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  1. Those Puppy Dog Eyes You Can’t Resist? Thank Evolution
    Dogs have a muscle that lets them make a face to melt a human’s heart.
  2. Grow Faster, Grow Stronger: Speed-Breeding Crops to Feed the Future
    Plant breeders are fast-tracking genetic improvements in food crops to keep pace with global warming and a growing human population.
  3. So Long, Exoplanet HD 17156b. Hello ... Sauron?
    Astronomers have announced a global contest to rename dozens of extrasolar planets. The nominees are pouring in.
  4. The Fish Egg That Traveled Through a Swan’s Gut, Then Hatched
    These fish turn up in many surprising location, but this was one place scientists didn’t expect to find them.
  5. These Animal Migrations Are Huge — and Invisible
    Swarms of insects move across continents each year. Scientists used radar to track one species and discovered a vast ecological force.
  6. Why Did the Moon Landing Matter? A Slew of New Books Offer Answers
    Jill Lepore explores the many new accounts of the Apollo 11 mission on its 50th anniversary, including Douglas Brinkley’s “American Moonshot.”
  7. In the Bronze Age, Bagels Were Tiny
    Archaeologists have identified remnants of small, round dough rings at an excavation site in Austria. But no cream cheese.
  8. Scientists Find Ancient Humans Used Weed 2,500 Years Ago, Too
    Residue found in tombs deep in a Central Asian mountain range suggests that strong cannabis was used in ancient burial rites.
  9. You Can Talk to Plants. Maybe You Should Listen.
    An installation at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden ponders the sounds made by plants.
  10. 3rd Shark Attack in North Carolina This Month Injures 8-Year-Old
    Only three shark attacks were reported in the state in all of 2018, according to the International Shark Attack File. But experts say there is often year-to-year variation.
  11. Soaring Temperatures Speed Up Spring Thaw on Greenland’s Ice Sheet
    Temperatures in Greenland have been as much as 40 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, helping fuel a pulse of melting across much of the ice sheet surface.
  12. How to Measure Time — From the Very Beginning of Time
    Scientists still define astronomical time in years, with some recent refinements.
  13. Drug Prices Are a Populist Campaign Issue. Here Are the Latest Proposals to Lower Costs.
    After years of public outrage, some bipartisan solutions are emerging. But whether they will make it through a divided Washington is still unclear.
  14. This Town Comes Alive Once a Year, as Thousands of Snakes Mate
    More than 70,000 snakes slither out of dens to breed each spring at a Manitoba wildlife area, and thousands of people just can’t keep away from the writhing show. Just don’t call it an orgy.
  15. Drug Makers Sue to Block Requirement for Listing Prices in TV Ads
    The rule, set to take effect July 9, is one of the most visible efforts by the Trump administration to try to address high drug prices.
  16. For the Third Time, W.H.O. Declines to Declare the Ebola Outbreak an Emergency
    Even with more than 1,400 dead, the W.H.O. says the risk of the disease spreading beyond the region remains low and declaring an emergency could have backfired.
  17. Eager to Limit Exemptions to Vaccination, States Face Staunch Resistance
    Legislators trying to curb the numbers of unvaccinated children have been met with vigorous opposition from upset parents.
  18. Fecal Transplant Is Linked to a Patient’s Death, the F.D.A. Warns
    The agency said two patients received donated stool that had not been screened for drug-resistant germs, leading it to halt clinical trials until researchers prove proper testing procedures are in place.
  19. Dr. Henry Lynch, 91, Dies; Found Hereditary Link in Cancer
    To a doubting medical world, he found compelling evidence that some cancers are passed along genetically. His work was ultimately widely embraced.
  20. Dr. Teruko Ishizaka, Who Advanced Allergy Treatment, Dies at 92
    She and her husband identified an antibody that triggers wheezing and rashes. Monitoring it can help prevent and remedy allergic reactions.

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