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The Big Tuna Sandwich Mystery

The Big Tuna Sandwich Mystery

The Big Tuna Sandwich Mystery The Big Tuna Sandwich Mystery Canned tuna is high in protein, low in fat and by far the most popular shelf-stable seafood in the United States. It can also be mysterious, questionable and scandalous. As The Washington Post reported in late January, Subway — the world’s largest sandwich chain — is currently facing a class-action …

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A Mysterious Crater’s Age May Add Clues to the Dinosaur Extinction

A Mysterious Crater’s Age May Add Clues to the Dinosaur Extinction

A Mysterious Crater’s Age May Add Clues to the Dinosaur Extinction A Mysterious Crater’s Age May Add Clues to the Dinosaur Extinction Some 65 million years ago, a rock from outer space slammed into Earth, wreaking havoc on life in its wake and leaving a large crater on our planet’s surface. No, it’s not the one you’re thinking of. Boltysh …

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For a Science Reporter, the Job Was Always About the People

For a Science Reporter, the Job Was Always About the People

For a Science Reporter, the Job Was Always About the People For a Science Reporter, the Job Was Always About the People “I would like to have lived longer, worked longer,” Sister Mary Andrew Matesich, a Catholic nun, told me in 2004. But, she said, “It’s not the hand I’ve been dealt.” She had breast cancer that had spread, and …

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Once Again, Fossils Are Hot

Once Again, Fossils Are Hot

Once Again, Fossils Are Hot Once Again, Fossils Are Hot It is a gem with a living past. The ammonite, formed by millions of years of compression and mineralization, has an opalescent quality, iridescent as prisms of light diffract off its coiled outer shell. More than 70 million years ago, that shell housed a now-extinct creature, a cephalopod that was …

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What Is a Megadrought? – The New York Times

What Is a Megadrought? - The New York Times

What Is a Megadrought? – The New York Times What Is a Megadrought? – The New York Times The Western United States is locked in an extreme drought this year that is one of the worst on record. But for a large part of the region the only thing that makes this year different is the severity of the conditions. …

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How Bats and Their Poop Erase Ancient Cave Art

How Bats and Their Poop Erase Ancient Cave Art

How Bats and Their Poop Erase Ancient Cave Art How Bats and Their Poop Erase Ancient Cave Art Hunting scenes, geometric patterns, hand stencils and other works of prehistoric art can endure for tens of thousands of years on the walls of well-protected caves — but only if bats don’t hang out in the galleries. These flying mammals are simply …

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How Climate Change Has Battered the West Before Summer Even Begins

How Climate Change Has Battered the West Before Summer Even Begins

How Climate Change Has Battered the West Before Summer Even Begins How Climate Change Has Battered the West Before Summer Even Begins A heat dome is baking Arizona and Nevada, where temperatures have soared past 115 degrees this week and doctors are warning that people can get third-degree burns from the sizzling asphalt. At Lake Mead, which supplies water for …

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As Astronauts Dock, China Takes Up Long-Term Residence in Orbit

China Launch: Astronauts Dock With Space Station

As Astronauts Dock, China Takes Up Long-Term Residence in Orbit As Astronauts Dock, China Takes Up Long-Term Residence in Orbit Three Chinese astronauts docked with the country’s still-under-construction space station on Thursday, beginning what their government expects will be a decade or more of continuous presence by Chinese astronauts in Earth’s orbit. Six hours and 32 minutes after the astronauts …

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Betelgeuse Merely Burped, Astronomers Conclude

Betelgeuse Merely Burped, Astronomers Conclude

Betelgeuse Merely Burped, Astronomers Conclude Betelgeuse Merely Burped, Astronomers Conclude Betelgeuse, to put it most politely, burped. In the autumn of 2019 the star, a red supergiant at the shoulder of the constellation Orion the Hunter, began to dim drastically to less than half its usual brightness, and some astronomers worried — or perhaps were hoping — that it would …

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CureVac’s Covid-19 Vaccine Disappoints in Clinical Trial

CureVac’s Covid-19 Vaccine Disappoints in Clinical Trial

CureVac’s Covid-19 Vaccine Disappoints in Clinical Trial CureVac’s Covid-19 Vaccine Disappoints in Clinical Trial The German company CureVac delivered disappointing preliminary results on Wednesday from a clinical trial of its Covid-19 vaccine, dimming hopes that it could help fill the world’s great need. The trial, which included 40,000 volunteers in Latin America and Europe, estimated that CureVac’s mRNA vaccine had …

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