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Consensual Hugs Seem to Reduce Stress

Sun, 18 Nov 2018 21:14:00 GMT

People who had a conflict in a given day but also got hugged were not as affected by the negative interaction as were their unhugged counterparts.  

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6 Strange Facts about the Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua

Tue, 20 Nov 2018 19:00:00 GMT



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Putting Yourself on a Map

Sun, 18 Nov 2018 14:00:00 GMT

Even the most familiar place can feel new when you get the chance to zoom out or way, way in

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Small Farmers in Mexico Keep Corn's Genetic Diversity Alive

Mon, 19 Nov 2018 11:45:00 GMT

“Campesinos” are driving the evolution of maize in North America

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NASA's InSight Mars Lander Touches Down Next Week

Mon, 19 Nov 2018 16:30:00 GMT

The $850 million mission will be the first to land on the Red Planet in more than 6 years

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Scientist–Politicians Rack Up Wins on Election Day

Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:00:00 GMT

In races for U.S. Congress, these candidates won 10 races and lost five

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Colorful Asteroids Near Neptune Reveal a Solar System Conundrum

Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:45:00 GMT

Unexplained patterns in the colors of certain space rocks suggest scientists still have much to learn about the solar system’s origins and early evolution

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U.S. Immigrants Leave Country—and Microbes—Behind

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:30:00 GMT

Immigrants to the U.S. lose their native mix of gut microbes almost immediately after arriving in the U.S.—which researchers can't quite explain. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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Redefining the Kilogram

Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:45:00 GMT

Officials will vote to overhaul the SI system of measurements, basing units such as the kilogram not on physical objects but on fundamental constants

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World's Largest Organism Faces Bleak Future

Sat, 17 Nov 2018 18:34:00 GMT

The single organism that is the Utah aspen grove known as Pando is on the decline due to herbivores wiping out its youngest tree outgrowths

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A Frozen Super-Earth May Orbit Barnard's Star

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:00:00 GMT

At just six light years away, the candidate planet would be the second-closest world known beyond our solar system—and a prime target for future studies

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Major Campaign Aims to Unravel Exactly What Is in Wildfire Smoke

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:15:00 GMT

Airplanes and a planned burn of forest area will help identify the thousands of chemicals in smoke plumes

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The Lost World of Prehistoric Parasites

Sat, 17 Nov 2018 17:00:00 GMT

Paleontologists are still searching to uncover the deep history of nature's hitchhikers. 

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Fanworms, "Nature's Eye Factories," Stick Them Pretty Much Anywhere

Sun, 18 Nov 2018 20:00:00 GMT

Necessity is the mother of invention

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A Solar Storm Detonated U.S. Navy Mines During the Vietnam War

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:30:00 GMT

Inclement space weather caused dozens of the sea bombs to explode, recently declassified documents reveal

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How Have Plants Shaped Human Societies?

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:00:00 GMT

We still know very little, but a new project called the Plant Humanities Initiative aims to change that

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Science News Briefs from All over

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 02:15:00 GMT

A few very brief reports about international science and technology from Alaska to Indonesia, including one on offshore dairy farming from the Netherlands.

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Learning about Science Is a Human Right

Mon, 19 Nov 2018 17:00:00 GMT

A concerted effort by museums and other institutions is helping bring science to the public

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When Beer Becomes the Burden

Sat, 17 Nov 2018 20:00:00 GMT

AA is not the answer to alcohol addiction for many secular scientists, but there are great alternatives

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Scientists Spot Giant Crater Hidden under Greenland's Ice

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:00:00 GMT

The enormous crater is among the 25 largest known on Earth, and likely came from a meteorite impact within the past three million years

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How and Why Scientists Redefined the Kilogram

Tue, 20 Nov 2018 20:30:00 GMT

Illustrations from the Scientific American archive break down this “massive” development

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An Uncanny Display: Algorithmic Art at the Whitney Museum

Mon, 19 Nov 2018 12:00:00 GMT

A new show looks back over a half century of this surprisingly robust genre

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Rains Bring a Microbial Massacre to Chilean Desert

Tue, 20 Nov 2018 02:10:00 GMT

Freak heavy rainstorms in 2015 and 2017 wiped out many dry-adapted microbes in the Atacama Desert, useful info in the search for life off Earth. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Scientists Double Down on Landing Sites for Sample-Collecting Mars Rover

Mon, 19 Nov 2018 18:00:00 GMT

NASA’s Mars 2020 mission could visit two locations where microbial life may once have thrived

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Genetics Start-Up Wants to Sequence People's Genomes for Free

Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:00:00 GMT

The new service lets consumers contribute to medical research, but still poses privacy concerns

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