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  1. What We Finally Got Around to Learning at the Procrastination Research Conference
    For the last 20 years, academic researchers have gathered at this event to share and debate their studies without being mocked.
  2. Trilobites: The Rhythms That Make Elephant Seals Run or Fight
    New research suggests that elephant seals use rhythm to recognize and respond to other members of their species in the wild.
  3. An Experiment in Zurich Brings Us Nearer to a Black Hole’s Mysteries
    IBM researchers used an exotic material known as a Weyl semimetal to confirm the existence of a gravitational anomaly predicted in equations that describe the universe.
  4. Trilobites: Humans First Arrived in Australia 65,000 Years Ago, Study Suggests
    Ancestors of Aboriginal Australians arrived thousands of years earlier than previously believed, according to newly uncovered archaeological evidence.
  5. Why Are Dogs So Friendly? The Answer May Be in 2 Genes
    A team of researchers reported that the friendliness of dogs may share a genetic basis with a human disease called Williams-Beuren syndrome.
  6. Trilobites: Giant Squids, Giant Eyes, but Rather Small Brain Lobes
    A rare opportunity to study the giant squid’s visual brain suggests the deep-sea beasts don’t have the complex body-patterning skills for which their shallow-water relatives are famous.
  7. Trilobites: What a Total Solar Eclipse Looks Like From Space
    A time lapse made from a Japanese weather satellite’s images shows the shadow the moon casts on the Earth when it blocks out the sun.
  8. In South Asian Social Castes, a Living Lab for Genetic Disease
    Millenniums of marriages within well-defined subgroups in South Asia have created many populations with higher risks of recessive disease, according to new research.
  9. Bag With Moon Dust in It Fetches $1.8 Million From a Mystery Buyer
    A lunar landing, a museum loan, a theft, a critical error, a legal battle — and now, a sale at auction. What’s next for this bag of moon dust?
  10. The Shift: As Self-Driving Cars Near, Washington Plays Catch-Up
    Congress is taking its first steps to regulate autonomous vehicles, as the technology moves closer to fruition.
  11. Australia Seeks to Extend Commercial Fishing in Protected Waters
    The government wants to allow fishing in 80 percent of the country’s protected maritime reserves, up from the current 64 percent.
  12. A Cheap Fix for Climate Change? Pay People Not to Chop Down Trees
    A new experiment showed a simple way to save endangered chimpanzees in Uganda and slow the rate of global warming and carbon dioxide emissions.
  13. Trilobites: A Sensor on Your Skin That Looks and Feels Like a Temporary Tattoo
    Researchers have developed a new breathable, wearable sensor that can monitor vital signals without irritating skin.
  14. Something Strange in Usain Bolt’s Stride
    Bolt is the fastest sprinter ever in spite of — or because of? — an uneven stride that upends conventional wisdom.
  15. Diagnosis: Why Couldn’t This Man Stop Hiccupping?
    It started as a normal bout, but no remedy cured them. What was causing these relentless spasms?
  16. Raymond Sackler, Psychopharmacology Pioneer and Philanthropist, Dies at 97
    Purdue Pharma, a company led by Dr. Sackler and his brothers, made the painkiller OxyContin. His donations put his name on schools, museum galleries and a planet.
  17. The Immense, Eternal Footprint Humanity Leaves on Earth: Plastics
    More than 8 billion metric tons of plastic have been made since the 1950s, researchers found. Because it does not degrade, most is still in the environment.
  18. A 9-Year-Old Tripped, Fell and Discovered a Million-Year-Old Fossil
    Jude Sparks was playing with his brothers in New Mexico when he stumbled over the fossilized tusk of a Stegomastodon, a prehistoric, elephantine creature.
  19. Security Company Is Replacing a Mall Robot That Fell Into a Fountain to the Internet’s Delight
    The K5 has a passing resemblance to R2-D2 — and a dash of Paul Blart, mall cop. Its creators took the online mockery in stride.
  20. Wildfires Roar Across Southern Europe
    The blaze season is in full swing along the Mediterranean coast, fed by a mixture of strong winds, dry weather and high heat.
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