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New Group Works to Preserve Apollo Lunar Landing Sites

For All Moonkind is working with space agencies to develop formal protections for space archaeology sites

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Baby Siblings Could Hold Clues to Autism Diagnosis

Studies of infants at risk for the disorder could someday yield a test for it

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We’ve Already Got Socialized Medicine

Unfortunately, the biggest recipients of government help are the pharmaceutical companies, not patients

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Fighting the Opioid Crisis with Vaccines and Better Chemistry

Several immunizations show initial promise, but when they will be available remains murky

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Ulcer-fighting Robots Swim Through Stomachs to Deliver a Cure

Tiny robots powered by bubbles have successfully treated an infection in mice.

The achievement is another step forward in a field that has long shown promise, and is only now beginning to deliver. The therapeutic robots in this case were tiny spheres … Continue reading

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Science in a Moon Shadow

The rare spectacle of a total solar eclipse has given scientists throughout history fleeting opportunities to delve into everything from the sun’s chemistry to Einsteinian relativity to…

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NASA Debates How to Retrieve Rocks from Mars

The agency’s next Mars rover will cache samples for return to Earth, but how and when they will be delivered remains undecided

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Do We Manage Online and Offline Friendships the Same?

Social media has been a boon to social science. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other platforms serve as online laboratories that reveal all kinds of stuff about the users, researchers say. The rise of these platforms has sparked a flurry of scientifi… Continue reading

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China’s Embrace of Embryo Selection Raises Thorny Questions

Fertility centers are making a massive push to increase preimplanatation genetic diagnosis in a bid to eradicate certain diseases

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White Nationalists Are Flocking to Genetic Ancestry Tests–with Surprising Results

Sometimes they find they are not as “white” as they’d hoped

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For Crop Harvests, Every Degree of Warming Counts

The world can expect three to seven percent less yield for each degree rise in temperature

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Trump’s EPA May Be Weakening Chemical Safety Law

The agency has released controversial new rules for evaluating a chemical’s risk

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Democrats in Congress Explore Creating an Expert Panel on Trump’s Mental Health

There is also a bill aimed at establishing a “commission on presidential capacity”

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When to Worry about Ringing in Your Ears

Have you ever heard a ringing in your ears and wondered what to do? Up to 50 million people report having tinnitus in the U.S. Yet it is typically a benign condition. What can cause it? And how…

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How NASA Gets Ready for a Solar Eclipse

Are you ready for the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017? NASA sure is. And their new 2017 eclipse-dedicated website wants you to be ready too! A North American eclipse of this magnitude offers scientists and engineers a unique opportunity to stu… Continue reading

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Magical Technologies Just over the Horizon

The products that really wow us seem like pure wizardry

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Plastic-Eating Worms Could Inspire Waste-Degrading Tools

Wax moth larvae can consume and degrade polyethylene at an impressive rate 

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The Imperfect Crime: How the WannaCry Hackers Could Get Nabbed

Even if they can exchange their ransom, the criminals will have a hard time accessing their money anonymously

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Let’s Lose the Term "Habitable Zone" for Exoplanets

It’s completely unclear whether conditions on these distant worlds are favorable for life, so we need different terminology

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How Do You Move a Giant Sequoia?

Boise, Idaho, recently relocated a century-old, living tree provided by John Muir

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NASA is about to find out if a supercomputer can survive a year in space

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Testing the limits of software.

On Monday, at 12:31 p.m., a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off on a resupply flight for the International Space Station, and among its cargo was a supercomputer. Continue reading

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Important things found in Antarctica this week: 91 volcanoes and also a fruitcake

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And what they can tell us about the mysterious southern continent.

Volcanoes in Antarctica and chunks of fruitcake are both way more common than you’d think. But at least the dried cherries won’t contribute to global warm… Continue reading

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Why Scientists Should Have Leadership Skills

It’s an excellent way to foster innovation 

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Why Scientists Should Have Leadership Skills

It’s an excellent way to foster innovation 

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Openness to Experience: The Gates of the Mind

People who are “open to experience” literally see the world differently

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Openness to Experience: The Gates of the Mind

People who are “open to experience” literally see the world differently

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It’s raining frogs: a brief look at the planet’s weirdest weather ever

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From falling frogs to giant hailstones.

The same natural patterns that cause normal weather can also result in bizarre, terrifying, and downright mythical phenomena. Here are some of the strangest. Continue reading

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Carbon Offsets Really Do Help Lower Emissions

 In California, offsets from forests totaled 4.7 million metric tons of carbon in 2015

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Carbon Offsets Really Do Help Lower Emissions

 In California, offsets from forests totaled 4.7 million metric tons of carbon in 2015

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Total Eclipse, Partial Failure: Scientific Expeditions Don’t Always Go as Planned

Eclipse expeditions require meticulous advance planning to ensure that astronomers and their equipment wind up in the right place at the right time

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