Whales show ability to cope with harmful man-made noises

By WILLIAM J. BROAD July 16, 2012, 08:50 PM

The mammals can be taught to react like humans plugging their ears when jets fly over, researchers found in limited trials.

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Those lying eyes? Research disputes claim they reveal deception

July 14, 2012, 04:39 PM

If you think you can tell if someone is lying from their eyes, think again.

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Science briefs: Cat parasite linked to human suicide risk

July 14, 2012, 04:37 PM

A wily parasite well known for influencing the behavior of its animal hosts appears to play a troubling role in humans, increasing the risk of suicide among women who are infected, new research shows.

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Discoveries suggest the Clovis people were not alone

By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD July 14, 2012, 04:36 PM

Discoveries suggest the Clovis people were not alone

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Early humans arrived in three waves, DNA study says

By ERYN BROWN July 14, 2012, 04:34 PM

Supporting a controversial view of how humans might have populated the Western Hemisphere, geneticists have found that groups from Asia traveled over the Bering Strait into North America in at least three separate migrations beginning more than 15,000 years ago -- not in a single wave, as has been widely thought.

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Mutation found that prevents Alzheimer's

By GINA KOLATA July 12, 2012, 05:45 AM

The discovery's implication for drug development "is hugely important."

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Key results ahead for Alzheimer's drugs

July 11, 2012, 09:57 PM

What's next: We're about to find out if there will be a way anytime soon to slow the course of Alzheimer's disease. Results are due in about a month from key studies of two drugs that aim to clear the sticky plaque gumming up patients' brains. A pivotal study of a third drug will end later this year, and results from a small, early test of it will be reported next week in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Doctors act as own pharmacists

By BARRY MEIER and KATIE THOMAS New York Times July 11, 2012, 08:17 PM

Doctors act as own pharmacists

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Science official: Ocean acidity major reef threat

By KRISTEN GELINEAU July 09, 2012, 05:35 AM

Oceans' rising acid levels have emerged as one of the biggest threats to coral reefs, acting as the "osteoporosis of the sea" and threatening everything from food security to tourism to livelihoods, the head of a U.S. scientific agency said Monday.

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Having trouble getting online? Call your provider

By LOLITA C. BALDOR July 09, 2012, 04:48 AM

Having trouble getting online?

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New studies nix report of arsenic-loving bacteria

By MALCOLM RITTER July 08, 2012, 08:07 PM

It was a provocative finding: strange bacteria in a California lake that thrived on something completely unexpected — arsenic. What it suggested is that life, a very different kind of life, could possibly exist on some other planet.

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Early pottery stirs new thinking on human interaction

By CAROLYN Y. JOHNSON July 07, 2012, 04:57 PM

It has long seemed like a tidy story about human ingenuity: After people started farming about 10,000 years ago and were faced with the challenge of cooking plants and grains, pottery was invented.

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Science notes: Tai chi helps brain grow, study shows

July 07, 2012, 04:56 PM

Tai chi, the martial art that has become popular as a gentle mind-body workout, may have another benefit: Helping to increase the size of the brain. And brain growth, scientists hope, could unlock a clue to staving off and even preventing dementia.

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In cosmic mystery, star's disk vanishes

July 07, 2012, 04:54 PM

About 460 light-years away in the constellation Centaurus, a thick disk of dust swirled around a young star named TYC 8241 2652 1, where rocky planets like our own were arising. Then, in less than two years, the disk vanished.

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U prof a player in Higgs particle puzzle

By JENNA ROSS July 06, 2012, 10:46 PM

Roger Rusack, a physics professor, has been involved for two decades in the international effort to find the elusive boson.

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Malware may knock thousands off Internet; are you vulnerable?

By LOLITA C. BALDOR July 05, 2012, 10:31 PM

If you're one of thousands who have not fixed computers, you may lose Internet service late Sunday.

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What you need to know

July 05, 2012, 09:03 PM

If you want to make sure you'll still be able to use the Internet when you wake up Monday, go to www.dcwg.org, click "Detect," and follow the instructions from there. That's the website of the DNS Changer Working Group, set up by court order to fix a bunch of servers that had been taken over by an Estonian crime ring to redirect millions of users to rogue websites. The FBI took over the servers and cleaned them up, but it doesn't want to be in the business of running DNS servers permanently -- so it's shutting them down Monday.

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Yes, scientists exclaim, there is a 'God particle'

By BRIAN VASTAG July 04, 2012, 09:08 PM

Long-sought Higgs boson seen as key to understanding how universe works.

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Q&A: A primer on Higgs Boson

July 04, 2012, 09:06 PM

Q What is it?

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It's like tryng to push your car off the road...

July 04, 2012, 08:40 PM

The idea of the Higgs particle was proposed nearly 50 years ago. It was discussed almost as a curiosity, to get around some inconsistencies between predictions and theory at the time in particle physics, that if an otherwise invisible background field exists, permeating empty space throughout the universe, then elementary particles can interact with this field.

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