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How a Bitter Divorce Battle on Earth Led to Claims of a Crime in Space
U.S., August 23

NASA is examining a claim that an astronaut improperly accessed the bank account of her estranged spouse from the Space Station.

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Giraffes Get New Protections, but Will It Be Enough?
Science, August 23

International trade of giraffes will now be regulated, but habitat loss and bush meat poaching remain the predominant threats to the species.

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In Defense of Sea Gulls: They’re Smart, and They Co-Parent, 50/50 All the Way
Science, August 23

Besides, if people weren’t such slobs, gulls would never have learned about French fries.

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Zika Was Soaring Across Cuba. Few Outside the Country Knew.
Science, August 22

The mosquito-borne virus spread through the island in 2017, but global health officials failed to sound the alarm.

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Soap, Detergent and Even Laxatives Could Turbocharge a Battery Alternative
Science, August 22

Researchers are trying to develop options to lithium-ion and other batteries in a quest for quick bursts of power and extended energy storage.

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Underwater Video Offers New Look at Titanic Wreck
Video, August 22

The footage, captured by a team from Triton Submarines, showed the deterioration of the R.M.S. Titanic. The company said it was the first such visit in nearly 14 years.

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Where the Titanic Shipwreck Rests, New Photos Reveal Extensive Decay
Science, August 21

A recent visit to the world’s most famous shipwreck found it “being consumed by the ocean and returned to its elemental state.”

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How Many Triangles Are There? Here’s How to Solve the Puzzle
Science, August 21

Counting will get you nowhere. Try a little combinatorics instead.

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¿De dónde proviene el polvo de estrellas que hay en la Antártida?
en Español, August 20

Científicos encontraron rastros de una supernova en su análisis de 500 kilogramos de la nieve antártica.

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Florida’s Panthers Hit With Mysterious Crippling Disorder
Science, August 20

State wildlife officials are sharing video of disabled animals in an effort to identify the ailment and save the beloved, endangered cats.

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Some Migratory Birds Sleep Better Than Others
Science, August 20

The weariest warblers are more likely to sleep with their heads tucked in — saving energy, but making them more vulnerable to predators.

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The Mystery of the Himalayas’ Skeleton Lake Just Got Weirder
Science, August 20

Every summer, hundreds of ancient bones emerge from the ice. A new genetic study helps explain how they got there.

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An Archaeological Puzzle on the Danube
Science, August 20

Unique sculptures date from the historical moment when two peoples and two cultures met on the banks of a section of the river, now known as the Iron Gates.

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Butterflies and the Salt of the Earth
Science, August 20

The insects love mud puddles. Here’s why.

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Un pequeño paso para las astronautas en órbita requiere de un gran salto en la Tierra
en Español, August 19

El programa Apolo fue diseñado por y para hombres, pero la NASA puede aprender de sus errores pasados para que no se extiendan al futuro.

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The Thick Gray Line: Forest Elephants Defend Against Climate Change
Science, August 19

If the species is wiped out by poachers, Africa’s vast rain forest will lose 7 percent of its carbon storage ability, scientists estimate.

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A Supernova Was Hiding in Antarctica’s Snow
Science, August 19

Researchers melted and analyzed 1,100 pounds of snow from the region. They found traces of cosmic dust, some of it created by nearby stellar explosions.

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She Studies Sea Snakes by the Seafloor
Science, August 19

Sea snakes are the most diverse group of marine reptiles in the world, but they are poorly understood and threatened by development. Blanche D’Anastasi is among the scientists working to save them.

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Liane Russell, Who Studied Radiation’s Effects on Embryos, Dies at 95
Science, August 18

Her findings led to cautions against X-rays for pregnant women. She also discovered that the presence of the Y chromosome meant a mammalian embryo was male.

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Is the Evening Sky Doomed?
Opinion, August 17

Light pollution is threatening our ability to see the cosmos.

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¿Estamos viviendo en una simulación de computadora? Mejor no descubrirlo
en Español, August 17

Los experimentos que se han propuesto para probar esta teoría pueden tener dos resultados: o no demostrarán nada o podrían conducir a la aniquilación de nuestro universo.

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Donald Klein, Who Expanded the Psychiatric Toolbox, Dies at 90
Science, August 16

His studies of the use of drugs to treat disorders led many to consider him “the father of psychopharmacology.”

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In Super-Deep Diamonds, Glimmers of Earth’s Distant Past
Science, August 15

We can’t yet dig to the center of the Earth. But diamonds from far below ground offer tantalizing hints of what's down there.

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Kary B. Mullis, 74, Dies; Found a Way to Analyze DNA and Won Nobel
Science, August 15

His discovery created a new world of possibilities in diagnosing disease, unearthing the past and assisting in criminal cases, including O.J. Simpson’s murder trial.

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How Flat Earthers Nearly Derailed a Space Photo Book
Science, August 14

What a photographer’s struggle to raise money for his book of images tells us about Facebook and conspiracy theorists.

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This Carnivorous Plant Invaded New York. That May Be Its Only Hope.
Science, August 13

The waterwheel lives a double life: facing extinction in its native habitat even as it creeps into places where it doesn’t belong.

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What Makes a Red Sky at Night (and at Morning)
Science, August 13

The cartoonist behind the strip XKCD explains how the skies blush and why sailors care.

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Finding Amelia Earhart’s Plane Seemed Impossible. Then Came a Startling Clue.
Science, August 12

Robert Ballard has found the Titanic and other famous shipwrecks. This month his crew started trying to solve one of the 20th century’s greatest mysteries.

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Perseid Meteor Shower Will Peak in Night Skies
Science, August 12

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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Tiburones de neón en el fondo del mar
en Español, August 11

Los científicos han identificado la magia molecular que hace brillar a estas antiguas criaturas marinas.

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Are We Living in a Computer Simulation? Let’s Not Find Out
Opinion, August 10

Experimental findings will be either boring or extremely dangerous.

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Genome Study Reveals Clues to Komodo Dragon’s Unique Abilities
Science, August 9

A new study reveals evidence of a large number of mutations in important Komodo genes.

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Legless, Leaping Larvae
Science, August 8

Gall midge maggots have some surprising tricks that help them launch themselves into smile-inspiring jumps.

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In the Ethiopian Mountains, Ancient Humans Were Living the High Life
Science, August 8

Humans may have inhabited sites at high elevations far earlier than once believed, a new study suggests.

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Jealousy Led Montana Chemist to Taint Colleague’s Water Tests
U.S., August 8

A judge fined a woman nearly $40,000 in a peculiar case of workplace gaslighting.

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How Sharks Glow to Each Other Deep in the Ocean
Science, August 8

Scientists have identified the molecular magic that makes the creatures into neon beacons.

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Watch This Plant Shoot Its Seeds Like Spiraling Footballs
Science, August 8

Chinese witch hazel takes a ballistic approach to reproduction.

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This Bread Recipe Starts With 4,000-Year-Old Yeast
Science, August 8

A self-professed “bread nerd” extracted yeast from ancient Egyptian artifacts to make a loaf of sourdough. “The aroma and flavor are incredible,” he said.

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Witnessing the Birth of a Crater Lake Where Lava Just Flowed
Science, August 7

The magma mysteriously drained from the crevice last year, and now scorching pools of water are bubbling up from below.

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J. Robert Schrieffer, 88, Nobel Winner Inspired on the Subway, Dies
Science, August 6

He came up with the last piece of a puzzle to explain how some materials can convey electricity without resistance. It came to him on the subway.

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These Giant Parrots Once Roamed New Zealand
Science, August 6

It was three feet tall, likely flightless and weighed as much as some bowling balls.

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Why Mathematicians Hate That Viral Equation
Science, August 6

It’s formatted to confuse people, and there are no interesting underlying concepts.

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Burning of Mayan City Said to Be Act of Total Warfare
Science, August 5

By linking an ancient text, environmental analysis and ruins, archaeologists have documented a brutal attack.

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That Vexing Math Equation? Here’s an Addition
Science, August 5

The confusion (likely intentional) boiled down to a discrepancy between the math rules used in grade school and in high school.

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Stealing Lauri
Science, August 4

A pig kidnapping highlights the concerns over antibiotics in livestock.

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Wild Pups Romp Again in an African Paradise
Science, August 3

Wild dogs have returned to the famed Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. The first puppy litters were not far behind.

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Seeking a Culprit When Bumblebee Carcasses Pile Up
Science, August 3

Blame the linden trees? Maybe pesticides left by humans? Or is nature just cruel sometimes?

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A Battle Is Raging in the Tree of Life
Science, August 2

Which came first, the sponge or the comb jelly?

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Sesame Allergy More Common Than Once Thought, Study Finds
Science, August 2

More than one million children and adults are allergic to sesame in the United States, scientists report. But sesame is not among the allergens that must be listed on food labels.

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Sesame Allergy More Common Than Once Thought, Study Finds
Science, August 2

More than one million children and adults are allergic to sesame in the United States, scientists report. But sesame is not among the allergens that must be listed on food labels.

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The Math Equation That Tried to Stump the Internet
Science, August 2

Sometimes BODMAS is just PEMDAS by another name. And no, the answer is not 100.

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Got Impossible Milk? The Quest for Lab-Made Dairy
Science, August 2

With advances in synthetic biology, researchers and entrepreneurs strive to create cows’ milk without cows.

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A Scoop About Neil Armstrong Arrived in a Plain Brown Envelope
Reader Center, August 1

What happens when The Times gets documents by snail mail with what looks like an important story? First, you have to make sure they’re authentic.

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LightSail-2 Mission Shows Solar Sailing’s Potential for Spaceflight
Science, July 31

The spacecraft’s controllers on Earth succeeded in steering the spacecraft, demonstrating that mylar sails could be used for propulsion.

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And Now, a Bicycle Built for None
Science, July 31

It’s not the first self-driving bike. But equipped with an A.I. chip, it may be the nearest to thinking for itself.

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How Does a Male Black Widow Find a Mate? Follow the Other Guys
Science, July 31

Competition among these male spiders is fierce. So suitors take advantage of clues left by their reproductive rivals.

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A New Way to Fight Crop Diseases, With a Smartphone
Science, July 30

A hand-held device could help farmers identify blighted plants, and perhaps reduce agricultural losses. It’s like a strep test for tomatoes and tubers.

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When a Mega-Tsunami Drowned Mars, This Spot May Have Been Ground Zero
Science, July 30

The 75-mile-wide crater could be something like a Chicxulub crater for the red planet.

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Toby Walsh, A.I. Expert, Is Racing to Stop the Killer Robots
Science, July 30

Autonomous weapons, capable of acting without human oversight, are closer than we think, Dr. Walsh believes, and must be banned.

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NASA’s TESS Satellite Spots ‘Missing Link’ Exoplanets
Science, July 29

Halfway through its first tour of the local universe, the spacecraft has found a “Super Earth” and two “sub-Neptunes.”

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Wanted: Old Chimney, Suitable for Roosting
Science, July 29

Chimney swifts in search of homes eventually may have to return to hollows in big, broken trees. But there probably aren’t enough of them.

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In Brazil, Architects Explore ‘the Logic of the Weave’
Science, July 29

The weaver and artist Alison Grace Martin employs non-Euclidean geometry in her small bamboo creations. Now she’s scaling up.

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The Creepy Anglerfish Comes to Light. (Just Don’t Get Too Close.)
Science, July 29

Increasingly, these ghoulish and improbable denizens of the abyss are being captured on video, revealing an array of surprising behaviors.

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Southern Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower Will Peak in Night Skies
Science, July 29

Also called the Southern Delta Aquariids, the shower can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to see it.

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Border Collie Trained to Recognize 1,022 Nouns Dies
Science, July 27

Chaser, often described as “the world’s smartest dog,” made headlines worldwide for being able to identify objects by their names.

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‘Would Dad Approve?’ Neil Armstrong’s Heirs Divide Over a Lucrative Legacy
U.S., July 27

Mr. Armstrong was averse to cashing in on his celebrity. But as the 50th anniversary of the moon landing approached, his sons began auctioning off his memorabilia.

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Triceratops Skull, 65 Million Years Old, Unearthed by College Student, 23
Science, July 26

Passed over for an air-conditioned summer internship, Harrison Duran instead braved rattlesnakes in a remote area of North Dakota to help make a thrilling discovery.