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Best-Yet Measurements Deepen Cosmological Crisis

Fri, 2019-03-22 08:00
The latest disagreement over the universe’s expansion rate suggests researchers may be on the threshold of revolutionary discoveries

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An Impossible Scenario: Scientists Watch as Heat Moves at the Speed of Sound

Fri, 2019-03-22 06:45
A rare phenomenon seen in just a handful of materials at forbidding temperatures has been detected within “warm” graphite—a finding that could aid future microelectronics

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First Baby Monkey Born Using Sperm from Frozen Testicles

Thu, 2019-03-21 15:15
Researchers hope that the procedure could be used to restore fertility to human boys undergoing cancer treatment

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Huge Meteor Explosion a Wake-Up Call for Planetary Defense

Thu, 2019-03-21 13:00
Detonating over the Bering Sea, the blast was as powerful as a nuclear bomb

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A Common Anesthetic Could Ease PTSD and Other Stress Disorders

Thu, 2019-03-21 08:00
Propofol reduces the intensity of traumatic memories

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Study on Weed-Killers and Monarch Butterflies Spurs Ecological Flap

Thu, 2019-03-21 06:45
Some scientists question museum data analysis that suggests Roundup is not responsible for the insects’ decline

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Atheism Is Inconsistent with the Scientific Method, Prize-Winning Physicist Says

Wed, 2019-03-20 14:15
In conversation, the 2019 Templeton Prize winner does not pull punches on the limits of science, the value of humility and the irrationality of nonbelief

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Big Religion May Have Gotten Too Much Credit for the Evolution of Modern Society

Wed, 2019-03-20 14:00
Contrary to a popular hypothesis, pro-social religions didn’t kick-start complex social systems

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'Oumuamua, Our First Interstellar Visitor, May Have Been a Comet After All

Wed, 2019-03-20 06:45
New research flags jets of water vapor—rather than alien technology—as the source of the mysterious object’s anomalous motions

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4 Laws That Could Stem the Rising Threat of Mass Shootings

Mon, 2019-03-18 11:15
Pro-gun advocates claim new laws will not make us safer. But here is evidence the right laws will do exactly that

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Going with the Flow: Waterfalls Can Form Spontaneously

Fri, 2019-03-15 06:45
Understanding how these breathtaking features form helps scientist interpret geologic history

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Mind Your "Fs" and "Vs": Agriculture May Have Shaped Both Human Jaws and Language

Thu, 2019-03-14 16:45
Eating porridge and cheese appears to have changed our bite to enable the vocal tract to produce new sounds

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An Hour of Light and Sound a Day Might Keep Alzheimer's at Bay

Thu, 2019-03-14 11:00
Playing a flashing white light and a trilling sound reversed signs of Alzheimer’s in mice. Researchers are now trying it in humans

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The Internet Knows You Better Than Your Spouse Does

Thu, 2019-03-14 06:45
The traces we leave on the Web and on our digital devices can give advertisers and others surprising, and sometimes disturbing, insights into our psychology

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Despite Similarities, Are the 2 Recent 737 Max 8 Crashes a Coincidence?

Wed, 2019-03-13 17:59
Former Boeing engineer Peter Lemme weighs in on the second 737 Max 8 accident in five months

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Scientists Call for a Moratorium on Editing Inherited Genes

Wed, 2019-03-13 16:00
Amid a controversy over gene-edited babies, leading researchers want to call a halt and install a global governance process

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As Scientists Probe the Mystery of How Newborns Develop Immunity, Order Rises from the Chaos

Wed, 2019-03-13 08:00
New studies take the most comprehensive look yet into immune system activity immediately after birth 

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Would New Physics Colliders Make Big Discoveries or Wander a Particle Desert?

Wed, 2019-03-13 06:45
Around the globe, imminent decisions on proposed next-generation experiments are set to shape particle physics for decades to come

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Infectious Diseases Spike amid Venezuela's Political Turmoil

Tue, 2019-03-12 08:00
Scientists say the rise in illnesses is due to a combination of government suppression of research, a lack of disease data and climate change

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A Genetic Basis for Insomnia Emerges from the Twilight

Tue, 2019-03-12 06:45
Gargantuan studies show links between sleep difficulties and cardiovascular and psychiatric illnesses

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