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Wreckage of U.S.S. Indianapolis, Lost for 72 Years, Is Found in the Pacific
Posted by CHRIS BUCKLEY on August 20, 2017 at 2:08 pm

A search team led by Paul G. Allen, a founder of Microsoft, found the Navy cruiser, whose sinking is among the worst disasters in American naval history. […]

By Degrees: Should You Trust Climate Science? Maybe the Eclipse Is a Clue
Posted by JUSTIN GILLIS on August 18, 2017 at 10:11 pm

Many Americans will follow the solar eclipse on Monday because of a scientific prediction. But we seem to take some forecasts more seriously than others. […]

Matter: A Speedier Way to Catalog Human Cells (All 37 Trillion of Them)
Posted by CARL ZIMMER on August 18, 2017 at 7:59 pm

Many types of cells remain unknown, but researchers have discovered a faster way to group cells by function, paving the way for a complete census. […]

How to Watch the Eclipse Online if You’re Stuck Indoors (or It’s Cloudy)
Posted by ALAN HENRY on August 18, 2017 at 3:09 pm

Whether you live somewhere you won’t see it or the weather is terrible, here’s how to see the eclipse online — and when to tune in. […]

Trilobites: Taking Photos Won’t Take You Out of the Moment, Study Suggests
Posted by STEPH YIN on August 18, 2017 at 2:21 pm

Tempted to grab that once-in-a-lifetime eclipse snapshot? Feel free: Taking pictures helps people engage with and remember experiences more deeply, according to new research. […]

The Demons of Darkness Will Eat Men, and Other Solar Eclipse Myths
Posted by JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH on August 18, 2017 at 12:24 pm

Here’s a glimpse at the way that civilizations around the world have understood solar eclipses, and used them to reinforce cultural norms and values. […]

Pursuits: Birders and Naturalists Ponder the Fate of the Greater Sage Grouse
Posted by GUSTAVE AXELSON on August 18, 2017 at 9:00 am

The Interior Secretary recently announced that efforts to protect the handsome bird, known for an amazing mating dance, are being reviewed. […]

How to Stay Sane During a Solar Eclipse
Posted by HELEN MACDONALD on August 18, 2017 at 9:00 am

The terrifying beauty of totality is best confronted in a crowd. […]

Anglers' online boasts reveal illegal shark hunting
Posted by Ben Upton on August 18, 2017 at 12:00 am

Researchers fear sport fishing is a serious threat to endangered species — but study of Internet forum also finds awareness of environmental issues. […]

An Eclipse Chaser’s Guide to Your First Eclipse
Posted by NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR on August 17, 2017 at 10:30 pm

The coming solar eclipse will be a wondrous sight — if you get into viewing position in time, the clouds cooperate and you’re ready to have your mind blown. […]

The Illuminating Power of Eclipses
Posted by KENNETH CHANG on August 17, 2017 at 10:29 pm

With the sun obscured, eclipses can be revelatory: Starting at least over 2,000 years ago, they have been fodder for significant discoveries. […]

Some Democrats See Tax Overhaul as a Path to Taxing Carbon
Posted by LISA FRIEDMAN on August 17, 2017 at 6:39 pm

Two Senate Democrats are advocating a carbon tax plan that would cut the corporate tax rate as well as greenhouse gas emissions. […]

Marian C. Diamond, 90, Student of the Brain, Is Dead
Posted by WILLIAM GRIMES on August 17, 2017 at 5:31 pm

Dr. Diamond, a neuroscientist, challenged the long-held assumption that the brain is a static and unchangeable entity and examined Albert Einstein’s. […]

Trilobites: Researchers Offer Solution to Puzzle of Sea Snakes With Jet-Black Skin
Posted by JOANNA KLEIN on August 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm

Turtle-headed sea snakes that live closer to humans develop darker skin, which may be like a pollution trap that they shed. […]

Art Review: How Do You Paint an Eclipse? Work Fast in the Dark
Posted by JASON FARAGO on August 17, 2017 at 1:45 pm

In 1918, astronomers invited the artist Howard Russell Butler to record the last total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States. […]


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Millions of Americans to gaze upon Monday's once-in-a-lifetime eclipse
Posted on August 19, 2017 at 11:08 pm

(Reuters) - Twilight will fall at midday on Monday, stars will glimmer and birds will roost in an eerie stillness as millions of Americans and visitors witness the first total solar eclipse to traverse the United States from coast to coast in 99 years. […]

Solar eclipse presents first major test of power grid in renewable era
Posted on August 19, 2017 at 8:29 pm

HOUSTON (Reuters) - As Monday's total solar eclipse sweeps from Oregon to South Carolina, U.S. electric power and grid operators will be glued to their monitoring systems in what for them represents the biggest test of the renewable energy era. […]

Japan launches satellite for advanced GPS operation
Posted on August 19, 2017 at 8:30 am

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Saturday launched an H-2A rocket carrying a geo-positioning satellite into orbit after a week-long delay, the government said. […]

Solar eclipse to be streamed live for first time, from balloons
Posted on August 18, 2017 at 11:32 pm

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Next week's solar eclipse will be streamed live online for the first time, from the vantage point of helium-filled balloons across the United States, providing the public with sky-high views as the moon blocks the sun. […]

Citizen scientists will take to the field for U.S. eclipse
Posted on August 17, 2017 at 5:09 pm

(Reuters) - When the moon passes directly in front of the sun on Aug. 21, casting a deep shadow across the United States, thousands of citizen scientists will be watching the eclipse while monitoring temperature changes, animal behavior and radio signals bouncing around the atmosphere. […]

Tougher than steel: Japan looks to wood pulp to make lighter auto parts
Posted on August 14, 2017 at 10:05 pm

KYOTO, Japan (Reuters) - The global push among carmakers to make ever lighter vehicles is leading some auto suppliers in Japan to turn to what seems like an unlikely substitute for steel - wood. […]

Japan GPS satellite launch postponed due to glitch
Posted on August 12, 2017 at 10:39 am

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Saturday postponed the planned launch of an H-2A rocket tasked to put a geo-positioning satellite into orbit due to possible helium gas leakage, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) said. […]

Scientists create safer pig organs with goal of transplants for humans
Posted on August 11, 2017 at 1:57 am

(Reuters) - Scientists at a Massachusetts company seeking to make pig organs safe enough to be transplanted into humans have used gene-editing technology to clone piglets that lack a potentially dangerous retrovirus, according to a study released on Thursday. […]

Chinese quantum satellite sends 'unbreakable' code
Posted on August 10, 2017 at 11:15 pm

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has sent an "unbreakable" code from a satellite to the Earth, marking the first time space-to-ground quantum key distribution technology has been realized, state media said on Thursday. […]

Infant ape fossil skull illuminates humankind's remote past
Posted on August 10, 2017 at 6:53 am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The lemon-sized fossil skull of an infant ape nicknamed Alesi that inhabited a Kenyan forest about 13 million years ago is offering a peek at what the long-ago common ancestor of people and all modern apes may have looked like. […]