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Climate change doom teaches lesson for today

Scientists say rapidly warming oceans played a key role in the world’s biggest mass extinction, 252 million years ago, and could point to the risks that lie ahead in an era of similarly rapid climate change. The latest analysis, published in … Continue reading

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Four black hole smashups added to LIGO’s list

Four more mergers of black holes, including the biggest one recorded to date, have been added to a catalog generated by gravitational-wave detectors. The additions were announced today by the teams in charge of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or … Continue reading

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Tweets document damage after 7.0 Alaska quake

Buildings in downtown Anchorage were damaged and roads were ruined when a magnitude-7.0 earthquake hit Alaska’s biggest city today. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake occurred at 8:29 a.m. Alaska time (9:29 a.m. PT) and was centered 8 miles … Continue reading

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Fossil tells a whale of a tale about evolution

A whale that lived 33 million years ago when present-day Oregon was part of the ocean floor has been newly named after a curator at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle. And Elizabeth Nesbitt’s whale isn’t … Continue reading

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Human gene-editing experiment put on hold

The Chinese researcher behind a controversial experiment to produce gene-edited children took the stage at a Hong Kong conference to explain his work, and acknowledged that the international outcry has brought a halt to the experiment. “The clinical trial was … Continue reading

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Reports of gene-edited babies spawn investigations

Multiple investigations are being sought in the wake of reports that a Chinese laboratory facilitated the birth of twin girls whose genes had been edited to protect them against the HIV virus that causes AIDS. The first-of-its-kind experiment, which took … Continue reading

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First gene-edited babies reportedly born in China

A Chinese researcher says his lab facilitated the first birth of gene-edited children — twin girls who are said to possess genetic alterations that could protect them from HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. “Two beautiful little Chinese girls, named Lulu and … Continue reading

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