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  1. Shaking Up the Dinosaur Family Tree
    A Ph.D candidate and a computer program that took five minutes to run may upend the dinosaur classification system that has been used for more than a century.
  2. Trilobites: Visualizing the Cosmic Streams That Spew Meteor Showers
    Researchers recorded more than 300,000 meteoroid trajectories since 2010 to depict the drifting paths of meteor showers that Earth passes through.
  3. Trilobites: Waking From Hibernation, the Hard Work of Spring Begins
    Emerging from the torpor of winter means a busy spring for these bears, bees, bats and squirrels.
  4. A Scholarly Sting Operation Shines a Light on ‘Predatory’ Journals
    A group of researchers created a ruse to draw attention to the seamy side of open-access journals, some of which will publish just about anything for a fee.
  5. Trilobites: How Comet 67P’s Face Changed During Its Trip Around the Sun
    During the two years that the Rosetta spacecraft stalked the comet, it observed cliffs that collapsed, boulders that moved and eruptions of dust and gas.
  6. Trilobites: Headed North, Sandhill Cranes Squeeze In Where They Can
    The Platte River in Nebraska is an important layover for hundreds of thousands of the birds as they head toward their summer homes.
  7. Matter: A New Form of Stem-Cell Engineering Raises Ethical Questions
    “Sheefs” will test the limits of current regulations, experts say, as embryolike structures are created directly from stem cells.
  8. We Might Soon Resurrect Extinct Species. Is It Worth the Cost?
    Scientists disagree about whether bringing extinct species back from the dead will result in a net loss of global biodiversity.
  9. Bao Bao, an American-Born Panda, Steps Out in China
    Culture shock is fading, say the handlers of Bao Bao, the panda from the National Zoo in Washington, as she settles into the land of her ancestors.
  10. Lewis Rowland, Leading Neurologist on Nerve and Muscle Diseases, Dies at 91
    Dr. Rowland, who had a special interest in A.L.S., or Lou Gehrig’s disease, refused to be interrogated by investigators in the McCarthy era.
  11. A Space Odyssey: Making Art Up There
    The artist Eduardo Kac and Thomas Pesquet, a Frenchman on the International Space Station, have created art in space.
  12. New Vaccine Could Slow Disease That Kills 600 Children a Day
    A lower-cost vaccine provides strong protection against rotavirus, a diarrheal disease, and could be particularly useful in poorer countries, researchers said.
  13. As Rivals Stand Silent, One Health Insurer Protests G.O.P. Plan
    Dr. J. Mario Molina, one of the few insurance executives to criticize the House bill publicly, says it could harm insurers and patients alike.
  14. Arctic’s Winter Sea Ice Drops to Its Lowest Recorded Level
    Much of the ice also appears to be thinner than normal — further signs of climate change’s effects on the region.
  15. Op-Ed Contributor: Why Trump’s N.I.H. Cuts Should Worry Us
    The president’s stance on science funding could have serious consequences.
  16. 9 Deaths Are Linked to Rare Cancer From Breast Implants
    The problem is more likely to occur with textured implants than with smooth implants, the F.D.A. said, and it is usually treatable and not often fatal.
  17. Trump Lays Plans to Reverse Obama’s Climate Change Legacy
    The White House is preparing to dismantle major policy actions of the Obama era, including a plan to close hundreds of heavily polluting power plants.
  18. News Analysis: An End to Heart Disease? Not Quite
    The introduction of a new class of cholesterol drugs led some experts to believe that we might be able to virtually eliminate heart attacks. But it hasn’t worked out that way.
  19. Even Penguins Have Children Who Won’t Leave the Nest
    Even fully fledged chicks will hound their parents for food, researchers find.
  20. Popular Prostate Cancer Therapy Is Short, Intense and Unproven
    Researchers hope a study will shed some light on a cancer treatment, using radiation, that is growing in popularity and surrounded by questions.


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