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Günter Blobel, Nobel Laureate Who Found Cell ‘ZIP Codes,’ Dies at 81
Posted by ROBERT D. McFADDEN on February 20, 2018 at 1:32 am

Dr. Blobel, at Rockefeller University, discovered that proteins in any given cell carry signals that guide them to where they can do their beneficial job. […]

Doctors Said Immunotherapy Would Not Cure Her Cancer. They Were Wrong.
Posted by GINA KOLATA on February 19, 2018 at 9:32 pm

Scientists are racing to understand why immunotherapy drugs have worked for a few cancer patients when the medicines should have had no effect. […]

There’s a Persistent Hum in This Canadian City, and No One Knows Why
Posted by CHRISTOPHER MELE on February 19, 2018 at 9:32 pm

Residents affected by the “Windsor Hum” complain of sleeplessness, depression and headaches. It is one of many mysterious sounds reported throughout the world. […]

Out There: Astronomers’ Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray
Posted by DENNIS OVERBYE on February 19, 2018 at 8:36 pm

The Wfirst project, which would have investigated the force of dark energy in the universe and searched for more planets, has been cut from NASA’s proposed budget. […]

Animals Are Losing Their Vagility, or Ability to Roam Freely
Posted by JIM ROBBINS on February 19, 2018 at 10:00 am

A study of 57 species shows that human encroachment and development not only harm an animal’s habitat, but may affect their migration patterns and food sources. […]

Trilobites: Coffee Beans Are Good for Birds, Fancy Brew or Not
Posted by KAREN WEINTRAUB on February 17, 2018 at 2:57 pm

A study of India’s Western Ghats region found that growing coffee doesn’t interfere with biodiversity, regardless of which bean the farmer chooses. […]

Want Cleaner Air? Try Using Less Deodorant
Posted by KENDRA PIERRE-LOUIS and HIROKO TABUCHI on February 16, 2018 at 10:53 pm

Consumer products like perfume, pesticides and paint can contribute as much to city air pollution as cars. […]

Q&A: It’s Harder to Make Meals in the Mountains
Posted by C. CLAIBORNE RAY on February 16, 2018 at 5:24 pm

Why does it take longer to cook certain foods at higher altitudes? Reduced air pressure. […]

Two Swiss Athletes Are First at Olympics Confirmed With Norovirus
Posted by MOTOKO RICH on February 16, 2018 at 7:57 am

The Swiss Olympic delegation, which did not identify the athletes or their sport, said they were sequestered and no longer had symptoms. […]

What to Give Up for Lent? Smoking? Cursing? How About Plastic?
Posted by RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA on February 16, 2018 at 6:06 am

The Church of England has issued a “Plastic Lent Challenge,” with six weeks’ worth of ideas for plastic objects to avoid, from wet wipes to toothbrushes. […]

Transgender Woman Breast-Feeds Baby After Hospital Induces Lactation
Posted by CEYLAN YEGINSU on February 16, 2018 at 12:50 am

A journal says it’s the first documented case of successful inducement of breast-milk production in a transgender woman. […]

The Flu Vaccine Is Working Better Than Expected, C.D.C. Finds
Posted by DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. on February 16, 2018 at 12:11 am

A preliminary analysis finds the vaccine 25 percent effective against this year’s dangerous H3N2 strain, and twice as effective in children. […]

Diplomats in Cuba Suffered Brain Injuries. Experts Still Don’t Know Why.
Posted by GINA KOLATA on February 15, 2018 at 11:32 pm

After examining 21 American diplomats said to have been victims of a mysterious “attack” in Havana, medical experts found concussion-like damage but no obvious causes. […]

Concussions Can Be Detected With New Blood Test Approved by F.D.A.
Posted by SHEILA KAPLAN and KEN BELSON on February 15, 2018 at 5:51 pm

The test may be able to quickly identify people with suspected brain injuries that could be widely used by the Pentagon and in sports. […]

Trilobites: Borneo Lost More Than 100,000 Orangutans From 1999 to 2015
Posted by JOE COCHRANE on February 15, 2018 at 5:01 pm

Deforestation on the island has harmed the primates, but a study found they also disappeared from more intact forests, suggesting people may be killing them. […]


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Ancient human remains, Ice Age animal bones found in giant Mexican cave
Posted on February 20, 2018 at 3:16 pm

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Archaeologists exploring the word's biggest flooded cave in Mexico have discovered ancient human remains at least 9,000 years old and the bones of animals who roamed the earth during the last Ice Age. […]

I want to drink your blood: Vampire bat's genetic secrets revealed
Posted on February 20, 2018 at 3:02 am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If you want to know how vampire bats can survive on a diet that -- as everyone knows -- consists exclusively of blood, the answer is simple. It's in their genes. […]

Israeli scientists complete mock Mars mission in Negev desert
Posted on February 19, 2018 at 6:41 pm

RAMON CRATER, Israel (Reuters) - A team of six Israeli researchers on Sunday ended a four-day Mars habitat experiment in Israel's Negev desert where they simulated living conditions on the Red Planet, Israel's Science and Technology Ministry said. […]

'Easy on the fries!', Japan scientists tell hopeful bald people
Posted on February 16, 2018 at 6:33 pm

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese scientists have warned that eating french fries will not cure baldness, after research was published suggesting that chemicals used in cooking fried potatoes could help fight hair loss. […]

Startling orangutan population decline recorded in Borneo
Posted on February 15, 2018 at 8:53 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hunting by people and habitation destruction by oil palm, paper, logging and mining industries helped drive a startling drop of about 50 percent in the orangutan population on the island of Borneo from 1999 to 2015, scientists said on Thursday. […]

SpaceX gets U.S. regulator to back satellite internet plan
Posted on February 14, 2018 at 7:06 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Elon Musk's SpaceX, fresh off the successful launch this month of the world's most powerful rocket, won an endorsement on Wednesday from the top U.S. communications regulator to build a broadband network using satellites. […]

Scientists, fishermen in Macedonia team up to save rare trout
Posted on February 14, 2018 at 3:54 pm

OHRID, Macedonia (Reuters) - Macedonian scientists and fishermen have teamed up to start the artificial breeding of a species of trout unique to Lake Ohrid, its tributaries and outlet, the Black Drim river. […]

Girl power: life's going swimmingly for all-female fish species
Posted on February 12, 2018 at 8:58 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An all-female freshwater fish species called the Amazon molly that inhabits rivers and creeks along the Texas-Mexico border is living proof that sexual reproduction may be vastly over-rated. […]

Robots take to the slopes on sidelines of Winter Games
Posted on February 12, 2018 at 1:49 pm

DUNNAE, South Korea (Reuters) - While Alpine skiers fought high winds at the Pyeongchang Games on Monday, there were no such problems for robots competing in their own "Olympics" ski challenge. […]

Second asteroid in a week to pass close to Earth on Friday
Posted on February 9, 2018 at 9:37 pm

(Reuters) - A recently discovered asteroid was due to zip within 39,000 thousand miles (64,000 km) of Earth on Friday, marking the second space rock to pass within the orbit of the moon this week, according to NASA scientists. […]