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News Analysis: Yes, Aaron Hernandez Suffered Brain Injury. But That May Not Explain His Violence.
Posted by BENEDICT CAREY on September 24, 2017 at 9:32 pm

The links between biology and behavior are complex, and a number of factors contribute to violence. Yet evidence is mounting that C.T.E. may be involved. […]

Spelunking in Search of Antibiotics
Posted by on September 24, 2017 at 9:00 am

It can take decades of research and more than a billion dollars to create a new antibiotic drug. Sometimes, the first step of the process starts underground, deep inside a mountain. […]

Trilobites: Sputnik for Sale, if You’ll Settle for a Beeping Replica
Posted by DENNIS OVERBYE on September 22, 2017 at 9:12 pm

Just ahead of the 60th anniversary of the first Earth launch of a satellite, an auction house will take bids on a replica of the shiny Soviet spacecraft. […]

Take a Number: The HPV Vaccine Gains Ground Among U.S. Teenagers
Posted by ANERI PATTANI on September 22, 2017 at 6:44 pm

Sixty percent of adolescents received the vaccine in 2016. A decade ago, less than 30 percent did. […]

Basics: Birds Beware: The Praying Mantis Wants Your Brain
Posted by NATALIE ANGIER on September 22, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Scientists have developed a healthy respect for mantises, acrobatic hunters with 3-D vision and voracious appetites. […]

How Dogs Recognize Their Scents — And Selves
Posted by on September 22, 2017 at 9:00 am

Dogs appear to know their own scent in a test involving samples of urine. Is that the same as recognizing oneself in a mirror? […]

ScienceTake: Dogs Recognize Themselves in Test Based on Smell, Not Sight
Posted by JAMES GORMAN on September 22, 2017 at 9:00 am

Canines don’t seem to perceive their reflections in mirrors. But they do better with a ‘‘smell mirror.’&rsquo […]

A Glowing Cotton Study That Might Have Deserved Less Glowing Reviews
Posted by STEPH YIN on September 22, 2017 at 1:39 am

Cotton experts were not impressed with a recent study published by scientists who claimed they created naturally glowing and magnetic cotton. […]

Building a Better Coral Reef
Posted by DAMIEN CAVE and JUSTIN GILLIS on September 21, 2017 at 11:29 pm

As reefs die off, researchers want to breed the world’s hardiest corals in labs and return them to the sea to multiply. The effort raises scientific and ethical questions. […]

Trilobites: For Neanderthals, Growing Big Brains Took More Time
Posted by NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR on September 21, 2017 at 6:58 pm

New research suggests that the brain of a juvenile Neanderthal developed more slowly than that of a similarly aged Homo sapiens child, but scientists don’t yet know why. […]

Trilobites: How Three Friends Proved That Jellyfish Can Sleep
Posted by STEPH YIN on September 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm

What started as a midnight excursion of curious graduate students turned into a study with implications for basic questions about sleep. […]

Matter: Clues to Africa’s Mysterious Past Found in Ancient Skeletons
Posted by CARL ZIMMER on September 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm

An analysis of DNA recovered from fossils thousands of years old hints at enormous migrations that shaped the continent. […]

NASA’s Osiris-Rex Spacecraft Is Headed for a Flyby With Earth
Posted by KENNETH CHANG on September 21, 2017 at 2:22 pm

The spacecraft will make a flyby of Earth on Friday, using the planet’s gravity to steer it toward Bennu, an asteroid it will visit next year. […]

Wild Bison Killed After Wandering Across Border Into Germany
Posted by CHRISTINE HAUSER on September 21, 2017 at 10:27 am

A local official ordered hunters to kill the rare animal last week after it crossed over from Poland. “Animals don’t know country borders,” a conservationist said. […]

How to Hack Your Brain (for $5,000)
Posted by CASEY SCHWARTZ on September 21, 2017 at 4:00 am

The new, new, new age is all about “defragging our nervous systems.&rdquo […]


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Deep sleep: Even jellyfish need their slumber
Posted on September 21, 2017 at 7:35 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even a jellyfish - one of Earth's first and most ancient animals - needs its sleep. […]

Feeling crabby: Plant-eating dinosaurs snacked on crustaceans
Posted on September 21, 2017 at 7:17 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some plant-eating dinosaurs apparently liked a side order of crabs to go with their usual salad. […]

Cassini spacecraft ends 13-year odyssey with fiery plunge into Saturn
Posted on September 15, 2017 at 7:54 pm

(Reuters) - The U.S. space agency NASA received a final signal from its Cassini spacecraft on Friday as it ended a groundbreaking, 13-year Saturn mission with a meteor-like plunge into the ringed planet's atmosphere. […]

U.S., Russian crew transfer to space station after Soyuz flight
Posted on September 13, 2017 at 3:25 pm

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan (Reuters) - Two U.S. astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday, about six hours after their Soyuz spacecraft blasted off from Kazakhstan, a NASA TV broadcast showed. […]

Spectacular Northern Light display illuminates Finnish sky
Posted on September 8, 2017 at 12:32 pm

(Reuters) - Green, purple, pink and yellow lights danced across the sky in striking aurora displays over northern Finland early on Friday. […]

Drinks industry distorts alcohol cancer risk: scientists
Posted on September 7, 2017 at 9:02 pm

LONDON, Sept 7 (Reuters) - The alcohol industry uses denial, distortion and distraction to mislead people about the risks of developing cancer from drinking, often employing similar tactics to those of the tobacco industry, a study said on Thursday. […]

Arianespace aborts satellite launch seconds before lift-off
Posted on September 6, 2017 at 10:35 am

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European satellite launching firm Arianespace said it had called off the launch of two communications satellites seconds before lift-off on Tuesday, citing unspecified problems. […]

Record-breaking U.S. astronaut and crew back on Earth
Posted on September 3, 2017 at 5:12 pm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and two crewmates made a parachute touchdown in Kazakhstan on Saturday, capping a career-total 665 days in orbit, a U.S. record. […]

India's eighth navigation satellite implodes on take off
Posted on August 31, 2017 at 3:38 pm

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's eighth navigation satellite imploded shortly after lift off on Thursday, state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. […]

Famed T. rex 'Sue' getting a makeover at Field Museum in Chicago
Posted on August 30, 2017 at 10:16 am

(Reuters) - The world's biggest T. rex is getting ready for a cutting-edge makeover. […]