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 2018-04-20 21:00 

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Cicadas on different schedules can hybridize...

A new genetic study suggests that cicadas that emerge every 17 years have swapped genetic material with those that emerge every 13 years....

 2018-04-20 17:19 

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Closing the gender gap in some science fields may take over 100 years...

In some STEM fields, the gender gap won't disappear for decades or even centuries, a new study suggests....

 2018-04-20 15:07 

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Heat waves are roasting reefs, but some corals may be resilient...

The latest research on coral reefs clarifies the devastation of heat waves and looks at how coral might be able to adapt to warming waters....

 2018-04-20 11:00 

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Celebrity names now mark places on Pluto's moon Charon...

Pluto's largest moon, Charon, now has 12 new names for its topological features....

 2018-04-19 19:04 

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Larger spleens may help 'sea nomads' stay underwater longer...

The Bajau people of Southeast Asia have a gene variant associated with larger spleens, boosting their oxygen while breath-hold diving, researchers say....

 2018-04-19 18:00 

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Rising CO levels might not be as good for plants as we thought...

A 20-year experiment spots a reversal in the way two kinds of plants take up extra carbon from the atmosphere....

 2018-04-19 16:00 

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Male fruit flies enjoy ejaculation...

Red light exposure made some genetically engineered fruit flies ejaculate, spurring a surge of a brain reward compound — and less desire for booze....

 2018-04-19 13:00 

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A hole in an ancient cow's skull could have been surgery practice...

Before performing skull operations on people, ancient surgeons may have rehearsed on cows....

 2018-04-19 11:00 

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This plastic-gobbling enzyme just got an upgrade...

Scientists tweaked a bacterial enzyme and made it more efficient in breaking down plastics found in polyester and plastic bottles....

 2018-04-18 23:36 

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NASA's TESS spacecraft launches to begin its exoplanet search...

After reaching its orbit in about two months, the telescope will start scanning nearby stars telltale dips in light that signal a passing planet....

 2018-04-18 19:00 

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How ravens caused a LIGO data glitch...

Ravens pecking at frosty pipes caused a glitch in gravitational wave data....

 2018-04-18 18:30 

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This meteorite's diamonds hint that it was born in a lost planet...

Bits of metal nestled inside diamonds suggest the space rock could have formed in a Mars-sized protoplanet in the early solar system....

 2018-04-18 18:00 

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Why touch can be such a creepy sensation in VR...

Touch sensation in VR can go from immersive to unnerving as the feeling gets more realistic, if you can't see the source....

 2018-04-18 17:20 

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Masses of shrimp and krill may play a huge role in mixing oceans...

Hoards of migrating shrimp and krill can cause large-scale turbulence in the ocean, a new study suggests....

 2018-04-17 23:09 

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These seals haven't lost their land ancestors' hunting ways...

Clawed pawlike forelimbs help true seals hunt like their land-dwelling ancestors....

 2018-04-17 18:00 

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This ancient Maya city may have helped the Snake King dynasty spread...

A rural hub in an ancient Maya state gets its due with some laser help....

 2018-04-17 15:52 

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Here's why putting a missile defense system in space could be a bad idea...

Expanding missile defense capabilities could put the world on a slippery slope to space warfare....

 2018-04-17 11:00 

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A new plastic film glows to flag food contaminated with dangerous microbes...

Plastic patches that glow when they touch some types of bacteria could be built into food packaging to reduce the spread of foodborne illness....

 2018-04-16 19:30 

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Dogs lived and died with humans 10,000 years ago in the Americas...

Dogs unearthed at sites in Illinois were older than originally thought....

 2018-04-16 18:53 

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How to watch NASA's next exoplanet hunter launch...

NASA's next exoplanet hunter, TESS, launches today to seek planets in 85 percent of the sky....

 2018-04-16 16:49 

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Lasers squeezed iron to mimic the conditions of exoplanet cores...

In the first experiment to measure what exoplanets might be like on the inside, scientists hit iron with 176 lasers at once....

 2018-04-16 11:00 

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'Weird Math' aims to connect numbers and equations to the real world...

The book Weird Math attempts to make chaos theory, higher dimensions and other concepts more relatable....

 2018-04-15 11:00 

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The Facebook data debacle may not change internet behavior...

In the wake of the Facebook data breach, personal privacy experts say there's little individuals can do to control their personal information online....

 2018-04-13 21:47 

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Cargo ships must cut their emissions in half by 2050...

A new international agreement places a cap on greenhouse gas emissions from international cargo ships....

 2018-04-13 20:31 

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Tales of rampant suicide among Custer's soldiers may be overblown...

Few of Custer's men killed themselves in the face of overwhelming Native American numbers at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, skeletal data suggest....

 2018-04-13 20:03 

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An antiscience political climate is driving scientists to run for office...

Hoping to inject evidence-based science into policy, more scientists are putting their name on the ballot....

 2018-04-13 14:23 

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This is how norovirus invades the body...

Norovirus targets a rare type of gut cell, a study in mice finds....

 2018-04-12 22:14 

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Sweet potatoes might have arrived in Polynesia long before humans...

Genetic analysis suggests that sweet potatoes were present in Polynesia over 100,000 years ago, and didn't need help crossing the Pacific....

 2018-04-12 18:00 

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Using laser tweezers, chemists nudged two atoms to bond...

This is the first time researchers have purposefully combined two specific atoms into a molecule....

 2018-04-12 18:00 

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A key constant's new measurement hints 'dark photons' don't exist...

New measurement of the fine-structure constant is the most precise yet....

 2018-04-12 16:39 

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These hummingbirds aim their singing tail feathers to wow mates...

Acoustic cameras reveal how male Costa's hummingbirds can aim the sound produced by fluttering tail feathers during courtship dives....

 2018-04-12 11:00 

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With the launch of TESS, NASA will boost its search for exoplanets...

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will set the stage for the next chapter of exoplanet exploration....

 2018-04-11 18:14 

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Colorful moth wings date back to the dinosaur era...

Microscopic structures that scatter light to give color to the wings of modern butterflies and moths date back almost 200 million years....

 2018-04-11 16:11 

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Einstein's general relativity reveals new quirk of Mercury's orbit...

A tiny effect of general relativity on Mercury's orbit has been calculated for the first time....

 2018-04-11 11:00 

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Should you bank your baby's umbilical cord blood? Here's a guide for thinking through the issue....

The professionals have advice to give, but the decision is ultimately a personal one....

 2018-04-10 19:00 

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50 years on, vaccines have eliminated measles from the Americas...

Thanks to high vaccination rates, measles has mostly disappeared from the Americas....

 2018-04-10 15:00 

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Ocean heat waves are becoming more common and lasting longer...

Over the last 100 years, the world's oceans have sweltered through a rising number of heat waves....

 2018-04-10 11:00 

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This material uses energy from ambient light to kill hospital superbugs...

A quantum dotpowered material could help reduce the number of hospital-acquired infections, including those with drug-resistant bacteria....

 2018-04-09 22:44 

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World's hottest pepper may have triggered this man's severe headaches...

A man ate one of the hottest peppers in the world. About a minute later, his head began pounding....

 2018-04-09 16:35 

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A new soft bot mimics octopuses and inchworms to climb walls...

A new soft robot that scales walls could help with surveillance or building inspections....

 2018-04-09 15:00 

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Finger fossil puts people in Arabia at least 86,000 years ago...

A desert discovery suggests that Arabia was an ancient human destination....

 2018-04-09 15:00 

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The search for mysterious dark matter underdogs steps up...

Dark matter particles called axions are finally being put to the test....

 2018-04-09 11:00 

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Delusions of skin infestation may not be so rare...

Delusional infestation, an unwavering belief that one's skin is overrun with creatures or objects, may not be as rare as previously thought, researchers say....

 2018-04-08 12:00 

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Fossils sparked Charles Darwin's imagination...

Darwin's Fossils recounts how finding extinct species in South America helped Charles Darwin develop his theory of evolution....

 2018-04-06 19:55 

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Sheets of tiny bubbles could bring a sense of touch to virtual reality...

Shape-shifting films used in sleeves or other garments could provide tactile feedback that makes virtual realities feel more real....

 2018-04-06 16:03 

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In a colony, king penguins behave like molecules in a 2-D liquid...

Positions of king penguins in a breeding colony resemble molecules in a 2-D liquid....

 2018-04-05 23:05 

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Dark matter isn't interacting with itself after all...

Hints that a distant galactic collision knocked dark matter askew fizzled with new observations....

 2018-04-05 20:17 

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Microplastics may enter freshwater and soil via compost...

Compost is pinpointed as a source of plastic pollution, but environmental fate and effects unknown....

 2018-04-05 18:50 

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Human brains make new nerve cells — and lots of them — well into old age...

In humans, new neurons are still born in old brains, new research suggests....

 2018-04-05 16:19 

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This ancient lizard may have watched the world through four eyes...

A lizard that lived 50 million years ago had both a third and a fourth eye....

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