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Hollywood's Portrayals of Science and Scientists Are Ridiculous

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:00:00 GMT

And Twitter is taking note

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Microbes Might Be Key to a Mars Mission

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:00:00 GMT

Engineered yeast could turn waste into food, plastics and other essentials

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Spare a Thought for the Distant Future

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:00:00 GMT

The actions we take today could have consequences for millions or even billions of years to come

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A Biologist Reconstructs the Grotesque Efficiency of the Nazis' Killing Machine

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 11:45:00 GMT

Lewi Stone used his statistical prowess to reveal the furious intensity of the Holocaust’s industrial-scale genocide during three months of 1942

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Gel Packed with Chemical "Scavengers" Protects against Sarin Gas

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 20:00:00 GMT

Nanotech particles tucked into a gel coating can prevent poisoning by deadly organophosphates for a week or more

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The Unknowability of the Number Line

Sat, 12 Jan 2019 20:00:00 GMT

Skip Garibaldi tells us about the numbers we can never describe

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Our Future in Space Will Echo Our Future on Earth

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 12:00:00 GMT

A spacefaring civilization can be expected to transform its home planet

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Testing for Caffeine Could Help Foil Fake Urine Scam

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 13:00:00 GMT

The absence of substances originating from coffee, chocolate, nicotine and blood in pee could indicate foul play 

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As the Shutdown Persists, Here Are 5 Ways It Will Impact Science

Sat, 12 Jan 2019 14:00:00 GMT

A second wave of closures looms as the government funding fight barrels towards a record-breaking fourth week

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Inhaled RNA Might Help Heal Cystic Fibrosis

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 04:55:00 GMT

Scientists are working to correct a genetic defect in cystic fibrosis patients by having them inhale RNA. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Ultima Thule, the Cold War and Trump's Wall

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:00:00 GMT

As I learned during my youth in Germany, exploring frontiers beats hiding behind barriers

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Human Gene Editing: Great Power, Great Responsibility

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Modifying the human germline has profound implications and must be approached with extraordinary care

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Mistimed Migration Means Bird Death Battles

Sun, 13 Jan 2019 17:00:00 GMT

Climate change is shifting population numbers and nest building by resident and migratory birds in Europe—sometimes leading to deadly conflict. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Monogamy May Be Written in Our Genes

Sat, 12 Jan 2019 02:00:00 GMT

In animal studies, a set of 24 genes involved in neural development, learning and memory, and cognition, seem to be associated with monogamy. Karen Hopkin reports.

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Fukushima Residents Return Despite Radiation

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:45:00 GMT

Eight years after the nuclear meltdown, wary citizens are moving back to contaminated homesteads—some not by choice

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Fake Whiskeys and Octo-Ecstasy

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:00:00 GMT

Scientific American assistant news editor, Tanya Lewis, and collections editor, Andrea Gawrylewski, take a deeper look at two short articles from the Advances news section of the December issue,...

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Weird Star System's Planet-Forming Disk Goes Vertical Like a Ferris Wheel

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:00:00 GMT

Worlds with off-kilter orbits may be much more common than previously believed

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Physicists Lay Out Plans for a New Supercollider

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:15:00 GMT

The proposed facility would become the most powerful—and most expensive—collider ever built

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How Wrong Should You Be?

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:30:00 GMT

If you always get 100 percent on your tests, they aren’t hard enough. If you never get above 50 percent, you’re probably in the wrong major

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Ocean Moons, Promising Targets in Search for Alien Life, Could Be Dead Inside

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:30:00 GMT

The interiors of Europa and other watery moons in the outer solar system might be too geologically inactive to support life

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Seeing Superman Increases Altruism

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 23:49:00 GMT

Subject who saw a Superman poster were more likely to offer help than were people who saw another image.

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Wildfires Spark Population Booms in Fungi and Bacteria

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:30:00 GMT

Understanding how microbial communities change after a fire can help researchers to predict how an ecosystem will recove

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Atmospheric Mystery on Saturn's Largest Moon

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 12:45:00 GMT

The haze that blankets Titan has a high-altitude layer which sometimes detaches from the rest—and nobody is quite sure why

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Disabled Researchers Are Vital to the Strength of Science

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 12:00:00 GMT

We need a more inclusive environment for scientists with life-altering conditions

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The Race to Relearn Hemp Farming

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:30:00 GMT

Researchers have a lot to learn about the previously banned crop before it flourishes on U.S. farms

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