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Join Blue Planet II Live-Tweet

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:54:00 GMT

Starting December 16, ocean scientists will live-tweet the BBC documentary series Blue Planet II, available via Netflix.

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A Math Function Describes How Whole Societies Remember--and Forget

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:00:00 GMT

A Neruda masterpiece—and a bi-exponential curve—define the dynamics of the fast then slow fade of our greatest collective sorrows and joys

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The Birth of Worlds

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 20:00:00 GMT

Stunning new images of young planetary systems create a profound cosmic perspective

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Huge Brain Study Uncovers "Buried" Genetic Networks Linked to Mental Illness

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:00:00 GMT

Enormous genomic analysis yields tantalizing insights into mechanisms behind conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

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A Network Theorist Seeks "Universal Laws" of Success

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:45:00 GMT

A scientist leverages big data to pin down precepts that extend beyond the self-help aisle

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5 Years of Record Warmth Intensify Arctic's Transformation

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 20:30:00 GMT

Sea ice is the thinnest it's been at any time in the last 30 years, and wild reindeer and caribou populations continue to decline

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Long-Hidden "Pyramid" Found in Indonesia Was Likely an Ancient Temple

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 19:30:00 GMT

The structure has potentially been used as a place of worship for thousands of years

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NASA's InSight Mars Lander Snaps Selfie, Surveys Workspace

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:05:00 GMT

The Red-Planet-probing spacecraft is on course to deploy its instruments in early 2019

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Big-Boned Chickens May Be Humans' Geologic Legacy

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 23:30:00 GMT

Millions of years from now, the geologic record of the "Anthropocene" will be littered with plastics, yes, but also chicken bones. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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In the NatureľNurture War, Nature Wins

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:00:00 GMT

Environmental influences are important, too, but they are largely unsystematic, unstable and idiosyncratic

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Can Rivers Cause Earthquakes?

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 12:45:00 GMT

If so, it could help explain some quakes that happen far from tectonic-plate boundaries

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Meet the Real Ravenmaster

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 17:09:00 GMT

Christopher Skaife talks about his new book The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London, in front of a live audience at Caveat, “the speakeasy bar for intelligent...

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"Spy" Virus Eavesdrops on Bacteria, Then Obliterates Them

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:45:00 GMT

Viruses use bacteria’s chemical language to time their destruction; this might lead to new ways to fight infections 

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Experts Urge U.S. to Continue Support for Nuclear Fusion Research

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:00:00 GMT

An international fusion project could help the nation eventually develop its own, smaller reactor

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"Farout!" Newfound Object Is the Farthest Solar System Body Ever Spotted

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 16:00:00 GMT

The pink-colored object is nearly four times more distant from the sun than Pluto, and hints at the possibility of an as-yet-undiscovered giant planet farther out

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How Implicit Bias and Lack of Diversity Undermine Science

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 17:00:00 GMT

The first step toward fixing the culture of STEM is recognizing that it’s broken

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Ancient Marine Reptiles Had Familiar Gear

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 21:20:00 GMT

Ichthyosaurs had traits in common with turtles and modern marine mammals, like blubber and countershading camouflage. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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How to Approach the Problem of 'Oumuamua

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 12:00:00 GMT

The first interstellar object ever found provides an excellent test of the scientific process

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Satellite Spies Methane Bubbling up from Arctic Permafrost

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:30:00 GMT

Radar instrument aboard a Japanese probe can spot signs of gas seeping from lakes that form as the ground thaws

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The Bite of the Saber-Tooth

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 14:00:00 GMT

Sabercat skulls hint at the different ways these carnivores tackled their prey

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Assigning a Value to Teamwork

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 14:00:00 GMT

Mathematician Anil Venkatesh tells us why the Shapley value is the best way to quantify everything from Security Council vetoes to video game weapons

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Look Up! Gleaming Geminid Meteor Shower of 2018 Peaks Tonight

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:15:00 GMT

The celestial display is expected to be the best meteor shower of 2018

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Getting the Dirt on Creation--Inside OSIRIS-REx's First Close Look at Bennu

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 11:45:00 GMT

NASA’s first sample-return mission to an asteroid is a voyage into the genesis of our solar system—and, perhaps, the precursors to life’s origins on Earth

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Caught in the Act--Astronomers Get Their Best Look Yet at a Supernova Blowing Up

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 11:45:00 GMT

New observations of a stellar explosion have revealed a surprise that could point to the trigger behind these violent, yet mysterious, eruptions

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Pterosaurs Just Keep Getting Weirder

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:15:00 GMT

They beat birds at powered flight. Were they also a step ahead with feathers?

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