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"Mona Lisa Effect" Not True for Mona Lisa

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 02:00:00 GMT

The Mona Lisa effect is the illusion that the subject of a painting follows you with her gaze, despite where you stand. But da Vinci's famous painting doesn't have that quality. Christopher...

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U.S. Astronomers Ponder Science Priorities for the 2020s and Beyond

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:45:00 GMT

The Astro 2020 Decadal Survey kicks off amid turmoil and uncertainty

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Care about Science? Demand a Better Democracy

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:00:00 GMT

We won’t get science-based policies unless our political system permits them

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The Moment We First Saw Ultima Thule Up Close

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:00:00 GMT

What it was like to be with the science team as the New Horizons probe reported back from the most distant object ever visited by a spacecraft

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Physicists Lay Out Plans for a New Supercollider

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:15:00 GMT

The proposed facility would become the most powerful—and most expensive—collider ever built

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Pesticides on Our Plates: Is Our Food Safe to Eat?

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 15:00:00 GMT

A new report looks at the amount of pesticides that are making their way to our plates

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Weird Star System's Planet-Forming Disk Goes Vertical Like a Ferris Wheel

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:00:00 GMT

Worlds with off-kilter orbits may be much more common than previously believed

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Lunar Craters Show Spike in Earth-Pummeling Space Rocks

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 13:00:00 GMT

A new analysis suggests the last few hundred million years of life on Earth has seen above-average asteroid impact rates

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Has LIGO Seen Galaxy-Warped Gravitational Waves?

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:00:00 GMT

Nobel laureate George Smoot claims LIGO has observed amplified signals of black hole mergers from the very distant universe, but LIGO scientists disagree

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Viewing This Weekend's Lunar Eclipse

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 04:05:00 GMT

A total lunar eclipse will grace the skies this Sunday, January 20—and it may or may not be red. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Fake Whiskeys and Octo-Ecstasy

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:00:00 GMT

Scientific American assistant news editor, Tanya Lewis, and collections editor, Andrea Gawrylewski, take a deeper look at two short articles from the Advances news section of the December issue,...

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Lunar De-Light! How to View 2019's Sole Total Eclipse of the Moon

Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:00:00 GMT

On January 20, stargazers across the Americas will have stunning views of a historic celestial event

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Ants Stick to Cliques to Dodge Disease

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:30:00 GMT

Ants infected with fungal pathogens steer clear of other cliques within the colony—avoiding wider infection, and allowing for a sort of immunity. Lucy Huang reports. 

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Hollywood's Portrayals of Science and Scientists Are Ridiculous

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:00:00 GMT

And Twitter is taking note

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Ocean Moons, Promising Targets in Search for Alien Life, Could Be Dead Inside

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:30:00 GMT

The interiors of Europa and other watery moons in the outer solar system might be too geologically inactive to support life

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Human Gene Editing: Great Power, Great Responsibility

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Modifying the human germline has profound implications and must be approached with extraordinary care

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Spare a Thought for the Distant Future

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:00:00 GMT

The actions we take today could have consequences for millions or even billions of years to come

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Wildfires Spark Population Booms in Fungi and Bacteria

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:30:00 GMT

Understanding how microbial communities change after a fire can help researchers to predict how an ecosystem will recover

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Why a Scientist Is Running for Seattle City Council

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:00:00 GMT

When it comes to our biggest challenges, we need scientifically informed policies to make lasting, sustainable change

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RoboFossil Reveals Locomotion of Beast from Deep Time

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:15:00 GMT

Modeling shows the 290-million-year-old Orobates had an advanced way of walking—revising an enduring view of how tetrapods colonized dry land

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Microbes Might Be Key to a Mars Mission

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:00:00 GMT

Engineered yeast could turn waste into food, plastics and other essentials

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Fukushima Residents Return Despite Radiation

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:45:00 GMT

Eight years after the nuclear meltdown, wary citizens are moving back to contaminated homesteads—some not by choice

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The Anak Krakatau Tsunami, from the Beginning until Now

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 20:00:00 GMT

An extensive collection of links takes us through the dramatic collapse and tsunami, how we can help the survivors, and how we can stay safe

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Resurrecting the Genes of Extinct Plants

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:00:00 GMT

Scientists at Gingko Bioworks have resurrected the smell of an extinct flower by putting together the pieces of its DNA.

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How Wrong Should You Be?

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:30:00 GMT

If you always get 100 percent on your tests, they aren’t hard enough. If you never get above 50 percent, you’re probably in the wrong major

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