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Tiny Wormlike Creature May Be Our Oldest Known Ancestor

Sun, 29 Mar 2020 23:10:00 GMT

The bilateral organism crawled on the seafloor, taking in organic matter at one end and dumping the remains out the other some 555 million years ago.

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Must We All Become More Creative Due to the Pandemic?

Sun, 29 Mar 2020 19:00:00 GMT

It worked for Shakespeare and Isaac Newton during the plague, but let’s not put more pressure on ourselves than we already have

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Will String Theory Finally Be Put to the Experimental Test?

Wed, 25 Mar 2020 10:45:00 GMT

Physicists have found a way the theory might limit the cosmic inflation that is thought to have expanded the early universe

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COVID-19: Predicting the Path and Analyzing Immunity

Tue, 24 Mar 2020 20:10:00 GMT

Scientific American contributing editor W. Wayt Gibbs continues to report on the coronavirus outbreak from his home in Kirkland, Wash., site of the first U.S. cases. In this installment, he talks...

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Science News Briefs from around the Planet

Sun, 29 Mar 2020 03:23:00 GMT

Here are a few brief reports about science and technology from around the planet, including one about the discovery of an intact chicken egg dating to Roman Britain.

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Cooped Up at Home? Help Scientists Spot Penguins from Space or Seek Out Galaxies

Mon, 30 Mar 2020 16:30:00 GMT

Some citizen science projects can be done during quarantine

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Genetically Engineering the Perfect Bee--in 1892

Wed, 25 Mar 2020 14:15:00 GMT

Originally published in August 1892

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Milky Way Dark Matter Signals in Doubt after Controversial New Papers

Thu, 26 Mar 2020 18:00:00 GMT

New analyses question whether mysterious gamma-ray and x-ray light in the galaxy actually stems from an invisible mass

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Flat Earthers: What They Believe and Why

Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:49:00 GMT

Michael Marshall, project director of the Good Thinking Society in the U.K., talks about flat earth belief and its relationship to conspiracy theories and other antiscience activities.

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Medical Students Must Learn How Social Factors Affect Health

Thu, 26 Mar 2020 14:00:00 GMT

Part of a physician’s job should be to address not just illness but also its root causes

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Collision on One Side of Pluto Ripped Up Terrain on the Other, Study Suggests

Thu, 26 Mar 2020 10:45:00 GMT

A new computer model shows how a buried ocean on the dwarf planet might have enabled seismic waves to travel

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Sick Vampire Bats Restrict Grooming to Close Family

Thu, 26 Mar 2020 03:15:00 GMT

When vampire bats feel sick, they still engage in prosocial acts such as sharing food with nonrelatives. But they cut back on grooming anyone other than their closest kin.

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Scientists Trace Neutron Star Crash That Helped Form Our Solar System

Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:00:00 GMT

The collision helped seed Earth with its precious metals

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Exponential Infection Increases Are Deadly Serious

Wed, 25 Mar 2020 03:15:00 GMT

Listen in as I use two calculators to track the difference in numbers of infections over a short period of time, depending on how many people each infected individual infects on average.

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Decoherence Is a Problem for Quantum Computing, But ...

Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:00:00 GMT

The interactions with the environment that cause it are what make quantum measurement possible

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Female Surgeons Are Treated Terribly

Mon, 30 Mar 2020 13:00:00 GMT

Their male colleagues are the problem when they should be allies

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Honking Cars Are the Best Warning for Air Raids

Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:00:00 GMT

Originally published in June 1918

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Help Researchers Track COVID-19

Thu, 26 Mar 2020 23:04:00 GMT

By entering your health status, even if you’re feeling fine, at the Web site COVID Near You, you can help researchers develop a nationwide look at where hotspots of coronavirus are...

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Firefighter Suit Draws Breathable Air from the Floor

Fri, 27 Mar 2020 14:30:00 GMT

Originally published in July 1857

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A Quest for the Genetic Fountain of Youth

Thu, 26 Mar 2020 11:00:00 GMT

The study of long-lived mammals can help scientists understand why humans age

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We Should Message Extraterrestrial Civilizations, Not Just Listen for Them

Sun, 29 Mar 2020 16:00:00 GMT

Doing so could help us mature as a species

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Urban Riots Are Actually "Prepolitical" Protests

Tue, 24 Mar 2020 14:00:00 GMT

Originally published in June 1968

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How Disaster Aid Ravaged an Island People

Wed, 25 Mar 2020 13:00:00 GMT

The 2004 tsunami devastated the Nicobar Islanders, but what came next was arguably worse

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Antarctic Fish Is a Blood Doping Champion

Mon, 30 Mar 2020 10:45:00 GMT

To remain active in frigid environments, the bald notothen drastically adjusts oxygen in its blood

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Coyotes Eat Everything From Fruits to Cats

Tue, 31 Mar 2020 02:23:00 GMT

The diets of coyotes varied widely depending on whether they were living in rural, suburban or urban environments--but pretty much anything is fair game.

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