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Cook the Perfect Turkey with Chemistry

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:00:00 GMT

Don’t settle for limp, soggy turkey skin—use science when you roast your bird to get that perfect, crackling bite.

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New Keys to Help Extraterrestrials Unlock Our Messages

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:45:00 GMT

A 19th-century proposal for contacting aliens is being rebooted in the latest transmission to nearby star

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Thanksgiving and the Myth of Native American "Savages"

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Prominent scientists exaggerate the violence of Native Americans, whom European invaders ravaged.

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Europe Sets Priorities for Hunting Cosmic Particles

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 13:00:00 GMT

Club of physics funding agencies pushes for projects including a neutrino observatory in the Mediterranean Sea

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Jet Fuel from Sugarcane? It's Not a Flight of Fancy

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:00:00 GMT

Researchers have found that engineered sugarcane could yield more than 2,500 liters of bio-jet fuel per acre of land

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Attacks on Media, Like Roy Moore's, Endanger Democracy

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Politicians who cry “fake news” in response to credible media investigations ultimately can provide cover for corruption and authoritarianism

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Science Lights the Way

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:00:00 GMT

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Arecibo Telescope Wins Reprieve from U.S. Government

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:30:00 GMT

National Science Foundation will look for partners to provide extra financial support for Puerto Rico facility

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Sex Matters in Experiments on Party Drug--in Mice

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:00:00 GMT

Ketamine lifts rodents' mood only if administered by male researchers

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What Countries' Constitutions Reveal about How Societies Evolve

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:15:00 GMT

Analyses of governing documents from 194 countries could help people fighting for human and environmental rights

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Exoplanet Hunters Rethink Search for Alien Life

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:00:00 GMT

Astronomers expand ideas of how chemistry and geology could affect chances for life on other worlds

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Interstellar Asteroid Looks Like a Spinning Space Cigar

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:45:00 GMT

The bizarre object could be the first of many to be detected by new generations of telescopes

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Seven Ways to Keep Discord off the Thanksgiving Table

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:00:00 GMT

How to keep your holiday dinner from turning into a partisan smackdown 

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Scientists Genetically Engineer a Form of Gluten-Free Wheat

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:00:00 GMT

Removing disease-causing proteins from the grain could make it safe for celiacs to consume

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Salmon Sex Changes Entire Landscape

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:44:00 GMT

Salmon excavate streambed holes in which to lay eggs, setting off a chain of events that has surprisingly large geographical effects.  

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Meet the Spiders That Completely Defy What We Know as Jet Lag

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:45:00 GMT

A serendipitous discovery turns up creatures able to reset instantly their biological clocks by six hours, a feat unmatched in the animal world

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Fly-By of Interstellar Asteroid Portends Quadrillion Trillion More in Galaxy

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:30:00 GMT

Reports of the first-ever flyby of a body from another stellar system suggest a vast sea of interstellar shards and a Neptune-like planet around every star in the Milky Way

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The Tyranny of Extraterrestrial Messaging

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:00:00 GMT

Talking to the rest of the universe takes a whole lot of patience

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Years before Heading Offshore, Herpes Researcher Experimented on People in U.S.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:30:00 GMT

Shots were administered in Illinois hotel rooms

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Black Hole Pretenders May Be Superfast-Spinning Pulsars

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Unraveling the murky origins of these cosmic imposters could lead to breakthroughs in understanding the lives and deaths of stars

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The Evolution of a Scientific American Graphic: Beetle Resurrection

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:00:00 GMT

Artist Kelly Murphy provides a peek behind the scenes, and describes how she developed an illustration for the December 2017 issue

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Ancient 1 Percenters Were Beast-Based

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:20:00 GMT

New World societies long ago likely had less income inequality than those in the Old World, and the difference might have been an oxen gap. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Puppy-Dog Eyes May Have Evolved in Stages

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:45:00 GMT

Dingoes’ brief glances may have been a stepping-stone to Fido’s longer loving stares

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Biology's Beloved Amphibian--the Axolotl--Is Racing toward Extinction

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Although abundant in captivity, the salamander has nearly disappeared from its natural habitat—and that is a problem

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The Inconvenient Truth about Smart Cities

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:00:00 GMT

Plans for more wired, networked, connected urban areas face challenges if they fail to account for existing, local, non-digital elements such as government and socioeconomic conditions

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