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Dogs Have a Lot More Neurons Than Cats

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:45:00 GMT

Dogs beat their domesticated rivals, cats, in a new attempt to measure cognitive power

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Jupiter Crackles with Polar Lightning

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 23:15:00 GMT

Juno spacecraft data suggest lightning on Jupiter is much more common than we thought—but it congregates near the poles, not the equator as on Earth. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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Sally Ride's Legacy Lives On

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 17:00:00 GMT

35 years after making history as the first American woman in space, the late astronaut’s story is still inspiring young women to embrace science and engineering

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NASA Offers New Plan to Detect and Destroy Dangerous Asteroids

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:15:00 GMT

The federal government's five-point strategy is a roadmap for dealing with threatening near-Earth objects

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Weeds Are Winning the War against Herbicide Resistance

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:45:00 GMT

Herbicides are under evolutionary threat. Can modern agriculture find a new way to fight back?

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Fat-Carb Combo Is a Potent One–Two Punch

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 02:10:00 GMT

Foods high in both carbs and fats tickle the brain’s reward circuits more so than snacks that showcase just one or the other. Karen Hopkin reports. 

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Gravitational "Echoes" Could Reveal Colliding Wormholes

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:30:00 GMT

A unique signature in gravitational wave observations could show that hypothetical tunnels through space-time actually exist

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Weird Low-Light Bacteria Could Potentially Thrive on Mars

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT

The photosynthetic organisms subsist on redder, lower-energy light than other species, and could be a new source of fuel and air for interplanetary outposts

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My Father, the Chemist, Teaches Anatomy

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 11:01:00 GMT

Most scientists would see a dead deer on the roadside and drive on, not bring it home to butcher for dinner

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How Does the Quantum World Cross Over?

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:00:00 GMT

The universe according to quantum mechanics is strange and probabilistic, but our everyday reality seems nailed down. New experiments aim to probe where—and why—one realm passes into the...

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End the War on Weed

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:45:00 GMT

Federal marijuana laws are counterproductive and overly harsh

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Scientists Pinpoint Brain Region That May Be Center of Alcohol Addiction

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:15:00 GMT

Researchers map out a cellular mechanism that offers a biological explanation for alcoholism, and could lead to treatments

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Asteroid Battle: Tech Entrepreneur Doubles Down on Critique of NASA Mission

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 18:00:00 GMT

Nathan Myhrvold argues that the scientific approach of the landmark NEOWISE space-rock mission is deeply flawed

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Volcanic "Pele's Hair" Could Contaminate Drinking Water in Hawaii

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:30:00 GMT

The glassy shards from Kilauea’s eruption may be dangerous to humans and animals if consumed

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Massive Dust Storm Engulfs Mars

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:45:00 GMT

The sunlight-sapping global storm has taken NASA’s Opportunity rover offline, perhaps forever

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Dear Dad

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 11:00:00 GMT

A message of gratitude for Father's Day

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Introducing the National Science Policy Network

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:00:00 GMT

A new wave of scientists and engineers are recognizing the importance of their seat at the policy table

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AI, Robotics and Your Health

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:12:00 GMT

At the second Science on the Hill event, AI, Robotics and Your Health, experts from academia and the private sector talked with Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina about the...

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Trump Orders "Space Force," Signs Space-Traffic Policy

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:00:00 GMT

The President’s proposal could create a new branch of the armed services meant to assure “American dominance” in space

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Too Small for Big Muscles, Tiny Animals Use Springs

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:00:00 GMT

Elastic springs help tiny animals stay fast and strong. New work is finding what size critters must be to benefit from the springs

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Alaskan Beluga Whales Ace Hearing Exam

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 03:55:00 GMT

Researchers tested the hearing of beluga whales in an Alaskan bay, and found that they seem to have suffered little hearing loss due to ocean noise. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Babysitting Mammals Keep It in the Family

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:45:00 GMT

Blood relations may be the key factor for mole rats, meerkats and others. But how do humans fit in?

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The Erosion of Reality

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 17:00:00 GMT

The most immediate AI threat may be the distortion of truth; something we, and other species, have been doing for a long time

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Terrible Teeth Reveal How Dinosaurs Chomped

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 14:00:00 GMT

Big or small, the teeth or carnivorous dinosaurs were adapted to a particular method of shredding flesh

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Barriers between Realities: Irrational Thinking and the Quantum–Classical Divide

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:45:00 GMT



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