. Karen Hopkin reports.
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February 1, 2018
Ticks on Uptick Where Big Game Declines
Areas of Kenya without large wildlife saw tick populations rise as much as 370 percent&mdash;meaning more danger to humans. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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January 30, 2018
Wildfires Spike Wine with Smoky Notes
Chemists are working on ways for wildfire-affected winemakers to avoid creating smoky wines. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 26, 2018
Lion Conservation Challenges Giraffe Protection
Having lions and giraffes together in protected areas means far lower survival rates for juvenile giraffes. Jason Goldman reports.
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January 26, 2018
Nobelist Crafts Light-Switchable Antibiotics
Drugs modified by chemistry Nobel laureate Ben Feringa can be turned on and off by light, which could help keep bacteria from developing antibiotic resistance.
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January 25, 2018
Catching Flu Also Boosts Heart Risk
Researchers found a sixfold increase in heart attacks in patients in the week following a flu. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 23, 2018
Worldwide Effort Says Together Science Can
Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, talked about worldwide scientific collaboration today at the World Economic Forum.
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January 22, 2018
Canada Geese Taking a Winter Staycation
The geese are wintering farther and farther north, in urban areas like Chicago&mdash;which may help them avoid hunters. Emily Schwing reports.
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January 20, 2018
Moon's Tug Doesn't Cause Big Quakes
An analysis of more than 200 earthquakes over the past four centuries concludes there's no connection between moon phases and big earthquakes. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 19, 2018
Social Media Helps ID Spew Source
Surveillance of Yelp restaurant reviews for terms like vomit led researchers to the sources of foodborne illness outbreaks. Karen Hopkin reports.
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January 18, 2018
Salmonella Could Have Caused 16th-Century Epidemic
Using a new algorithm, geneticists uncovered the pathogen that could have caused a massive epidemic in the Aztec empire: Salmonella bacteria. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 13, 2018
Which Came First, the Proboscis or the Flower?
A new fossil find reveals that the sucking tongue of butterflies&mdash;or proboscis&mdash;appears to have evolved before the emergence of flowers. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 11, 2018
You Live in a Strange Solar System
Astronomers found that other star systems tend to host similarly sized exoplanets&mdash;far different from ours. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 10, 2018
Glow Sticks Help Ecologists Study Amphibians
Ecologists needed a way to more easily keep track of populations of amphibians, and green glow sticks lit the way.
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January 4, 2018
Air Force Tracks Final Frontier
General Jay Raymond, Commander of Air Force Space Command, talks about keeping watch over space and cyber.
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January 3, 2018
You Traveled Far Last Year
Getting around the sun in 2017 was a memorable trip.
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December 30, 2017
Finches Can Learn to Sing Differently Than Their Genetics Dictate
The song training that Bengalese finches received appeared to overcome tempo tendencies baked into their genes. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 29, 2017
Baby Bats Can Learn Different Dialects
Fruit bats raised hearing different pitches of sounds vocalized in keeping with their aural environment as they matured.
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December 24, 2017
Mongoose Societies Are Skeptical of Strangers
It takes months for members of a mongoose breeding society to trust newcomers with important tasks like watching for predators. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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December 24, 2017
Pain and Weather Fail to Connect
A big data analysis involving more than 1.5 million patients could find no relationship between weather and complaints to doctors about joint or back pain.
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December 23, 2017
Finding Further Places for Solar Panels
Siting solar panels over rooftops, parking lots, reservoirs and contaminated land could generate heaps of energy&mdash;with minimal effects on agriculture or the environment. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 21, 2017
This Fish Emits Damaging Decibels
The Gulf corvina produces a chattering chorus that&rsquo;s one of the loudest underwater animal sounds on the planet. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 19, 2017
Repetitive Sounds Are Music to the Brain
Repeating something can render that thing melodious&mdash;even the sound of a shovel being dragged across the pavement. Karen Hopkin reports.
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December 17, 2017
Radiation Might Help Heart Regain Its Rhythm
A flash of radiation drastically reduced arrhythmia in a small group of patients, for at least a year after treatment. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 16, 2017
Dark Fiber Networks Can Sense Seismicity
Scientists are exploring the use of fiber-optic cables&mdash;like the ones that form the backbone of the internet&mdash;to monitor earthquakes. Julia Rosen reports.
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December 15, 2017
Supermarket Snacking Boosts Sales
Noshing while shopping convinces consumers to buy the featured product more often than does simply seeing end-of-aisle displays. Karen Hopkin reports.
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December 14, 2017
Something Clicks for Dolphin Identification
Machine-learning algorithms teased seven distinct dolphin clicking patterns from a library of more than 50 million clicks, identifying one species by sound alone. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 12, 2017
Nutrition Guidelines Healthy for the Planet, Too
Following dietary guidelines would mean eating less meat and dairy&mdash;and fewer calories overall&mdash;reducing greenhouse gases and other pollution. Julia Rosen reports.
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December 11, 2017
Invading Beavers Turn Tundra to Ponds
New beaver ponds in the Arctic may contribute to the destruction of the permafrost that holds that landscape together.
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December 10, 2017
Sharks Rule the Reef's Underwater Food Chain
When sharks prowl shallow waters, fish quit foraging and hide&mdash;sparing seaweed from being grazed in those areas. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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December 10, 2017
Ancient Women Had Awesome Arms
For thousands of years, women in agricultural societies seem to have had arms stronger than members of modern rowing teams.
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December 8, 2017
Invasive Frogs Don't Bug Hawaiian Birds
Coqu&iacute; frogs are invasive species in Hawaii. But they don&rsquo;t seem to bug the islands&rsquo; native and nonnative birds. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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December 8, 2017
How Hospitals Can Dampen the Decibels
Hospitals consistently score low on quietness surveys. An acoustician suggests a few ways hospitals could keep the peace and quiet. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 6, 2017
Smarter Management Means More Inventions Get to Market
Rosemarie Truman, CEO of the Center for Advancing Innovation, says a better system of governance for federally funded inventions could lead to many more good ones becoming commercialized.
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December 6, 2017
Computers Learn to Use Sound to Find Ships
Researchers trained machine-learning algorithms to pinpoint the location of a cargo ship simply by eavesdropping on the sound of its passing. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 4, 2017
Yeti Claims Don't Bear Up
Analysis of alleged yeti samples found them to be from less fantastic beasts, such as bears, but also shed light on the evolution of those local bear populations.
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December 2, 2017
Republican Voters Not in Denial about Climate
An analysis of voter opinions finds that half of Republican voters think climate change is happening, and would support regulating CO2 as a pollutant. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 1, 2017
Tech Honcho Wants Innovation for the Bottom Billion
At the World Conference of Science Journalists in October, Nathan Myhrvold, co-founder of Intellectual Ventures, charged innovation outfits with changing the lives of the world's most disadvantaged.
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November 30, 2017
Bumper Stickers Make Highways More Social
A social scientist studies how car stickers turn the roads into actual information highways.
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November 28, 2017
Chimps Able to Apprehend Another Chimp's Mind-Set
By listening to the calls of their brethren, chimps seem to be able to understand the mind-sets and perspectives of other chimps. Jason Goldman reports.
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November 27, 2017
Even without Hands Honeybees Show Handedness
About half the honeybees in a test exhibited no sidedness, but the other half was split 50&ndash;50 between righties and lefties&mdash;perhaps to navigate obstacles more efficiently.
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November 26, 2017
Humpback Whale Flippers Do More Than Maneuver
Researchers attached cameras to humpback whales and found that they flap their flippers to help power forward swimming.
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November 23, 2017
A New Recipe for Counting Cranberries
Estimating cranberry harvests involves tedious hand-counting. But microwave analysis could change all that. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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November 22, 2017
How Fit Is Bitcoin?
A new analysis treats bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies as species in an evolutionary model&mdash;and finds bitcoin has no selective advantage. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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November 20, 2017
Salmon Sex Changes Entire Landscape
Salmon excavate streambed holes in which to lay eggs, setting off a chain of events that has surprisingly large geographical effects.
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November 17, 2017
Ancient 1 Percenters Were Beast-Based
New World societies long ago likely had less income inequality than those in the Old World, and the difference might have been an oxen gap. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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November 16, 2017
Feathers Help This Bird Sound the Alarm
The crested pigeon, found in Australia, has a modified wing feather that helps produce an alarm signal sound to warn other birds when there's trouble.
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November 15, 2017
Put Space Cat on a Pedestal
A campaign calls for the creation of a statue to recognize F&eacute;licette, the first cat to be sent into space.
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November 13, 2017
Polluted Water Whale Invents New Feeding Strategy
The Bryde's whale has come up with a passive but more efficient feeding strategy in the hypoxic waters of the Gulf of Thailand.
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November 10, 2017
Insect Brain System Knows What You Want
Computer scientists borrowed insights from the fruit fly brain to create a more accurate search algorithm. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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November 9, 2017
Sheep's Face-Reading Skills Stand Out from the Flock
With some training, sheep were able to select a celebrity's face over that of a stranger they'd never seen. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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November 8, 2017
Nearby Exoplanets Invigorate the Search for E.T.
SETI pioneer Jill Tarter and Berkeley researcher Dan Werthimer talk about how the discovery of nearby exoplanets is inspiring new efforts to gain info about these galactic neighbors. &nbsp;
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November 4, 2017
Bison Comeback Story Has a Bronx Accent
On National Bison Day, a look at the role the Bronx played in reestablishing herds of bison on the American plains. &nbsp; &nbsp;
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November 4, 2017
Mammoth Remains Seem Mostly Male
In a sample of 98 woolly mammoth remains, researchers found that 70 percent were male&mdash;which suggests males were more likely to die accidentally. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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November 2, 2017
Physics Phenomenon Reveals a Pyramid's Mystery
Scientists used muons, a by-product of cosmic rays, to image the interior of the Great Pyramid&mdash;and found a previously unknown space inside. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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November 2, 2017
A Moth with a Potent Cocktail of Poison
The wood tiger moth is the first species known in which fluids from various parts of the moth&rsquo;s body each target a different type of predator. Jason Goldman reports.
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October 28, 2017
Drought News Might Help Cut Water Waste
As news coverage of California's most recent drought intensified, water use trends went down&mdash;suggesting news might inspire consumers to conserve. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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October 26, 2017
Smog Casts a Shadow on China's Solar Farms
The wintertime smog in China's northeastern provinces is so severe it blocks more than 20 percent of sunlight from reaching the region's solar panels. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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October 24, 2017
Dogs Bow to Wolves as Cooperators
Wolves appear to have better cooperation skills than dogs&mdash;unless the pups partner up with humans. Karen Hopkin reports.
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October 24, 2017
California Gun Injuries Spike after Nevada Gun Shows
Firearm deaths and injuries went up in California communities after gun shows in neighboring Nevada&mdash;but not after more strictly regulated California gun shows. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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October 21, 2017
Mosquitoes to Other Flying Insects: Do You Even Generate Lift?
Mosquitos stealthily float off us after filling up, by virtue of fast wingbeats that generate almost instant lift with only an imperceptible additional push from the legs. &nbsp;
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October 20, 2017
Keep Your Wi-Fi off KRACK
Up-to-date software, apps, browsers and router software offer the best protection against a potential flaw in wi-fi security called a key reinstallation attack, or KRACK.
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October 18, 2017
Ships at Sea Stoke Lightning Strikes
Exhaust fumes from oceangoing vessels lead to an almost doubling of lightning activity over shipping lanes compared to adjacent areas of the sea.
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October 16, 2017
Gamers Wanted to Attack Food Toxin
By playing the online game Foldit, players might help design an enzyme that can stop aflatoxins from making millions sick.
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October 14, 2017
Even Jellyfish Need a Nap
Jellyfish exhibit signs of a sleep state, which could mean that sleep predates the evolutionary development of central nervous systems.
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October 13, 2017
Squirrels Chunk Their Buried Treasure
Under certain circumstances squirrels will bury all of the same kind of nut near one another, a mnemonic strategy known as chunking.
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October 12, 2017
Cougar Calls Get Big Bear Reactions
Black bears and cougars share the Vancouver countryside, but not happily.
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October 7, 2017
Biometric Identifies You in a Heartbeat
Like fingerprints and facial recognition, the shape and beat of your heart can be used to verify your identity. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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October 6, 2017
When We Fly to Mars, Microbes Will, Too
The microbes that live in and on our bodies will colonize a human-manned spacecraft to Mars&mdash;but will the spacecraft's microbiome be safe? Christopher Intagliata reports.
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October 4, 2017
Nobel in Chemistry for Seeing Biomolecules in Action
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution.
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October 3, 2017
Nobel in Physics for Detecting Gravitational Waves
The Nobel Prize in Physics goes to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves".
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October 2, 2017
Nobel in Physiology or Medicine for Our Inner Clocks
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2017 was awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young for discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythms.
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October 2, 2017
Electric Eels Increase Shock by Leaving Water
Submerged electric eels lose current to water, so they apparently leap into the air to minimize their contact with water and maximize their shock value.
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September 30, 2017
Australian Bird Dips Its Dinner
A chance observation led researchers to add the Australian Magpie to the short list of birds that dunk their food in water before eating.
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September 28, 2017
Tsunami Sent Species on a Transoceanic Trip
The 2011 east Japan tsunami swept huge amounts of wreckage out to sea&mdash;and Japanese species hitchhiked across the Pacific on the debris. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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September 27, 2017
1 Sneeze, 1 Vote among African Wild Dogs
Individuals in packs of African wild dogs appear to sneeze to make their wishes known regarding when to get up and hunt.
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September 24, 2017
This Frog Can't Hear Its Own Calls
The frogs' calls are too high-pitched for the frog to detect, which may be an artifact of evolution. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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September 22, 2017
Building a Better Mirror for Telescopes
More reflective telescope mirrors allow astronomers to capture more photons &mdash;and do more science. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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September 21, 2017
Galaxies Far, Far Away Send Us Highest-Energy Cosmic Rays
A new study hints that the most energetic particles ever seen come from far beyond the Milky Way.
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September 21, 2017
Springtime Now Arrives Earlier for Birds
A trove of scientific notes from the early 1900s suggests a warming climate is driving birds to migrate earlier to New York&rsquo;s Mohonk Preserve. Julia Rosen reports.
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September 18, 2017
Warming Puts Squeeze on Ancient Trees
As temperatures rise, the tree line moves upslope. But ancient bristlecone pines are losing that upslope race to faster-colonizing neighbors. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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September 16, 2017
Rising CO2 Pushes Plants to Drink Sparingly
As carbon dioxide levels rise, plants are sipping water more efficiently&mdash;which could come in handy in a drier future. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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September 13, 2017
Cannibalism Quells Contagion among Caterpillars
Cannibalistic caterpillars prevent disease from decimating their populations by removing infected individuals. Emily Schwing reports.
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September 12, 2017
Feds Want to Know Who's Protesting Trump
Internet hosting company DreamHost is battling the U.S. Justice Department over requests for information about people visiting a Web site for organizing protests. Larry Greenemeier reports.
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September 7, 2017
Windows Vex Bats' Echolocating Abilities
Smooth vertical surfaces like windows reflect sound waves away from bats&mdash;meaning bats can't "see" windows and similar obstacles with echolocation. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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September 6, 2017
Wetlands Could Save Cities--and Money, Too
Using insurance industry models, researchers determined that wetlands prevented some $625 million in damages due to Hurricane Sandy. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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September 2, 2017
Rabbit Relatives Reel from Climate Change
Pikas, a hampster-size rabbit relative, have disappeared from a 64-square-mile plot in the northern Sierra Nevada&mdash;and climate change is a likely culprit. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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September 1, 2017
Winking Star 6 Centuries Ago Explained
A star that appeared and then vanished in A.D. 1437 was an explosion in a binary star system&mdash;which now reveals clues about the life cycle of certain stars. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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August 30, 2017
Grazing Cattle Trim the Menu for Birds
When cattle graze the desert's natural landscape, birds face changes in food availability&mdash;and some species are unable to adapt. Jason Goldman reports.
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August 30, 2017
Climate Change Might Shrink Fish
Warmer water boosts fishes' demand for oxygen&mdash;and their bodies may shrink in response. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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August 25, 2017
A Fruitful Experiment in Land Conservation
In 1998 an orange juice maker dumped 12,000 tons of orange peels on degraded pastureland in Costa Rica&mdash;transforming it into vine-rich jungle. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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August 24, 2017
Recycle Your Eclipse Glasses
Astronomers Without Borders wants to share your used eclipse glasses with kids in other parts of the world for the 2019 total solar eclipse.
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August 19, 2017
Seeing 1 Solar Eclipse May Not Be Enough
David Baron, author of the new book American Eclipse, talks about how seeing his first total solar eclipse turned him into an eclipse chaser. &nbsp;
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August 18, 2017
Solar Eclipse in 1097 May Be Rock-Carving Subject
A petroglyph spotted in Chaco Canyon may depict a total solar eclipse witnessed by the Pueblo people.
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August 18, 2017
Social Media Sites Can Profile Your Contacts
Why you should think twice before you give an app access to your phone&rsquo;s address book. &nbsp;
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August 15, 2017
"Textalyzer" Aims at Deadly Distracted Driving
A new device promises to tell police when a driver has been sending messages while behind the wheel, but is it legal? Larry Greenemeier reports.
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August 11, 2017
Climate Change Fires Up Polar Bear Treadmill
Sea ice is drifting faster in the Arctic&mdash;which means polar bears need to walk farther to stay in their native range. Emily Schwing reports.
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August 9, 2017
No Bull: Lizards Flee When They See Red
Western fence lizards are more spooked by red and gray shirts than they are by blue ones&mdash;perhaps because the males have blue bellies themselves. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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August 6, 2017
Celebrities Tweet Like Bots
Celebrity Twitter accounts look a lot like Twitter bots: They tweet regularly, follow relatively few people, and upload a lot of content. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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August 3, 2017
Cold Snap Shapes Lizard Survivors
An epic bout of cold weather quickly altered a population of lizards&mdash;an example of natural selection in action. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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August 2, 2017
Mediterranean Diet Works--for Upper Crust
Italians who stuck closely to the heart-healthy diet had fewer heart attacks and strokes&mdash;but only if they were well-off and/or college educated. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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August 1, 2017
Screams Heard Round the Animal World
Humans appear well equipped to recognize the alarm calls of other animals&mdash;perhaps because sounds of distress tend to have higher frequencies. Karen Hopkin reports.
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July 28, 2017
This Caterpillar Whistles While It Irks
The North American walnut sphinx caterpillar produces a whistle that sounds just like a songbird's alarm call--and the whistle seems to startle birds. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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July 27, 2017
To Buy Happiness, Spend Money on Saving Time
Volunteers who used money to save themselves time were more content than volunteers who purchased themselves physical stuff. Karen Hopkin reports.
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July 25, 2017
Bacteria Can Be Resistant to Brand-New Antibiotics
Exposure to existing antibiotics can imbue infectious bacteria with resistance that also kicks in against new drugs related to the originals. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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July 20, 2017
Teaching Computers to Enjoy the View
Researchers in the U.K. trained computers to rate photos of parks and cities for what humans consider to be their scenic beauty. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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July 18, 2017
Flying through a Corpse's Clues
Forensic entomologists can chemically analyze fly eggs from a corpse, which might speed up detective work. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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July 14, 2017
Old Records Help Resurrect Historic Quake
Century-old records found in Puerto Rico helped reconstruct the damage caused there by a magnitude 7.3 earthquake&mdash;and could help disaster experts plan for the next big one. Julia Rosen reports.
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July 12, 2017
This Cell Phone Needs No Battery
An experimental cell phone works by absorbing and reflecting radio waves&mdash;meaning it's incredibly energy efficient and needs no battery. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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July 7, 2017
Bacteria Might Share the Blame for Eczema
In patients with severe eczema, Staphylococcus aureus strains dominated the skin microbe population&mdash;suggesting that certain types of bacteria could worsen eczema flares. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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July 4, 2017
Franklin's Lightning Rod Served Political Ends
Whether lightning rods should have rounded or pointy ends became a point of contention between rebellious Americans and King George III.
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June 30, 2017
Heat Will Hit America's Poorest Worst
Economists calculate that each degree Celsius of warming will dock the U.S. economy by 1.2 percent--and increase the divide between rich and poor. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 29, 2017
Rainbow Photons Pack More Computing Power
Quantum bits, aka qubits, can simultaneously encode 0 and 1. But multicolored photons could enable even more states to exist at the same time, ramping up computing power. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 27, 2017
Moths Inspire Better Smartphone Screens
Researchers designed an antireflective coating for smartphone screens, with inspiration from the bumpy eyes of moths. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 23, 2017
Better Memory Begets Boredom
The better study participants scored in the memory test, the faster they got bored. Karen Hopkin reports.
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June 23, 2017
DNA Points to Multiple Migrations into the Americas
DNA analysis of skeletons found in the Pacific Northwest backs up traditional oral histories, and suggests there could have been more than one colonization of the Americas. Emily Schwing reports.
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June 22, 2017
Keep Rolling Luggage Upright with Physics
A team of physicists has revealed why rolling suitcases start rocking from wheel to wheel&mdash;and how to avoid that frustrating phenomenon. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 20, 2017
Wolves Need More Room to Roam
Ecologists say wolves should be allowed to roam beyond remote wilderness areas&mdash;and that by scaring off smaller predators like coyotes and jackals, wolves might do a good service, too. Emily Schwing reports.
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June 19, 2017
Engineers Build Bendy Batteries for Wearables
Researchers built silver&ndash;zinc batteries that can bend and stretch&mdash;meaning they could be more elegantly integrated into future wearable devices. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 16, 2017
Rising Temps Lower Polar Bear Mercury Intake
As polar bears are forced onto land, they're feeding on animals with less mercury&mdash;reducing their levels of the toxic pollutant. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 14, 2017
Some Hotel Bed Bug Sightings May Be Bogus
Only a third of travelers could correctly identify a bed bug&mdash;suggesting that some bug sightings in online reviews could be cases of mistaken identity. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 13, 2017
Opioids Still Needed by Some Pain Patients
The "other victims" of the opioid epidemic are pain patients who need the drugs but cannot now get them because of fears related to their use
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June 9, 2017
Bacterially Boosted Mosquitoes Could Vex Viruses
Mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria are unable to transmit viruses to humans&mdash;and could curb the spread of viral disease. Karen Hopkin reports.
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June 5, 2017
Alaska Accelerates Indoor Agriculture
With 700 new greenhouses, Alaska is growing its own produce as deep into winter as the sun keeps rising.
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June 3, 2017
Chromosomes Combat Counterfeit Caviar
Researchers found unique genetic variants that differentiate costly beluga caviar from cheaper fakes that rip off consumers. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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June 2, 2017
French Prez Invites Trumped Researchers
New French president, Emmanual Macron, reacted to the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement by inviting disaffected U.S. researchers to make France "a second homeland."
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May 27, 2017
Trees Beat Lawns for Water-Hungry L.A.
Evaporation from overwatered lawns cost the city of Los Angeles 70 billion gallons of wasted water a year. But the city's trees were much thriftier. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 26, 2017
Former CDC Head Warns of Threats Biological and Political
Tom Frieden, head of the CDC from 2009 to 2017, told graduating medical students that we face challenges from pathogens, and from politicians.
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May 24, 2017
Fitness Bands Fail on Calorie Counts
Activity trackers accurately reckon heart rate&mdash;but they're way off in estimates of energy expenditure. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 19, 2017
New Concrete Recipes Could Cut Cracks
Recipes for concrete that incorporate by-products from the coal and steel industries, like fly ash and slag, could reduce road salt&ndash;related cracking. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 18, 2017
Bees Prefer Flowers That Proffer Nicotine
Bumblebees sought out flowers with nicotine in their nectar, and the drug appeared to enhance the bees' memories. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 17, 2017
Large Impacts May Cause Volcanic Eruptions
Really big meteorite or asteroid strikes may cause melting and deep deformations that eventually lead to volcanic eruptions.
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May 15, 2017
Why the Cross Put Chickens on a New Road
A religiously inspired change in the European diet about a thousand years ago led to the development of the modern domesticated chicken.
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May 12, 2017
Field Study: Worms Leave 'Til No-Till
Earthworm numbers doubled in fields after farmers switched from conventional plowing to no-till agriculture. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 12, 2017
The Sneaky Danger of Space Dust
When tiny particles of space debris slam into satellites, the collision could cause the emission of hardware-frying radiation. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 10, 2017
Insects Donate DNA to Unrelated Bugs
Bacteria swap DNA among themselves. And that process may be more common in multicellular organisms than previously believed. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 10, 2017
Gophers versus the Volcano
Pocket gophers survived the Mount Saint Helens eruption in their underground burrows and immediately went to work bringing back the ecosystem.
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May 8, 2017
Wilderness Areas Suffer from Human Sound
Human-produced noise doubles the background sound levels in 63 percent of protected areas, and raises it tenfold in 21 percent of such landscapes.
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May 4, 2017
Pollution Peaks When Temperatures Top Out
As temperatures rise, energy demands peak, with a corresponding increase in air pollutants. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 2, 2017
Hot Chilies Cool Down Gut Inflammation in Mice
The spicy compound in chilies kicks off a chemical cascade that reduces gut inflammation and immune activity in mice. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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May 1, 2017
Bronx River's Cleanup Brings Herring Home
Called an "open sewer" in the recent past, the Bronx River is now clean enough for a type of herring to once again be introduced and to make runs to the ocean.
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April 29, 2017
Ancient Human DNA Found in Cave Dirt
Scientists uncovered genetic traces of Neandertals and Denisovans by screening cave dirt for DNA. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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April 26, 2017
Gut Microbes Help Keep Starved Flies Fecund
Microbes living in the guts of fruit flies appear to influence the flies' food choice&mdash;and promote egg production, even under a nutrient-poor diet. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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April 26, 2017
Selective Breeding Molds Foxes into Pets
Evolutionary biologist Lee Dugatkin talks about the six-decade Siberian experiment with foxes that has revealed details about domestication in general.
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April 22, 2017
Why One Researcher Marched for Science
Lisa Klein, from the materials science and engineering department at Rutgers University, commented on the March for Science at an April 21 talk to the chemistry department at Lehman College in the Bronx.
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April 20, 2017
Healthy Behavior Can Spread Like Illness
If people run more in New York City, that can push their socially connected counterparts in San Diego to run more as well. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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April 20, 2017
Climate 420 Million Years Ago Poised for Comeback
Starting in the next century, atmospheric carbon levels could begin to approach those of hundreds of millions of years ago, and have their warming effect augmented by a brighter sun.
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April 15, 2017
Traces of Genetic Trauma Can Be Tweaked
Trauma can be passed down to offspring due to epigenetic changes in DNA. But positive experiences seem able to correct that. Erika Beras reports.
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April 14, 2017
Species Split When Mountains Rise
Plant species in China's Hengduan Mountains exploded in diversity eight million years ago&mdash;right when the mountains were built. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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April 13, 2017
Shoelace Study Untangles a Knotty Problem
Researchers have trotted out data that show a combination of whipping and stomping forces is what causes laces to unravel without warning. Karen Hopkin reports.
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April 11, 2017
World Parkinson's Day Puts Spotlight on Condition
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research CEO Todd Sherer, a neuroscientist, talks about the state of Parkinson's disease and research.
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April 6, 2017
Cave Dwellers Battled Bed Bug Bites, Too
Researchers have found the earliest evidence of bugs in the Cimex genus co-habitating with humans, in Oregon's Paisley Caves. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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April 5, 2017
Extreme Storms Are Extreme Eroders
The storm that swept across the Rockies in September 2013 unleashed huge amounts of sediment downstream, doing the work of a century of erosion. Julia Rosen reports.
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April 4, 2017
Spiders Gobble Gargantuan Numbers of Tiny Prey
The low-end estimate for how much the world's spiders eat is some 400 million tons of mostly insects and springtails.
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March 29, 2017
Your Cat Thinks You're Cool
A study of house cats and shelter cats found that the felines actually tended to choose human company over treats or toys.
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March 25, 2017
Exoplanets Make Life Conversation Livelier
Astronomer Caleb Scharf weighs what ever more exoplanets mean in the search for extraterrestrial life.
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March 24, 2017
Bring Bronx Zoo to Your Living Room
Animal Planet's series The Zoo shows viewers the biological, veterinary and conservation science at a modern zoo.
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March 23, 2017
UV Rays Strip Small Galaxies of Star Stuff
Researchers measured the intensity of the universe's ultraviolet background radiation, and say it may be strong enough to strip small galaxies of star-forming gas. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 22, 2017
Aggressed-Upon Monkeys Take Revenge on Aggressor's Cronies
Japanese macaques at the receiving end of aggression tend to then take it out on a close associate or family member of the original aggressor.
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March 21, 2017
Chaotic Orbits Could Cause Catastrophic Collision
Researchers used ancient climate cycles to confirm the solar system&rsquo;s chaotic planetary orbits. An Earth&ndash;Mars collision is one distant outcome. Julia Rosen reports.
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March 18, 2017
Pulling the String on Yo-Yo Weight Gain
Mice that lost weight and then gained back more than they lost maintained an obesity-type microbiome that affected biochemicals involved in either burning or adding fat--suggesting interventions.
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March 18, 2017
Poverty Shaves Years off Life
A meta-analysis found that being of low socioeconomic status was associated with almost as many years of lost life as was a sedentary lifestyle.
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March 17, 2017
Pollinators Shape Plants to Their Preference
In fewer than a dozen generations bumblebee-pollinated plants were coaxed to develop traits that made them even more pleasing to the bees. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 15, 2017
Low Biodiversity Brings Earlier Bloom
For every two species lost in a grassland, the remaining flowers there bloomed a day earlier&mdash;on par with changes due to rising global temperatures. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 15, 2017
Early-Life Microbes Ward Off Asthma
Exposure to specific microbes when an infant is less than a year old seems to have a protective effect against the child's eventual acquisition of asthma.
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March 12, 2017
(Probably Not a) Giant Alien Antenna
Astrophysicists propose that mysterious "fast radio bursts" could, in very speculative theory, be produced by an antenna twice the size of Earth. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 11, 2017
Jupiter Moon to Be Searched for Life
If anything's alive on the ice-covered ocean world of Europa, a future NASA mission hopes to find it.
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March 8, 2017
Teeth Hint at a Friendlier Neandertal
By sequencing DNA in Neandertal dental plaque, scientists were able to find out about their diets&mdash;and their good relations with modern humans. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 8, 2017
Forensic Science: Trials with Errors
What appears to be accepted science in the courtroom may not be accepted science among scientists.
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March 7, 2017
How to Find Loooong Gravitational Waves
The gravitational waves found last year were short compared with the monster waves that could be turned up by what's called Pulsar Timing Arrays.
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March 3, 2017
Biggest Rivers Are Overhead
Atmospheric rivers can carry the same amount of water vapor as 15 to 20 Mississippi Rivers&mdash;and deliver punishing winds, too. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 2, 2017
Last Woollies Had Mammoth Mutations
The final holdout woolly mammoths had large numbers of harmful mutations&mdash;which would have given them satiny coats and a weakened sense of smell. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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March 1, 2017
African Penguins Pulled into an Ecological Trap
Climate change and overfishing have made the penguins&rsquo; feeding grounds a mirage&mdash;which has led to a drop in penguin population. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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March 1, 2017
Neandertals Live On in Our Genomes
Researchers found that Neandertal gene variants still affect the way genes are turned off and on in modern humans. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 28, 2017
Medical Marijuana Faces Fed's Catch-22
Doing large studies of marijuana's potential as medicine means getting it removed from an official federal list of substances with no official medical use&mdash;which requires more proof of its potential as medicine.
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February 24, 2017
Blood Cells Remember Your Mountain Vacation
Red blood cells retain a memory of high-altitude exposure, allowing for faster acclimation next time. But that memory fades within four months. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 23, 2017
Fermented Foods Find Fervent Advocate
Properly fermented foods deliver probiotics that could help cut disease risk, said a researcher at the annual meeting of the AAAS.
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February 22, 2017
Vision Needed to Curb Nearsightedness Epidemic
In urban Asian areas myopia among teenagers is topping 90 percent&mdash;but foresight may be able to bring those numbers way down.
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February 21, 2017
Guppy Groups Provide Friendly Protection against Foes
Guppies exposed to predators tend to aggregate into smaller, more tightly knit groups, which may allow them to coordinate their predator avoidance strategies. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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February 18, 2017
Spaceflight Squishes Spacefarers' Brains
Astronauts&rsquo; gray matter is compressed by time in space&mdash;except in an area that controls feeling and movement in the legs. Karen Hopkin reports.
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February 18, 2017
2 Words Trigger CDC to Stay Quiet
Researchers and administrators at the CDC dare not utter the words guns or firearms for fear of budget cuts from Congress, according to health policy researcher David Hemenway.
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February 17, 2017
The True "Bottom" of the Food Chain Is Plenty Polluted
Critters living more than six miles below the ocean surface contain high levels of harmful compounds like PCBs and flame retardants. Julia Rosen reports.
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February 16, 2017
Heat Sensor Has Snaky Sensitivity
Researchers have developed a heat sensor that can detect temperature changes of just ten thousandths of a degree Celsius&mdash;comparable with the sensitivity of pit vipers. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 14, 2017
Housing Boom Busts Birds' Valentine's Day
A Pacific Northwest housing boom is encroaching on songbird habitat, forcing the birds to flee their homes&mdash;and their mates. &nbsp;
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February 14, 2017
Cool Coating Chills in Sunlight
A thin film coating can chill a vat of water to 15 degress Fahrenheit cooler than its surroundings, by absorbing&mdash;and then emitting&mdash;the sun's infrared rays. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 9, 2017
Partnered-Up Men More Attractive to Women
Women rate a man they see with an attractive woman as more desirable than an unattached man. Erika Beras reports.
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February 8, 2017
Gulf Dead Zone Makes for Shrimpier Shrimp
The low-oxygen waters of the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico result in smaller shrimp, and a spike in large shrimp prices. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 6, 2017
Frog Spit Behaves Like Bug-Catching Ketchup
The amphibians' saliva is what's known as a "shear-thinning fluid," like ketchup&mdash;sometimes thick, sometimes thin and flowing. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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February 5, 2017
Super Bowl Snacks Need These Exercise Equivalents
Charles Platkin, director of the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, published tips on what it would take to burn off the calories we typically consume during the Super Bowl
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February 2, 2017
The Arctic's Anti-Snowball Snowball Effect
Arctic heat waves melt sea ice, which promotes more warming and even more ice loss. In other words, it&rsquo;s a snowball effect&mdash;or in this case, an anti-snowball effect. Julia Rosen reports.
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February 1, 2017
Widening the Suez Canal Ushers In Underwater Invaders
Nomadic jellyfish and poisonous puffer fish are the poster children of an invasion of non-native species into the Mediterranean, with environmental and economic costs. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 31, 2017
Hawaiian Crows Ready for the Call of the Wild
The critically endangered birds have done well in captive breeding, meaning they may be ready once more for wild living, and the repertoire of calls associated with it. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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January 28, 2017
A Humble Fish with a Colorful Edge
The cichlid, a small fish, has one of the most incredible visual systems known&mdash;which allows it to adapt to differently colored environments. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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January 26, 2017
LSD's Long, Strange Trip Explained
When LSD binds to serotonin receptors, it pulls a "lid" closed behind it, locking it in place for hours, and explaining its long-lasting effects. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 26, 2017
Umbrellas Plus Sunscreen Best Bet to Beat Burns
Sunscreen or beach umbrellas alone were unable to completely prevent sunburns&mdash;so researchers suggest combining the methods instead. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 24, 2017
Ants Use Celestial Cues to Travel in Reverse
The six-legged savants appear to use celestial cues and three forms of memory, as they blaze a trail back to the nest. Karen Hopkin reports.
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January 24, 2017
High-Sugar Diet Makes Flies Drop Like...Flies
A study examines the effects of a high-sugar diet on the life spans of fruit flies. Another studies how the flies&rsquo; appetite-suppressing pathways may be similar to ours. Karen Hopkin reports.
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January 21, 2017
Pesticide Additive Could Be One Culprit in Bee Deaths
A common pesticide additive, known as an "inert" ingredient, could be one of the causes of the die-offs beekeepers have observed in their hives. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 19, 2017
Knot Not Easy to Knot
Chemists have synthesized the most complex molecular knot ever, using a strand just 192 atoms long. The advance could lead to new tougher materials. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 14, 2017
Bat Chatter Is More Than a Cry in the Dark
Using algorithms developed for human speech recognition, researchers decoded which bats in an experimental colony were arguing with each other, and what they were arguing about. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 13, 2017
Bird Feeders Attract Bird Eaters, Too
Some predators are attracted to the food in bird feeders, and end up targeting nestlings, too. Jason G. Goldman reports.
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January 12, 2017
Adult Daughter Orcas May Trigger Moms' Menopause
Competition between older female orcas and their adult daughters when they can breed simultaneously may cause the matriarch to enter menopause.
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January 12, 2017
Climate Cycles Could Have Carved Canyons on Mars
Researchers think Mars may have experienced a series of climate cycles, which etched the planet&rsquo;s surface with river valleys and lake basins. Julia Rosen reports.
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January 7, 2017
Hair Cells Could Heal Skin Sans Scars
Hair follicles appear to be key in reprogramming other cells in the wound, restoring the original skin architecture, instead of simply scarring. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 5, 2017
Concrete Defects Could Become Strengths
By optimizing the imperfections in concrete, manufacturers could make the material tougher and stronger&mdash;allowing builders to use less of it. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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January 4, 2017
Zika Linked to a Variety of Birth Defects
Zika virus infection during pregnancy appears to cause a range of birth defects, such as joint, eye and ear abnormalities, in addition to microcephaly.
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December 30, 2016
When Dining for Trillions, Eat Wisely
What you ate in the past can shape the diversity of your gut flora, and affect how well your gut microbes respond to new foods. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 29, 2016
Weakest Piglets May Sneak Help from Strongest Siblings
If a weak piglet positions itself next to a strong sibling while feeding, it may get some extra nutrition from inadvertently stimulated mammary glands. &nbsp; &nbsp;
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December 26, 2016
Isolated Low Temps May Reassure Climate Skeptics
Areas of the country that have experienced record low temperatures since 2005 happen to be home to many global warming deniers. And researchers theorize there may be a connection. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 23, 2016
Bats Learn to Take White-Nose Punch
In areas where the white-nose syndrome fungus has been around for awhile, little brown bats seem to have found a way to limit the disease damage.
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December 22, 2016
"Necrobiome" Reveals a Corpse's Time of Death
The microbial ecosystems inhabiting corpses could help forensic scientists determine a person&rsquo;s time of death, even after almost two months. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 20, 2016
Pregnancy Primes the Brain for Motherhood
Areas of the brain related to social cognition shrink in first-time mothers&mdash;a structural change that could boost maternal attachment. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 16, 2016
Small Fraction of Pilots Suffer Suicidal Thoughts
In an anonymous online survey, about 4 percent of surveyed pilots admitted to having suicidal thoughts within the last few weeks. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 14, 2016
Migrating Birds Prefer Lakefront Property
Night-flying migratory birds over water turn back to lakeshores at daybreak&mdash;meaning crowded shores along the water. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 14, 2016
Breast-Feeding Benefits Babies with Genetic Asthma Risk
Infants carrying genes that put them at increased risk for asthma had a 27 percent decrease in developing respiratory symptoms while being breast-fed. Erika Beras reports.
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December 13, 2016
Self-Driving Cars Probably Won't Boost Commuter Productivity
Sixty-two percent of survey respondents said self-driving cars would not make them more productive. Another 36 percent said they&rsquo;d be too concerned to do anything but watch the road. Erika Beras reports.
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December 9, 2016
New Insecticide Makes Mosquitoes Pop
The substance prevents mosquitoes taking a blood meal from producing waste&mdash;causing them to swell up, and sometimes even explode. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 6, 2016
Commuting Patterns Help Forecast Flu Outbreaks
Flu forecasts within large metro areas like New York City might be improved by adding in data about the flow of commuters. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 6, 2016
Stopping Splashes with Smarter Surfaces
Understanding the physics of how a liquid splashes when it hits a surface is allowing researchers to design new surfaces that limit splashing
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December 2, 2016
Dogs Teach Bomb-Sniffing Machines New Tricks
A dog&rsquo;s sniff pulls a plume of fresh scents toward them, which fluid dynamicists say is a technique that could make for better bomb detectors. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 1, 2016
"Power Poses" Don't Stand Up
A 2010 study claimed that striking certain poses could alter hormone levels and risk-taking behavior. But subsequent studies can&rsquo;t replicate that finding. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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December 1, 2016
Toll-Free Number Stems Human–Wildlife Conflicts
India's Project Wild Seve allows people who have suffered crop or livestock loss from wild animals to streamline the compensation process, thus helping both farmers and wildlife.
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November 29, 2016
We Now Live in the Unnatural World
David Biello's new book is The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth&rsquo;s Newest Age .
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