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Did Pox Virus Research Put Potential Profits Ahead of Public Safety?

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Privately funded scientists made a virus related to smallpox from scratch, hoping their version might lead to a better smallpox vaccine. But critics question the need — and worry about repercussions.

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Space Enthusiasts Gather In Florida As Powerful Rocket Is Set To Launch

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Private company SpaceX on Tuesday is set to launch the world's most powerful rocket — the Falcon Heavy. This is a test launch that will carry a cherry red Tesla roadster into orbit around Mars.

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SpaceX Set To Launch World's Most Powerful Rocket

Monday, February 05, 2018

The company is getting ready for the first flight of its massive Falcon Heavy. It will be the most powerful rocket in use — if it doesn't blow up.

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Unlike Humans, Bonobos Shun Helpers And Befriend The Bullies

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Given a choice, bonobos tend to prefer people who act like jerks and dominate. That's very different than humans, who even as infants consistently prefer people who are cooperative and not mean.

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All I Want For Christmas Is A Giant Whale Eye

Friday, December 22, 2017

A giant whale eye spent decades on a strange journey before it finally arrived at an animal eyeball lab and gave the folks there the "best Christmas ever."

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NIH Lifts Ban On Research That Could Make Deadly Viruses Even Worse

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

After an unusual three-year moratorium, the federal government says it will once again allow research on deadly viruses that could spark pandemics. The work has sparked concerns about bioterrorism.

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Stressed-Out Narwhals Don't Know Whether To Freeze Or Flee, Scientists Find

Thursday, December 07, 2017

After being caught in a net, narwhals appear to get confused about what to do. Researchers say the whales' befuddlement could provide clues about how they will adapt to a changing Arctic.

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Trump Picks Businessman To Lead NOAA

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Senators are about to get their chance to grill the nominee for head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Critics say he has a conflict of interest.

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Why Did The Passenger Pigeon Go Extinct? The Answer Might Lie In Their Toes

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Billions of these birds once flew over North America, but the last known passenger pigeon died in 1914. To try to figure out what happened, scientists analyzed DNA from the toes of birds in museums.

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Scientists Say They've Found Hidden Space In Great Pyramid Of Giza

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Researchers used equipment that detects muons. Measuring the density of the tiny particles yielded an image of what's behind the pyramid walls with no damage to the ancient structure.

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Trump's Nominee To Be The Next Head Of NASA Prepares For Senate Hearing

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

President Trump's pick for the next head of NASA, Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., will have his Senate nomination hearing on Wednesday. He's been controversial because of his views on climate change.

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Body Cam Study Shows No Effect On Police Use Of Force Or Citizen Complaints

Friday, October 20, 2017

That's the conclusion of a study performed as Washington, D.C., rolled out its huge program. The city has one of the largest forces in the country, with some 2,600 officers now wearing cameras.

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Scientists Push To House More Lab Monkeys In Pairs

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Enhancing a research monkey's life by housing it with a pal often doesn't hurt the study, says a researcher who's done it. In her own experience, she says, "it actually helped to improve the science."

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Astronomers Strike Gravitational Gold In Colliding Neutron Stars

Monday, October 16, 2017

In an astonishing discovery, astronomers used gravitational waves to locate two neutron stars smashing together. The collision created 200 Earth masses of pure gold, along with other elements.

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Pumas Are Not Such Loners After All

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Researchers are startled to find that pumas, also called mountain lions, meet up quite frequently with their fellow big cats — perhaps to share an elk carcass.

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Light Pollution Can Impact Nocturnal Bird Migration

Thursday, October 05, 2017

A new study of how birds react to the annual light tribute to September 11th in New York City provides compelling evidence for how artificial light can disorient large numbers of migrating birds.

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Nobel Prize In Chemistry Awarded To Researchers Who Improved 'Imaging Of Biomolecules'

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

They were honored for developing a new way to generate 3-D images of biological molecules. Researchers are using the technique to study everything from the Zika virus to Alzheimer's disease.

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Chemistry Nobel Prize Awarded For Advances In Cell Imaging

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded to researchers Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for their work to develop cryo-electron microscopy.

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It's Like An 'Electric-Fence Sensation,' Says Scientist Who Let An Eel Shock His Arm

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A neurobiologist noticed something strange whenever he tried to fish out electric eels in his lab using a net with a metal rim and handle. So he decided to roll up his sleeves and investigate.

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Go See It, Eclipse Chasers Urge. 'Your First Time Is Always Special'

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

A small number of passionate "shadow lovers" roam the world to be at exactly the right place when the moon blots out the sun. One man has seen 33 — and calls each "one of the top events of my life."

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