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River Ecosystem Restoration Can Mean Just Add Water

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 22:42:00 GMT

Planners returned water to Arizona's Santa Cruz River's dry bed in 2019, and various species began showing up the same day.

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Physician-Politicians Tout Medical Credentials in Key U.S. Congressional Races

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 12:00:00 GMT

Amid the pandemic, candidates in tight contests in Arizona and Kansas contrast their understanding of science with opponents’ disregard

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Do We Live in a Simulation? Chances Are about 5050

Tue, 13 Oct 2020 12:00:00 GMT

Gauging whether or not we dwell inside someone else’s computer may come down to advanced AI research—or measurements at the frontiers of cosmology

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Galileo and the Science Deniers

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 12:00:00 GMT

Four hundred years ago Galileo Galilei’s scientific findings were rejected because they didn’t fit the prevailing beliefs of the time. His story is disturbingly relevant today....

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Old Seaweed Reveals Secret of Monterey Sardine History

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 13:00:00 GMT

Decades-old specimens solve a long-standing mystery

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Melting Candy Gives Mathematicians Insight into How Some Landscapes Form

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 17:00:00 GMT

Researchers dissolved a sugary treat underwater to understand the origin of spiky rock forests

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Apple-Sized Stars, a Potato-Shaped Earth and the Force That Creates Our Reality

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 12:00:00 GMT

Life’s up and downs may seem as inevitable as gravity, but somehow 2020 feels worse than usual. Just as a thought experiment, what if this year actually did get so weird that it even ushered in...

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50, 100 & 150 Years Ago: October 2020

Sat, 17 Oct 2020 13:00:00 GMT

An air cargo system in 1920 was ahead of its time

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When Scientists Become Political Dissenters

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 11:00:00 GMT

Three cases across the world highlight the dangers of challenging the status quo

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Rogue Rocky Planet Found Adrift in the Milky Way

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 10:45:00 GMT

The diminutive world and others like it could help astronomers probe the mysteries of planet formation

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NASA's OSIRIS-REx Seeks to Grab a Piece of Asteroid Bennu

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 12:00:00 GMT

The spacecraft’s first attempt to gather material from the space rock’s surface could become the largest nonlunar sample return in history

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Moving in Sync Creates Surprising Social Bonds among People

Tue, 13 Oct 2020 13:00:00 GMT

Dancing, rowing and even finger tapping in unison unleash powerful forces in the brain that drive good feelings

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Play Helped Dogs Be Our Best Friends

Tue, 13 Oct 2020 20:15:00 GMT

The ancestors of today’s dogs already exhibited some playfulness, which became a key trait during domestication.

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Gallery: The Maya Who Escaped Spanish Conquest

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 13:30:00 GMT

The Lacandon Maya eluded the conquistadors and survived in the jungle for hundreds of years. Archaeological discoveries are revealing their past

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Luminous Zebra Fish Wins Contest for Microscopic Photography

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 16:30:00 GMT

A mix of scientists and hobbyists made our top picks from the 2020 Nikon Small World contest

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First Room-Temperature Superconductor Excites and Baffles Scientists

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 17:45:00 GMT

A compound of hydrogen, carbon and sulfur has broken a symbolic barrier—but its high-pressure conditions make it difficult to analyze

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Searching for the Atoms of Life

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:00:00 GMT

Any extraterrestrial organisms we find will be made of the same atoms we are—yet their existence will be profoundly important to us nonetheless

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Science Pinpoints Global Metal Deposit Locations

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 10:45:00 GMT

Miners can find new deposits with less effort

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Humans Make Wild Animals Less Wary

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 16:45:00 GMT

From mammals to mollusks, animals living among humans lose their antipredator behaviors.

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Presidential Debates Have Shockingly Little Effect on Election Outcomes

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:30:00 GMT

The upcoming debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump may be one of the least consequential in decades, experts say

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Leading Scientists Urge Voters to Dump Trump

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 10:45:00 GMT

Journals and Nobelists, usually cautious, cite unprecedented damage and incompetence in calls for a U.S. leadership change

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Vicious Woodpecker Battles Draw an Avian Audience

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 13:00:00 GMT

Biologists who study acorn woodpeckers’ power struggles are not the only ones watching—so are rival woodpecker groups

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NASA's OSIRIS-REx Successfully Touches Asteroid Bennu

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:15:00 GMT

The spacecraft attempted to collect samples from the asteroid for eventual return to Earth

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Resist Misinformation, Watch Birds and Remember Plagues

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:15:00 GMT

Our November issue features space wars, a mysterious disorder of mind and brain, and past pandemics

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3,000-Year-Old Orbs Provide a Glimpse of Ancient Sport

Sun, 18 Oct 2020 22:00:00 GMT

Researchers say three ancient leather balls, dug up from the tombs of horsemen in northwestern China, are the oldest such specimens from Europe or Asia. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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