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Four New DNA Letters Double Life's Alphabet

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 18:00:00 GMT

Synthetic DNA seems to behave like the natural variety, suggesting that a broader swathe of chemicals could support life than the four that evolved on Earth

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Be Kind to Extraterrestrials

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:00:00 GMT

We need to tread lightly if we encounter alien ecosystems

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Goodnight, Opportunity: So Long, and Thanks for All the Geology!

Sat, 23 Feb 2019 17:00:00 GMT

RIP Oppy (January 25, 2004–June 10, 2018)

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The Value of Tinkering

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:00:00 GMT

It helped develop Stephen Hawking's creativity, and we should encourage it in our children

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Teach Science Process over Findings

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:03:00 GMT

Seismologist and policy advisor Lucy Jones says science education needs to teach how science works more than just what it finds out.

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Could a Space Helicopter Find Life on Saturn's Moon Titan?

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Hard to say, but it’s not as crazy as it might sound

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The Voices of Black Mathematicians

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 14:00:00 GMT

Black History Month in the U.S. is a good time to celebrate these important people

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The Real Dino Killer: A One–Two Punch

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 19:00:00 GMT

An asteroid impact and volcanoes acting together could have done in the beasts, new rock dates indicate

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Spectacular Fossil Bird Foot Preserved in Amber

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 20:00:00 GMT

A rare amber inclusion underscores the importance of carnivores to the fossil record

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Massive Storms Lead to Elevated Landslide Hazards for the West Coast

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 17:00:00 GMT

Saturated slopes can be very bad news. The good news: Congress may be ready to do something about it

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Neutron Stars and Other "Outrageous" Objects and Adventures in Science

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:00:00 GMT



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First Private Moon Lander Heralds New Lunar Space Race

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:30:00 GMT

An Israeli firm is sending a privately built craft to the Moon—and leading a fresh era of exploration

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The Couple That Studies the Intermediate Value Theorem Together Stays Together

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 14:00:00 GMT

Mathematicians Nikita Nikolaev and Beatriz Navarro Lameda share their favorite theorem and their mathematics-themed wedding

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Is This the Footprint of One of the Last Neandertals?

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:00:00 GMT

The fossilized print, found in Gibraltar, is said to date to 28,000 years ago, which might mean it belonged to a Neandertal. But not everyone agrees with that interpretation

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Human Diet Drugs Kill Mosquitoes' Appetite, Too

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 20:30:00 GMT

When researchers fed mosquitoes a drug used to treat people for obesity, the insects were less interested in hunting for their next human meal ticket. Karen Hopkin reports.

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Grazing Deer Alter Forest Acoustics

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 23:00:00 GMT

Deer populations have exploded in North American woodlands, changing forest ecology—and how sounds, like birdsong, travel through the trees. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Zombie Stars Shine On after Mystery Detonations

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:45:00 GMT

A newly discovered class of odd stars appears to have persevered through supernova explosions—providing a rare glimpse into these astrophysical catastrophes

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In Search of Life's Origins, Japan's Hayabusa 2 Spacecraft Lands on an Asteroid

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:45:00 GMT

The mission to Asteroid Ryugu could return samples of the space rock to Earth in 2020

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Inside the Ant Lab: Mutants and Social Genes

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:15:00 GMT

Social insects such as ants and bees often have complex societies, but understanding the genetics behind their social interactions can be difficult due to their complex lifecycles. This lab in New...

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On Itchiness in Science Writing

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 20:00:00 GMT

Spotting and scratching the places where something just feels off

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Fossil Bones Reveal New Baby Dinosaur

Sat, 23 Feb 2019 15:00:00 GMT

The partial skull and additional bones represent a dinosaur species never found before

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Light Skin Variant Arose in Asia Independent of Europe

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:00:00 GMT

A new genetic study of Latin Americans provides evidence that gene variants for lighter skin color came about in Asia as well as in Europe. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Vaccine Rejection: Truth and Consequences

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:45:00 GMT

Kent State epidemiologist Tara Smith talks about vaccines, recent preventable measles outbreaks and her 2017 journal article on vaccine rejection.

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Venezuela Is Unraveling—So Is Its Science

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:00:00 GMT

Research has ground to a halt, and many scientists have left the country out of desperation

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Scientists Need to Talk to the Public

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:00:00 GMT

And plenty of resources are available to help them learn how to do it well

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