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NY Times – Science
- Trilobites: DNA Clues to an Ancient Canary Islands Voyage - The islands’ pioneers likely arrived centuries before European conquest, as part of a large-scale movement of people from North Africa.
- Neptune’s Moon Triton Is Destination of Proposed NASA Mission - Scientists at a conference in Houston presented the concept for a flyby mission to study a mysterious moon that may contain an ocean.
- A.I. Can Improve Health Care. It Also Can Be Duped. - As medical insurers and billing companies begin using machine-learning software, they can learn to game the underlying algorithms for profit.
- Chop Up a Worm. It Will Regenerate. Scientists Figured Out Why. - Researchers identified the master control gene that enables worms to grow a new body, capturing the imagination of some humans looking for a fresh start.
- The Asteroid Was Shooting Rocks Into Space. ‘Were We Safe in Orbit?’ - NASA’s Osiris-Rex and Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft reached the space rocks they are surveying last year, and scientists from both teams announced early findings on Tuesday.
- Karen Uhlenbeck Is First Woman to Win Abel Prize for Mathematics - Dr. Uhlenbeck helped pioneer geometric analysis, developing techniques now commonly used by many mathematicians.
- Space Is Very Big. Some of Its New Explorers Will Be Tiny. - The success of NASA’s MarCO mission means that so-called cubesats likely will travel to distant reaches of our solar system.
- How Ultima Thule Is Like a Sticky, Pull-Apart Pastry - Scientists from the New Horizons mission presented their latest findings about the small distant object visited by the NASA spacecraft at the start of the year.
- Trilobites: Honey as a Pollution Detector? It’s a Sweet Idea - Beehives and their contents are a sensitive detector of lead emissions, a study of Canadian urban apiaries showed.
- Trigger Warnings May Not Do Much, Early Studies Suggest - Researchers found that the warnings, which alert people to disturbing material, may pose little benefit or harm to those who view them. But more study is needed, they agree.