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Science-in-progress: Did the Bullet Cluster withstand scrutiny?

However, the Bullet Cluster shows something that is, arguably, more important: works. Although the initial publication was touted as evidence for dark matter, it was quickly realized that the story may be more complicated than that. In fact

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Thresholds of catastrophe in the Earth system

The history of the Earth system is a story of change. Some changes are gradual and benign, but others, especially those associated with catastrophic mass extinction, are relatively abrupt and destructive. What sets one group apart from the other? Here …

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Science, Schmience

works? Another Reverend Barry hallelujah (“. It Works, etc.,” Aug. 24). Atomic terror, global warming, overpopulation, the epidemic of cancer, global pollution — works, yeah. Atomic Glenn Seaborg said, “People must understand

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Global sea turtle conservation successes

We document a tendency for published estimates of population size in sea turtles to be increasing rather than decreasing across the globe. To examine the population status of the seven species of sea turtle globally, we obtained 299 time series of Sea turtle numbers recovering in ‘global conservation success story’, …

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UK science seeks ‘a new and special relationship with the EU’

Two of the most influential figures in U.K. were in Washington, D.C., this week, meeting with the directors of the National Institutes of Health and the National Foundation, among others. But their top priority was signing an agreement Final frontier: Britain contributes £65million to plan to explore secrets of the …

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Why flu vaccines so often fail

The influenza virus has yet to hit the Northern Hemisphere, but flu vaccine season is already in full swing, with banners outside pharmacies urging: “Get Your Flu Shot Now.” What’s not advertised, however, is just how lackluster the vaccine is. The

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Here’s how Republicans and Democrats feel about science news

Republicans and Democrats are equal consumers of news, but the latter are 14 percent more likely to be pleased with what they hear or read. This is one of many takeaways from a new survey on “ News and Information Today” published … News and Information Today

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Publishers go after networking site for illicit sharing of journal papers

“STM believes that ResearchGate has a responsibility to address non-compliant content on its site in the interest of a sustainable communication ecosystem and in respect of content for which ResearchGate is potentially liable,” says Michael

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These frogs might change color to avoid confusion during orgies

don’t know exactly why frogs turn yellow, but it might be the easiest transition for the frog skin to make or the best signaling color for other frogs, or both. Even if yellow skin is more of a deterrent for other males than an aphrodisiac

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Special Report: The garage science behind the stun gun that changed policing

In Smith’s view, the came together just in time to save his company. His pitch to police: The new Taser was more powerful than any other electroshock weapon. And virtually harmless. Smith himself took a half-second shock at a December 1999 …