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The Hunt for Alien Extremophiles is Taking Off (Kavli Q+A)
extremophiles, microbiome, microbes, great salt lake
January 30th, 2015
ETs may be tiny, but we'll find them.
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Exploring What Makes Cooperation Work
touch, affection, nerves, gentle
January 29th, 2015
By studying primates such as monkeys, apes and even humans, Sarah Brosnan works to understand how cooperation has evolved across time.
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Human Nature May Seal the Planet's Warming Fate (Op-Ed)
climate change deniers, politics, science
January 28th, 2015
We can reverse the planet's warming, but not with a "wait and see" approach.
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Crude Conspiracies? Data Suggest Nations Do Go to War Over Oil (Op-Ed)
Blazing Iraqi oil pipeline in 2005
January 30th, 2015
The “thirst for oil” is often put forward as a near self-evident explanation behind military interventions in Libya, for instance, or Sudan. Oil, or the lack of oil, is also said to be behind the absence of intervention in Syria now and in Rwanda in 1994.
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Brains Tricked in Race-Switch Experiments Find Biases Fade
empathy, bias, human nature
January 29th, 2015
By combining illusions that change the way our brain represents our body, we were able to test whether a change in your self would result in a change in your implicit racial bias.
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Mysteries Under the Mundane Help Save Species
Jake Ferguson studies seasonality to aid predictions of animal population trends
January 28th, 2015
Studying seasonality and the ebb and flow of resources helps this researcher predict animal population growth and decline.
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Parrot Pecking Order Hints at Humans' Social Lives
Elizabeth Hobson catches a parakeet i
January 28th, 2015
Researchers uses quantitative methods to understand how and why species such as parrots develop complex social societies and how those social relationships compare to other animals.
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Fear, Ridicule, Danger: Is It Safe to Be a Climate Scientist? (Op-Ed)
The Sun's 'Jack-O-Lantern' Face
January 29th, 2015
Threats are starting to derail climate research, just when the planet needs it most.
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'Rise of the Machines' is Not a Likely Future (Op-Ed)
Robots from Terminator movie
January 28th, 2015
The reports of a robot uprising have been greatly exaggerated.
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Forget Lance Armstrong: Even Amateurs are Now Doping (Op-Ed)
cyclist, doping
January 28th, 2015
Amateurs are feeling the need to be relevant in a sport that is all-consuming, following the lead of professionals like Lance Armstrong.
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