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November 26, 2014

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6:00 PM | Better than shade: Rooftop material sheds heat into space
Air conditioning runs up the electric bill. Want some for free?
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3:20 PM | Spooky quasar alignment at a distance
The filaments that structure the Universe may have lined up its galaxies, too.
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1:30 AM | Evolving bacteria to produce more of all sorts of useful chemicals
Pushing evolution to get cells to make more of specific chemicals.

November 25, 2014

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4:30 PM | More problems for bees: we’ve wiped out their favorite plants
Pollen samples from old museum specimens indicate bees' favorite meals are gone.

November 24, 2014

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7:45 PM | Researchers rule out a “tectonic aneurysm” in the Himalayas
Does erosion allow mountains to rise, or do rising mountains enhance erosion?
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2:20 PM | Black hole jets, how do they work? Magnets!
Well, a really intense magnetic field, at least.
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3:00 AM | Children will change behavior that’s rewarded in order to conform
Compared to humans, other primates are anarchists.

November 23, 2014

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1:05 AM | New battery composed of lots of nanobatteries
Its batteries all the way down, until you get to the nanotubes.

November 21, 2014

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9:45 PM | Lost languages leave traces on the brain
Babies' brains adjust to listening to a language, even if they never learn it.
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8:00 PM | Settling in Tibet required a Western import
Without a frost-resistant crop, settlements in the region were temporary.
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2:30 AM | Researchers craft molecule that works as flash storage
A cage containing a chemical that holds electrons.

November 19, 2014

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7:53 PM | Virus may be the culprit in a disease that’s wiping out starfish
Sea Star Wasting Disease turns its victims into a paste.
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5:38 PM | Looking for a different sort of dark matter with GPS satellites
Widely spaced atomic clocks could spot defects in the Universe itself.

November 18, 2014

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10:10 PM | Researchers craft a battery that can be recharged with waste heat
Can produce current during heat up and cool down.
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6:15 PM | More detailed paleoclimate records, brought to you by lasers
With lasers, ocean cores can now produce records with a four-year resolution.
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5:42 PM | Publishers remove confusion about climate change from Texas textbooks
Social studies texts no longer suggest scientists have no idea what's going on.

November 17, 2014

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3:54 PM | High-res Rosetta pics catch little Philae lander bouncing across comet
Final resting position of now-silent lander still uncertain.
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2:00 PM | The early Solar System’s magnetic field sped planet formation
Chondrites from a meteorite explain why the planets formed so quickly.

November 16, 2014

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9:00 PM | Stuck on Mars with nothing but disco: Ars talks with The Martian’s Andy Weir
Quick review: If you haven’t read Weir’s book, you should—it’s bloody great.
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6:00 PM | One of world’s largest landslide deposits discovered in Utah
A landslide with a 90 kilometer-long debris field? That's pretty big.

November 15, 2014

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9:32 PM | Rosetta’s Philae lander has lost power
The spacecraft managed to send back scientific data before it shut down.
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3:00 PM | People with “purpose” spend less time in the hospital
People who feel their lives have purpose do what they can to prolong them.

November 14, 2014

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8:30 PM | Ebola-infected doctor headed to US for treatment
Surgeon's expected arrival Saturday will end the US being briefly Ebola-free.
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4:15 PM | Doing science with Philae’s limited power budget
Probe is still alive, and most instruments will get the chance to collect data.

November 13, 2014

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7:45 PM | Exercise caution when gambling with members of preliterate societies
They grasp probabilities just as well as you do.
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5:30 PM | Mosquitos evolved to specialize on human prey
They show a stronger affinity for human scents than their "forest" ancestors.
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2:55 PM | Philae 1 km from original landing site, exact location unknown
It has one leg off the ground and very little sunlight.

November 12, 2014

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8:01 PM | Philae on comet, but not secured [UPDATED]
Appears to have bounced and re-landed twice.
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6:20 PM | The Most Hilarious Proofreading Mistake in a Scientific Paper Ever
This is an actual quote from a scientific paper, published recently — and clearly without editing. Apparently the authors didn't think much of one of the papers they were citing. And their publisher didn't bother to edit out their pre-publication snark.Read more...
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3:50 PM | US, China announce deal on carbon emissions
US cuts to go deeper, China to have emissions peak in 2030.
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