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The Shark That Conquered the Whorl

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 01:10:00 GMT

Journalist and author Susan Ewing talks about her new book Resurrecting the Shark: A Scientific Obsession and the Mavericks Who Solved the Mystery of a 270-Million-Year-Old Fossil. (And we'll discuss...

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Putting the Public at Risk

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:00:00 GMT

The Trump Administration is undoing a legacy of science-based protections

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Earth's Tectonic Activity May Be Crucial for Life--and Rare in Our Galaxy

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:45:00 GMT

A new study finds plate tectonics may be hard to sustain on exoplanets

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The Strange Topology That Is Reshaping Physics

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:00:00 GMT

Topological effects might be hiding inside perfectly ordinary materials, waiting to reveal bizarre new particles or bolster quantum computing

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Surprising Scientists, 2017 Could Be among Hottest on Record

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:15:00 GMT

Global temperatures this year have been 1.64 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average

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Ground Control to Major Google: Space Station Street View Is Here

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:00:00 GMT

Take a self-guided tour and imagine what it is like to be an astronaut

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The Supracranial Sinus of the Horned Dinosaur Skull

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:00:00 GMT

There’s a giant, weird space in the skulls of big horned dinosaurs—haven’t you heard?

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Chasing Consciousness, and the Information Revolution

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:00:00 GMT

A new institute gains steam, together with a new set of ideas on matter, life and information

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Buried Tools and Pigments Tell a New History of Humans in Australia for 65,000 Years

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:30:00 GMT

Australia is the end point of early modern human migration out of Africa, and sets the minimum age for the global dispersal of humans

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Raising Alcohol Taxes Can Curtail Assaults and Suicides

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:00:00 GMT

It's an effective way to curtail assaults and suicides

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Are Tardigrades Really That Tough?

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 15:00:00 GMT

Astrophysical events may have a hard time sterilizing Earth-analog worlds, based on the example of water bears. But is it this simple?

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Untangling the Mystery of How Fido Became Humankind's Best Friend

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:00:00 GMT

New DNA-based research suggests dogs were domesticated in a single event, in contrast with a previous hypothesis

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Super-Earths May Explain Curious Gaps in Planet-Forming Disks

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:00:00 GMT

New study suggests the middleweight worlds can create delicate ring-like features around other stars

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Robust Emergency Fund Needed to Respond to Future Disease Outbreaks

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:30:00 GMT

But the U.S. can minimize the danger with a robust health emergency fund

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Bug Lovers, Earth's Many Apocalypses, the Surprising Minds of Vegetative Patients and Other New Science Books

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:00:00 GMT

July book recommendations from the editors of Scientific American

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Space Stations: Archaeological Sites in Low Earth Orbit

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:30:00 GMT

Fresh insights are emerging from studying the "microsociety" onboard the International Space Station

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Stellar Winds Could Be Bad News for Life on TRAPPIST-1 Planets

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:00:00 GMT

Two new studies suggest the system’s potentially habitable planets could have lost their atmospheres long ago

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Exotic Physics Glimpsed for First Time in Lab Crystal

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:00:00 GMT

Researchers create a bizarre effect once thought to only occur in intense gravitational fields

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Attention Passengers: Your Flight Will Arrive 20 Years behind Schedule

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:45:00 GMT

Robopocalypse creator Daniel Wilson sets aside his dystopian tendencies to help the XPRIZE’s Sci-fi collection and writing contest find a silver lining in our obsession with intelligent...

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Teaching Computers to Enjoy the View

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 02:00:00 GMT

Researchers in the U.K. trained computers to rate photos of parks and cities for what humans consider to be their scenic beauty. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Forget Sharks: 7 Things in the Water Swimmers Should Actually Fear

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:15:00 GMT

Shark attacks are rare, but watch out for these nasty parasites

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Nasty, Brutish and Short: Are Humans DNA-Wired to Kill?

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:15:00 GMT

Some research suggests a tendency toward violence has shaped our anatomy throughout evolution. But anthropologists are sharply divided

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Paleo Profile: Currie's Alberta Hunter

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:00:00 GMT

Sometimes a single bone can give away the presence of an unknown dinosaur

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Astronomers Detect Strange Signals from Red Dwarf Star

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:00:00 GMT

The radio bursts are tantalizing, but probably not transmissions from talkative aliens

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No Evidence for Past Martian Civilization, Scientists Tell Congress

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:00:00 GMT

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher asks about ancient aliens during a routine hearing

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