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Heat Loss to Night Sky Powers Off-Grid Lights

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 15:18:00 GMT

A slight temperature difference at night between a surface losing heat and the surrounding air can be harnessed to generate electricity to power lights.

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Why Our Disabilities Make Us Better Scientists despite the Odds against Us

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 13:00:00 GMT

But the research world raises barriers to our full participation

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Asteroid Dust Triggered an Explosion of Life on Ancient Earth

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 16:15:00 GMT

At 466 million years ago, the breakup of a large space rock may have led to major changes in our planet’s biodiversity

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Winston Churchill's Thoughts on Evolution

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 14:01:00 GMT

His essay on alien life was uncovered in 2016; now we have a second example of his previously unpublished thoughts about science

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Pterosaurs Were Monsters of the Mesozoic Skies

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 13:30:00 GMT

Fossils and mathematical modeling are helping to answer long-standing questions about these bizarre animals 

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Introducing the October 2019 Issue

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 13:00:00 GMT

Monsters of the Mesozoic skies, the quest for a room-temperature superconductor and more

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New Proto-Dinosaur Found in Colorado

Sun, 15 Sep 2019 16:00:00 GMT

A lanky reptile found in the Centennial State is a close cousin of early dinosaurs

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Migrating Birds Provide Surprising Snacks for Sharks  

Fri, 20 Sep 2019 13:00:00 GMT

Meticulous work reveals the identity of sharks’ feathered prey 

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Kids Are Not Hurt by Screen Time

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 19:32:00 GMT

A study finds no deleterious effects on mental health when kids spend their leisure time texting and engaging in other online activities.

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Microplastics in Fresh Water Are Mostly Laundry Lint

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 14:43:00 GMT

Microplastic particles are everywhere, but in freshwater systems, 60 percent of particles are clothing lint from laundry.

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Silent Skies: Billions of North American Birds Have Vanished

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 18:00:00 GMT

Though waterfowl and raptor populations have made recoveries, bird populations have declined since 1970 across nearly all habitats

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Frogs Make Their Homes in Elephant Footprints

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 13:00:00 GMT

The massive herbivores shape the environment for living creatures around them—including some of the smallest animals 

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The Problem with Failing to Admit We Don't Know

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Although numbers are often treated as cold, hard facts, we should be willing to acknowledge how uncertain they can be

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Saturn's Rings May Be Ancient After All

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 19:00:00 GMT

Against earlier studies estimating an age of just 100 million years, new research suggests the planet’s rings could be as old as the solar system itself

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Early Butchers Used Small Stone Scalpels

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 15:00:00 GMT

Homo erectus used hand axes to butcher elephants and other game. But a new study suggests they also used finer, more sophisticated blades. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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New Proof Solves 80-Year-Old Irrational Number Problem

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 10:45:00 GMT

Mathematicians have finally proved a conjecture on approximating numbers with fractions

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Don't Trust Scientists? Then Help Collect the Data

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Citizen science has the potential to reduce data dishonesty

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Did the Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Inadvertently Help Lichens?

Sun, 15 Sep 2019 13:00:00 GMT

The leafy lichens seem to have picked up where a lot of incinerated plants left off

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Is Mathematics, like Science, Pluralistic?

Sun, 15 Sep 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Mathematicians disagree over whether their fundamental assumptions, or axioms, are true

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A Newly Identified Protein May Be the Key to Vanquishing the Common Cold

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 17:45:00 GMT

Inactivating this protein in human cells and mice provided immunity to a range of viruses, but an effective treatment is still a long way off

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Real-Life Zombies

Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:15:00 GMT

A zombie takeover is science fiction, right? Well, it turns out some zombies already exist in nature and “life” after brain death might not be so far-fetched

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Humanity's Journey

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 13:00:00 GMT



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Drenchable Drones, Prickly Cells and Face-Tracked Chimps: Science GIFs to Start Your Week

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Enjoy and loop on

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Did a Jurassic Dinosaur Smoosh a Turtle?

Sun, 15 Sep 2019 19:00:00 GMT

A smashed shell may have been crumpled by an ambling dinosaur

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New Measurement Aims to Solve Neutrino Mystery

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 15:00:00 GMT

A new finding limits how much the bizarre particle can weigh, shedding light on a physics quandary

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