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Could an Industrial Prehuman Civilization Have Existed on Earth Before Ours?

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:45:00 GMT

A provocative new paper suggests some ways to find out

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Mars Probe Poised to Solve Red Planet's Methane Mystery

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 19:00:00 GMT

Researchers hope European-Russian Trace Gas Orbiter will end a long-running debate over source of the gas on Mars

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Scent of Death: Honeybees Use Odors to Clean Out Deceased Broods

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:45:00 GMT

Understanding this mechanism could help scientists breed healthier colonies

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The Milky Way, Revealed as Never Before

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT

As a major new catalogue of our galaxy's stars from the Gaia space mission reverberates through the scientific community, astronomers are rushing to make revolutionary discoveries

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New NASA Chief Jim Bridenstine Faces "Uphill Climb" after Contentious Confirmation

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:30:00 GMT

Partisanship and his past statements about climate change could hinder Bridenstine’s leadership of the space agency

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"Sea Nomads" May Have Evolved to Be the World's Elite Divers

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:00:00 GMT

New genetic evidence suggests these indigenous Southeast Asians are singularly suited for underwater hunting

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Speaking Science to Power

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:00:00 GMT

A statement released by 317 National Academy of Sciences members challenges the widespread dismissal of science and scientific understanding by the Trump administration

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It's Full of Stars: New 3-D Milky Way Map Could Settle Debate over Who Discovered the First Exoplanet

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:30:00 GMT

Better data from the Gaia spacecraft also promises to shed light on mysterious brown dwarfs

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The Elusive Calculus of Insect Altruism

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:15:00 GMT

A new theory may change the debate over evolution and self-interest among ants, bees and other social bugs

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Paleo Profile: Martin's Sea Turtle

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:00:00 GMT

This Cretaceous chelonian is close to the origin of the hard-shelled sea turtles that still swim the oceans

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Human Brain Gain: Computer Models Hint at Why We Bested Neandertals

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:00:00 GMT

Differences in the structure of the brain’s cerebellum may help explain our superior cognitive abilities

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End the War on Weed

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:00:00 GMT

Federal marijuana laws are counterproductive and overly harsh

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What's Next for TESS, NASA's New Exoplanet Hunter?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:30:00 GMT

The spacecraft is headed to its science orbit and prepping to discover thousands of alien worlds

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Drumming Beats Speech for Distant Communication

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:20:00 GMT

The Bora people in the northwestern Amazon use drums to send languagelike messages across long distances. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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If Singing's Tough, Try Whistling

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:00:00 GMT

A new study claims it's easier to accurately whistle a melody than to sing it. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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Bees Have a Goldilocks Lawn Mow Schedule

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 02:12:00 GMT

Lawns mowed every two weeks hosted more bees than lawns mowed every three weeks. Jason G. Goldman reports. 

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What's It Like to Be Queer in STEM?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:00:00 GMT

A nationwide project is surveying the experiences of LGBTQ+ scientists to find out

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The Making of Dinosaurs of the Isle of Wight

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:00:00 GMT

The backstory to a book that, sadly, is no longer that easy to obtain...

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U.S. Government Considers Charging for Popular Earth-Observation Data

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:15:00 GMT

Images from Landsat satellites and an agricultural-survey program are freely available to scientists—but for how long?

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Stellar Effort: Chart of the Milky Way Includes More Than 1 Billion Stars

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:45:00 GMT

The second data set release from Europe’s Gaia mission could provide clues to the galaxy’s past and future

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Here's How Scientists Can Become More Politically Engaged

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:00:00 GMT

They can act as pro bono science consultants to nonprofits and political campaigns—and many already are

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Traffic Deaths Increase after 4:20 P.M. on 4/20

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:09:00 GMT

A look at a database of fatal traffic accidents found a 12 percent increase on the informal marijuana holiday 4/20 after 4:20 P.M. compared with nearby dates.  

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Zombie Cicadas' Bodies Are Literally Falling Apart

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 13:00:00 GMT

Parasitic fungus manipulates bodies and bedroom behavior of hapless insects

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Indigenous Remains Do Not Belong to Science

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:30:00 GMT

The law that allows Native Americans to claim ancestral remains must be strengthened

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The Magic of the Microscopic World

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:00:00 GMT

Biologist and teacher Carrie Norin uses photography to reveal the unseen beauty around us

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