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How Termites Shape the Natural World

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:30:00 GMT

Interactions between termites and vegetation explain mysterious patterns throughout the world

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Tiny Worms Survive Forces 400,000 Times Stronger Than Gravity on Earth

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:00:00 GMT

New findings give some weight to the idea that life was blasted here from another planet 

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David Hosack, Revolutionary Nerd

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 16:00:00 GMT

The visionary scientist, physician to both Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, insisted that science “knows not party politics”

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When It Comes to Sexual Harassment, Academia Is Fundamentally Broken

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 19:00:00 GMT

Why everyone should read the National Academies’ sexual harassment report

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How Freely Should Scientists Share Their Data?

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 15:00:00 GMT

The Open Science movement champions transparency, but how much and how quickly is a matter of dispute

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Thousands of Exotic "Topological" Materials Discovered through Sweeping Search

Sat, 11 Aug 2018 13:00:00 GMT

Haul thrills physicists, who previously knew of just a few hundred of these peculiar materials

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Meteorites May Have Created Some of Earth's Oldest Rocks

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:45:00 GMT

A barrage of impacts more than four billion years ago is linked to ancient stones found in Canada

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Gene-Silencing Technology Gets First Drug Approval after 20-Year Wait

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 16:35:00 GMT

The U.S. FDA decision comes after fits and stops for RNA-interference therapies

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Crickets Carve Tools to Amplify Their Chirps

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 00:40:00 GMT

The insects fashion and use "baffles"—sound controllers—made of leaves to produce sound more efficiently. Jason G. Goldman reports.

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Computerized Chemical Toxicity Prediction Beats Animal Testing

Sat, 11 Aug 2018 00:24:00 GMT

Researchers programmed a computer to compare structures and toxic effects of different chemicals, making it possible to then predict the toxicity of new chemicals based on their structural similarity...

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Effort to Diversify Medical Research Raises Thorny Questions of Race

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 10:45:00 GMT

A federal study aiming to collect the health information of one million U.S. residents is limited by the very problems it hopes to solve

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Solar Eclipse of 2017 Boosted Science Interest

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:12:00 GMT

The Michigan Scientific Literacy Survey of 2017 found that last year's total solar eclipse got Americans more interested in celestial science.   

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U.S. to Launch Space Force in 2020, Pence Says

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 18:15:00 GMT

The Vice President provided more details on the Trump administration’s controversial plans to create a new space-focused military branch

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The Irreplaceable Bee, an Epic Physics Experiment, and Other New Science Books

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 13:00:00 GMT

Book recommendations from the editors of Scientific American 

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Lunar Exploration Tech Tops NASA's "Tipping Point" Funding List

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 20:00:00 GMT

The agency awarded a total of $44 million to multiple firms developing crucial technologies for future space exploration

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Cities Need to Prepare for Water Day Zero

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:00:00 GMT

Cape Town's recent water crisis highlights the need for better urban planning and management

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Teachers Help One Another Bring Evolution Back to the Classroom

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Research shows that 60 percent of American teachers avoid or skimp on teaching evolution. A growing movement is trying to change that

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Is Gravity Quantum?

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 12:00:00 GMT

The ongoing search for the graviton—the proposed fundamental particle carrying gravitational force—is a crucial step in physicists’ long journey toward a theory of everything

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Mars and the Waves of Darkening

Sun, 12 Aug 2018 13:00:00 GMT

Be careful what you wish for, the universe can look alive when it's not

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Theoretical Physics Is Pointless without Experimental Tests

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:00:00 GMT

Our discipline is a dialogue with nature, not a monologue, as some theorists would prefer to believe

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The Other Reason Mosquitoes Want to Suck Your Blood

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:30:00 GMT

Mosquitoes are more likely to bite hosts when they are thirsty, possibly increasing disease spread

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Record-Breaking Signal May Help Solve the Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 13:00:00 GMT

The CHIME telescope could soon deliver thousands of additional detections of the mysterious cosmic outbursts

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Is Dark Matter Real?

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:30:00 GMT

Astrophysicists have piled up observations that are difficult to explain with dark matter. It is time to consider that there may be more to gravity than Einstein taught us

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When Protomammals Ruled Earth

Sun, 12 Aug 2018 16:00:00 GMT

A new study changes our understanding of how ancient forest collapse changed the course of life on Earth

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Forget Doorframes: Expert Advice on Earthquake Survival Strategies

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Indonesia’s Lombok quake revives the question of taking cover versus running outside

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