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  1. Trilobites: Being Antisocial Leads to a Longer Life. For Marmots.
    Unlike most mammals, yellow-bellied marmots with more active social lives died younger than those that kept to themselves, scientists found after tracking them for 13 years.
  2. Fireball Cuts Through the Sky Over Michigan as Meteor Falls
    Videos showed a bright flash of light, followed by a pop almost like a light bulb burning out.
  3. Trilobites: Where Did Animals With Tail Weapons Go? Here’s a Back Story
    Scientists have identified traits that may have been related to dinosaurs like stegosaurus and ankylosaurus and other animals developing fearsome rear-end weapons.
  4. Trilobites: The Squid That Sink to the Ocean’s Floor When They Die
    Some squid sink to the ocean floor when they die, researchers found, and they may take a lot of carbon down there with them.
  5. Trilobites: The Swiss Consider the Lobster. It Feels Pain, They Decide.
    The Swiss government has banned tossing lobsters and other crustaceans into boiling water. But what’s the science behind that decision?
  6. Trilobites: If We Ever Get to Mars, the Beer Might Not Be Bad
    College students at Villanova University found that hops, leafy greens, carrots and scallions all could grow in an approximation of Martian dirt.
  7. Matter: Climate Change Is Altering Lakes and Streams, Study Suggests
    Like the ocean, fresh water absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But the effects are likely to vary widely from place to place.
  8. ScienceTake: Dolphins Show Self-Recognition Earlier Than Children
    Dolphins develop the ability to recognize themselves in a mirror at an earlier age than children, which fits with how fast they develop generally.
  9. Treatment Offers Hope for Imprisoned California Siblings
    Cases of children isolated and abused by parents are rare but not unheard-of, say experts. Many recover.
  10. U.K. Appoints a Minister for Loneliness
    Prime Minister Theresa May said an under secretary would work across government departments to tackle the issue.
  11. Citing ‘Inexcusable’ Treatment, Advisers Quit National Parks Panel
    The majority of members of the National Parks System Advisory Board have jointly resigned in protest of Trump administration policies.
  12. Mathilde Krim, Mobilizing Force in an AIDS Crusade, Dies at 91
    Dr. Krim raised awareness of the scourge and money to fight it while lobbying governments and enlisting a broad spectrum of powerful allies.
  13. High-Fat Diet May Fuel Spread of Prostate Cancer
    New research suggests a strong link between genes, dietary fat and prostate cancer.
  14. After a Debacle, How California Became a Role Model on Measles
    Changing minds on vaccination is very difficult, but it isn’t so important when a law can change behavior.
  15. The Parasite on the Playground
    Roundworm eggs, shed by stray dogs, can be ingested by children playing outside. The worm’s larvae have been found in the brain, experts say, perhaps impairing development.
  16. Global Health: ‘Smart Thermometers’ Track Flu Season in Real Time
    Can 500,000 thermometers transmitting 25,000 readings a day forecast the spread of flu more accurately than the C.D.C.?
  17. The Healing Edge: After Surgery in the Womb, a Baby Kicks Up Hope
    Baby Boy Royer, who underwent an operation for spina bifida as a fetus, had the biggest defect that the surgical team had attempted to repair.
  18. Uranium Miners Pushed Hard for a Comeback. They Got Their Wish.
    Hundreds of mining claims fall neatly outside the new boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument, and a Navajo town scarred by uranium is bracing for new woes.
  19. C.D.C. Postpones Session Preparing U.S. for Nuclear War
    After the agency’s workshop attracted considerable media attention, especially given President Trump’s recent words with North Korea, the session has been postponed.
  20. Dr. Ronald Fieve, 87, Dies; Pioneered Lithium to Treat Mood Swings
    Dr. Fieve and a colleague identified lithium as the first naturally occurring medication to prevent and control a specific psychiatric disorder.
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