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NY Times – Science
- Trilobites: Where Sloths Find These Branches, Their Family Trees Expand - A study showed that when some animals find a crucial resource, they can survive in changing environments and even thrive.
- During the Lunar Eclipse, Something Slammed Into the Moon - A flash spotted on livestreams was likely caused by the crash of a tiny, fast-moving meteoroid left behind by a comet.
- 3 Newborn Endangered Right Whales Seen After Year With No Births - The sighting this winter of newborn whales off the coasts of Florida and Georgia is being greeted with mild optimism, as the North Atlantic population has dwindled.
- Oceans Are Getting Louder, Posing Potential Threats to Marine Life - Increasing ship traffic, sonar and seismic air gun blasts now planned for offshore drilling may be disrupting migration, reproduction and even the chatter of the seas’ creatures.
- ScienceTake: How Ants Sniff Out the Right Path - They may seem like automatons, but ants are surprisingly sophisticated in their navigational strategies.
- Coming Soon to a Police Station Near You: The DNA ‘Magic Box’ - With Rapid DNA machines, genetic fingerprinting could become as routine as the old-fashioned kind. But forensic experts see a potential for misuse.
- Scientist Who Edited Babies’ Genes Is Likely to Face Charges in China - A Chinese government investigation found that He Jiankui had “seriously violated” state regulations by altering human embryos.
- Trilobites: Romeo the Frog Finds His Juliet. Their Courtship May Save a Species. - The lonely male in a Bolivian museum was thought to be the last Sehuencas water frog, but an expedition has found him a potential mate.
- What Happened to Earth’s Ancient Craters? Scientists Seek Clues on the Moon’s Pocked Surface - The pace of space rocks pummeling Earth and the moon was relatively infrequent, but then doubled or tripled for unknown reasons, a new study finds.
- Mary Boyd Higgins, Wilhelm Reich’s Devoted Trustee, Is Dead at 93 - She volunteered for the job with a father of the sexual revolution, even though she had never met him. She protected his legacy and republished his books.