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Yesterday β€” August 19th 2018NYT Science

Trilobites: Before You Flush Your Contact Lenses, You Might Want to Know This

By VERONIQUE GREENWOOD

Flushing disposable contacts down the toilet or washing them down the drain may contribute to the problem of microplastic pollution, researchers said.

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In San Francisco, Opioid Addiction Treatment Offered on the Streets

By ABBY GOODNOUGH

City health workers are handing out buprenorphine prescriptions to homeless people in hopes of getting them into treatment.

Climate Has a Role in Wildfires? No. Wait, Yes.

By HENRY FOUNTAIN

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke laid the bulk of the blame for California’s blazes on “environmental terrorist groups.”

Q&A: Companions for City Trees

By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

If you’re going to add plants around a street tree, make sure they’re not too thirsty and have shallow roots.

Latest Attraction at French Theme Park: Crows That Pick Up Trash

By LAURA M. HOLSON

No, that crow casually holding a cigarette butt in its beak isn’t a smoker. It’s meant to “make people feel a little bit guilty” for littering.

Sketchbook | Graphic Review: A Graphic Tribute to a Classic Work of Paleontological Literature

By DAVID NYTRA

The children’s book author and illustrator David Nytra draws a review of William E. Scheele’s “Prehistoric Animals.”

Trilobites: Hundreds of Reindeer Died by Lightning. Their Carcasses Became a Laboratory.

By STEPH YIN

“From death comes life,” said researchers who studied how decomposing bodies, with the help of scavengers, might alter plant diversity across a broad landscape.

Archaeologists Find 3,200-Year-Old Cheese in an Egyptian Tomb

By NIRAJ CHOKSHI

The cheese was found in a tomb that had been thought lost to shifting sands until it was rediscovered in 2010.

ScienceTake: The Secret to Ant Efficiency Is Idleness

By JAMES GORMAN

To dig a nest tunnel quickly and get the most out of their efforts, 30 percent of fire ants do 70 percent of the work.

How Ants Avoid Traffic Jams

Ants have a lesson for humans on how to be more productive: Less is more. Here’s the ingenious trick the insects deploy for maximizing efficiency.

Settling Arguments About Hydrogen With 168 Giant Lasers

By KENNETH CHANG

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory said they were “converging on the truth” in an experiment to understand hydrogen in its liquid metallic state.

Trilobites: Trapped in 99-Million-Year-Old Amber, a Beetle With Pilfered Pollen

By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR

The discovery is among the strongest evidence in the fossil record that the insects pollinated prehistoric cycads, a plant that preceded flowering plants.

Trilobites: Do Penguins Mate for Life? Not According to These Paternity Tests

By JOANNA KLEIN

New research challenges assumptions that some penguins mate for life, and suggests DNA testing is needed to avoid inbred captive populations.

Review: Looking to the Stars, β€˜Cielo’ Can’t Quite Form a Constellation

By BEN KENIGSBERG

Alison McAlpine’s experimental feature tries to film an essentially unfilmable subject: the night sky above the Atacama Desert in Chile.

Matter: The β€˜Zombie Gene’ That May Protect Elephants From Cancer

By CARL ZIMMER

With such enormous bodies, elephants should be particularly prone to tumors. But an ancient gene in their DNA, somehow resurrected, seems to shield the animals.

Fierce and Unpredictable: How Wildfires Became Infernos

By JIM ROBBINS

A division of the U.S. Forest Service is studying fire behavior as the blazes in the West become hotter and spread faster than ever before.

Feature: The Scientist Who Scrambled Darwin’s Tree of Life

By DAVID QUAMMEN

How the microbiologist Carl Woese fundamentally changed the way we think about evolution and the origins of life.

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