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Trigger Warnings May Not Do Much, Early Studies Suggest
Posted by NIRAJ CHOKSHI on March 22, 2019 at 3:29 pm

Researchers found that the warnings, which alert people to disturbing material, may pose little benefit or harm to those who view them. But more study is needed, they agree. […]

Trilobites: Sun Bear See, Sun Bear Do
Posted by VERONIQUE GREENWOOD on March 22, 2019 at 3:23 pm

They are solitary mammals, but like primates and people, they seem to be able to read one another’s facial expressions. […]

25 States Are at Risk of Serious Flooding This Spring, U.S. Forecast Says
Posted by JOHN SCHWARTZ on March 22, 2019 at 1:01 pm

With flooding already reaching historic levels in parts of the United States, federal scientists warn to expect more in the coming months. […]

Ask Well: Why Did I Lose My Sense of Smell?
Posted by RICHARD KLASCO, M.D. on March 22, 2019 at 9:00 am

Impaired smell is common, particularly in the elderly, but in about one in six people, no cause can be identified. […]

The Fight to Tame a Swelling River With Dams That May Be Outmatched by Climate Change
Posted by TYLER J. KELLEY on March 22, 2019 at 4:37 am

Along the Missouri, John Remus controls a network of dams that dictates the fate of millions. ‘It was not designed to handle this.&rsquo […]

Deer Park Fire: Benzene in Texas City’s Air Briefly Forces Everyone Inside
Posted by MATT STEVENS on March 22, 2019 at 1:19 am

Officials had told residents to stay indoors for the second time in a week after a large chemical fire erupted at a storage tank on Sunday. […]

Warnings of a Dark Side to A.I. in Health Care
Posted by CADE METZ and CRAIG S. SMITH on March 21, 2019 at 11:47 pm

Machine-learning systems could be a boon to medicine. But they also can be hacked to mislead, researchers are discovering. […]

Reports of Breast Implant Illnesses Prompt Federal Review
Posted by DENISE GRADY and RONI CARYN RABIN on March 21, 2019 at 6:39 pm

The Food and Drug Administration is taking another look at breast implants because of renewed safety concerns. […]

Trilobites: DNA Clues to an Ancient Canary Islands Voyage
Posted by NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR on March 21, 2019 at 6:34 pm

The islands’ pioneers likely arrived centuries before European conquest, as part of a large-scale movement of people from North Africa. […]

Obama-Era Oil Leases Broke the Law by Not Assessing Climate Impact, Judge Rules
Posted by CORAL DAVENPORT on March 21, 2019 at 4:17 am

The decision could present a threat to President Trump’s agenda to quickly expand oil and gas drilling by offering opponents a roadmap to legal challenges. […]

Chop Up a Worm. It Will Regenerate. Scientists Figured Out Why.
Posted by HEATHER MURPHY on March 21, 2019 at 4:15 am

Researchers identified the master control gene that enables worms to grow a new body, capturing the imagination of some humans looking for a fresh start. […]

Global Health: A Twin Inside a Twin: In Colombia, an Extraordinary Birth
Posted by DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. on March 20, 2019 at 9:19 pm

What appeared to be a cyst in a healthy fetus turned out to be an unformed twin “absorbed” early in pregnancy, connected by a second umbilical cord and still growing. […]

Space Is Very Big. Some of Its New Explorers Will Be Tiny.
Posted by SHANNON STIRONE on March 20, 2019 at 9:04 pm

The success of NASA’s MarCO mission means that so-called cubesats likely will travel to distant reaches of our solar system. […]

The Asteroid Was Shooting Rocks Into Space. ‘Were We Safe in Orbit?’
Posted by KENNETH CHANG and SHANNON STIRONE on March 20, 2019 at 5:17 pm

NASA’s Osiris-Rex and Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft reached the space rocks they are surveying last year, and scientists from both teams announced early findings on Tuesday. […]

How Ultima Thule Is Like a Sticky, Pull-Apart Pastry
Posted by KENNETH CHANG on March 20, 2019 at 4:34 pm

Scientists from the New Horizons mission presented their latest findings about the small distant object visited by the NASA spacecraft at the start of the year. […]


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Little sun bear's facial mimicry reveals complex social skills
Posted on March 21, 2019 at 9:12 pm

Sun bears, the smallest of the world's eight bear species, are generally solitary animals, content to spend most of their time alone outside mating season, foraging for fruit, rodents, birds and insects in Southeast Asian tropical forests. […]

Boeing delays by months test flights for U.S. human space program: sources
Posted on March 20, 2019 at 10:47 pm

Boeing Co has delayed by at least three months its first uncrewed flight to the International Space Station under NASA's human spaceflight program, and pushed its crewed flight until November, industry sources said on Wednesday. […]

China clones 'Sherlock Holmes' police dog to cut training times: state media
Posted on March 20, 2019 at 6:14 am

Scientists in southwest China's Yunnan province have cloned what they called the "Sherlock Holmes of police dogs" in a program they hope will help cut training times and costs for police dogs, state media reported on Wednesday. […]

WHO panel calls for registry of all human gene editing research
Posted on March 19, 2019 at 7:54 pm

It would be irresponsible for any scientist to conduct human gene-editing studies in people, and a central registry of research plans should be set up to ensure transparency, World Health Organization experts said on Tuesday. […]

Brazilian physicist wins $1.4 million Templeton Prize
Posted on March 19, 2019 at 10:19 am

Brazilian physicist and astronomer Marcelo Gleiser has been awarded the 2019 Templeton Prize, worth $1.4 million, for his work blending science and spirituality. […]

Russian space rocket lifts off with astronauts who survived rocket failure
Posted on March 14, 2019 at 11:48 pm

A Russian-made Soyuz rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, carrying three astronauts into space, two of whom survived a mid-air rocket failure in October. […]

Experts call for halt to gene editing that results in 'designer babies'
Posted on March 13, 2019 at 6:03 pm

Top scientists and ethicists from seven countries on Wednesday called for a global moratorium on gene editing of human eggs, sperm or embryos that would result in genetically-altered babies after a rogue Chinese researcher last year announced the birth of the world's first gene-edited twins. […]

Space station crew confident on eve of first launch since rocket failure
Posted on March 13, 2019 at 5:03 pm

Two astronauts who survived a dramatic launch mishap in October said on Wednesday they were confident this time about reaching the International Space Station, though they said a small fault had been discovered on their rocket during final checks. […]

Toyota, Japan space agency join forces to develop moon rover
Posted on March 12, 2019 at 6:57 pm

Toyota Motor Corp, one of the world's largest automakers, and Japan's space agency said on Tuesday they had agreed to cooperate in developing a manned lunar rover that runs on fuel cell technologies. […]

Brazil to sign accord with U.S. on space technology next week
Posted on March 11, 2019 at 11:00 pm

The United States and Brazil have negotiated an accord to safeguard U.S. space technology the South American nation hopes will be used in commercial rockets lifting off from its launch site near the equator, the Brazilian government said on Monday. […]

Elon Musk's SpaceX capsule splashes down off Florida coast
Posted on March 8, 2019 at 6:08 pm

An unmanned capsule from Elon Musk's SpaceX splashed into the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, successfully completing a mission crucial to NASA's long-delayed quest to resume human space flight from U.S. soil later this year. […]

Musk's SpaceX capsule set to splash down Friday after space station stop
Posted on March 7, 2019 at 9:10 pm

An unmanned capsule from Elon Musk's SpaceX was due to return to earth on Friday after a short-term stay on the International Space Station, capping the first orbital test mission in NASA's long-delayed quest to resume human space flight from U.S. soil later this year. […]

Russia wants to join Luxembourg in space mining
Posted on March 6, 2019 at 2:50 pm

Russia, a leading producer of natural resources, plans to join Luxembourg in mining for minerals in outer space, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said on Wednesday. […]

MSF-run hospital develops 3D printed prosthetics for war victims
Posted on March 6, 2019 at 2:10 pm

A hospital in Jordan has given a victim of Yemen's war new hope for the future, thanks to the cutting edge technology of 3D printed prosthetics.&nbs […]

Body language: The Russian science keeping North Korea's dead leaders looking fresh
Posted on March 6, 2019 at 12:01 am

Perhaps none of the communist legacies shared by Vietnam and North Korea highlighted during Kim Jong Un’s “goodwill visit” to Hanoi is stranger than the embalmed leaders on display in their capital cities, and the secretive team of Russian technicians that keeps the aging bodies looking ageless. […]