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It's True: We're Probably All a Little Irish--Especially in the Caribbean

Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:00:00 GMT

Everyone is supposedly a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day but there is more truth to this saying than most recognize. It's not merely a loophole allowing for the uninhibited consumption of Guinness....

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4 Laws That Could Stem the Rising Threat of Mass Shootings

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:15:00 GMT

Pro-gun advocates claim new laws will not make us safer. But here is evidence the right laws will do exactly that

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Big Religion May Have Gotten Too Much Credit for the Evolution of Modern Society

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 18:00:00 GMT

Contrary to a popular hypothesis, pro-social religions didn’t kick-start complex social systems

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'Oumuamua, Our First Interstellar Visitor, May Have Been a Comet After All

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:45:00 GMT

New research flags jets of water vapor—rather than alien technology—as the source of the mysterious object’s anomalous motions

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Whose Job Is It to Help Build Public Trust in Science?

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 11:00:00 GMT

Scientists, research institutions and science writers all have roles to play

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Super-Sensitive Telescope Gets Global Governing Body

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 12:00:00 GMT

CERN-like organization will oversee the construction and operation of the powerful Square Kilometer Array

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The Cuban "Sonic Attack" and Journalistic Ethics

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:00:00 GMT

A session at a recent scientific meeting exposed the dangers not of mythical high-tech weapons but of the heedless rush to sensationalize

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Are We Measuring Research Success Wrong?

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Universities tout how much they spend, but it’s no virtue if that spending is inefficient

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Atheism Is Inconsistent with the Scientific Method, Prize-Winning Physicist Says

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 18:15:00 GMT

In conversation, the 2019 Templeton Prize winner does not pull punches on the limits of science, the value of humility and the irrationality of nonbelief

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Coral Reefugees: Certain Corals Could "Outrun" Climate Change

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 10:45:00 GMT

New evidence suggests that corals once sought refuge from warming waters by migrating

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Science Should Be More Helpful to New Parents

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:00:00 GMT

We need paid leave so young researchers can start families without abandoning STEM careers

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Wolves and Wolverines: A Complicated Relationship

Sun, 17 Mar 2019 16:00:00 GMT

The larger mammal will prey on the smaller, but wolverines prefer areas occupied by wolves over areas that aren’t

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Solar Jets Cause Standing Waves in Earth's Magnetic Field

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 19:28:00 GMT

When jets of charged particles from the sun hit our magnetosphere, some of the ensuing ripples travel towards the north and southern poles and get reflected back. The resulting interference allows...

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Is NASA's Golden Age of Space Telescopes Ending?

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:30:00 GMT

For the second year in a row, the White House is seeking to cancel one of the space agency’s top-priority astrophysics projects, the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope

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Mind Your "Fs" and "Vs": Agriculture May Have Shaped Both Human Jaws and Language

Thu, 14 Mar 2019 20:45:00 GMT

Eating porridge and cheese appears to have changed our bite to enable the vocal tract to produce new sounds

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Researchers Write about Brain-Machine Interfaces, How Eels Shock, and What Shark Bites Have to Do with Rebuilding Broken Bodies 

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 13:00:00 GMT



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Edible Insect Breeding Led to Larger but Not Necessarily Better Larvae

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 01:10:00 GMT

Researchers aiming to lower the cost of mealworms were able to double the worms' size, but the larger larvae had fewer eggs and weaker offspring. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Sing Solo For Higher Fidelity

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 23:30:00 GMT

By tracking duetting choir singers, researchers found that when an individual singer's pitch drifts off tune their partner’s tend to too. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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Going with the Flow: Waterfalls Can Form Spontaneously

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 10:45:00 GMT

Understanding how these breathtaking features form helps scientist interpret geologic history

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The Great Hunger and the Randomness of the World

Sun, 17 Mar 2019 19:00:00 GMT

A science journalist walking through Lower Manhattan ponders the meaning of the Irish Hunger Memorial

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The Science of Innovation

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 18:00:00 GMT

Lessons from the physics of complexity can help organizations achieve breakthroughs

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Do Science. Pump. Repeat.

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 18:00:00 GMT

How to improve scientist-moms’ breastfeeding experience

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There Are More Dinosaurs to Discover from the Time of T. rex

Sat, 16 Mar 2019 16:00:00 GMT

Counter to expectations, an apparent drop in dinosaur diversity at the end of the Cretaceous indicates there are many species yet to be found

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Soap-Bubble Pioneer Is First Woman to Win Prestigious Math Prize

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:00:00 GMT

Abel-prize winner Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck built bridges between analysis, geometry and physics

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Asteroid's Bumpiness Threatens U.S. Plan to Return a Sample to Earth

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:00:00 GMT

NASA mission finds asteroid Bennu littered with big boulders and spraying out particles

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