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Science Has Always Been Inseparable from Politics

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:00:00 GMT

Scientific research doesn’t take place in a vacuum; it can only happen with society’s blessing

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Cross-Cultural Evidence for the Genetics of Homosexuality

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:00:00 GMT

Mexico’s third gender sheds light on the biological correlates of sexual orientation.

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Ancestors of Flores "Hobbits" May Have Been Pioneers of First "Human" Migration Out of Africa

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:00:00 GMT

New research on Indonesian fossils reveals clues to an ancient expansion from Africa

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Broken Bones Hint at Earlier Human Arrival in the Americas

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:30:00 GMT

Mastodon bones and shattered stones suggest humans were migrating to the Americas some 100,000 years earlier than currently thought. Nature Video explores this controversial find. This video was...

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Where Astronomy and Gastronomy Meet

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:00:00 GMT

To help people grasp the cosmos through senses other than sight, a scientist and a team of chefs are creating simple, elegant (and edible) metaphors for some of the universe’s...

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Trump Order Could Remove Protections for National Monuments

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:00:00 GMT

The directive is part of a broader push to open up more federal lands to drilling, mining and other development

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Selective Breeding Molds Foxes into Pets

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:54:00 GMT

Evolutionary biologist Lee Dugatkin talks about the six-decade Siberian experiment with foxes that has revealed details about domestication in general.  

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Killer Cats Bash Biodiversity

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:07:00 GMT

Peter Marra, director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, talks with journalist Rene Ebersole about the threat of outdoor cats to wild animals and to human health. Marra is the co-author, with...

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Ancient Bones Spark Fresh Debate over First Humans in the Americas

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:15:00 GMT

A study of remains found in southern California puts an unknown human species in the New World more than 100,000 years earlier than expected, but critics don’t buy it

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The Administration's War on Facts Is a War on Democracy Itself

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:45:00 GMT

Politicians must not interfere with the free and open pursuit of science

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Losing Key DNA Made Us Modern Humans

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:30:00 GMT

Loss of some DNA during evolution may have helped create big brains and our male–female relationships 

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The Perils of Public Outreach

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:00 GMT

A culture that normalizes hypercritical peers is a problem for scientists who want to reach beyond academe

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The Northwest Passage Remains Treacherous, Despite Ice Retreat

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:30:00 GMT

Arctic route may remain treacherous for decades

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Detection of Ghostly Particles Could Unmask Illicit Nuclear Weapons

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:00:00 GMT

Weapons-grade fuel in a nuclear reactor emits a steady rate of telltale antineutrinos that could be detected by a newly designed portable device

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How Gut Bacteria Tell Their Hosts What to Eat

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:15:00 GMT

 By suppressing or increasing cravings, microbes help the brain decide what foods the body “needs” 

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Ripple Effects of New Zealand Earthquake Continue to This Day

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:00:00 GMT

November tremor sparked slow, deep movements in Earth’s crust that increase the chances of a similar severe quake within a year

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When Pluto Changed from a Fuzzy Dot into a Full-Fledged World

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:00:00 GMT

A New Horizons team member recalls a transformative moment in planetary science

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How to Make Tools on Mars, Using Dust

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:45:00 GMT

You can't carry everything you need from Earth, so researchers made 3-D–printed shapes with mocked-up Mars dust

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Dog Family Tree Reveals Hidden History of Canine Diversity

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:00 GMT

Genetic map showing how breeds are related provides a wealth of information about origins

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Meet "Steve," a Strange New Sky Phenomenon

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:15:00 GMT

Citizen scientists and space-agency satellites come together to discover a new variety of aurora

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NASA's Cassini Mission Conducts Daring Dive Through Saturn's Rings

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:30:00 GMT

The maneuver marks the final phase of Cassini’s mission, and promises the closest-ever investigation of Saturn

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Scientists and Science Supporters Marched--Now What?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:15:00 GMT

Thousands congregated in the nation's capital and other cities in the U.S. and around the world to support scientific research and protest Trump administration–proposed budget cuts. Scientific...

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Dolphins' Watertight Sex Involves a Strange Twist

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:30:00 GMT

Female marine mammals may block insemination with a curled vagina and slick maneuvers

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Mining Threatens Chinese Fossil Site That Revealed Planet's Earliest Animals

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:00:00 GMT

Protests sparked by the destruction of three key fossil-hunting areas result in a temporary halt of phosphate mining

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Post-Science March We Must Stay Engaged

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:00:00 GMT

Our real work starts now and we have a great deal to do over the coming years

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