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Zika Poised for Possible Spread Across U.S. Gulf

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 08:30
Record flooding in Louisiana may promote spread of the virus

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Maker Movement Turns Scientists into Tinkerers

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 07:45
Researchers in growing numbers are starting to enlist do-it-yourself 3-D printers, cheap electronics, sensors and more to advance their work 

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One World, 10 Billion People: Who Thrives, and Who Falls Behind?

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 07:15
Quality of life on an increasingly crowded planet depends on decisions made today

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How Science Can Help Get Out the Vote

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 06:30
Research offers several proven strategies for boosting turnout on Election Day

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How a Curious Condition Solved a Neuroscientific Mystery

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 06:00
A stroke patient, neuroimaging—and Colombian guerrillas—helped settle a decades-long debate on how the brain understands words

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The Plastics Revolution: How Chemists are Pushing Polymers to New Limits

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 17:00
Polymers have infiltrated almost every aspect of modern life. Now researchers are working on next-generation forms

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Paleo Profile: The Lo Hueco Titan

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 16:00
This herbivorous giant adds to the story of Spain's dinosaurs.

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World's Smartest Physicist Thinks Science Can't Crack Consciousness

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 13:00
String theorist Edward Witten says consciousness “will remain a mystery”

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Rare Burrowing Snake Discovered in Mountains of Mexico

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 10:00
The new species lives in a cloud forest that was once part of the Aztec Empire

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The Myth of the Sustainable City

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 09:00
Urban areas are usually celebrated for their energy efficiency and low per capita carbon dioxide emissions, but such accounting ignores how and where they acquire their resources

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Modern Electricity, 1916

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 06:30


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Are We Reaching the End of World Records?

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 06:00
As we near the limits of human strength and speed, technology and culture keep moving the finish line 

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Paleo Profile: The 3-Branched Cicada

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 16:00
These insects thrived in the heyday of the dinosaurs

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Can Stamp Collecting Help Conserve Rare Species?

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 13:00
It’s not just about the collection. It’s about what you do with it

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A Few of My Favorite Spaces: The Connected Sum of Four Hopf Links

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 10:00
The mathematics of the Olympic rings

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Up to 270 Microcephaly Cases Expected in Puerto Rico Due to Zika

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 09:00
Puerto Rico had 10,690 laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika, including 1,035 pregnant women, as of Aug. 12

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China, Japan, CERN: Who Will Host the Next LHC?

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 07:30
Labs are vying to build ever-bigger colliders against a backdrop of uncertainty about particle physics

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Why We Toss and Turn in an Unfamiliar Bed

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 06:30
Half the brain stays more alert the first night in a new location

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Have We Reached the Athletic Limits of the Human Body?

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 06:00
Record-breaking has slowed, but science could find new ways to make us keep getting stronger and faster

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Why Your Children's Commute Won't Look Anything Like Yours

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 13:00
It's the technology, naturally

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