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As An American Tragedy Unfolds, Russian Agents Sow Discord Online

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 9:13am

On Twitter, Russian trolls, bots, and influencers are seeking to deepen divides after the latest school shooting.

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Young Kids Are Getting The Best Protection From Current Flu Vaccine

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:01pm

Overall, this season's vaccine is about 36 percent effective in blunting or preventing flu, health officials say. That's better than earlier predictions, and good enough to prevent flu in thousands.

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Borneo Has Lost 100,000 Orangutans Since 1999

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:03am

That's more than the number of the critically endangered species remaining. The orangutans have been hit hard by deforestation and hunting. The animals are native to the island.

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A Scientific Search For A Ghost (Particle)

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 9:06am

Scientists put a lot of effort into uncovering the history of these tiny bits of matter, in the hopes that it will tells us something about the universe, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

(Image credit: Space Telescope Science Institute/NASA, ESA and Y.-H. Chu (Academia Sinica, Taipei))

$40 Million Later, A Pioneering Plan To Boost Wild Fish Stocks Shows Little Success

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 7:00am

A California program begun 35 years ago to boost waning white seabass populations became a model for other states. Now the first scientific review finds the program had a stunningly low success rate.

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WATCH: Penguins Carrying Valentines Will Melt Your Heart

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 6:22pm

Biologists at the California Academy of Sciences handed out red felt hearts to African penguin couples in the aquarium. The birds use the romantic treats to woo and court one another.

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WATCH: Ants Act As Medics, Treat Wounds Of Injured Nest-Mates

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 2:11pm

A new study, published on Wednesday in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, describes how specific individuals in Matabele ant colonies will clean the wounds of injured ants.

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Top EPA Science Adviser Has History Of Questioning Pollution Research

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:55pm

Michael Honeycutt, the top toxicologist for Texas, is the latest chair of the EPA's science advisory board. But some scientists warn his views align more with industry than with scientific consensus.

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Steven Pinker Looks At The Bright Side

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:18am

There's cause for optimism.

(Image credit: By Steven Pinker - Rebecca Goldstein, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link)

These Citizen-Regulators In Arkansas Defied Monsanto. Now They're Under Attack

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 6:35am

In Arkansas, a regulatory committee of farmers and small businessmen banned the latest weed-killing technology from the giant agri-chemical company. Monsanto is taking them to court.

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The Key To Raising A Happy Child

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 5:00am

A new book warns parents: Stop micro-managing your kids. Think of yourself less as their boss, and more like a consultant.

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Win Like Flynn: A Bichon Frise Is This Year's Top Dog At Westminster Show

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 3:01am

The white fluff ball rose to the top of the pack among 2,800 entrants at the annual show held at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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Candy Heart Messages Getting Stale? Computer-Generated Options Are No Help

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 3:35pm

Computer programs known as neural networks learn by example. So a researcher plugged in some typical Valentine's Day candy heart messages — and got some weird new word combos. "BEAR WIG," anyone?

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'How To Think Like An Anthropologist' — And Why You Should Want To

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:50am

In step with Matthew Engelke's book published Tuesday, Barbara J. King says thinking anthropologically has never been more critical than in today's world, where assumptions are made and shared widely.

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Super Sensitive Sensor Sees What You Can't

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:08am

Engineers at Dartmouth College have developed a computer chip that can detect a single particle of light. Cameras with the chip would have visual abilities even a superhero would envy.

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Your Besotted Brain: A Neuroscience Love Song

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 4:00am

A Valentine's music video from Skunk Bear explores the ways your brain and body change when you fall in love — and change again as love deepens and matures.

(Image credit: Adam Cole/NPR's Skunk Bear)

California Officials Set Up Invasive Swamp Rodent Hotline

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 7:36pm

Nutria can grow up to 2.5 feet, weigh 20 pounds and wreak destruction wherever they go. State authorities believed they were extinct but recent sightings have led to a call for the public to help.

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What Canola Can Tell Us About Crops And Climate Change

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:01am

When canola seedpods shatter prematurely, farmers can lose a lot of their crop. Scientists have now figured out how this happens, and it has implications for similar crops facing global warming.

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A New Goal: Aim To Be Less Wrong

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 7:41am

When beginning from the assumption that you are wrong, a criticism may be easier to construe as a helpful pointer, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.

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The Gap Between The Science On Kids And Reading, And How It Is Taught

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 5:01am

Two thirds of the nation's school children struggle with reading. Neuroscientist Mark Seidenberg says teachers need a better understanding of what science knows about how kids learn to read.

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