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Science at the Top of the News for May 14-18

The essence of science explained in 63 seconds by Richard Feynman was most-viewed item last week by subscribers to Science in the News. Other popular stories included a New York Times Magazine piece on whether children as young as 9 can be classified as psychopaths and a new font for digits, called Fatfonts, that could become all the rage in infographics. Subscribe for free daily updates.

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Data Pile-Up at the Large Hadron Collider

The world's largest particle accelerator is delivering torrents of data to physicists. But the hundreds of millions of collisions happening inside the machine every second are now growing into a thick fog that, paradoxically, threatens to obscure a fabled quarry: the Higgs boson. ...

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Space Station Enters Research Phase Under Criticism

After more than a dozen years and at least $100 billion in construction costs, NASA says the International Space Station finally is ready to become the orbiting laboratory that the agency envisioned more than two decades ago. ...

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A 'More Nuanced Picture' of the Dinosaurs' End

Three young scientists examined the fossil record over the 12 million years leading up to the mass extinction of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous geological period and concluded that a huge asteroid is still the central villain in the dinosaurs' extinction. ...

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Science at the Top of the News for May 7-11

The most-viewed news story last week by subscribers to Science in the News involved an investigation by the Chicago Tribune into flame-retardant chemicals. Also popular were news items on the "Top Ten Mysteries of the Universe" and a way to guarantee complete randomness in a flow of information, such as the numbers generated by a roulette wheel. Subscribe for free daily updates.

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Bird Flu Hybrid May Transmit in Humans

Controversial research on a hybrid strain of bird flu that could potentially spread between humans was published last week in Nature after security restrictions on the work were lifted. Publication was delayed after the U.S. government's biosecurity advisers said key sections of the paper should be struck out to prevent the details being exploited by bioterrorists. ...

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