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Florence’s Floodwaters Breach Defenses at Power Plant, Sending Toxic Coal Ash Into River
Posted by KENDRA PIERRE-LOUIS on September 21, 2018 at 8:11 pm

Duke Energy shut down a power plant in Wilmington, N.C., after a dam at the site breached and allowed coal ash to enter the nearby Cape Fear River. […]

Trilobites: On Ecstasy, Octopuses Reached Out for a Hug
Posted by JOANNA KLEIN on September 21, 2018 at 3:57 pm

By dosing the tentacled creatures with MDMA, researchers found they share parts of an ancient messaging system involved in social behaviors with humans. […]

The Couple Who Helped Decode Dyslexia
Posted by KATIE HAFNER on September 21, 2018 at 2:27 pm

In 1983, Sally and Bennett Shaywitz began studying the reading skills of more than 400 children. The subjects are in their 40s now, and the Shaywitzes are still tracking them. […]

Restaurant Wants to Use Marijuana to Ease Lobsters’ Pain. Slow Your Roll, Maine Says.
Posted by MIHIR ZAVERI on September 21, 2018 at 11:01 am

The restaurant’s experiments have drawn publicity, regulatory pushback and scientific skepticism. Can lobsters get high? Do they feel pain? […]

Ice Surveys and Neckties at Dinner: Here’s Life at an Arctic Outpost
Posted by ESTHER HORVATH and HENRY FOUNTAIN on September 21, 2018 at 9:00 am

Danish soldiers, scientists and two very sturdy dogs are the only residents of Station Nord in Greenland. Like any remote outpost, there are quirky rules and rituals. […]

A Rise in Murder? Let’s Talk About the Weather
Posted by JEFF ASHER on September 21, 2018 at 9:00 am

The correlation between heat and crime suggests the need for more research on shootings in American cities. […]

Trilobites: NASA’s TESS Starts Collecting Planets
Posted by DENNIS OVERBYE on September 21, 2018 at 12:29 am

The satellite, launched in April, has already identified at least 73 stars that may harbor exoplanets, most of them new to astronomers. […]

Sloan Kettering’s Cozy Deal With Start-Up Ignites a New Uproar
Posted by CHARLES ORNSTEIN and KATIE THOMAS on September 20, 2018 at 10:04 pm

A for-profit venture with exclusive rights to use the center’s vast archive of tissue slides has generated concerns at the nonprofit cancer center. […]

Biosafety Reforms Still Lagging at Military Labs
Posted by EMILY BAUMGAERTNER on September 20, 2018 at 9:09 pm

Three years after finding that laboratories had mishandled deadly pathogens, the Pentagon has no way to measure the effectiveness of its reforms, according to a new report. […]

Global Health: ‘Latent’ Tuberculosis? It’s Not That Common, Experts Find
Posted by DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. on September 20, 2018 at 5:58 pm

Active infections kill 4,000 people a day worldwide, more than AIDS does. But the notion that a quarter of the global population harbors silent tuberculosis is “a fundamental misunderstanding.&rdquo […]

With Moon as His Muse, Japanese Billionaire Signs Up for SpaceX Voyage
Posted by KENNETH CHANG on September 20, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Elon Musk shared a stage at a SpaceX factory on Monday night with Yusaku Maezawa, who will make a significant investment in the company’s next-generation rocket. […]

Trilobites: Decoding Pandas’ Come-Hither Calls
Posted by DOUGLAS QUENQUA on September 20, 2018 at 1:00 pm

During mating season, the solitary mammals bleat important information to each other through their dense bamboo habitat. […]

A Breakthrough for U.S. Troops: Combat-Ready Pizza
Posted by DAVE PHILIPPS on September 20, 2018 at 9:00 am

The latest entree to join the Army’s roster of M.R.E. field rations is a Sicilian-style slice that stays fresh for years and took decades to develop. […]

Newsbook: Read These 3 Books on the Terror of Shark Attacks
Posted by CONCEPCIÓN DE LEÓN on September 19, 2018 at 11:56 pm

On the list: the original “Jaws.&rdquo […]

Lagoons of Pig Waste Are Overflowing After Florence. Yes, That’s as Nasty as It Sounds.
Posted by KENDRA PIERRE-LOUIS on September 19, 2018 at 10:03 pm

At least 110 lagoons in North Carolina have either released pig waste into the environment or are at imminent risk of doing so, according to state officials. […]


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Argentina bets on $600 million satellite to boost agriculture sector
Posted on September 21, 2018 at 8:38 pm

Argentina is launching a new microwave imaging satellite to monitor natural disasters and soil moisture, in a long-term bid to bolster the farm sector, an industry that has historically been the backbone of the country's economy. […]

Deep sea robots reveal mineral riches in the abyss
Posted on September 21, 2018 at 11:00 am

From the safety of their research vessel, scientists are exploring one of Earth's last frontiers - the sea floor - to discover more about valuable minerals vital in the manufacture of smartphones. […]

NASA telescope discovers two new planets five months after launch
Posted on September 21, 2018 at 1:31 am

A planet-hunting orbital telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system discovered two distant planets this week five months after its launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, officials said on Thursday. […]

Japan fashion guru Maezawa lands first SpaceX moon flight
Posted on September 20, 2018 at 12:26 pm

SpaceX, Elon Musk's space transportation company, on Monday named its first private passenger on a voyage around the moon as Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the founder and chief executive of online fashion retailer Zozo. […]

Brazil space station open for small satellite business
Posted on September 15, 2018 at 12:30 am

Brazil is ready to launch small commercial rockets from its space base near the equator as soon as it agrees to safeguard U.S. technology that is dominant in the industry, the Brazilian Air Force officer managing the space program said on Friday. […]

SpaceX signs first private passenger to fly around the moon
Posted on September 14, 2018 at 8:27 pm

Elon Musk's space transportation company SpaceX said it has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the moon aboard its BFR launch vehicle. […]

Scientists investigate icy streams for survival clues
Posted on September 13, 2018 at 5:03 pm

A team of scientists has embarked on a four-year quest to discover what beyond water the world loses when glaciers melt. […]

Roche boss says Brexit and curbs on drug use pose threat to UK science
Posted on September 13, 2018 at 1:27 pm

Uncertainty over drug regulation and a reluctance by Britain's health service to use certain pricey modern medicines pose a threat to the country's respected life sciences sector, the head Swiss drugmaker Roche said on Thursday. […]

British companies, academics excluded from EU Galileo space project if no-deal Brexit
Posted on September 13, 2018 at 12:45 pm

British companies and academics will be excluded from the future development of the European Union's Galileo space project if the country leaves the bloc without a deal in March 2019, according to a series of technical notices published on Thursday. […]

Bubbling Bolt toasts zero-gravity with champagne
Posted on September 13, 2018 at 8:01 am

Usain Bolt sprinted through thin air and sipped champagne floating on his back as he enjoyed near zero-gravity conditions in an aircraft performing stomach-lurching parabola dives. […]

NASA tests foldable heat shield that could help human Mars landing
Posted on September 12, 2018 at 8:20 pm

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched and tested a new umbrella-like heat shield on Wednesday, opening the door to landing humans on Mars. […]

Stone in South African cave boasts oldest-known human drawing
Posted on September 12, 2018 at 5:18 pm

A small stone flake marked with intersecting lines of red ochre pigment some 73,000 years ago that was found in a cave on South Africa's southern coast represents what archaeologists on Wednesday called the oldest-known example of human drawing. […]

For families of some 9/11 victims, new DNA tools reopen old wounds
Posted on September 11, 2018 at 4:11 am

A breakthrough in DNA analysis is helping identify more victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York, but the scientific advance is of little consolation for families of those whose remains may have been buried in a Staten Island landfill. […]

Moto2 rider Fenati dropped by team after brake grab
Posted on September 10, 2018 at 6:29 pm

Italian rider Romano Fenati was dumped by his Moto2 team on Monday, and was also set to lose a 2019 MV Agusta deal, after he grabbed a rival's brake lever while racing at speed in Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix. […]

U.S. appeals court upholds MIT, Harvard patents on CRISPR gene editing
Posted on September 10, 2018 at 5:09 pm

A U.S. appeals court on Monday allowed a research center affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University to keep patents potentially worth billions of dollars on a groundbreaking gene editing technology known as CRISPR. […]