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Drop in population of Gulf of Maine baby lobsters puzzles scientists

BOWDOINHAM, Maine (Reuters) – The number of baby lobsters in the Gulf of Maine has dropped by half since 2007, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists as the population of adult lobsters remains near a record high, contributing to robust … Continue reading

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With genome deciphered, experts aim to swat dreaded tsetse fly

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An international team of scientists has deciphered the genetic code of the tsetse fly, the bloodsucking insect that spreads deadly African sleeping sickness, with the hope that its biological secrets can be exploited to … Continue reading

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Scientists discover new rare genetic brain disorder

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) – International teams of researchers using advanced gene sequencing technology have uncovered a single genetic mutation responsible for a rare brain disorder that may have stricken families in Turkey for some 400 years. The discovery … Continue reading

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NASA tries space kits to engage kids in science and space

By Sarah McBride NEW YORK (Reuters) – Making mini satellite dishes that collect signals or building remote-controlled mini Rovers such as the kind NASA has used on Mars are the types of activities that could interest kids in science, but … Continue reading

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Buzz Aldrin Wants NASA Astronauts to Visit Asteroid in Deep Space

While moonwalker Buzz Aldrin thinks that a mission sending humans to an asteroid is a good idea, the Apollo astronaut isn’t so happy with NASA’s current plan to use a robot to shrink-wrap a space rock and park it near … Continue reading

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Not Just for Sex: Why the Y Chromosome Hasn’t Vanished

Men have lost most of the genes originally included on the Y chromosome during evolution, but those genes essential for survival have persevered, new research finds. Many of the remaining Y chromosome genes appear to have little if any role in … Continue reading

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The Costs of Fresh Water in a Changing World (Op-Ed)

Lynn Wilson is academic department chair for public administration at Kaplan University, a science journalist and an academic author. She is also the founder and CEO of the SeaTrust Institute, a delegate and organizational NGO Focal Point for the UNFCCC … Continue reading

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Not So Harmless? Pot Linked to Heart Problems

Pot may not have a chilling-out, calming effect on everyone — evidence is emerging that for some people, smoking marijuana could increase the risk of heart problems, doctors say. In a new study, researchers used data from a database called … Continue reading

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‘Chameleon’ Crystals Could Camouflage Clothing & Cars

Just as a chameleon can instantly morph its skin color to match its surroundings, a new method of controlling crystals using light and chemistry could make clothing or cars change color on demand. The method involves shining a laser on … Continue reading

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Astronaut Photo Reveals River’s History

Twisty, turny lakes near Little Rock, Ark., show where the mighty Arkansas River once traveled. These meander lakes, as they’re called, are the subject of a new astronaut photograph. An astronaut on the International Space Station snapped the new picture … Continue reading

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