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Scientists Have Finally Calculated How Many Hot Dogs a Person Can Eat at Once
Science, Yesterday

The world’s best hot dog eaters could outeat a grizzly bear or a coyote, but would fall far behind a wolf or a Burmese python, a new study finds.

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How a Velvet Ant (Which Is a Wasp) Got Its White Fluff
Science, Yesterday

The thistledown velvet ant (which is actually a wasp) resembles creosote fuzz. But mimicry isn’t the reason, a new study suggests.

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Scientists Find an Earthquake’s Toll in an Organism’s DNA
Science, Yesterday

Along a coastline in New Zealand, kelp seems to contain a genetic record of the planet’s geological upheaval.

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How the United Arab Emirates Set Its Sights on Mars
Science, Yesterday

The launch of the Hope orbiter was delayed because of weather. The mission’s goal is to make contributions to research on the red planet. But the Emirati government really hopes it will inspire future scientists.

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How Koalas With an S.T.D. Could Help Humanity
Science, July 13

When it comes to finding a vaccine for chlamydia, the world’s most common sexually transmitted infection, koalas may prove a key ally.

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Scientists Say You Can Cancel the Noise but Keep Your Window Open
Science, July 11

Researchers in Singapore developed a system that’s sort of like noise-canceling headphones for your whole apartment.

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Lockdowns Spared Millions of Animals From Becoming Roadkill, Researchers Say
Express, July 10

The number of wild animals killed by vehicle traffic was down as much as 45 percent in Maine and 21 percent in California, according to a U.C. Davis report.

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Beyond the Milky Way, a Galactic Wall
Science, July 10

Astronomers have discovered a vast assemblage of galaxies hidden behind our own, in the “zone of avoidance.”

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This Ancient Sea Creature Builds Its Body With a Whisper, not a Scream
Science, July 9

Unlike vertebrate embryo cells, which signal to each other over long distances, sea squirt embryo cells talk only to those they’re closest to.

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How a Saber-Tooth Marsupial Blinded Us With Its Bite
Science, July 9

The extinct South American animal made us believe it was as fierce as a saber-tooth cat, but a new study suggests it was a mere scavenger.

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Some Polynesians Carry DNA of Ancient Native Americans, New Study Finds
Science, July 8

A new genetic study suggests that Polynesians made an epic voyage to South America 800 years ago.

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New Red Algae Are Threatening Hawaii’s Coral Reefs, Scientists Say
Express, July 8

The recently discovered species covers coral in a thick layer and suffocates it. Scientists don’t know where it came from.

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Scrutinizing SpaceX, NASA Overlooked Some Boeing Software Problems
Science, July 7

The agency identified the causes of mishaps in orbit during an uncrewed test flight of its Starliner spacecraft in December.

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Could You Make a Snowball of Neutrinos?
Science, July 7

You’ll need more than a few — say, 300 decillion. And good luck trying to throw it.

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356 Elephants Died Suddenly. The Cause Is a Mystery.
Science, July 6

Some conservationists say the recent die-off in Botswana could be natural, but others expressed more concern.

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Hair From Ghostly Bears Reveals New Genetic Secrets
Science, July 6

First Nations peoples along British Columbia’s Central Coast led research to help preserve the area’s white-furred Spirit bears.

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It’s Not a Snake, but Beware of Its Venomous Bite
Science, July 3

Animals called caecilians may have been among the first vertebrates on land to lace their bites with venom.

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Lester Grinspoon, Influential Marijuana Scholar, Dies at 92
Obits, July 2

He believed pot was dangerous until his research convinced him otherwise. He then became a leading proponent of legalization.

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Canada’s Sparrows Are Singing a New Song. You’ll Hear It Soon.
Science, July 2

Over 20 years, scientists tracked the transformation of the traditional trill of a common bird from western Canada to Ontario.

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Anders Ericsson, Psychologist and ‘Expert on Experts,’ Dies at 72
Obits, July 1

His research helped inspire “Outliers,” Malcolm Gladwell’s best-selling book on the keys to excelling.

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Elk Return to Kentucky, Bringing Economic Life
Science, June 30

After a concerted reintroduction effort two decades ago, the state is now home to the largest population of elk east of the Mississippi. The animals’ home: reclaimed coal mines.

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Most People With Coronavirus Won’t Spread It. Why Do a Few Infect Many?
Science, June 30

Growing evidence shows most infected people aren’t spreading the virus. But whether you become a superspreader probably depends more on circumstance than biology.

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Most People With Coronavirus Won’t Spread It. Why Do a Few Infect Many?
Science, June 30

Growing evidence shows most infected people aren’t spreading the virus. But whether you become a superspreader probably depends more on circumstance than biology.

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How Do Flying Snakes Glide Through the Air? ‘It’s Hard to Believe’
Science, June 29

As they wiggle and undulate, the snakes are transforming their bodies for flight.

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A Worm’s Hidden Map for Growing New Eyes
Science, June 29

When a planarian loses its eyes, cellular guides connect new ones to its brain so it can see again.

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Dr. William Dement, Leader in Sleep Disorder Research, Dies at 91
Obits, June 27

At Stanford, he created the world’s first successful sleep clinic and taught a popular class on sleep and dreams. (If he caught a student dozing, he’d wake him with a water gun.)

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Kenneth Lewes, Who Challenged Views of Homosexuality, Dies at 76
Obits, June 26

In an influential book, he defied the idea that being gay, as he was, is an illness, and took on psychiatry’s “history of homophobia.” He died of the coronavirus.

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How Bees Avoid Bumping Into Nature’s Obstacle Course
Science, June 26

When the garden gets perilous, these pollinators hit the gas.

The Great Wonders Beyond the Great Reef
Science, June 26

A recent expedition to the inky depths of the Coral Sea revealed an unknown world of creatures and geologic features.

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Dennis Nagle, Free Spirit With an Engineer’s Mind, Dies at 78
Obits, June 25

He lived a life of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll before settling into a fulfilling job at M.I.T. late in life. He died of the coronavirus.

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Two Black Holes Colliding Not Enough? Make It Three
Science, June 25

Astronomers claim to have seen a flash from the merger of two black holes within the maelstrom of a third, far bigger one.

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Dolphins Have an Eating Trick. How They Learn It Is More Surprising.
Science, June 25

A behavior called shelling is learned from peers, unlike other feeding strategies that are passed from mother to calf.

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When 300-Pound Wombats Roamed Australia
Science, June 25

Compared in size with modern black bears, the extinct species offers a new window into the large vombatiforms that once lived in Australia.

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Dog Breeding in the Neolithic Age
Science, June 25

Fossils and modern DNA show the ancient roots of Arctic sled dogs.

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The Rebel Physicist on the Hunt for a Better Story Than Quantum Mechanics
Magazine, June 25

For a century, quantum theory has been scientific orthodoxy. The Italian physicist Angelo Bassi is certain it isn’t the full story — and that he can prove it.

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NASA Names Headquarters After Its First Black Female Engineer, Mary Jackson
Express, June 24

Jackson’s contributions received widespread attention after the release of the 2016 film “Hidden Figures,” which chronicled black women’s work during the space race.

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NASA Names Headquarters After Its First Black Female Engineer, Mary Jackson
Express, June 24

Ms. Jackson’s contributions received widespread attention after the release of the 2016 film “Hidden Figures,” which chronicled black women’s work during the space race.

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NASA Names Headquarters After Its First Black Female Engineer, Mary Jackson
Express, June 24

Ms. Jackson’s contributions received widespread attention after the release of the 2016 film “Hidden Figures,” which chronicled black women’s work during the space race.

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Roundup Maker to Pay $10 Billion to Settle Cancer Suits
Business, June 24

Bayer faced tens of thousands of claims linking the weedkiller to cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Some of the money is set aside for future cases.

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Robert Laughlin, Preserver of a Mayan Language, Dies at 85
Obits, June 24

His monumental dictionary, after years of field work, documented Tzotzil in southern Mexico. But that was just the start of his efforts to preserve the culture.

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A Black Hole’s Lunch Provides a Treat for Astronomers
Science, June 24

Scientists have discovered the heaviest known neutron star, or maybe the lightest known black hole: “Either way it breaks a record.”

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They Wanted You to Bet on Sharks. The Odds Were Not in Their Favor.
Science, June 23

Gambling on shark migration patterns could raise awareness, some experts say. But it could also fuel the animals’ reputation as mere entertainment.

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Mars Is About to Have Its ‘Wright Brothers Moment’
Science, June 23

As part of its next Mars mission, NASA is sending an experimental helicopter to fly through the red planet’s thin atmosphere.

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Ancient Rome Was Teetering. Then a Volcano Erupted 6,000 Miles Away.
Science, June 22

Scientists have linked historical political instability to a number of volcanic events, the latest involving an eruption in the Aleutian Islands.

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Massive Saharan Dust Cloud to Move Across Southeast U.S. This Week
Express, June 22

The dry and dusty layer of air can enhance sunrises and suppress storms.

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Small Worlds With Lava Oceans Might Have Given Us Meteorites
Science, June 22

Researchers propose a new model to explain the formation of most of the meteorites that make it to Earth.

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Happy Father’s Day to All the Fish Dads Underwater
Science, June 21

Paternal care has evolved dozens of times in aquatic life, and is more common than maternal or combined parenting.

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Summer Solstice 2020 and the Search for Life in the Galaxy
Science, June 20

As you mark the longest day of the year, consider the debate among astronomers over whether Earth’s tilt toward the sun helps make life on our world and others possible.

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Hummingbirds Navigate an Ultraviolet World We Never See
Science, June 19

New research shows that the nectar-drinking birds use their enhanced color vision to distinguish sources of food.

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Copper Won’t Save You From Coronavirus
Science, June 19

Pandemic fears have created interest in metallic products touting antimicrobial properties. But experts have doubts about the copper craze.

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Wildlife Trade Spreads Coronaviruses as Animals Get to Market
Science, June 19

DNA tests show an increase in the number of animals with positive tests for some coronaviruses from the time they are trapped until they arrive on someone’s dinner plate.

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They Want to Sell Balloon Rides 19 Miles Up. Haven’t We Heard This Before?
Science, June 18

Seven years ago, entrepreneurs planned trips to the stratosphere, but tourists never got off the ground. They’re trying again.

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Yellowstone’s Supervolcano Is a Hot Spot, but It May Be Calming Down
Science, June 18

Some researchers interpret a new timeline of some of the formation’s biggest eruptions as evidence that its activity is waning.

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Blowing Bubbles to Pollinate Flowers
Science, June 17

Researchers in Japan have developed a soap bubble-based pollination method that is as effective as doing it by hand.

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Tracks Hint at a Crocodile Ancestor That Walked on 2 Legs
Science, June 17

Over 100 million years ago in what is now South Korea, evolution experimented with nine-foot-long bipedal reptiles.

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Life Hatched From Soft Eggs, Some a Foot Long, in Dinosaur Era
Science, June 17

A football-size egg from Antarctica and baby dinosaurs from Mongolia and Argentina shine new light on ancient reptile reproduction.

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DNA of ‘Irish Pharaoh’ Sheds Light on Ancient Tomb Builders
Science, June 17

In one of Europe's most impressive Stone Age burial mounds, researchers found evidence of brother-sister incest that suggests the existence of a ruling elite.

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Seeking Dark Matter, They Detected Another Mystery
Science, June 17

Do signals from beneath an Italian mountain herald a revolution in physics?

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Coronavirus Outbreaks at Border Put Haitian Migrants at Risk
Science, June 16

Day laborers who lack adequate health care and housing are particularly vulnerable, as cases rise across the Americas.

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Is Trump Trying to Spread Covid-19?
Op Ed, June 16

Does he start each day wondering what expert advice to ignore next?

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Who’s a Bot? Who’s Not?
Science, June 16

It sometimes seems that automated bots are taking over social media and driving human discourse. But some (real) researchers aren’t so sure.

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The Return of the Platypuses
Science, June 16

Rescued from Australia’s fires, a small fleet of wild platypuses is launched back into their wetland home and into an uncertain future.

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China Reports Progress in Ultra-Secure Satellite Transmission
Science, June 15

Researchers enlisted quantum physics to send a “secret key” for encrypting and decrypting messages between two stations 700 miles apart.

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Oumuamua: Neither Comet nor Asteroid, but a Cosmic Iceberg
Science, June 15

A new study suggests the interloper may have arisen in an interstellar cloud, where stars are sometimes born.

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Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker
Interactive, June 10

A look at all the vaccines that have reached trials in humans.

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SpaceX Postpones Launch of Two NASA Astronauts
Interactive, May 26

The Crew Dragon launch is now scheduled for Saturday at 3:22 p.m. Eastern time.

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Different Approaches to a Coronavirus Vaccine
Interactive, May 20

Scientists are using many techniques to develop coronavirus vaccines.

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Following Comet SWAN
Interactive, May 12

A newly discovered comet is swinging around the sun.

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How Coronavirus Mutates and Spreads
Interactive, April 30

The virus has mutated. But that doesn’t mean it’s getting deadlier.

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Así muta y se propaga el coronavirus
Interactive, April 30

El virus ha mutado. Pero eso no significa que se esté volviendo más mortal.

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This 3-D Simulation Shows Why Social Distancing Is So Important
Interactive, April 14

We visualized a cough to show how far respiratory droplets can spread. If you haven’t been keeping your distance to fight the coronavirus, this may persuade you.

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Apollo 13: As They Shot It
Interactive, April 13

Surviving disaster, in the astronauts’ words and photographs.

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Bad News Wrapped in Protein: Inside the Coronavirus Genome
Interactive, April 3

The virus injects a tiny but remarkably complex strand of RNA into infected cells.

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Así secuestra tus células el coronavirus
Interactive, March 13

El intrincado viaje que sigue en el cuerpo el virus que causa COVID-19.

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Así secuestra tus células el coronavirus
Interactive, March 13

El intrincado viaje que sigue en el cuerpo el virus que causa COVID-19.

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How Coronavirus Hijacks Your Cells
Interactive, March 11

The intricate journey of the virus that causes Covid-19.