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  • Science Ticker

    Neonicotinoids are partial contraceptives for male honeybees

    Pollen tainted with neonicotinoid pesticides could interfere with male honeybee reproduction, a new study finds.

    After bee colonies fed on pollen spiked with the pesticides thiamethoxam and clothianidin, male bees, or drones, produced almost 40 percent fewer living sperm than did males from colonies...

    07/26/2016 - 19:08 Animals, Conservation
  • Wild Things

    Sea ice algae drive the Arctic food web

    As happens every summer, sea ice in the Arctic is shrinking as temperatures warm. But this year is a particularly warm year, and there is less sea ice than there usually is. Scientists say Earth is on track to matchor perhaps even exceed the record low extent of summertime sea ice seen in...

    07/26/2016 - 13:00 Oceans, Ecology
  • Science Ticker

    Science News reporters answer your questions about aging

    How can aging be delayed? How does the brain age? And what does aging look like in animals, plants or the rest of the natural world? The July 23 issue of Science News tackles these questions and more in a special report called "Aging's Future."

    On Tuesday, July 26, at 3 p.m. EDT, three Science News reporters...

    07/26/2016 - 12:36
  • News

    Dolly the Sheep’s cloned sisters aging gracefully

    Clones don’t age prematurely, new research on Dolly the Sheep’s sisters suggests.

    Researchers and animal welfare activists have been concerned that cloning, or somatic cell nuclear transfer, could cause health problems in cloned animals. Instead, a study of 13 cloned sheep found no signs of early aging or other health...

    07/26/2016 - 11:14 Genetics, Animals
  • It's Alive

    To prevent cannibalism, bring chocolate

    Here’s another reason to show up with a box of chocolates: It doubles as a shield if she bites.

    Edging slowly toward a female, male nursery web spiders clutch in front of their bodies their version of courtship candy: a big dead insect wrapped in white silk. “It’s pretty spectacular actually,” says Søren Toft of Denmark’s Aarhus University. It’s also prudent, he and colleague Maria Albo...

    07/26/2016 - 09:00 Animals, Evolution
  • Screentime

    Website tests predictive powers of the hive mind

    As the saying goes, “It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” The website Metaculus.com aims to make this challenging task easier by harnessing collective wisdom.

    Metaculus solicits answers to questions about the future — on topics spanning science, politics and economics — and combines these predictions to infer the likely...

    07/26/2016 - 06:00 Numbers, Science & Society
  • Feature

    SPIDER shrinks telescopes with far-out design

    In the space business, weight and size are what run up the bills. So imagine the appeal of a telescope that’s a tenth to as little as a hundredth as heavy, bulky and power hungry as the conventional instruments that NASA and other government agencies now send into space. Especially alluring is the notion of marrying the time-tested technology called interferometry, used in traditional...

    07/25/2016 - 14:00 Technology
  • News

    Ancient air bubbles could revise history of Earth’s oxygen

    Whiffs of ancient air trapped in rock salt for hundreds of millions of years are shaking up the history of oxygen and life on Earth.

    By carefully crushing rock salt, researchers have measured the chemical makeup of air pockets embedded inside the rock. This new technique reveals that oxygen made up 10.9 percent of Earth’s atmosphere around 815 million years ago. Scientists have thought...

    07/25/2016 - 07:00 Earth, Chemistry, Evolution
  • Reviews & Previews

    New books deliver double dose of venomous animal facts

    In the arms race of life, a number of animals use venom as a weapon to paralyze prey and jump-start digestion. Meanwhile, venom also helps a variety of other seemingly defenseless creatures improve their odds against larger, stronger or more aggressive foes.

    In Venomous, molecular biologist Christie Wilcox surveys the animal kingdom’s wide array of biochemical warriors, from...

    07/24/2016 - 08:00 Animals
  • To Do

    See the Starship Enterprise, design virtual robots, and more

    Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall

    Now open

    After two years of renovations, some of the museum’s most cherished artifacts — including the Spirit of St. Louis and an Apollo Lunar Module — are now on display alongside new objects, including a studio model of the Starship Enterprise.

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    07/24/2016 - 07:00 Science & Society