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December 21, 2014

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5:00 PM | New computer analysis finds mutations associated with autism, cancer
Computers trained to recognize mutations that alter the processing of RNA.

December 20, 2014

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2:15 PM | Watching lava fight with snow in Kamchatka
The result isn’t as straight-forward as you might think.

December 19, 2014

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9:35 PM | Birds clear out of breeding ground as severe weather approaches
After a 5,000 mile migration, an impromptu 1,500 mile reversal.
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4:40 PM | NASA just e-mailed a wrench to space
First time an object designed on Earth transmitted to space for manufacture.
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3:43 PM | GMO-free crop “refuges” limit bugs’ ability to develop resistance
But bugs that can eat pesticide-producing crops still evolve.
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3:14 PM | Viking women were most certainly not stay-at-home moms
The boats weren't just filled with hairy men in helmets.

December 18, 2014

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7:19 PM | Top patent court shoots down Myriad gene testing patents
Myriad lost at the Supreme Court but kept suing over competing BRCA tests.
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5:23 PM | NASA’s Kepler back in the planet-hunting game
Its test run had enough data to locate a new exoplanet.
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4:30 PM | Record of past warming event shows carbon was emitted fast—and twice
Wyoming rocks reveal something new about the Paleocene- Eocene Thermal Maximum.

December 17, 2014

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9:10 PM | New York state to ban fracking for natural gas
State health commissioner's report suggests the unknowns are too large.
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6:26 PM | Curiosity samples methane surges in Martian atmosphere
Point to a dynamic and local process—possibly biological—that's releasing the gas.

December 16, 2014

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4:10 PM | Skeptics, deniers, and contrarians: The climate science label game
Describing climate science doubt is harder than describing the science.
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2:51 PM | Is Mars habitable? That’s tougher to answer than you might think
Early conditions could have fostered life, but would it survive to the present?
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12:55 AM | 4 seconds of body cam video can reveal a biometric fingerprint, study says
Though the wearer's face is hidden, head and body mounted cameras may not be anonymous.

December 15, 2014

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7:27 PM | Lima agreement puts countries on record for carbon reduction plans
Next year, they'll have to develop a clear path to emissions decreases.
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3:20 PM | Evolution figured out chemical trick long before chemists did
A series of enzymes perform reactions that humans thought they invented.

December 14, 2014

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7:00 PM | Want to lead your own robot swarm? Head to the Museum of Math
Starting this weekend, Robot Swarm exhibit puts you in the ring with them.
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4:35 PM | Science Isn’t About Answers
[Note: This is an article I wrote about a year ago for a Wellcome Trust competition and forgot all about it. It was written to a strict 800-word limit, which anyone who knows me will be unsurprised to learn I found incredibly hard to do. I just rediscovered it and figured it was worth posting […]
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4:35 PM | Science Isn’t About Answers
[Note: This is an article I wrote about a year ago for a Wellcome Trust competition and forgot all about it. It was written to a strict 800-word limit, which anyone who knows me will be unsurprised to learn I found incredibly hard to do. I just rediscovered it and figured it was worth posting […]

December 13, 2014

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1:15 PM | Yarr! Humans evolving to escape from bacterial iron piracy
An evolutionary arms race keeps humans and bacteria right where they started.

December 12, 2014

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6:02 PM | Massive volcanic eruptions set the stage for dinosaurs’ demise
Deccan Traps spewed over a million cubic kilometers of rock just before impact.
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4:28 PM | Galaxy observed violently expelling a third of its mass in gas
Star formation is so fast, it's starting to eject the gas needed to form stars.

December 11, 2014

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5:35 PM | Summer jobs steer teens away from violence
A Chicago employment program reduced violent crime, but not other offenses.
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4:16 PM | Emit some CO2? Its warming influence should peak in about a decade
So if you cut emissions, you’ll see benefits pretty soon.

December 10, 2014

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7:16 PM | Ancient doodle hints that Homo erectus was smarter than we thought
Etchings found on a shell discovered in Java but overlooked for decades.
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7:00 PM | Early Rosetta data causes rethink of where Earth got its water
Measurements of comet suggest asteroids may have delivered the liquid.

December 09, 2014

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9:20 PM | California’s drought declared natural by NOAA
But some scientists are calling the report limited in perspective.
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4:15 PM | Physicists propose flipping magnets to detect dark matter
Like painting an unseen landscape in the dark—and you can't find the paint.
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2:30 PM | A silk casing enables long-lasting, implantable Wi-Fi medical devices
New technique eliminates the need to remove devices with harmful secondary surgeries.

December 08, 2014

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10:34 PM | NASA researchers think Curiosity rover’s Mars crater once held a lake
Or perhaps several lakes, formed in succession.
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