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A Synthetic Biology Conference Lures an Intriguing Audience

A Synthetic Biology Conference Lures an Intriguing Audience

Neil Gershenfeld of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says that synthetic biology, which involves the creation of biological systems intended for specific purposes, can generate scientific advances as well as ethical questions.

Humpback Whale Baby Boom Near Antarctica

Humpback Whale Baby Boom Near Antarctica

Humpback whales in the southern oceans around Antarctica appear to be breeding successfully, recovering their population.

Space Station Could Be Split to Aid Privatization, New NASA Chief Says

Space Station Could Be Split to Aid Privatization, New NASA Chief Says

Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, said President Trump’s budget proposal put the agency’s efforts to privatize the International Space Station “on steroids.”

States Confront the Spread of a Deadly Disease in Deer

States Confront the Spread of a Deadly Disease in Deer

Game warden Keith Knighton, left, with a buck shot by Brodie McDonald during a special hunt to check for chronic wasting disease in deer in Montana last month.

Latest Attraction at French Theme Park: Crows That Pick Up Trash

Latest Attraction at French Theme Park: Crows That Pick Up Trash

A crow picking up a discarded cigarette at Puy du Fou, a theme park in France that has enlisted six birds as tiny, winged maintenance workers.

What Makes Some Hair Curly? Not Quite What Scientists Thought

What Makes Some Hair Curly? Not Quite What Scientists Thought

Merino sheep on a farm in Alexandra, New Zealand. Scientists found that differences in the cells on a hair explain a sheep’s curls, and may offer insights for other mammals, like us.

An Island, a Focal Point for a Healthy Marine Ecosystem

An Island, a Focal Point for a Healthy Marine Ecosystem

Waters surrounding a remote coral reef atoll teeming with marine life.

Astronomers’ Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray

Astronomers’ Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray

A remnant from a Type 1A supernova observed in the Milky Way, one of the cosmic markers of how fast the universe is expanding. Observing exploding stars helped astronomers first discover the existence of dark energy nearly 20 years ago.

NASA Names Astronauts for Boeing and SpaceX Flights to International Space Station

NASA Names Astronauts for Boeing and SpaceX Flights to International Space Station

The astronauts named by NASA to fly on commercial spacecraft made by Boeing and SpaceX to and from the International Space Station: From left, Sunita Williams, Cmdr. Josh Cassada, Eric Boe, Lt. Col. Nicole Mann, Christopher Ferguson, Douglas Hurley, Col. Bob Behnken, Col. Mike Hopkins and Cmdr. Victor Glover.

Bodies Remodeled for a Life at Sea

Bodies Remodeled for a Life at Sea

A Bajau diver spearfishes in Sulawesi. A study suggests these sea-dwelling people have evolved adaptations to deep diving.

A Rising Threat to Wildlife: Electrocution

A Rising Threat to Wildlife: Electrocution

A woman prayed over the bodies of two Asian elephants that were electrocuted in Siliguri, India.

Every 202,500 Years, Earth Wanders in a New Direction

Every 202,500 Years, Earth Wanders in a New Direction

Earth’s gravitational interactions with other planets — particularly Venus, because it is very near — affect the shape of its orbit.

Women Making Science Videos on YouTube Face Hostile Comments

Women Making Science Videos on YouTube Face Hostile Comments

A screen grab of Emily Graslie's channel, The Brain Scoop, from a recent episode about skunk dissection.

The F.B.I. and the Mystery of the Mummy’s Head

The F.B.I. and the Mystery of the Mummy’s Head

This mummified, severed head was recovered from an ancient Egyptian tomb in 1915. Scientists needed to collect DNA to figure out whom the head belonged to.

SpaceX’s Secret Satellite Mission May Have Failed. What Happened?

SpaceX’s Secret Satellite Mission May Have Failed. What Happened?

The Falcon 9 rocket launched at Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sunday, for the satellite mission known as Zuma.


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