Scientists fight over threat to Texas songbird—and who owns the data

Habitat destruction has endangered the golden-cheeked warbler. Nature Photographers Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo By David AdamMar. 22, 2019 , 4:15 PM The golden-cheeked warbler sits just a few centimeters high and weighs 15 grams. But the diminutive Texas songbird is causing an outsize political flap, from courthouses to the pages of an academic journal. At stake […]

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How NASA Scrambled to Add Science Experiments to Israeli, Indian Moon Landers

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — NASA science instruments are flying to the moon aboard two international lunar missions, according to agency officials. The Israeli lander Beresheet, due to touch down April 11, and the Indian mission Chandrayaan 2, scheduled to launch next month, are each carrying NASA-owned laser retroreflector arrays that allow scientists to make precise […]

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Science at Sundance

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Reviewed by Gabrielle Kardon4 Most of us take electricity and running water for granted, but in rural Malawi, electricity is still a rarity, and water often comes from buckets hauled by hand out of wells. The new film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, is […]

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How Smart Were Neanderthals?

When geologist William King introduced a new species of human, Homo neanderthalensis, to the European scientific community in 1864, he wasn’t very generous toward our extinct evolutionary cousins. “I feel myself constrained to believe that the thoughts and desires which once dwelt within it never soared beyond those of a brute,” King concluded after examining […]

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The future of science in film

PHOTO: HARVEY WANG Film is a universal language of modern societies. Larger-than-life images, stories, ideas, and characters portrayed in films can speak across the globe. This makes science and technology—which have shaped the modern world but remain little understood and poorly integrated into mainstream culture—a rich subject for film and a goldmine for filmmakers. From […]

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A physicist explains what the science of phase transitions can teach us about nurturing innovation

A moonshot is an ambitious goal, but physicist and entrepreneur Safi Bahcall is interested in what he calls “loonshots,” or the neglected, unhinged ideas that then go on to change the world. In 2011, Bahcall — who has a doctorate in physics and founded a company focused on drug discovery — started working with then-President […]

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Response

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) appreciates the concerns expressed in the thoughtful letter from Lu et al. on behalf of the Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America, the Chinese American Hematologist and Oncologist Network, and the Chinese Biological Investigators Society. NIH greatly values scientists of Chinese descent as members of the American biomedical research […]

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