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How Do Bats Live With So Many Viruses?
Science, Yesterday

They are considered the probable source of the coronavirus outbreak spreading from China. It turns out that they may have an immune system that lets them coexist with many disease-causing viruses.

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The Killer Neural Wiring That Links Eyes and Wings in 2 Predators
Science, Yesterday

An ancient ancestor’s visual system helps dragonflies and jewel wing damselflies capture prey in very different ways.

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Forget ‘Affiliative Bonds.’ Animals Have Friends Just Like We Do.
Books, Yesterday

In “Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond,” Lydia Denworth explores the growing, cross-species science of friendships — how they work and why.

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When Fires Burn on the Prairie, Coneflowers Bloom More Often
Science, January 27

Research over two decades on prairie land in western Minnesota shows how controlled burns encouraged a plant to generate seeds.

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They’re Stealthy at Sea, but They Can’t Hide From the Albatross
Science, January 27

Researchers outfitted 169 seabirds with radar detectors to pinpoint vessels that had turned off their transponders.

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Fourth Spy at Los Alamos Knew A-Bomb’s Inner Secrets
Science, January 27

Historians recently uncovered another Soviet spy in the U.S. atomic bomb program. Fresh disclosures show he worked on the device’s explosive trigger.

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Brains Turned to Glass? Suffocated in Boathouses? Vesuvius Victims Get New Look
Science, January 23

Two studies examined grim scenes left at a Roman settlement devastated by the 79 A.D. eruption.

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The Making of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Was as Far Out as the Movie
Arts, January 23

A jumble of memorabilia, storyboards and props, an exhibit illustrates the whirl of influences behind Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking 1968 film.

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The Mummy Speaks! Hear Sounds From the Voice of an Ancient Egyptian Priest
Science, January 23

Scientists used a 3-D printer, a loudspeaker and computer software to recreate a part of the voice of a 3,000-year-old mummy.

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Este extraño microbio podría ser clave para entender la vida en la Tierra
en Español, January 23

Un organismo que vive en el fondo de los océanos ofrece pistas sobre los orígenes de las células complejas de todos los animales y plantas.

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Ancient DNA from West Africa Adds to Picture of Humans’ Rise
Science, January 22

From a burial site in Cameroon, archaeologists recovered human genetic material dating as far back as 8,000 years.

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Stress Really Does Make Hair Go Gray Faster
Science, January 22

The same nerves involved in the fight-or-flight response can cause permanent damage to the cells responsible for producing hair color in mice, scientists have found.

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Bumblebee Vomit: Scientists Are No Longer Ignoring It
Science, January 22

Regurgitation is an important consideration when it comes to the process of pollination.

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Earth’s Oldest Asteroid Impact Found in Australia
Science, January 21

The cataclysm, which occurred roughly 2.2 billion years ago, might have catapulted the planet out of an ice age.

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Alone on a Mountaintop, Awaiting a Very Hard Rain
Science, January 21

Decades ago, Armenian scientists built a high-elevation trap to catch and study cosmic rays. Physics has mostly moved on, but the station persists — a ghost observatory with a skeleton crew.

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The Freshwater Giants Are Dying
Science, January 21

Overharvesting and habitat loss endanger most of the world’s freshwater “megafauna.” But many species may yet be saved.

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How Fast Can a Human Run?
Science, January 21

Two legs are good. Four legs might be better.

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SpaceX’s Explosive Test May Launch Year of Renewed Human Spaceflight
Science, January 19

A NASA program could be ready to launch astronauts to orbit once again, and the number of people traveling to space could surge.

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A Small Step for Space Force Is Not a Giant Leap for Uniform Design
U.S., January 19

The unveiling of the new military branch’s name tape — “U.S. Space Force,” embroidered in blue — was overshadowed by reactions to its familiar camouflage uniform.

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SpaceX Launch: Highlights From the Crew Dragon Safety Test
Science, January 19

To prove it is safe for astronauts, the company tested its Crew Dragon capsule’s rescue system.

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Biotechnology
Crosswords & Games, January 18

Some sharing and swapping of ideas may be needed to finish this Victor Barocas puzzle.

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SpaceX Test Delayed to Sunday
Science, January 17

A successful demonstration of the abort system on the company’s Crew Dragon capsule would set up the next flight, which is to have astronauts aboard.

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At the Bottom of the Sea, They Wait to Feast on Alligators
Science, January 17

Usually the large reptiles feed on other creatures. But scientists found a surprise at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

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It’s a Topsy-Turvy World. Can We Make Some Money From That?
Science, January 17

Bad news used to spook the markets. Now it seems to lift them. How weird is that?

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Health Care Costs Are Rising. Fund Returns Are Less Reliable.
Business, January 17

In 2019, the industry’s performance was not quite as strong as the overall stock market’s. Some managers point to political uncertainty over health insurance and drug prices.

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Health Care Costs Are Rising. Fund Returns Are Less Reliable.
Business, January 17

In 2019, the industry’s performance was not quite as strong as the overall stock market’s. Some managers point to political uncertainty over health insurance and drug prices.

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Exploring the Solar System Anew at the Hayden Planetarium
Arts, January 16

The American Museum of Natural History’s first new space show since 2013 is a head-spinning adventure that makes a statement about the fragility of Earth.

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Meteorite or Volcano? New Clues to the Dinosaurs’ Demise
Science, January 16

Twin calamities marked the end of the Cretaceous period, and scientists are presenting new evidence of which drove one of Earth’s great extinctions.

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What Wolf Pups That Play Fetch Reveal About Your Dog
Science, January 16

If wolf pups will retrieve a ball for a stranger, no training necessary, maybe dogs’ wild ancestors were also ready for human games.

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Rich People Don’t Just Live Longer. They Also Get More Healthy Years.
Science, January 16

Wealthy men and women generally have eight to nine more years of “disability-free” life after age 50 than poor people do, according to a new study of English and American adults.

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Neanderthals Could Swim. They Even Dived.
Science, January 15

Shell tools found in a Neanderthal cave may have been retrieved from water as deep as 13 feet.

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This Strange Microbe May Mark One of Life’s Great Leaps
Science, January 15

A organism living in ocean muck offers clues to the origins of the complex cells of all animals and plants.

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Bricks Alive! Scientists Create Living Concrete
Science, January 15

“A Frankenstein material” is teeming with — and ultimately made by — photosynthetic microbes. And it can reproduce.

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Lesson of the Day: ‘How’s Your Internship Going? This Teen Found a Planet’
The Learning Network, January 15

In this lesson, students will understand one way that planets are identified, and they’ll have an opportunity to participate in a citizen science project.

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Betty Pat Gatliff, Whose Forensic Art Solved Crimes, Dies at 89
Science, January 14

She used clay to reconstruct the faces of the missing and murdered, in the hope of helping police departments learn who they were.

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The Secret That Helps Some Trees Live More Than 1,000 Years
Science, January 13

By comparing very old and young ginkgos in China, scientists found an explanation for their longevity.

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How Insects Cope When Blood Rushes to Their Heads
Science, January 13

Grasshoppers have to deal with blood pressure issues when they are upside down.

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Why Is Air Pollution So Harmful? DNA May Hold the Answer
Science, January 13

It’s not just a modern problem. Airborne toxins are so pernicious that they may have shaped human evolution.

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Ronald Melzack, Cartographer of Pain, Is Dead at 90
Science, January 12

The theory that he and a colleague devised deepened medicine’s understanding of pain and how it is best measured and treated.

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How’s Your Internship Going? This Teen Found a Planet
Science, January 11

Wolf Cukier, 17, was analyzing brightness of stars during an internship with NASA last year when he made the discovery.

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Vera Rubin Gets a Telescope of Her Own
Science, January 11

The astronomer missed her Nobel Prize. But she now has a whole new observatory to her name.

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Fossil Reveals Earth’s Oldest Known Animal Guts
Science, January 10

The find in a Nevada desert revealed an intestine inside a creature that looks like a worm made of a stack of ice cream cones.

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Second U.S. Baby to Be Born From a Dead Donor’s Uterus Is Delivered
Science, January 9

Researchers at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia said the procedure could pave a new path to parenthood for women with uterine factor infertility.

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Attacks by Urban Coyotes Are Rare, but Frightening
Science, January 9

Two people were injured in Chicago, a reminder that as more coyotes move to the cities, some conflicts are inevitable.

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Volcanoes on Venus Might Still Be Smoking
Science, January 9

Planetary science experiments on Earth suggest that the sun’s second planet might have ongoing volcanic activity.

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Trove of New Bird Species Found on Remote Indonesian Islands
Science, January 9

Researchers found 10 new species and subspecies of songbirds off the coast of Sulawesi, with distinct songs and genetics from known birds.

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When the Cobra Bites, You’ll Be Glad Someone Sequenced Its Genome
Science, January 9

Some scientists hope genomic technologies will lead to improved antivenom.

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Parrots Show Off Selfless Behavior
Science, January 9

A series of experiments demonstrated that African grey parrots had something like social intelligence in addition to their cleverness.

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Just a Fainting Spell? Or Is Betelgeuse About to Blow?
Science, January 9

A familiar star in the constellation Orion has dimmed noticeably since October. Astronomers wonder if its explosive finale is imminent.

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Waiting for Betelgeuse to Explode
Interactive, January 9

It could be a long wait.

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Some of Australia’s Smallest Species Could Be Lost to Wildfires
Science, January 9

Velvet worms, trapdoor spiders: Scientists worry about the fate of the nation’s many remarkable, overlooked endemic creatures.

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New York State Investigates Christian Health Cost Sharing Affiliate
Science, January 8

Subpoenas have been issued to a company that solicits memberships for a health insurance alternative that offers no guarantees for covering medical bills.

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How a Fish Steals Its Ability to Glow
Science, January 8

Many organisms have evolved bioluminescence, but the golden sweeper’s lights comes from the glowing shrimp in its diet.

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Yes, This Cuttlefish Is Wearing 3-D Glasses
Science, January 8

Scientists knew octopuses and squid didn’t have any depth perception, but they had a hunch their cuttlefish cousins might.

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June Bacon-Bercey, 90, Pathbreaking Meteorologist, Is Dead
Science, January 7

She is widely believed to have been the first African-American female meteorologist to forecast weather on television.

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¿Por qué hay tantos sismos en Puerto Rico?
en Español, January 7

Los temblores de esta semana en la isla son un recordatorio de que el Caribe es una región telúrica.

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Hints of Phantom Crater Found Under Volcanic Plateau in Laos
Science, January 7

Scientists knew a meteorite impact had flung debris all over the world, but where it struck has remained a mystery.

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Why Are So Many Earthquakes Happening in Puerto Rico?
U.S., January 7

This week’s strong tremors are a reminder that the Caribbean is an active seismic zone.

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The Superpowers of Super-Thin Materials
Science, January 7

In materials science, 2-D is the new 3-D.

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Invoking Islamic Tradition to Save Birds in Lebanon
Science, January 6

Lebanon is a byway for migratory birds. This scientist devised a clever plan to protect them from hunting.

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The Coolest Architecture on Earth Is in Antarctica
Science, January 6

Who said a polar research base had to be ugly? Gradually, designers are rethinking how to build for the world’s harshest environment.

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This Robot’s Journey to an Icy Alien Moon Starts Beneath Antarctica
Science, January 5

NASA scientists completed field tests in November of a floating rover they hope will one day travel to Europa, the frozen ocean moon of Jupiter.

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Dr. Heather Ashton, 90, Dies; Helped People Quit Anxiety Drugs
Science, January 3

Her “Ashton Manual,” published in 1999, has become a cornerstone for people all over the world dealing with benzodiazepine dependence.

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Beware Tyrannosaurus Rex Teenagers and Their Growth Spurts
Science, January 3

Fossils that some scientists thought to be a separate species were likely adolescent Tyrannosaurus rexes, a new study says.

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Quadrantids Meteor Shower 2020: Watch It Peak in Night Skies
Science, January 3

Meteor showers can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a glimpse.

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Rocket Launches, Trips to Mars and More 2020 Space and Astronomy Events
Science, January 1

A year full of highs and lows in space just ended, and the 12 months to come will be full of new highlights in orbit and beyond.

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Sync your calendar with the solar system
Interactive, January 1

Never miss an eclipse, a meteor shower, a rocket launch or any other astronomical and space event that's out of this world.

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Meteor Showers in 2020 That Will Light Up Night Skies
Science, January 1

All year long, Earth passes through streams of cosmic debris. Here’s a list of major meteor showers and how to spot one.

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An Afterlife So Perilous, You Needed a Guidebook
Science, December 30

Archaeologists unearthed the remains of a 4,000-year-old “Book of Two Ways” — a guide to the Egyptian underworld, and the earliest copy of the first illustrated book.