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  1. NASA’s Jupiter Mission Reveals the ‘Brand-New and Unexpected’
    Observations taken from the first few orbits of the Juno spacecraft provide a glimpse of the interior, the poles and the equator of the solar system’s largest planet.
  2. Trilobites: Somehow, This Fish Fathered a Near Clone of Itself
    A fish was discovered carrying genes only from its father, a result of a rare phenomenon called androgenesis never before documented in vertebrates.
  3. Trilobites: An Effect of Climate Change You Could Really Lose Sleep Over
    Hotter nights in a warming world could have significant effects on how well people sleep, a new study suggests.
  4. Trilobites: The Science Behind the Flamingo’s One-Legged Stance
    Flamingos don’t appear to need to flex their muscles to maintain their classic one-legged posture, a new study suggests.
  5. Trilobites: How Whales Became the Biggest Animals on the Planet
    Species like the blue whale became so big only in the past 4.5 million years, a result of changes to the food supply in the oceans, scientists say.
  6. ScienceTake: How Demands of Female Birds Changed the DNA of a Species
    Researchers found the minimal changes in DNA that have produced nine different species of southern capuchino seedeaters.
  7. Matter: In ‘Enormous Success,’ Scientists Tie 52 Genes to Human Intelligence
    The genes account for just a tiny fraction of the variation in test scores, experts say. Many are yet to be found, and environmental factors are also greatly important.
  8. Some Social Scientists Are Tired of Asking for Permission
    New federal rules may make it easier for researchers to conduct behavioral experiments. Critics worry that academics cannot judge whether their studies are harmful.
  9. World Leaders Increase Pressure on Trump to Stay in the Paris Accord
    Negotiators for America’s partners in the Group of 7 intensified pressure on the United States not to pull out of the 2015 climate agreement.
  10. Can the Paris Climate Deal Survive a Trump-Style Renegotiation?
    Some advocates of global climate action think the pact would be stronger if the United States simply left, rather than remaining in and demanding big changes.
  11. Michael Bliss, Historian Who Dispelled Myths of Insulin’s Discovery, Dies at 76
    Professor Bliss unraveled the story behind the discovery of the hormone, which transformed diabetes from a death sentence into a manageable condition.
  12. Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Expected to Be Busy
    The season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, is likely to produce 11 to 17 named storms, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says.
  13. Looking for Trump’s Climate Policy? Try the Energy Department
    The president’s proposed reductions to the department’s research may have a greater impact on climate change than the Paris accord decision.
  14. Google’s A.I. Program Rattles Chinese Go Master as It Wins Match
    A Google program called AlphaGo won a best-of-three match against a Chinese Go master, rattling his nerves and showing the power of new artificial intelligence technologies.
  15. Jacque Fresco, Futurist Who Envisioned a Society Without Money, Dies at 101
    A self-taught industrial designer, Mr. Fresco promoted an alternative society where resources would be distributed equitably by computers.
  16. Rare Gene Mutations Inspire New Heart Drugs
    Some people carry gene mutations that leave them nearly impervious to heart attacks. Learning how these mutations work has led to a novel experimental treatment.
  17. Neil Armstrong’s Moon Bag Could Fetch $4 Million at Auction
    The bag, which contains traces of priceless moon dust, has been on a wild ride for the half-century since it came back on the Apollo 11.
  18. Feather Fancy
    The likes and dislikes of females produced a lot of different looking species of southern capuchino seedeaters.
  19. Fig Leaves Are Out. What to Wear to Be Kind to the Planet?
    Finding environmentally friendly apparel can be a challenge. Here’s a guide to smarter choices in fabrics and clothing.
  20. Inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault
    The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a safeguard of the world’s most important crops, flooded after permafrost surrounding the entrance thawed in Norway. Look inside in 360 degrees.


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