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Trump Passed a Cognitive Exam. What Does That Really Mean?

NY Times Science - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:37
The exam, called the Moca, is widely used in doctor’s offices, but it is not sophisticated enough to diagnose mental decline, experts say.

Drilling Off Florida Is Still On the Table, Interior Official Says

NY Times Science - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:24
A surprise statement on Friday undercut last week’s announcement that Florida had been granted an exemption from President Trump’s offshore-drilling plan.

The New Old Age: One Day Your Mind May Fade. At Least You’ll Have a Plan.

NY Times Science - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:32
A doctor has developed an advance directive specifically to plan for medical care in the event of dementia.

Trilobites: They Hunt. They Gather. They’re Very Good at Talking About Smells.

NY Times Science - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:37
A study of hunter-gatherers on the Malay Peninsula suggests that culture plays a role in how we describe the odors all around us.

The man risking his life to save pink dolphins

BBC Science - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 06:05
Fernando Trujillo works in dangerous areas of the Amazon to save the rare species.

Nasa removes US astronaut from ISS mission

BBC Science - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 05:22
Jeanette Epps would have been the first African-American astronaut on the space station crew.

He Traded a Tortoise for a Turtle. He Got 6 Months in Jail.

NY Times Science - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 03:49
A Queens man who traded a 95-pound tortoise stolen from a nature center for $300 and a musk turtle has always been “an animal lover,” his mother says. “That’s really his downfall.”

Mind: Given Medicine, the Patients Got Better. They Remained in Shackles Anyway.

NY Times Science - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 02:38
In West Africa, people with psychoses are often chained at prayer camps. Giving them psychiatric drugs lessened their symptoms, but did not shorten their captivity.

Prague Journal: One of the World’s Oldest Clocks Stops Ticking, Briefly

NY Times Science - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:23
The Astronomical Clock in Prague has been taken apart for maintenance. The city’s clock master has until August to finish restoring it.

Scapa Flow microplastics levels 'similar to Forth and Clyde'

BBC Science - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:50
Researchers at Heriot-Watt University took more than 100 sediment samples from 13 Orkney beaches.

Hope for threatened 'little tiger cat'

BBC Science - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:25
Habitat fragmentation is a bigger threat to Chile's wildcat than human persecution, say conservationists.

Young Women Are Using A.D.H.D. Drugs in Greater Numbers, C.D.C. Reports

NY Times Science - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:52
Since 2003, the percentage of women filling prescriptions for drugs like Ritalin has increased nearly fivefold in some age groups.

Matter: In the Arctic, More Rain May Mean Fewer Musk Oxen

NY Times Science - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:32
Winter rain makes it more difficult for the animals to feed, particularly pregnant females, researchers find.

Warming, Water Crisis, Then Unrest: How Iran Fits an Alarming Pattern

NY Times Science - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:59
A water crisis — whether caused by nature, human mismanagement, or both — can be an early warning signal of conflict ahead. Iran is the latest example.

Yes, Lots of People Are Getting Flu Symptoms. No, This Season Isn’t So Unusual. Here’s Why.

NY Times Science - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:47
The virus is widespread, and the vaccine is a poor match. But while some areas are hit hard, others have been spared, and deaths are not unusually common this season.

Global Health: ‘Smart Thermometers’ Track Flu Season in Real Time

NY Times Science - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:42
Can 500,000 thermometers transmitting 25,000 readings a day forecast the spread of flu more accurately than the C.D.C.?

C.D.C. Postpones Session Preparing U.S. for Nuclear War

NY Times Science - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:41
After the agency’s workshop attracted considerable media attention, especially given President Trump’s recent words with North Korea, the session has been postponed.

2017 'warmest year without El Niño'

BBC Science - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:30
Even with no natural climate boost, last year was the second or third hottest on record.

Trilobites: Debunking the Myth That Earthquakes and Full Moons Are Linked

NY Times Science - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 06:51
A seismologist scrutinized hundreds of strong earthquakes over four centuries and found no relationship to lunar cycles.

Crunch question

BBC Science - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 03:30
Insects are often portrayed as a sustainable superfood - and many are delicious.
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