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Bay Area scientists see forged stars, gravitational waves

Bay Area scientists announced today that they had seen the fireball cast off by colliding neutron stars 130 million light-years away, a landmark achievement in our quest to explore deep time and space. The first-ever sighting, part of a large body of discoveries by more than 70 international observatories announced …

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Scientists See Climate Change in California’s Wildfires

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — As wildfires engulf nearly 170,000 acres of Northern California wine country, questions are swirling about the role of climate change in causing damage of historic proportions. The fires, which started late Sunday night in the hills of Napa and Sonoma counties, quickly ballooned to 22 separate …

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The Latest: Nobel-winning scientists laud each other, team

The Latest on the Nobel Physics Prize (all times local): 8:30 p.m. The two California scientists sharing this year’s Nobel Physics Prize credited each other and their third partner, as well as the team that helped build and maintain the instrument that helped them discover gravitational waves. Kip Thorne and …

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The Latest: Scientists: Quake test of bridge design worked

The Latest on tests for new bridge construction technology intended to withstand strong earthquakes at the University of Nevada, Reno (all times local PDT): 1:40 p.m. Scientists at Nevada earthquake lab are declaring success after testing new bridge designs they created to better withstand violent temblors and speed reconstruction after …

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Scientists: Future of oldest tree species on Earth in peril

The bristlecone pine tree, famous for its wind-beaten, gnarly limbs and having the longest lifespan on Earth, is losing a race to the top of mountains throughout the Western United States, putting future generations in peril, researchers said Wednesday. Driven by climate change, a cousin of the tree, the limber …

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