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  1. Trilobites: Watch a Flower That Seems to Remember When Pollinators Will Come Calling
    A colorful Peruvian plant dispenses its pollen according to a savvy, memory-based system, new research suggests.
  2. The Lyrids Meteor Shower Will Peak in Night Skies
    It can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to see it.
  3. ‘I Want What My Male Colleague Has, and That Will Cost a Few Million Dollars’
    Women at the Salk Institute say they faced a culture of marginalization and hostility. The numbers from other elite scientific institutions suggest they’re not alone.
  4. ‘Partly Alive’: Scientists Revive Cells in Brains From Dead Pigs
    In a study that upends assumptions about brain death, researchers brought some cells back to life — or something like it.
  5. Trilobites: Look What the Cat Dragged In: Parasites
    Researchers found that house cats that roam outdoors were more likely to pick up diseases than indoor cats.
  6. A Leading Cause for Wrongful Convictions: Experts Overstating Forensic Results
    These three men spent decades in prison as a result of statistical exaggerations. They were among 150 men and women released from prison after their wrongful convictions were overturned in 2018.
  7. Ocean-Clogging Microplastics Also Pollute the Air, Study Finds
    Microplastics are known to cause ocean pollution, but a new study suggests airborne plastic particles pollute the air and dry land as well.
  8. Trilobites: How Giant Sea Spiders May Survive in Warming Oceans
    The strange creatures’ adaptations to the cold of the Antarctic Ocean may also help them as their habitats heat up.
  9. Want to Escape Global Warming? These Cities Promise Cool Relief
    While climate change affects everywhere, some areas in America will be less affected than others. And some of those fortunate places, it happens, might be looking for people.
  10. Unbuttoned: Hello, Little Microbe. Doesn’t This Jacket Look Yummy?
    Now we can trick tiny bugs into eating our clothing. Consumption is finally a good thing.
  11. The Giants at the Heart of the Opioid Crisis
    Civil suits filed by three states accuse pharmaceutical distributors of flooding the country with opioids while devising systems to evade regulators.
  12. Hospitals Stand to Lose Billions Under ‘Medicare for All’
    Private insurance pays hospitals much more than the federal government does for patient care. If Medicare for all means Medicare rates, expect an industry backlash.
  13. Judge Delivers Major Setback to Trump Policy to Increase Coal Mining on Federal Land
    The Interior Department acted illegally when it sought to lift an Obama-era moratorium on coal mining on public lands, a court found.
  14. What They Left Behind: Legacies of the Recently Departed
    Some gems from the life’s work of people remembered in obituaries in The New York Times.
  15. Gene Wolfe, Acclaimed Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 87
    His four-book series “The Book of the New Sun” is considered one of the major works of the genre.
  16. Senator McConnell, a Tobacco Ally, Supports Raising Age to Buy Cigarettes
    Seeking re-election to a seventh term, the senator cited the rise in teenage vaping as a reason to curtail sales of tobacco and other products.
  17. El Al Airline Warns of Measles After Flight Attendant Falls Into Coma
    The woman was hospitalized after contracting the disease, and passengers on a flight from J.F.K. to Tel Aviv are told to watch for symptoms.
  18. This Genetic Mutation Makes People Feel Full — All the Time
    Two new studies confirm that weight control is often the result of genetics, not willpower.
  19. Critic’s Pick: Celestial Visions on the Met Roof
    High above Manhattan, Alicja Kwade’s planetary sculpture captures the music of the spheres.
  20. We Asked the 2020 Democrats About Climate Change (Yes, All of Them). Here Are Their Ideas.
    The New York Times sent a climate policy survey to the 18 declared candidates. They all want to stick to the Paris Agreement. Beyond that, they diverge.

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