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When determining sex, exceptions are the rule

(Molecular Biology and Evolution (Oxford University Press)) Thanks to new genomic data, long-held theories on sex chromosome evolution are now being tested against empirical evidence from nature — often with surprising results.

Here’s how SOHO and a skywatcher discovered comet SWAN

Almost every day, the SWAN instrument aboard the sun-watching SOHO spacecraft makes a map of the sky. Anyone with internet access can view the maps and join the search for new comets. To date, 12 comets have been spotted in the SWAN data!

Will this pandemic teach us to be frugal?

Around dinnertime each day, my husband and I make our way to the kitchen from our respective home offices and stare at a relatively full refrigerator. There’s a decent collection of fresh fruit and vegetables, some meat, lots of dairy,…

Watch for Lyrid meteors this week

Assuming ideal conditions, you might catch 10 to 15 meteors per hour in 2020’s Lyrid meteor shower. The peak is probably Wednesday morning – April 22 – but watch the mornings before and after, too.

How to disinfect a car interior

It’s important to know how to disinfect a car interior when it comes time to clean. Vacuuming dirt and wiping dust from hard surfaces makes your car look clean, but a little extra effort will help remove bacteria, viruses and…

Wildlife Collapse From Climate Change Is Predicted to Hit Suddenly and Sooner – The New York Times

Climate change could result in a more abrupt collapse of many animal species than previously thought, starting in the next decade if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced, according to a study published this month in Nature. The study predicted…

Everything you need to know about face masks

Early on, as the novel coronavirus was just starting to creep across the U.S., the advice on masks was to reserve them for health care workers. But as COVID-19 has tightened its grip, some experts advise that wearing masks in…

10 surprising home remedies for acid reflux

Acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), which is a more scientific way to describe heartburn, affects 50 percent of Americans. While heartburn suggests you just ate a pizza that bothered you, GERD is when food, acid contents, bilious material…

Stay home, but keep the fun with our new social distancing guide

Here’s some good news amid the uncertainty: You don’t have to sacrifice family fun, entertainment and productivity to comply with current social-distancing and stay-at-home guidelines. In fact, it’s easier than ever to accomplish all of your everyday activities – like…