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How to Be a Data-Driven Parent

Mon, 20 May 2019 10:45:00 GMT

Economist Emily Oster explains how to make the best decisions for your particular child, using the scientific evidence at hand

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Bird Beak Shapes Depend on More Than Diet

Wed, 22 May 2019 21:41:00 GMT

A study found that only a small percentage of bird beak shape variation is dependent on diet, with other factors like display and nest construction probably playing parts too.

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Nobelist: Harness Evolution As Problem-Solving Algorithm

Fri, 17 May 2019 20:14:00 GMT

Frances Arnold, the Caltech scientist who shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, says evolution can show us how to solve problems of sustainability.

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Creative Types Reserve a Special Corner of the Brain for Dreaming Big

Wed, 22 May 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Artists, novelists, actors and directors excel at tapping into “imagination” circuits

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39 Years Ago Today: The Big Ba-Boom That Changed Volcanology

Sat, 18 May 2019 11:35:00 GMT

Thirty-nine years ago today, Mount St. Helens erupted in a rare lateral blast and changed volcanology forever

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How to Reverse the Assault on Science

Mon, 20 May 2019 11:00:00 GMT

We need to let non-scientists know that science isn't based on "proof," but rather on the practice of testing and checking one another's work

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Organ Stealing and Slavery Rampant Among—Plankton? [Video]

Sun, 19 May 2019 19:00:00 GMT

Ocean microbes long thought to depend exclusively on eating turn out to have a solid, if sinister, Plan B

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Flat-Earthery, British Style

Wed, 15 May 2019 16:00:00 GMT

A new poll estimates flat-Earth belief in the U.K. at 1 percent

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What Happened to All of the Universe's Antimatter?

Thu, 23 May 2019 10:45:00 GMT

Differences between matter and antimatter could help explain why the cosmos mostly lacks the latter today, researchers say

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Ancient Gum Gives Archaeologists Something to Chew On

Mon, 20 May 2019 23:45:00 GMT

Chewing gums discovered in western Sweden contain the oldest human DNA found in Scandinavia. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Anthropocene Now: Influential Panel Votes to Recognize Earth's New Epoch

Wed, 22 May 2019 17:00:00 GMT

The atomic age would mark the start of the current geologic time unit, if proposal receives final approval

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Kavli and Nobel Laureates Tackle Science's Big Questions

Mon, 20 May 2019 14:15:00 GMT

Highlights from an hour-long panel of Kavli and Nobel prizewinners at the National Academy of Sciences

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How Wild Should We Let the Solar System Be?

Tue, 21 May 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Experts argue that more than 85 percent of the solar system should be left untouched so that we can sustainably move off-world

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Science on the Hill: Solving the Plastic Waste Problem

Wed, 22 May 2019 18:00:00 GMT

On June 6, a panel of experts convened by  Scientific American and Nature Research—part of Springer Nature—will talk about the issue and possible solutions in Washington, DC

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Unread Books at Home Still Spark Literacy Habits

Thu, 16 May 2019 16:10:00 GMT

Growing up in a home filled with books enhances enhances intellectual capacity in later life, even if you don't read them all.

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11 Cool Things You Never Knew about Fireflies

Thu, 16 May 2019 11:00:00 GMT

They’re magical, yes, but there’s a dark side to those flickering spots of light—including, in some cases, “kleptoparasitism”

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Could a Single Live Vaccine Protect against a Multitude of Diseases?

Thu, 16 May 2019 12:00:00 GMT

A controversial theory holds that one immunization, given properly, can protect against many diseases besides its target

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What Prevents Pluto's Ocean from Freezing?

Tue, 21 May 2019 20:00:00 GMT

Layers of ice-like gas hydrates may insulate frigid ocean worlds across the cosmos

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Tiny Tyrannosaur Named the "Coyote King"

Sat, 18 May 2019 19:00:00 GMT

Fossils found in New Mexico reveal a carnivorous dinosaur from before the time of T. rex

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Where (Some of) Earth's Gold Came From

Thu, 23 May 2019 11:00:00 GMT

Of all of that precious metal ever refined, 600 tons were created in a collision between two neutron stars, 1,000 light-years away and 4.6 billion years ago

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Moon Blobs, Collapsars and Long Planets

Sun, 19 May 2019 16:00:00 GMT

A roundup of recent research with astrobiological implications

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A Journey through Gromov's Gap

Sat, 18 May 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Moon Duchin shares an abstract theorem with surprising connections to gerrymandering

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Beautiful Math

Wed, 22 May 2019 10:45:00 GMT

A new book shows off spectacular works of art inspired by mathematical principles

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From the Lunar Far Side, China's Rover Reveals Moon's Hidden Depths

Wed, 15 May 2019 17:00:00 GMT

The Chang’e-4 mission appears to have found material excavated from a frozen magma ocean far below the lunar surface

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How to Reverse the Assault on Science

Wed, 22 May 2019 16:00:00 GMT

We should stop being so embarrassed by uncertainty and embrace it as a strength rather than a weakness of scientific reasoning

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