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  1. The Thick Gray Line: Forest Elephants Defend Against Climate Change
    If the species is wiped out by poachers, Africa’s vast rain forest will lose 7 percent of its carbon storage ability, scientists estimate.
  2. N.Y.P.D. Detectives Gave a Boy, 12, a Soda. He Landed in a DNA Database.
    The city has 82,473 people in its database. Many of them have no idea their genetic information is there.
  3. She Studies Sea Snakes by the Seafloor
    Sea snakes are the most diverse group of marine reptiles in the world, but they are poorly understood and threatened by development. Blanche D’Anastasi is among the scientists working to save them.
  4. In Super-Deep Diamonds, Glimmers of Earth’s Distant Past
    We can’t yet dig to the center of the Earth. But diamonds from far below ground offer tantalizing hints of what's down there.
  5. NOAA Data Confirms July Was Hottest Month Ever Recorded
    Data from federal researchers confirmed that July was the hottest month on record, edging out the previous record-holder, July 2016.
  6. How Flat Earthers Nearly Derailed a Space Photo Book
    What a photographer’s struggle to raise money for his book of images tells us about Facebook and conspiracy theorists.
  7. Finding Amelia Earhart’s Plane Seemed Impossible. Then Came a Startling Clue.
    Robert Ballard has found the Titanic and other famous shipwrecks. This month his crew started trying to solve one of the 20th century’s greatest mysteries.
  8. This Carnivorous Plant Invaded New York. That May Be Its Only Hope.
    The waterwheel lives a double life: facing extinction in its native habitat even as it creeps into places where it doesn’t belong.
  9. What Makes a Red Sky at Night (and at Morning)
    The cartoonist behind the strip XKCD explains how the skies blush and why sailors care.
  10. Pirates, Slavers and Poachers: Violence on the High Seas
    “The Outlaw Ocean,” the journalist Ian Urbina’s chronicle of offshore crime, ranges from Somalia to the Philippines to the Antarctic.
  11. Planned Parenthood Refuses Federal Funds Over Abortion Restrictions
    Facing a Trump administration rule that forbids referrals for abortion, the organization decided to reject federal funds for family planning for low-income women.
  12. How to Survive a Hurricane as a Spider: Be Aggressive
    A new study suggests that spider colonies with more aggressive females are more likely to survive after a hurricane passes through.
  13. Liane Russell, Who Studied Radiation’s Effects on Embryos, Dies at 95
    Her findings led to cautions against X-rays for pregnant women. She also discovered that the presence of the Y chromosome meant a mammalian embryo was male.
  14. The Completely Reasonable Reason People Are Flying With Mini Horses
    The Department of Transportation’s declaration that miniature horses should be prioritized as service animals has raised many questions.
  15. ‘The Last Ocean’ Considers Dementia in All Its Uncertainty
    Nicci Gerrard wrote about the disease after it struck her father, but her new book is “full of other people’s voices and stories as well as my own.”
  16. Spraying Antibiotics to Fight Citrus Scourge Doesn’t Help, Study Finds
    Researchers found spraying oxytetracycline on orange trees didn’t halt a devastating infection called citrus greening, but a more expensive method — injecting the trunks — holds some promise.
  17. Older People Need Rides. Why Aren’t They Using Uber and Lyft?
    Seniors need transportation alternatives more than ever, but many are intimidated by ride-hailing apps.
  18. Should You Get a Scary UV Photo of Your Skin Damage?
    A technology grows in popularity among dermatologists, sunscreen brands and artists.
  19. Ebola Outbreak Spreads to 3rd Province in Eastern Congo
    Two new cases were confirmed in South Kivu, according to the Health Ministry.
  20. For ‘Diagnosis’ Show, Dr. Lisa Sanders Lets Times Readers Around the World Join in the Detective Work
    A Times Magazine columnist credits Sherlock Holmes and global crowdsourcing with helping her solve patients’ mysterious ailments.

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