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Introducing Registered Reports, a New Way to Make Science Robust

Fri, 09 Aug 2019 11:00:00 GMT

To encourage the replication of findings, we should ask researchers to describe their methods before they conduct experiments

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Airborne Plastic Is Blowing All the Way to the Arctic

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 18:15:00 GMT

Tiny plastic particles have turned up in samples of Arctic snow, pointing to their ubiquity in the environment

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Bridging a Binary Universe

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 11:00:00 GMT

Modern physicists continue to enshrine the split between the heavens and the earth perceived by our ancestors

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Ballistic Maggots, Synthetic Winks and Why You're Not Goop: This Week's Best Science GIFs

Fri, 09 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT

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The Only Way to Win Is Not to Play the Game

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 16:00:00 GMT

What to do with those pesky order of operations questions?

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Whistle-Blower Complaint Highlights CDC Turmoil on Climate

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 19:45:00 GMT

The filing will raise concerns that the agency is shifting climate funds to other programs

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The Good Kind of Crazy: The Quest for Exotic Propulsion

Fri, 09 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Traditional rockets won't get us to the stars. Some scientists are pushing against the edges of physics to find out what will

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Uncovering the Secrets of Flycatcher Eyes

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT

A never before seen collection of structures in the birds’ retinas may help them track speedy prey

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Paleontologists Unveil Shovel-Billed Dinosaur

Sun, 11 Aug 2019 16:00:00 GMT

A new hadrosaur from Texas has a striking, shovel-shaped mouth

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Computer Tells Real Smiles from Phonies

Fri, 09 Aug 2019 13:00:00 GMT

Slight changes around the eyes are indeed a giveaway as to whether a smile is sincere or faked.

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Scientists Seek Better Guidelines for Editing Genes in Human Embryos

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 17:45:00 GMT

In the first of two meetings, an international commission discussed the criteria required before such experiments should be conducted—if ever

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Earth Could Be a Lens for a Revolutionary Space Telescope

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 10:45:00 GMT

Stationed beyond the moon, the proposed “terrascope” would use our planet’s atmosphere to magnify light from distant objects

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Secrets of the Universe Trapped in Antarctic Snow

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 17:10:00 GMT

Scientists found an interstellar iron isotope in Antarctic snow samples—which hints that our region of the universe may be the remnant of an ancient exploding star. Christopher Intagliata...

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A Flash on Jupiter, the Death of Mitochondria and the World under Your Skin: The Week's Best Science GIFs

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 14:00:00 GMT

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Racing toward Absolute Zero

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:00:00 GMT

A lab at the University of Cambridge is looking for materials that have weird quantum properties at the coldest temperatures possible

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Jacks-of-All-Trades Make the Grade

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 17:37:00 GMT

Journalist and author David Epstein talks about his new book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.

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Tardigrades Were Already on the Moon

Sun, 11 Aug 2019 13:00:00 GMT

It may not be smart to add more, but nature probably beat us to it anyway

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Trials Test if C-section Babies Benefit From Mom's Microbes

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Swabbing infants with mothers’ vaginal bacteria could affect the children’s health, but critics warn of sparse data and high risk

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A Scientist Must Go where the Evidence Leads

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 11:00:00 GMT

When our cherished ideas are contradicted by the facts, we must avoid the human tendency to double down on those ideas

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What Are Animals Thinking When They Face Off?

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 11:30:00 GMT

Conventional wisdom holds that the ability to assess a rival's fighting ability is universal in the animal kingdom. Recent research has shown otherwise

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Catastrophe by Mail

Fri, 09 Aug 2019 16:00:00 GMT

A gift led me to think about an old geologic controversy

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Despite Controversy, Human Studies of CRISPR Move Forward in the U.S.

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 10:45:00 GMT

The technology that produced a global scandal in China last year has entered into clinical trials to treat sickle cell anemia and an eye disease

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We Should All Be Science Critics

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 19:00:00 GMT

A Harvard scholar says viewing science and technology with a critical eye can make the world a better place

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Space Dust from Ancient Supernova Found Hiding in Antarctica

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 17:45:00 GMT

Iron traces in snowfall originated in a stellar explosion millions of years ago

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Astronomers Closer to Cracking Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 18:00:00 GMT

Canadian telescope finds eight more repeating blasts—energetic events from deep in the cosmos

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