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Why So Blue, Tarantula? A Mystery Gets a New Clue
Science, Today

The large arachnids have long been thought to be colorblind, but new evidence suggests they can perceive each others’ brilliant coloring.

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Nothing Eats Viruses, Right? Meet Some Hungry Protists
Science, Today

New genetic evidence builds the case that single-celled marine microbes might chow down on viruses.

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Beaked Whale Shatters Record With 3 Hour 42 Minute Dive
Science, Yesterday

Scientists still don’t know how the marine mammals go so long without air.

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356 Elephants Dropped Dead. Did This Bacteria Poison Them?
Science, Yesterday

Some conservationists accepted the explanation provided by Botswana’s government, but others raised doubts.

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‘Mussel-bola’ Could Be Spreading. Maybe Now You’ll Pay Attention.
Science, September 22

New findings suggest a previously unknown virus may play a role in the sudden death of many freshwater mussels in recent years.

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Grief and Geology Both Take Time in ‘The Book of Unconformities’
Culture, September 22

When the anthropologist Hugh Raffles lost two sisters within months, he looked to rocks and stones for a sense of perspective and stability.

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Bringing the Ocean’s Midnight Zone Into the Light
Science, September 22

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has learned how to raise the deepest sea life to the surface and keep it alive for display.

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Aromatherapy in the Apiary Is What Bees Need
Science, September 21

Honeybees were better at pollinating crops after scent training.

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In a Desert’s Burning Sands, Shrimp
Science, September 21

When it rains in Iran’s Dasht-e Lut desert, the ground comes alive with tiny, upside-down crustaceans.

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The Pros and Cons of Swimming With a Hammer Head
Science, September 20

A new study suggests that the ocean’s strangest-looking headgear is difficult to tote around.

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The Pandemic, From the Virus’s Point of View
Op Ed, September 19

The career of the coronavirus so far is, in Darwinian terms, a great success story.

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The Pandemic, From the Virus’s Point of View
Op Ed, September 19

The career of the coronavirus so far is, in Darwinian terms, a great success story.

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On Venus, Cloudy With a Chance of Microbial Life
Science, September 19

Astrobiologists shift their gaze, and speculations, to Earth’s broiling sister planet.

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Mount Wilson Observatory Survives a Trial by Fire
Science, September 19

The birthplace of modern cosmology “has been declared safe” from the wildfires that have ravaged the surrounding area in Southern California.

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Sometimes Food Fights Back
Science, September 18

When a species of microalgae gets inside a zooplankton that feeds on it, it smothers the grazer’s eggs and disrupts reproduction.

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Video Shows Orcas Damaging a Boat in Spain
Video, September 18

Over the past two months, orcas have damaged nearly a dozen pleasure boats in the most northerly point in Spain, baffling marine biologists and sailors.

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John Najarian, Pioneering Transplant Surgeon, Dies at 92
Obits, September 17

He was known for taking on difficult cases, many involving children. An anti-rejection drug he developed led to a scandal, but he was vindicated.

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A New Ship’s Mission: Let the Deep Sea Be Seen
Science, September 17

A giant new vessel, OceanXplorer, seeks to unveil the secrets of the abyss for a global audience.

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This Tree’s Leaves Look Soft and Inviting. Please Don’t Touch Them.
Science, September 16

Scientists have found a potent chemical that might give Australian giant stinging trees their extraordinarily painful punch.

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The Vikings Were More Complicated Than You Might Think
Science, September 16

One of the biggest surveys ever of ancient DNA offers new evidence of who the Vikings were and where they went raiding and trading.

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That Mushroom Motorcycle Jacket Will Never Go Out of Style
Science, September 16

Leather goods made of fungi are versatile and sustainable, a new study finds.

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The Artist Whose Medium Is Science
T Style, September 16

Tavares Strachan is known for his ambitious projects and intensive research, which have included expeditions to the North Pole and training as a cosmonaut in Russia.

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Do Viral Videos Really Tell You Anything About Today’s Teens?
Magazine, September 16

A teenager’s musings about math went viral, activating a whole ecosystem of online debate. It all said a lot less about her than about the world around her.

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¿Vida en Venus? Todo lo que debes saber
en Español, September 15

La detección de un gas en la atmósfera de Venus podría cambiar la visión que los científicos tienen de un planeta que durante mucho tiempo se pasó por alto en la búsqueda de vida extraterrestre.

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Meet a Bee With a Very Big Brain
Science, September 15

New research suggests there is a relationship between the diversity of a bee’s diet and the size of its croissaint-shaped brain.

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A Solar Forecast With Good News for Civilization as We Know It
Science, September 15

Space weather experts believe the sun has entered a new sunspot cycle, and expect it to be a relatively quiet one.

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The Search for Life on Venus Could Start With This Private Company
Science, September 15

Rocket Lab may be able to send a small spacecraft to probe the clouds of Venus long before NASA or other space agencies are able to do so.

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America Is Going to Decapitate Huawei
Op Ed, September 15

The United States’ technological dominance gives it an immense power. But how long will that last?

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The Good, the Bad and the ‘Radically Dishonest’
Science, September 15

Lying and cheating behavior comes in several distinct flavors, a recent study found.

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Missions to Venus: Highlights From History, and When We May Go Back
Science, September 14

Much visited in an earlier era of space exploration, the planet has been overlooked in recent decades.

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Life on Venus? Astronomers See a Signal in Its Clouds
Science, September 14

The detection of a gas in the planet’s atmosphere could turn scientists’ gaze to a planet long overlooked in the search for extraterrestrial life.

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The Hidden History Baked Into a Cooking Pot
Science, September 14

An experiment with unglazed clay pots hinted at how much archaeologists can learn about ancient cultures from cooking vessels.

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Vaccine Makers Keep Safety Details Quiet, Alarming Scientists
Science, September 13

Researchers say drug companies need to be more open about how vaccine trials are run to reassure Americans who are skittish about getting a coronavirus vaccine.

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How Old Is This Ancient Vision of the Stars?
Science, September 13

It’s a tale of bronze, iron, looting and archaeological conflict.

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Extinction Is Not Inevitable. These Species Were Saved.
Science, September 12

Conservation efforts have saved up to 48 mammal and bird species since 1993, but scientists say much more is needed to stem biodiversity loss.

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In This Woodpecker Kingdom, War Is a Spectator Sport
Science, September 12

When prime habitat is up for grabs, acorn woodpeckers travel from all around to see who will win.

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Cancer Projects to Diversify Genetic Research Receive New Grants
Science, September 11

Because much cancer research and clinical trials have been based on white populations, efforts to explore the ways race and ethnicity influence disease are underway.

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Is There a Black Hole in Our Backyard?
Science, September 11

Astrophysicists have recently begun hatching plans to find out just how weird Planet Nine might be.

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A University Had a Great Coronavirus Plan, but Students Partied On
Science, September 10

An unexpected upswing in positive tests at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign showed how even the most comprehensive approaches to limiting the virus’s spread can break down.

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Joan Feynman, Who Shined Light on the Aurora Borealis, Dies at 93
Obits, September 10

Her mother told her that women’s brains “can’t do science.” She would prove her mother very wrong.

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When the Otters Vanished, Everything Else Started to Crumble
Science, September 10

Against the backdrop of climate change, the delicate underwater ecology of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands is hurting from declines in otters.

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‘Space Dogs’ Review: No Dogs Go to Heaven
Weekend, September 10

This documentary uses the lives and legends of Moscow’s street dogs to present a brutal vision of humanity and nature.

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These Hummingbirds Take Extreme Naps. Some May Even Hibernate.
Science, September 8

To adapt to life in the Andes Mountains, some South American species go into exceptionally deep torpor to save energy.

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Orca That Carried Dead Calf for 17 Days Gives Birth Again
National, September 6

Researchers spotted the killer whale they call J35 alongside her “robust and lively” new calf on Saturday — a ray of hope for the endangered Southern Resident population off the Pacific Northwest.

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Land in Russia’s Arctic Blows ‘Like a Bottle of Champagne’
Foreign, September 5

Since finding the first crater in 2014, Russian scientists have documented 16 more explosions in the Arctic caused by gas trapped in thawing permafrost.

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When These Sea Anemones Eat, It Goes Straight to Their Arms
Science, September 5

They’re the first animals known to turn food into extra limbs.

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Pharma Companies Plan Joint Pledge on Vaccine Safety
Science, September 4

The statement is meant to reassure the public that the companies will not seek a premature approval of vaccines under pressure from the Trump administration.

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Old Male Elephants: Don’t Count Them Out
Science, September 4

New research challenges the assumption that bulls become redundant in elephant society after breeding.

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How a Praying Mantis Says ‘Boo!’
Science, September 3

A study of startle displays hints at why provoked creatures have such a wide range of reactions.

Up Is Down in This Fun Physics Experiment
Science, September 3

The liquid levitates, and a boat floats along its bottom side.

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A Turtle With a Permanent Smile Was Brought Back From Extinction
Science, September 3

Scientists have rebuilt the population of Burmese roofed turtles to nearly 1,000 individuals and counting.

These Black Holes Shouldn’t Exist, but There They Are
Science, September 2

On the far side of the universe, a collision of dark giants sheds light on an invisible process of cosmic growth.

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Melting Glaciers Are Filling Unstable Lakes. And They’re Growing.
Science, September 2

A census of the world’s glacial lakes shows there are more than there used to be, and their water volume is growing.

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These Scientists Are Giving Themselves D.I.Y. Coronavirus Vaccines
Science, September 1

Impatient for a coronavirus vaccine, dozens of scientists around the world are giving themselves — and sometimes, friends and family — their own unproven versions.

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From the Seabed, Figures of an Ancient Cult
Science, September 1

A trove of Phoenician artifacts was long ascribed to a single shipwreck. More likely they were tossed overboard, and over centuries, a new study suggests.

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Singing Dogs Re-emerge From Extinction for Another Tune
Science, August 31

The animal was believed to have disappeared from the highlands of New Guinea, but was found on the island’s Indonesian side.

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Myriam Sarachik Never Gave Up on Physics
Science, August 31

The New York-based scientist overcame sexism and personal tragedy to make major contributions to the field, for which she received recognition this year.

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No se puede escapar de los piojos, ni siquiera a casi 2000 metros bajo la superficie del océano
en Español, August 29

Una especie de insectos vive en el cuerpo de los elefantes marinos mientras pasan meses en el mar, soportando los cambios de presión de las profundas y largas inmersiones de esos mamíferos.

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Did Something Burp? It Was an Earthquake
Science, August 29

Years of observations in central Italy show that more carbon dioxide percolates through Earth’s crust during periods of strong seismic activity.

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You Can’t Escape Lice, Even 6,500 Feet Below the Ocean
Science, August 26

A species of insect tags along with elephant seals as they spend months at sea, enduring the crushing pressure changes of the mammals’ dives.

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Exploring the Solar System
Interactive, July 27

A guide to the spacecraft beyond Earth’s orbit.

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Meet the 3 Spacecraft Heading to Mars This Summer
Interactive, July 26

Three missions are headed to Mars this summer. They carry a wide array of instruments to explore the red planet.

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Tratamientos y medicamentos para el coronavirus: monitoreo de efectividad
Interactive, July 16

Una lista actualizada de tratamientos potenciales para la COVID-19.

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Coronavirus Drug and Treatment Tracker
Interactive, July 16

An updated list of potential treatments for Covid-19.

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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.