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  1. A Close-Up on Mysteries Made of Stone in Saudi Arabia’s Desert
    Structures that may have been created by ancient tribes could only be studied using Google Earth. Saudi officials finally invited an archaeologist to observe them via helicopter.
  2. Trilobites: A Population of Billions May Have Contributed to This Bird’s Extinction
    A new study suggests passenger pigeons were hyper-adapted to living in a large, stable population, leaving them unable to cope when humans hunted them en masse.
  3. Trilobites: Same Oceans, Similar Prey, Two Very Different Necks
    Biologists studied cormorants and penguins that hunt fish in frigid seas and found that cormorants save energy by only moving their necks when seizing prey.
  4. Trilobites: How Snapdragons Beckon Bees With More Than One Color
    Subspecies of the flowers share most of their genes, but differ in a handful that lead to some being yellow on magenta and others being magenta on yellow.
  5. Matter: ‘Gene Drives’ Are Too Risky for Field Trials, Scientists Say
    New research casts doubt on a gene-editing strategy that scientists had hoped to use against invasive species and epidemic diseases.
  6. A Nearby Earth-Size Planet May Have Conditions for Life
    Astronomers have found a planet circling Ross 128, a quiet red star in our own galactic neighborhood.
  7. Trillions of Flies Can’t All Be Bad
    The world’s flies do much more than annoy us. Pollinating plants, cleaning up carcasses, swabbing drains — flies are part of every strand of the web of life.
  8. Q&A: The Chemical Reaction That Cleans Everything
    Bleach may be common, but the molecular dance that makes it work is an intricate wonder.
  9. Island Nations, With No Time to Lose, Take Climate Response Into Their Own Hands
    Island states that are least responsible for global emissions but most vulnerable to storms and rising seas are looking outside the United Nations process for aid.
  10. Science Is Dry, Obscure, Complex? Well, It Makes for Great Comedy
    In podcasts and live shows, comedians are extracting the funny from astronomy, climate change and even the physics behind urinal cakes.
  11. Modern Love: 17 Million Frozen Sperm Await the Perfect Moment
    A woman trying to get pregnant on her own finds connection and hope during a total solar eclipse.
  12. F.D.A. Speeds Review of Gene Therapies, Vowing to Target Rogue Clinics
    The agency plans to speed approval of treatments to get them to the market faster, signaling the quickened pace of advancements in this field.
  13. Keystone Pipeline Leaks 210,000 Gallons of Oil in South Dakota
    The spill in South Dakota comes just days before Nebraska regulators will decide on a permit needed for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline
  14. Downing North Korean Missiles Is Hard. So the U.S. Is Experimenting.
    Buried in an emergency funding request to Congress lie hints of new ways to confront Pyongyang, like cyberweapons and armed drones.
  15. A More Conciliatory Tone on Climate from the U.S. at Global Talks
    In a brief address at the United Nations climate conference in Bonn, a State Department official mentions climate change and not coal, drawing (polite) applause.
  16. New Quay Journal: A Cliff-Edge Town Visited by Poets, Dolphins — and Octopuses
    Octopuses and giant barrel jellyfish come and go in a town where Wales’s best-known alcoholic drank. The dolphins seem to be staying, so far.
  17. U.N. Climate Projects, Aimed at the Poorest, Raise Red Flags
    The Green Climate Fund was meant to help developing countries tackle climate change, but many of the most vulnerable nations have not seen any grants.
  18. Treaty to Phase Out ‘Greenhouse Gasses on Steroids’ to Enter Force
    A global treaty to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons, a category of extremely potent planet-warming gasses, has cleared a key threshold and will enter into force.
  19. At U.N. Climate Conference, Treading Lightly Around the Americans
    Delegates at climate talks in Bonn are keeping their opinions to themselves about President Trump’s vow to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
  20. How to Lower Your Blood Pressure
    Medical guidelines have changed, and now about half of Americans may qualify for the diagnosis of hypertension. Here’s what to do about it.
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