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  1. Matter: Clues to Africa’s Mysterious Past Found in Ancient Skeletons
    An analysis of DNA recovered from fossils thousands of years old hints at enormous migrations that shaped the continent.
  2. Trilobites: How Three Friends Proved That Jellyfish Can Sleep
    What started as a midnight excursion of curious graduate students turned into a study with implications for basic questions about sleep.
  3. NASA’s Osiris-Rex Spacecraft Is Headed for a Flyby With Earth
    The spacecraft will make a flyby of Earth on Friday, using the planet’s gravity to steer it toward Bennu, an asteroid it will visit next year.
  4. Trilobites: Sea Turtles Appear to Be Bouncing Back Around the World
    Researchers analyzed all existing public data of sea turtle nesting sites around the world and found a tale of “cautionary optimism.”
  5. Chemical Industry Ally Faces Critics in Bid for Top E.P.A. Post
    Michael L. Dourson, who has long run a premier firm for the chemical industry, is set for a confirmation hearing before a Senate panel.
  6. Trilobites: Genes Color a Butterfly’s Wings. Now Scientists Want to Do It Themselves.
    In two new studies, researchers turned to DNA editing to learn how master genes shape the patterns and colors of butterfly wings.
  7. By Degrees: The Real Unknown of Climate Change: Our Behavior
    Scientific predictions about Earth’s sensitivity to greenhouse gases have generally held up. But no one can predict how much more carbon pollution people will choose to pump out.
  8. Cassini Vanishes Into Saturn, Its Mission Celebrated and Mourned
    Orbiting the ringed planet since 2004, the spacecraft solved some mysteries and made discoveries that upended our notions about the solar system.
  9. Cassini Is Gone. Here Are the Next Space Missions to Watch Out For.
    Now that Cassini has gone out in a blaze of glory, here's our guide to cosmic missions over the next decade that you should get excited about now.
  10. How to Hack Your Brain (for $5,000)
    The new, new, new age is all about “defragging our nervous systems.”
  11. Dr. Edmond Eger II, 86, Dies; Found Way to Make Anesthesia Safer
    Dr. Eger and colleagues developed a technique to determine the proper dosage of anesthesia in operating rooms all over the world, saving an untold number of lives.
  12. How Can U.S. States Fight Climate Change if Trump Quits the Paris Accord?
    Fourteen states have vowed to uphold the Paris climate pact with or without the federal government, and a new analysis suggests their efforts are having an impact.
  13. Wild Bison Killed After Wandering Across Border Into Germany
    A local official ordered hunters to kill the rare animal last week after it crossed over from Poland. “Animals don’t know country borders,” a conservationist said.
  14. Why Mexico Is So Prone to Strong Earthquakes
    Two powerful quakes, 12 days apart, have killed hundreds of people in Mexico this month. We look at how, where and why the big ones happen.
  15. Mexicans Dig Through Quake Rubble as Death Toll Passes 200
    Thousands of rescue workers plunged into the shattered shells of homes and offices. Officials said the priority is to keep saving people.
  16. Building a Better Coral Reef
    As reefs die off, researchers want to breed the world’s hardiest corals in labs and return them to the sea to multiply. The effort raises scientific and ethical questions.
  17. Islands Seek International Funding for Hurricane Recovery
    In a special United Nations session, leaders of islands battered by hurricanes made worse by climate change appealed to wealthy countries for aid.
  18. The 2017 Hurricane Season Really Is More Intense Than Normal
    It’s not your imagination. From Harvey to Irma to Jose to Maria, this year’s Atlantic hurricane season “has been an overachiever by almost every index.”
  19. Hurricane Maria Makes Landfall in Dominica as Other Islands Brace for Potential Disaster
    The Caribbean islands scrambled to prepare for another big storm, Hurricane Maria, which was barreling through only days after Irma killed more than two dozen.
  20. U.S. Governors at U.N. Assembly: ‘You Have Allies’ on Climate Change
    As world leaders gather at the United Nations for the world body’s annual General Assembly, a group of American state governors is taking an increasingly high-profile role on climate change.

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