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Being Antisocial Leads to a Longer Life. For Marmots.

Being Antisocial Leads to a Longer Life. For Marmots.

Marmot pups near Crested Butte, Colo. Researchers tracked yellow-bellied marmots’ interactions for 13 years and found that more solitary marmots lived longer lives.

Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun

Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun

Sweltering temperatures on the surface of Earth’s northern hemisphere notwithstanding, the sun and Earth are currently three million miles farther from each other than when they’re closest.

Dark Spots in Our Knowledge of Neptune

Dark Spots in Our Knowledge of Neptune

An image of Neptune taken by the Voyager spacecraft in August 1989, showing the storm, known as the Great Dark Spot, near the left side of the planet.

What Makes Some Hair Curly? Not Quite What Scientists Thought

What Makes Some Hair Curly? Not Quite What Scientists Thought

Merino sheep on a farm in Alexandra, New Zealand. Scientists found that differences in the cells on a hair explain a sheep’s curls, and may offer insights for other mammals, like us.

The Malaria Fighter

The Malaria Fighter

Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer has run the President's Malaria Initiative for the last eight years.

Visitors From the Ocean’s Twilight Zone

Visitors From the Ocean’s Twilight Zone

A transparent hatchetfish, retrieved by researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, which is seeking to understand better the creatures that occupy the sea from 600 to 3,300 feet deep.

Sea Turtles Use Magnetic Fields to Find Their Birthplace Beach

Sea Turtles Use Magnetic Fields to Find Their Birthplace Beach

Loggerhead turtles are known to use the earth’s magnetic fields to nest on Florida’s Gulf beaches within about 40 to 50 miles of where they were born decades earlier.

The ‘Zombie Gene’ That May Protect Elephants From Cancer

The ‘Zombie Gene’ That May Protect Elephants From Cancer

Elephants, like their forebears mastodons and mammoths, carry a unique gene whose proteins kill off potentially cancerous cells.

Review: ‘A Spirit of Charity’ Probes Struggle of Public Hospitals

Review: ‘A Spirit of Charity’ Probes Struggle of Public Hospitals

A Spirit of Charity: Restoring the Bond Between America and Its Public Hospitals. By Mike King. Secant. 352 pages. $26.95.

A Cold War Fought by Women

A Cold War Fought by Women

One of these outfits worn in Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt's study on female aggression provoked a sort of "mean girl" form of indirect aggression. The other attracted little notice at all.

The Sounds That Haunted U.S. Diplomats in Cuba? Lovelorn Crickets, Scientists Say

The Sounds That Haunted U.S. Diplomats in Cuba? Lovelorn Crickets, Scientists Say

Scientists say a recording of disturbing sounds made by American diplomats in Cuba actually may be of a very loud cricket species.

Empathy May Be Overrated in an Election, and in a Leader

Empathy May Be Overrated in an Election, and in a Leader

Top: Donald J. Trump; Middle: Bill Clinton: Bottom: George H.W. Bush.

Borneo Lost More Than 100,000 Orangutans From 1999 to 2015

Borneo Lost More Than 100,000 Orangutans From 1999 to 2015

An orangutan in a sanctuary awaiting release on the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo. New research has found that 50 years of conservation efforts have failed to stem the decline of orangutans on the island.

How Universities Deal With Sexual Harassment Needs Sweeping Change, Panel Says

How Universities Deal With Sexual Harassment Needs Sweeping Change, Panel Says

The report cited a survey by the University of Texas system, which found that 20 percent of female science students, 25 percent of female engineering students and 40 percent of female medical students experienced sexual harassment from faculty or staff.

Plan Bee: The Rise of Alternative Pollinators

Plan Bee: The Rise of Alternative Pollinators

Alfalfa leafcutter bees and their brood cells in a hut built by Jim Watts, who runs a business providing bees to farmers out of Ontario, Ore.


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