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  1. 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.
  2. ScienceTake: How Ants Sniff Out the Right Path
    They may seem like automatons, but ants are surprisingly sophisticated in their navigational strategies.
  3. 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.
  4. Lunar Eclipse and Supermoon: Photos From Around the World
    Photographers captured scenes in the skies as the Earth’s shadow covered the moon.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Trilobites: Watch These Stink Bugs Hatch in Unison
    In terrifying synchrony, baby stink bugs all but explode to life.
  9. There’s a Huge Ice Disk in a Maine River. No, the Aliens Aren’t Coming.
    Despite all the speculation, it’s not a landing zone for aliens. Scientists say the ice disks are an unusual but entirely natural phenomenon.
  10. TRENDING: Take a DNA Test, Then Buy an Airplane Ticket
    For more and more people, learning about their genetic makeup is just the first step. The second is heading to the airport so they can explore their roots in person.
  11. Record Numbers of Americans Say They Care About Global Warming, Poll Finds
    “I’ve never seen jumps in some of the key indicators like this,” the lead researcher said.
  12. How Ants Get a Taste for the Trail
    Ants use their antennas to sniff out food, and other ants. It’s how they make sense of the world. But how exactly do they use them?
  13. Scientists Are Teaching the Body to Accept New Organs
    Patients receiving new kidneys and livers must take damaging anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their lives. Now researchers hope to train the immune system instead of just tamping it down.
  14. Greenland’s Melting Ice Nears a ‘Tipping Point,’ Scientists Say
    With the Arctic warming rapidly, ice loss in Greenland is accelerating and may soon be a major factor in rising sea levels, according to a new study.
  15. TAKE a Number: A Rising Threat to Pregnant Women: Syphilis
    The S.T.D. has gained ground among all women in the U.S., including those who are expecting.
  16. The Lunar Eclipse and Supermoon: How to Watch It Tonight
    You don’t really need to call it a “Super Blood Wolf Moon.”
  17. Do You Take This Robot …
    Today we fall in love through our phones. Maybe your phone itself could be just as satisfying?
  18. Brace for the Polar Vortex; It May Be Visiting More Often
    A researcher says that as the climate changes, “winter is shortening, but you’re getting these more intensive periods in that shorter winter.”
  19. Q&A: These Species Were Said to Be Extinct. Really, They Were Just Hard to Find.
    A surprising number of plants and animals have been discovered alive and well after scientists had declared them long gone.
  20. The Elderly and Driving: When Is It Time to Hit the Brakes?
    Prince Philip, 97, was involved in a car accident outside London. For families everywhere, the incident raises all-too-familiar questions.

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