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The Infinite Optimism of Physicist David Deutsch

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:00:00 GMT

The quantum theorist thinks we’ll solve war, global warming and consciousness—and that will be just the beginning

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In the Search for Alien Life, "Everyone Is an Astrobiologist"

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:45:00 GMT

Scientists are plotting new directions in the quest for cosmic company

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Raptors Once More (Raptors, Part 2)

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:00:00 GMT

In which we look at the remaining (accipitriform) raptors...

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NASA Test Proves Pulsars Can Function as a Celestial GPS

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT

Experiment shows how spacecraft could use stellar signals to navigate in deep space without human instruction

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Synthetic Species Designed to Shun Sex with Wild Organisms

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:00:00 GMT

Engineered organisms that cannot breed with wild counterparts could prevent transgenic plants from spreading genes

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When Scientists Preach to the Choir

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:30:00 GMT

It doesn't directly change the minds of those who mistrust science, but the indirect effect can be powerful

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Scientists Move Closer to a Universal Flu Vaccine

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:00:00 GMT

Researchers hope their new approach, which works well in lab animals, may save more lives

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Salmonella Could Have Caused 16th-Century Epidemic

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:50:00 GMT

Using a new algorithm, geneticists uncovered the pathogen that could have caused a massive epidemic in the Aztec empire: Salmonella bacteria. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Canada Geese Taking a Winter Staycation

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:32:00 GMT

The geese are wintering further and further north, in urban areas like Chicago—which may help them avoid hunters. Emily Schwing reports.

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Moon's Tug Doesn't Cause Big Quakes

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 02:30:00 GMT

An analysis of more than 200 earthquakes over the past four centuries concludes there's no connection between moon phases and big earthquakes. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Using Pop Culture to Practice Productive Disagreement

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:00:00 GMT

From supervillains to Sunday book club, books and movies provide low-stakes chances to build the constructive conversational skills we need for more important debates later on.

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Is the Golden Age of Astronomy Nearly Over?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:00:00 GMT

The high cost of "flagship" missions like the James Webb Space Telescope are keeping other crucial missions stuck on the drawing boards

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A Year of Trump: Science Is a Major Casualty in the New Politics of Disruption

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:45:00 GMT

From a rollback of environmental protections to attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, here’s a look at the president’s impact on science-related issues

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How to Stop Sex Changes in Turtles on the Great Barrier Reef

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:00 GMT

Climate change led to more female eggs, so scientists are trying to ensure males are made in the shade

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Does Gender Matter?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:15:00 GMT

The suggestion that women are not advancing in science because of innate inability has been taken seriously by some high-profile academics over the years. Neuroscientist Ben A. Barres, who died in...

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We Asked, They're Answering: the 2018 Candidates Are Talking about Science Policy

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:00:00 GMT

The organization Science Debate is gearing up for the November midterms by pushing those seeking office to tell the public about their views on STEM issues

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50 Years Ago, a US Military Jet Crashed in Greenland with 4 Nuclear Bombs on Board

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT

On Jan. 21, 1968, the Cold War grew significantly colder

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The Hidden Depth in Math's Simple Puzzles

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:00:00 GMT

Mathematician Richard Schwartz explains why he loves problems he can start solving right away, and how computers can help

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The Medusaceratops Mystery

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:00:00 GMT

Old bones raise new questions about an enigmatic horned dinosaur

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The Data behind the Women's Movement

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT

Charts highlight some of the key issues Women’s March activists are fighting for

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Did Michigan Meteor Really Cause an Earthquake?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:00:00 GMT

The fireball’s sonic boom sparked a 2.0-magnitude seismic event

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The Trump Administration Abandons Science Advice--but at What Cost?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:50:00 GMT

A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists suggests the problem is even worse than previously recognized

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Are Nonstick Pans Safe?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:15:00 GMT

Nonstick pans allow you to cook with less oil and clean-up is a breeze. But are they safe?

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What a U.S. Government Shutdown Would Mean for Science

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:15:00 GMT

The National Institutes of Health would stop processing grants, but astronauts in space would keep working

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Gone in 2017: 12 Trailblazing Women in STEM

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:00:00 GMT

A tribute to a dozen trailblazers who made the world a better place through their discoveries, advancements, and inventions. 

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