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Lost Opportunity: After a 15-Year Odyssey, NASA's Trailblazing Mars Rover Approaches Its End

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 19:15:00 GMT

Although resuscitation attempts are still underway, officials are on the verge of announcing the death of the Red Planet’s longest-lived robotic explorer

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Be Kind to Extraterrestrials

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:00:00 GMT

We need to tread lightly if we encounter alien ecosystems

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Humpback Whale Calls Remain Constant over Decades

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:45:00 GMT

Whales in southeastern Alaska produce “shrieks,” “moans” and “squeegies” that persist over generations 

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Astronomers Traverse the Globe to Shadow "Lucky Stars"

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 11:45:00 GMT

A surge in occultation science is allowing astronomers to study the sun’s asteroids, planets and moons like never before

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What Happens When You Read Science Writing by Women

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 16:45:00 GMT

Redressing an imbalance of attention reveals a dazzling variety of journalism

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Monster Magnetar Pinpointed as Trigger of Ultrabright Stellar Detonation

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 11:45:00 GMT

New observations of a superluminous supernova could finally solve the mystery behind these and other bewildering cosmic events

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The Voices of Black Mathematicians

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 14:00:00 GMT

Black History Month in the U.S. is a good time to celebrate these important people

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NASA Spots Another Possible Impact Crater Buried Under Greenland Ice

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 20:00:00 GMT

The newfound crater candidate is thought to be unrelated to another that was discovered last year

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How Many Creationists Are There in America?

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 07:00:00 GMT

A new survey shows the number can vary considerably depending how you ask questions about evolution

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Grazing Deer Alter Forest Acoustics

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 23:00:00 GMT

Deer populations have exploded in North American woodlands, changing forest ecology—and how sounds, like birdsong, travel through the trees. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Spectacular Fossil Bird Foot Preserved in Amber

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 20:00:00 GMT

A rare amber inclusion underscores the importance of carnivores to the fossil record

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Finally Over for Mars Rover

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 20:55:00 GMT

The rover Opportunity has called it quits after working for more than 14 years on Mars.

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Violent Drug Cartels Stifle Mexican Science

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:00:00 GMT

Abandoned projects and delayed research have become common problems as security issues crop up across the country

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Salt Doesn't Melt Ice—Here's How It Makes Winter Streets Safer

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 21:15:00 GMT

There’s a good reason to salt the roads before snow starts falling

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Mount Saint Helens Volcano Detectives: Activate!

Sun, 10 Feb 2019 17:00:00 GMT

If there's only one book on volcanology I'd ask you to get for young kids, this is the one

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Is This the Footprint of One of the Last Neandertals?

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:00:00 GMT

The fossilized print, found in Gibraltar, is said to date to 28,000 years ago, which might mean it belonged to a Neandertal. But not everyone agrees with that interpretation

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Europe's Next Big-Budget Science Projects: 6 Teams Proceed to Final Round

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 21:00:00 GMT

AI enhancement and a virtual time machine are included in the short list of pitches

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Wolves and Wolverines: A Complicated Relationship

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 17:00:00 GMT

The larger mammal will prey on the smaller, but wolverines prefer areas occupied by wolves over areas that aren’t

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Why Do the Northern and Southern Lights Differ?

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 13:00:00 GMT

Scientists have discovered the culprit: how the sun squeezes Earth’s magnetic tail

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Ancient Earth's Weakened Magnetic Field May Have Driven Mass Extinction

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:00:00 GMT

When our planet’s magnetosphere nearly disappeared 565 million years ago, it may have almost taken all life with it

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Artificial "Dumbness" May Be a Solution for Engineering Smart Machines

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 18:15:00 GMT

Design principles derived from observing fruit flies may lead to better self-driving cars and improved Parkinson’s treatment

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On the Origin of Darwin

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 23:50:00 GMT

On this 210th anniversary of Darwin's birth we hear evolution writer and historian Richard Milner perform a brief monologue as Charles Darwin, and former Scientific American editor in chief John...

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Elephant Weight Cycles with New Teeth

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 01:24:00 GMT

Elephants have six sets of teeth over their lives, sometimes two sets at once. At those times, they can extract more nutrition from food and put on weight.

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Venezuela Is Unraveling—So Is Its Science

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:00:00 GMT

Research has ground to a halt, and many scientists have left the country out of desperation

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Human Diet Drugs Kill Mosquitoes' Appetite Too

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 20:30:00 GMT

When researchers fed mosquitoes a drug used to treat people for obesity, the insects were less interested in hunting for their next human meal ticket. Karen Hopkin reports.

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