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Rooftop sensors on U.S. embassies are warning the world about ‘crazy bad’ air pollution

  The U.S. embassy’s hourly smog updates have irked Beijing officials—and spurred mitigation measures. Kevin Frayer/Stringer/GETTY IMAGES Rooftop sensors on U.S. embassies are warning the world about ‘crazy bad’ air pollution By Eli KintischApr. 19, 2018 , 10:00 AM In October

Indonesian divers have evolved bigger spleens to hunt underwater

  Indonesian divers have evolved bigger spleens to hunt underwater By Elizabeth PennisiApr. 19, 2018 , 12:00 PM Some of the most exciting discoveries in evolutionary biology in recent years have shown how humans have adapted to extreme conditions, such as

Pioneering autism researcher cooperated with Nazis, new evidence suggests

  This memorial in Vienna remembers Nazi-era victims of the children’s psychiatric facility Am Spiegelgrund, where children and adolescents were systematically killed and their brains removed for scientific research. A new book and journal article alleges that Hans Asperger, a pioneer of

Autistic children may inherit DNA mutations from their fathers

Based on the new findings, researchers propose a more complex model of how autism arises. Megapress/Alamy Stock Photo Autistic children may inherit DNA mutations from their fathers By Matt WarrenApr. 19, 2018 , 2:00 PM There is no one gene that,

Did ancient Mesopotamians get high? Near Eastern rituals may have included opium, cannabis

  Poppies, shown here with seed pods, have been used to produce opium in the Near East for some 5000 years.   ISTOCK.COM/OZTURK Did ancient Mesopotamians get high? Near Eastern rituals may have included opium, cannabis By Andrew LawlerApr. 19, 2018

Trump administration takes first steps toward drilling in Alaska’s Arctic refuge

  The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on the northern coast of Alaska   Hillebrand/USFWS Trump administration takes first steps toward drilling in Alaska’s Arctic refuge By Pamela King, E&E NewsApr. 19, 2018 , 2:20 PM Originally published by E&E News Department

U.S. agencies clash over who should regulate genetically engineered livestock

  A virus that causes illness in pigs could be a target of genetic modification.   USDA/Scott Bauer U.S. agencies clash over who should regulate genetically engineered livestock By Marc Heller, E&E NewsApr. 19, 2018 , 2:25 PM Originally published by

In dramatic vote, with baby, Senate confirms Bridenstine to lead NASA

  Representative Jim Bridenstine (R–OK) testifies before the Senate science committee on his nomination to lead NASA in November 2017.   NASA/Joel Kowsky In dramatic vote, with baby, Senate confirms Bridenstine to lead NASA By Paul VoosenApr. 19, 2018 , 2:40 PM

A new dengue vaccine should only be used in people who were previously infected, WHO says

  Nadia Gonzalez recovers from dengue in a hospital in Paraguay in 2016. There is no easy test for previous exposure to dengue, which makes implementing World Health Organization’s new recommendations for the vaccine difficult.   Jorge Saenz/AP Photo A new

Is this 100,000-year-old hashtag the first humanmade symbol—or just a pretty decoration?

  An early human scratched this hashtag pattern into a red ochre stone at Blombos Cave in South Africa.   Christopher Henshilwood and Francesco d’Errico Is this 100,000-year-old hashtag the first humanmade symbol—or just a pretty decoration? By Michael Erard Apr.