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  1. Trilobites: On Ecstasy, Octopuses Reached Out for a Hug
    By dosing the tentacled creatures with MDMA, researchers found they share parts of an ancient messaging system involved in social behaviors with humans.
  2. Trilobites: NASA’s TESS Starts Collecting Planets
    The satellite, launched in April, has already identified at least 73 stars that may harbor exoplanets, most of them new to astronomers.
  3. Trilobites: Decoding Pandas’ Come-Hither Calls
    During mating season, the solitary mammals bleat important information to each other through their dense bamboo habitat.
  4. Matter: Why Your DNA Is Still Uncharted Territory
    Scientists are focusing on a relatively small number of human genes and neglecting thousands of others. The reasons have more to do with professional survival than genetics.
  5. With Moon as His Muse, Japanese Billionaire Signs Up for SpaceX Voyage
    Elon Musk shared a stage at a SpaceX factory on Monday night with Yusaku Maezawa, who will make a significant investment in the company’s next-generation rocket.
  6. Saltmarsh Sparrows Fight to Keep Their Heads Above Water
    Rising sea levels are bringing more nest-flooding tides that threaten to push the birds that breed in coastal marshes along the Atlantic Coast to extinction.
  7. Trilobites: What 13,000 Patents Involving the DNA of Sea Life Tell Us About the Future
    Whether a single private entity should be able to set the direction of how the genes of so many living things are used was a piece of a broader debate at the United Nations this month.
  8. Europe’s Triumphs and Troubles Are Written in Swiss Ice
    Pollen frozen in ice in the Alps traces Europe’s calamities, since the time Macbeth ruled Scotland.
  9. Biosafety Reforms Still Lagging at Military Labs
    Three years after finding that laboratories had mishandled deadly pathogens, the Pentagon has no way to measure the effectiveness of its reforms, according to a new report.
  10. Sloan Kettering’s Cozy Deal With Start-Up Ignites a New Uproar
    A for-profit venture with exclusive rights to use the center’s vast archive of tissue slides has generated concerns at the nonprofit cancer center.
  11. Global Health: ‘Latent’ Tuberculosis? It’s Not That Common, Experts Find
    Active infections kill 4,000 people a day worldwide, more than AIDS does. But the notion that a quarter of the global population harbors silent tuberculosis is “a fundamental misunderstanding.”
  12. A Breakthrough for U.S. Troops: Combat-Ready Pizza
    The latest entree to join the Army’s roster of M.R.E. field rations is a Sicilian-style slice that stays fresh for years and took decades to develop.
  13. Newsbook: Read These 3 Books on the Terror of Shark Attacks
    On the list: the original “Jaws.”
  14. News Analysis: Humans Are Making Hurricanes Worse. Here’s How.
    We’re making natural disasters unnaturally harmful, scientists say. And the number of ways we’re doing it is fairly astonishing.
  15. Trilobites: Elephant Tusk DNA Helps Track Ivory Poachers
    Researchers are examining the genetic data in seized elephant ivory to trace it back to the animals’ homelands and connect it to global trafficking crimes.
  16. Luigi Cavalli-Sforza, 96, Who Tracked Genes Through History, Dies
    Before 23andMe and Ancestry.com, he did groundbreaking work exploring how genes reveal where people come from and whom they’re related to.
  17. Trilobites: Kidney Stones Are More Beautiful Than You Might Think
    New research found that the painful deposits are surprisingly dynamic, forming much like microscopic coral reefs, and could help with treating them.
  18. Lagoons of Pig Waste Are Overflowing After Florence. Yes, That’s as Nasty as It Sounds.
    At least 110 lagoons in North Carolina have either released pig waste into the environment or are at imminent risk of doing so, according to state officials.
  19. Climate Fwd:: Trump Administration Formally Rolls Back Rule Aimed at Limiting Methane Pollution
    The Interior Department move, which benefits drilling companies, effectively reverses a major Obama-era effort to fight climate change.
  20. Merger of Cigna and Express Scripts Gets Approval From Justice Dept.
    The takeover of one of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager by a big health insurer is expected to close by the end of the year.
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