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Today β€” February 20th 2019NYT Science

Trump Says Space Force Creation a β€˜National Security Priority’

President Trump signed an order to begin the process for establishing a new branch of the military that would be dedicated to handling threats in space. But critics say it still raises the danger of militarizing space.

Yesterday β€” February 19th 2019NYT Science

ScienceTake: Inside the Spittlebug’s Bubble Home

By JAMES GORMAN

Those foamy eruptions on garden plants protect a slow and steady sap drinker that is growing into a froghopper. But it has to stick its hind end out to breathe.

How the Spittlebug Builds Its Bubbly Fortress

Spittlebugs feed on plant sap and then excrete bubbly foam to create a protective fortress around themselves. Later, they emerge as adult froghoppers.

Before yesterdayNYT Science

For a Black Mathematician, What It’s Like to Be the β€˜Only One’

By AMY HARMON

Fewer than 1 percent of doctorates in math are awarded to African-Americans. Edray Goins, who earned one of them, found the upper reaches of the math world a challenging place.

Saving the Bats, One Cave at a Time

By JIM ROBBINS

Biologists are searching caves and abandoned mines in the West, hoping to spare many species of the winged creatures from the devastating fungus, white-nose syndrome.

Bonaire: Where Coral and Cactus Thrive, and the Sea Soothes the Soul

By NINA BURLEIGH

In a dying reef world, the writer explores the underwater bliss of a little Caribbean island that is showing the world just how to save coral.

Becoming Greta: β€˜Invisible Girl’ to Global Climate Activist, With Bumps Along the Way

By SOMINI SENGUPTA

A Swedish girl’s solitary act of civil disobedience has turned her into a symbol for climate action. But her path hasn’t been easy.

Embryo β€˜Adoption’ Is Growing, but It’s Getting Tangled in the Abortion Debate

By CAROLINE LESTER

Many agencies that offer donated embryos, including most of those supported by federal grants, are affiliated with Christian or anti-abortion rights organizations.

A Mother Learns the Identity of Her Child’s Grandmother. A Sperm Bank Threatens to Sue.

By JACQUELINE MROZ

The results of a consumer genetic test identified the mother of the man whose donated sperm was used to conceive Danielle Teuscher’s daughter. Legal warnings soon followed.

Q&A: A Tree Grows in β€” Well, You Don’t Want to Know

By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Fruit on trees grown near outhouses and latrines usually is safe. That’s not true of produce found on the ground in the same areas.

Tom Cade, a Savior of the Peregrine Falcon, Dies at 91

By NEIL GENZLINGER

After DDT had wiped the bird out on the East Coast, he led the effort to bring it back. It was eventually removed from the federal endangered species list.

Trilobites: Searching Tardigrades for Lifesaving Secrets

By STEPH YIN

Researchers are drawing inspiration from the proteins that they think let hearty water bears cheat time by decelerating their biology.

They’ve Taken America’s Temperature β€” and It’s Running High

By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

Data from Kinsa, which makes internet-connected smart thermometers, indicates it’s a bad year for colds, but not the flu.

Skipping School to Save the Earth

By CEYLAN YEGINSU

Inspired by a 16-year-old Swede, thousands of young people are expected to take Friday off to march for action on climate change.

Trilobites: An Icy Superhighway Once Carried Glaciers From Namibia to Brazil

By ROBIN GEORGE ANDREWS

Researchers matched up a jigsaw puzzle of ice that once flowed between two landmasses now separated by an ocean.

The Perfect Valentine? A Math Formula

By SIOBHAN ROBERTS

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a customizable algebraic equation.

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