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In Nature, Cockroaches Don’t Die Belly Up
Science, Today

The supine position disgusted homeowners often find them in is a result of two domestic features: insecticides and flat floors....

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Manhattanhenge 2017: Where and When to Watch
Interactive, May 26

The “best sunset picture of the year” will come on May 29 and 30, the first half of this year’s Manhattanhenge, when the sun kisses the city grid....

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Air Force Investigating Possible Mishandling of John Glenn’s Remains
National, May 26

Officials opened the inquiry after allegations that a mortuary employee at Dover Air Force Base had offered to show the remains to inspectors....

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Manhattanhenge 2017: Where and When to Watch
Interactive, May 26

The “best sunset picture of the year” will come on May 29 and 30, the first half of this year’s Manhattanhenge, when the sun kisses the city grid.

How Laws of Physics Govern Growth in Business and in Cities
Business, May 26

In his new book, “Scale,” Geoffrey West, a theoretical physicist, manages to deliver a lot of theory and history accessibly and entertainingly....

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Somehow, This Fish Fathered a Near Clone of Itself
Science, May 26

A fish was discovered carrying genes only from its father, a result of a rare phenomenon called androgenesis never before documented in vertebrates....

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Michael Bliss, Historian Who Dispelled Myths of Insulin’s Discovery, Dies at 76
Science, May 25

Professor Bliss unraveled the story behind the discovery of the hormone, which transformed diabetes from a death sentence into a manageable condition....

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NASA’s Jupiter Mission Reveals the ‘Brand-New and Unexpected’
Science, May 25

Observations taken from the first few orbits of the Juno spacecraft provide a glimpse of the interior, the poles and the equator of the solar system’s largest planet....

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The Science Behind the Flamingo’s One-Legged Stance
Science, May 24

Flamingos don’t appear to need to flex their muscles to maintain their classic one-legged posture, a new study suggests....

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Feather Fancy
Video, May 24

The likes and dislikes of females produced a lot of different looking species of southern capuchino seedeaters....

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How Whales Became the Biggest Animals on the Planet
Science, May 24

Species like the blue whale became so big only in the past 4.5 million years, a result of changes to the food supply in the oceans, scientists say....

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Inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Video, May 24

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a safeguard of the world’s most important crops, flooded after permafrost surrounding the entrance thawed in Norway. Look inside in 360 degrees....

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Rethinking How Science Is Seen
Multimedia/Photos, May 23

Since their earliest days, photography and science have been intertwined, going from single images of fleeting phenomena to using cameras that shoot a trillion frames per second....

Rethinking How Science Is Seen
Lens, May 23

Since their earliest days, photography and science have been intertwined, going from single images of fleeting phenomena to using cameras that shoot a trillion frames per second.

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Rethinking How Science Is Seen
Slideshow, May 23

Since their earliest days, photography and science have been intertwined, going from single images of fleeting phenomena to using cameras that shoot a trillion frames per second....

Rethinking How Science Is Seen
Slideshow, May 23

Since their earliest days, photography and science have been intertwined, going from single images of fleeting phenomena to using cameras that shoot a trillion frames per second.

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U.S. Nuclear History Offers Clues to North Korea’s Progress
Science, May 22

Clues suggest the North is developing thermonuclear fuels, particularly to enhance its atom bombs....

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U.S. Forests Shifting With Climate Change
Science, May 22

A warmer, wetter climate is helping push dozens of Eastern U.S. trees to the north and, surprisingly, west, a new study finds....

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These Baby Mice Were Born From Sperm That Went to Space
Science, May 22

Although tests did find slightly increased DNA damage, compared with freeze-dried earth sperm, the space version did the job when it came to fertilizing eggs....

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In ‘Enormous Success,’ Scientists Tie 52 Genes to Human Intelligence
Science, May 22

The genes account for just a tiny fraction of the variation in test scores, experts say. Many are yet to be found, and environmental factors are also greatly important....

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A Taste for Poison in Warmer Climates?
Science, May 22

Greater diversity in the tropics may give the appearance that animals there rely on venom more....

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Some Social Scientists Are Tired of Asking for Permission
Science, May 22

New federal rules may make it easier for researchers to conduct behavioral experiments. Critics worry that academics cannot judge whether their studies are harmful....

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An ‘Awesome’ View at America’s First Offshore Wind Farm
Video, May 22

Take a ride out to Block Island Wind Farm and follow an engineer to the top of a wind turbine in this 360° video. Built by Deepwater Wind, the project tests the viability of large-scale wind farming along the New England coast....

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Genetic Tidying Up Made Humped Bladderworts Into Carnivorous Plants
Science, May 19

A new study identifies the evolutionary refinements that gave rise to floating, rootless plants that can trap and digest, like super-fast Venus flytraps....

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Spotting Mysterious Twinkles on Earth From a Million Miles Away
Science, May 19

Hundreds of reflections observed by a satellite are a result of ice crystals floating in clouds at high altitudes, NASA scientists say....

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Ladybugs Pack Wings and Engineering Secrets in Tidy Origami Packages
Science, May 18

Using high-speed cameras, a transparent artificial wing and other techniques, researchers in Japan created a window into how ladybugs fold their wings....

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Between a T. Rex’s Powerful Jaws, Bones of Its Prey Exploded
Science, May 18

Paleontologists calculated the bite force of the fearsome prehistoric predators and provided more evidence that they were opportunistic scavengers....

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Nearly a Decade Nursing? Study Pierces Orangutans’ Mother-Child Bond
Science, May 17

Researchers think they may have found a clue for why the critically endangered apes nurse longer than any other mammal: environmental fluctuations in food....

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Math Problem
Learning, May 16

How long will it take you to figure out a problem that it took this boy less than a second to solve?...

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Under Fire, Climate Scientists Unite With Lawyers to Fight Back
National, May 15

Lawyers are building networks to respond to attempts to subvert research and threaten scientists in government and academia....

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Math Champion Wins With Answer About Pecking Chicks
National, May 15

A 13-year-old boy from Texas took less than a second to answer the word problem in the Raytheon Mathcounts National Competition....

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Brenda Milner, Eminent Brain Scientist, Is ‘Still Nosy’ at 98
Science, May 15

Seven decades after she began, Dr. Milner continues to explore the biology of memory and how the brain’s many parts function together....

Why Honeybees Are Good at Grooming (It’s All in the Hair)
Science, May 15

Researchers at Georgia Tech found that a bee could shed about 15,000 pollen grains in two minutes as it brushed itself clean....

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How Bees Freshen Up
Video, May 15

Research shows how honeybees use their hairy legs to clear pollen from their hairy eyes....

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Invaders From the New World
Science, May 15

Several animal and plant species native to North America are considered invaders elsewhere, but on the whole North America has more imports than exports....

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No Such Thing as a Math Person
Well, May 15

Going to an all-girls school isn’t necessarily what makes a girl good at math, research finds....

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NASA Denies Trump’s Request to Send Astronauts Past the Moon on New Rocket
Science, May 12

The agency announced that adding astronauts to the mission would have cost $600 million to $900 million and required significantly more work and time....

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Rare White Wolf Killed in Yellowstone Park Was Shot Illegally
Science, May 12

The 12-year-old alpha female, the only white wolf in the park, was found near death last month. The police are treating the shooting as a crime....

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A Gene Mystery: How Are Rats With No Y Chromosome Born Male?
Science, May 12

The cells of Japan’s Amami spiny rat have unusual sexual flexibility, a possible clue to how the animal differentiates into female and male sexes, new research suggests....

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Illustrated Interview | Neil deGrasse Tyson
Video, May 12

The astrophysicist, whose new book, ‘‘Astrophysics for People in a Hurry,’’ was published this month by W.W. Norton & Company, sketched his answers in his living room with a Mont Blanc Meisterstück 146 fountain pen....

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Can Prairie Dogs Talk?
Magazine, May 12

An Arizona biologist believes that their sounds should be considered language — and that someday we’ll understand what they have to say....

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A Photo From Space Shows Belgium Shining Bright, and Social Media Lights Up
Foreign, May 11

Photos taken by a French astronaut sparked a discussion about their beauty — and also raised questions about energy use....

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Humans Have a Poor Sense of Smell? It’s Just a Myth
Science, May 11

The belief that the human nose isn’t very acute is not based on empirical evidence, a scientist says in a new review....

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To Simulate Climate Change, Scientists Build Miniature Worlds
Science, May 11

A series of experimental “mesocosms” in Australia show that a warming world will have unexpected effects on marine ecosystems....

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Broken Tulips: ‘That Last Gasp of Beauty Before Death’
Science, May 11

Some of the most beautiful tulips ever grown result from a virus that makes the flowers wilt early, and for that reason they are illegal in some places.

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The Harmony That Keeps Trappist-1’s 7 Earth-size Worlds From Colliding
Science, May 10

Astronomers can now explain why the recently discovered Earth-size planets, tightly packed, don’t simply fly apart. And now, you can give it a listen....

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Baby Louie, the Dinosaur Orphan, Finds Its Species at Last
Science, May 9

Paleontologists have identified the species of the fossilized dinosaur fetus known as Baby Louie that was found in China....

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In Conversation With Neil deGrasse Tyson
Book Review, May 9

The noted astrophysicist discusses his new book, “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry,” and what it’s like to die in a black hole....

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A Light for Science, and Cooperation, in the Middle East
Science, May 8

The Sesame detector will use synchrotron light to study materials ranging from exotic semiconductors to viruses....

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Capturing the Aftermath of a Star Collision 1,900 Years Ago
Science, May 8

Astronomers have photographed images of the explosion, which created two runaway stars....

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Geniuses Wanted: NASA Challenges Coders to Speed Up Its Supercomputer
Science, May 8

The Pleiades, a NASA supercomputer, isn’t working as quickly as it could. So NASA is offering cash prizes to programmers with fresh ideas....

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Are These Birds Too Sexy to Survive?
Op Ed, May 5

Natural selection can’t explain this....

Battle of Cuttlefish Caught on Tape
Science, May 5

Scientists recorded a rare physical fight between two male cuttlefish....

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Cuttlefish Battle
Video, May 5

A cuttlefish conflict escalated from a visual display of aggression into actual aggression in the first recording of a physical battle between male cuttlefish....

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Oysters, Despite What You’ve Heard, Are Always in Season
Science, May 5

Never eat oysters in months that don’t have the letter “r”? With proper precautions, you can ignore that adage....

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Julius Youngner, Polio Vaccine Pioneer, Dies at 96
Science, May 4

Dr. Youngner was the last surviving member of the original three-man research team assembled by Dr. Jonas Salk to address the American polio scourge....

Shhh. Hear the Rustle of Grass? Not So Much Now in US Parks
None, May 4

The call of the wild is getting harder to hear....

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Long-Awaited Miami Science Museum Comes to Life
Science, May 3

The opening of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science comes after a scramble to finish the 250,000-square-foot structure....

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Why Two Volcanoes in Hawaii Are So Close, but So Different
Science, May 3

A model to explain why neighboring Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are so different could offer insights into Earth’s deep geological history....

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The ‘Sounds’ of Space as NASA’s Cassini Dives by Saturn
Science, May 3

The spacecraft recorded some light patter as it passed between Saturn and its innermost ring, when scientists had expected the sound of “driving through Iowa in a hailstorm.”...

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In Disposable Mucus Houses, These Zooplankton Filter the Oceans
Science, May 3

Scientists near Monterey Bay in California find that giant larvaceans, a kind of zooplankton, can filter all of the water between 300 and 1,000 feet in the bay in less than two weeks....

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Filtering the Ocean
Video, May 3

Researchers used a remotely operated vehicle to gain insights into giant larvaceans, sea creatures the size of pinkie fingers that filter the ocean faster than any other zooplankton....

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Come On In. The Water’s Fine (Mostly).
Science, May 1

Chemists calculated how much urine is in swimming pools by measuring the presence of a proxy: an artificial sweetener that passes straight through the body.

The New Threat to Wolves in and Around Yellowstone
Science, May 1

Packs of the animals, once endangered, have flourished, but biologists worry about the effects of renewed hunting outside the national park.

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Empirical Evidence: Cats Love People
Science, May 1

Given a choice between human affection, toys and food, the felines sometimes chose people.