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It Could Be the Age of the Chicken, Geologically
Science, Yesterday

With 65 billion chickens consumed each year, the signature fossil of the modern epoch may be the leftovers.

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Women in Rare Company Accept Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry
Express, Yesterday

“It is truly an amazing feeling when you know that you have built something that no one else ever has and it actually works,” said Donna Strickland, only the third woman to win the physics prize.

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It’s a Briefcase! It’s a Pizza Box! No, It’s a Mini Satellite
Science, Yesterday

Orbiting instruments are now so small they can be launched by the dozens, and even high school students can build them.

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Geckos Can Run on Water
Science, Yesterday

A small lizard is among the elite group of animals that race across the surface of water.

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How Geckos Move Across Water
Video, Yesterday

The Asian house gecko can move across water at great speed by using a half-running, half-swimming motion.

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During Seven-Hour Spacewalk, Russian Astronauts Gather Clues to Orbital Mystery
Science, December 10

Wielding sharp tools, the two men in spacesuits examined a tiny hole that has roiled space relations between the United States and Russia.

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Voyager 2 Has Entered the Space Between Solar Systems
Science, December 10

It is the second spacecraft to make the crossing into interstellar space, providing a new look at what lies beyond our local galactic neighborhood.

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Sidney Horenstein, 82, Geologist Who Wrung Stories From Stone, Dies
Obits, December 10

Working full-time for the American Museum of Natural History in New York, he was an author and tour guide whose exuberance brought fossils to life.

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Devoted Dads of the Amphibian World
Science, December 4

The males of an obscure frog species in Borneo faithfully tend their eggs, undistracted by new mates.

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Puritan Tiger Beetles, ‘Vicious Predators,’ May Soon Hunt Again
Science, December 4

The beetles are New England’s most endangered species. Now scientists have begun an unlikely effort to return them to the banks of the Connecticut River.

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All the Light There Is to See? 4 x 10⁸⁴ Photons
Science, December 3

Astronomers have calculated all the light ever produced by all the stars in the cosmos. It’s a lot, but on the cosmic whole, not that much.

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The Way the Wind Blows
Science, December 3

The rotation of the Earth forces winds into clockwise and counterclockwise motions, depending on air pressure.

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Soyuz Rocket Launches Flawlessly, Weeks After Malfunction
Foreign, December 3

The Russian rocket carried a three-person crew into orbit on Monday, making a successful return to flight following a dramatic failure.

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NASA’s Osiris-Rex Arrives at Asteroid Bennu After a Two-Year Journey
Science, December 3

The spacecraft now begins a close study of the primitive space rock, seeking clues to the early solar system.

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Knickers the Steer Really Is Big. But Most of Us Don’t Know a Cow’s Normal Size.
Science, November 30

If you thought Knickers was a once-in-a-lifetime giant, you may not be spending enough time with cattle.

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A Famous Alpha Wolf’s Daughter, Spitfire, Is Killed by a Hunter
Science, November 30

The shooting of another Lamar Canyon pack member has renewed calls for a buffer between Yellowstone and nearby lands, to protect roaming wolves.

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600 Million Years Ago, the First Scavengers Lurked in Dark Ocean Gardens
Science, November 30

The bizarre organisms of the Ediacaran Period have long puzzled researchers. Fossil discoveries suggest these ecosystems may have been more complicated than once thought.

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Yes, the Octopus Is Smart as Heck. But Why?
Science, November 30

It has eight arms, three hearts — and a plan. Scientists aren’t sure how the cephalopods got to be so intelligent.

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Rough Drafts of Richard Feynman’s Ideas Head to Auction
Science, November 29

The scribblings of a brilliant 20th-century physicist show that he did not get everything right on the first try, either.

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Meet the Spiders That Feed Milk to Their Young
Science, November 29

The jumping arachnids’ secretions have four times as much protein as cow milk.

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NASA Chooses Private Companies for Future Moon Landings
Science, November 29

Nine companies will vie for a share of more than $2 billion dollars to build small landers to carry experimental payloads to the lunar surface.

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China Halts Work by Scientist Who Says He Edited Babies’ Genes
Science, November 29

Officials said it appeared that He Jiankui’s work had broken Chinese law. Scores of scientists have called his conduct unethical.

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What Makes Knickers the Steer (Not Cow) So Big? Cattle’s Mysterious Genes
Science, November 28

It also helps to be castrated and live a long time.

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Mars Beckons
Editorial, November 27

Scientists hope to uncover some of the secrets of that distant world — and maybe some of our own.

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Margaret Thatcher, Ice Cream Pioneer, Is Nominated as Face of £50 Note
Foreign, November 27

The Bank of England has released a list of 800 scientific figures who could feature on its next redesigned bill. One in particular has raised eyebrows.

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The Wasp Wants a Zombie. The Cockroach Says ‘No’ With a Karate Kick.
Science, November 27

Scientists documented the fancy footwork that helps some cockroaches fend off a wasp's paralyzing sting.

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The Cockroach Karate Kick That Fends Off Wasps
Video, November 27

Cockroaches deploy a stunning, and largely unstudied, karate-style kick to prevent wasp attacks.

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Full Video: InSight To Land on Mars
Video, November 26

NASA’s InSight lander has touched down on Mars — more than six months and 300 million miles since it launched from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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This Is the Way the Paper Crumples
Science, November 26

In a ball of paper, scientists discover a landscape of surprising mathematical order.

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NASA’s InSight Mission Has Touched Down on Mars to Study the Red Planet’s Deep Secrets
Science, November 26

In the months ahead, the spacecraft will begin its study of the Martian underworld, listening for marsquakes and seeking clues about the dusty world’s formation.

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Mars Had a Busy Year. Get Caught Up Before NASA’s InSight Landing.
Science, November 25

Here’s a refresher of what’s happened on the red planet in 2018 as a NASA spacecraft prepares to arrive there on Monday.

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How to Land on Mars
Interactive, November 25

On Nov. 26, NASA’s InSight spacecraft will try to land on Mars.

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A Memory From Out of the Blue
Science, November 24

People sometimes experience random recollections during routine tasks such as housekeeping. Scientists call them “mind-pops.”

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Beneath Antarctica’s Ice Is a Graveyard of Dead Continents
Science, November 23

Data from a European satellite has revealed the tectonic underworld below the frozen southernmost continent.

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The Woman Putting Australia Into Space
Foreign, November 23

Megan Clark has always thirsted after adventure, and in heading the nation’s first space agency she has definitely set herself a challenge.

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Visitors From the Ocean’s Twilight Zone
Science, November 21

Researchers recently hauled up specimens from a layer of the world’s seas that contains an abundance of aquatic life.

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A Metropolis of 200 Million Termite Mounds Was Hidden in Plain Sight
Science, November 20

What amount to garbage piles — some are 4,000 years old — are spread over an area the size of Britain in a remote Brazilian forest.

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The Key to Stopping the Illegal Wildlife Trade: China
Science, November 19

The country is a critical market for animal contraband. Some scientists fear the official commitment to conservation may be wavering.

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Steven Pinker Thinks the Future Is Looking Bright
Science, November 19

The Harvard psychologist says he is no starry-eyed optimist. It’s just that the data don’t lie.

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Where’s Our Warp Drive to the Stars?
Science, November 19

Physicists haven’t given up on the dream of zipping around the universe. Now they’ve come up with a far-out idea for making it happen.

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Will We Survive Climate Change?
Science, November 19

Possibly. There is ‘no scientific support for inevitable doom,’ one expert notes.

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How Will We Outsmart A.I. Liars?
Science, November 19

For better and worse, humans are only improving their ability to deceive themselves with technology.

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Honestly, Some Questions Are Better Left Unanswered
Science, November 19

Cat-poop coffee. Time travel. Alien messages. We should leave some mysteries alone.

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Does the Universe Still Need Einstein?
Science, November 19

Physicists are no longer unified in the search for a unified theory.

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How Did We Get to Be Human?
Science, November 19

Evolution did not draw a straight line from early hominins to modern humans. At one point, we shared the planet with a number of near-relatives.

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Is There Hope for These Great Apes?
Science, November 19

Mountain gorillas are faring better — perhaps because some humans just won’t listen to reason.

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Essay: The Experiments Are Fascinating. But Nobody Can Repeat Them.
Science, November 19

Science is mired in a “replication” crisis. Fixing it will not be easy.

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Survivor
Science, November 19

A story of mass extinctions.

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‘Enough Is Enough’: Science, Too, Has a Problem With Harassment
Science, November 19

Many women in science thought that meritocracy was the antidote to sexism. Now some have decided on a more direct approach.

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Some Good News, and a Hard Truth, About Science
Science, November 19

Lost in the swirl of alternative truths is the fact that science is a verb, not a noun.

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11 Things We’d Really Like to Know
Interactive, November 19

And a few we’d rather not discuss

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NASA Mars 2020 Rover Gets a Landing Site: A Crater That Contained a Lake
Science, November 19

The rover will search the Jezero Crater and delta for the chemical building blocks of life and other signs of past microbes.

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Save the Germs
Op Ed, November 18

With modern medicine killing off whole categories of bacteria and viruses — including benign ones that promote health — scientists propose a way to preserve microbes that may rescue us one day.

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The Kilogram is Dead. Long Live the Kilogram!
Science, November 16

After a vote (and a century of research), the standard measure for mass is redefined, and the long reign of Le Grand K is ended.

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Hurricane Harvey Passed Over, but These Fish Kept Making Babies
Science, November 15

Underwater audio recordings rescued from Hurricane Harvey showed that the urge to spawn was more powerful than a category 4 storm.

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Ice Age Asteroid Crater Discovered Beneath Greenland Glacier
Science, November 14

It is the first impact crater discovered under one of Earth’s ice sheets, according to the scientists who found it.

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Campi Flegrei Volcano’s Ancient Cycle Seems to End in Large Eruption
Science, November 14

The Italian volcanic giant has been curiously eruption-free since 1538. New research unspooled 60,000 years of its history with an eye on what it will do in the future.

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Why Komodo Dragons Haven’t Conquered the World
Science, November 13

The razor-toothed predators are fierce, but scientists found that they’re real homebodies.

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Male Insect Fertility Plummets After Heat Waves
Science, November 13

Researchers say that temperature’s effects on sperm production could be one factor behind the decline in the world’s insect populations.

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Tavares Strachan Teams With SpaceX to Launch Satellite-Sculpture Into Orbit
Culture, November 13

The object, made of 24-karat gold, honors Robert Henry Lawrence Jr., the first African-American to train as an astronaut.

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A ‘Time Capsule’ for Scientists, Courtesy of Peter the Great
Science, November 12

A Russian zoological museum filled with centuries-old specimens finds renewed relevance in the age of genetics.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Explores the Symbiosis Between War and Astrophysics
Book Review, November 12

In “Accessory to War,” the astrophysicist offers a history of space exploration and the ways it has been aided and abetted by warfare and its needs.

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‘Touch Not the Cat’
Science, November 12

The Scottish wildcat, the last native cat in the United Kingdom, is endangered; fewer than 100 purebred specimens remain in the wild.