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Six Years After Fukushima, Robots Finally Find Reactors’ Melted Uranium Fuel
The Japanese government and companies used radiation-hardened machines to search for the fuel that escaped the plant’s ruined reactors.
11/19/2017 12:02 PM
Trilobites: Rock Carvings of Ancient Dogs Getting Taught New Tricks
Engravings in the Saudi desert may be the earliest depictions of human-canine companionship.
11/20/2017 10:36 PM
A Helping of Science With Your Thanksgiving Dinner
Biology. Chemistry. Physics. It’s all there on your plate. Take a moment to appreciate it before you dig in.
11/20/2017 11:13 PM
A Close-Up on Mysteries Made of Stone in Saudi Arabia’s Desert
Structures that may have been created by ancient tribes could only be studied using Google Earth. Saudi officials finally invited an archaeologist to observe them via helicopter.
11/18/2017 05:55 AM
Trilobites: A Population of Billions May Have Contributed to This Bird’s Extinction
A new study suggests passenger pigeons were hyper-adapted to living in a large, stable population, leaving them unable to cope when humans hunted them en masse.
11/16/2017 07:31 PM
Trilobites: Same Oceans, Similar Prey, Two Very Different Necks
Biologists studied cormorants and penguins that hunt fish in frigid seas and found that cormorants save energy by only moving their necks when seizing prey.
11/17/2017 07:22 PM
Matter: ‘Gene Drives’ Are Too Risky for Field Trials, Scientists Say
New research casts doubt on a gene-editing strategy that scientists had hoped to use against invasive species and epidemic diseases.
11/17/2017 12:32 AM
A Nearby Earth-Size Planet May Have Conditions for Life
Astronomers have found a planet circling Ross 128, a quiet red star in our own galactic neighborhood.
11/16/2017 01:32 AM
Global Health: Nearly 21 Million Now Receiving AIDS Drugs, U.N. Agency Says
‘Remarkable progress’ has been made, Unaids said, but millions more worldwide require treatment. Young women are especially hard hit.
11/20/2017 09:42 PM
Wake Up and Smell the Traffic? London Tries Coffee to Power Buses
In an effort to curb toxic diesel fumes, oil from used grounds has been added to the fuel for the British capital’s iconic red double-deckers.
11/20/2017 05:28 PM
New Gene Treatment Effective for Some Leukemia Patients
By genetically altering a patient’s T-cells to attack more than one site on cancer cells, researchers hope to devise better treatments.
11/20/2017 10:32 PM
Skin Cancers Rise, Along With Questionable Treatments
Dermatology is booming, with private equity investments and an influx of physician assistants doing the work of doctors. Are patients being well served?
11/20/2017 09:38 PM
Retro Report: Questioning Evolution: The Push to Change Science Class
Legislation and lawsuits that reject scientific consensus on issues like evolution and climate change are changing the way science is taught in some schools.
11/20/2017 01:19 AM
News Analysis: At Bonn Climate Talks, Stakes Get Higher in Gamble on Planet’s Future
This year’s United Nations climate talks have wrapped up, and there were few signs that countries are inclined to take urgent action.
11/18/2017 02:33 PM
What Happened (and Didn’t) at the Bonn Climate Talks
The 23rd United Nations climate talks ended early Saturday, kicking most big issues down the road until 2018.
11/20/2017 05:09 PM
Treaty to Phase Out ‘Greenhouse Gases on Steroids’ to Enter Force
A global treaty to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons, a category of extremely potent planet-warming gases, has cleared a key threshold and will enter into force.
11/18/2017 02:53 PM
Q&A: The Chemical Reaction That Cleans Everything
Bleach may be common, but the molecular dance that makes it work is an intricate wonder.
11/17/2017 08:55 PM
Trilobites: How Snapdragons Beckon Bees With More Than One Color
Subspecies of the flowers share most of their genes, but differ in a handful that lead to some being yellow on magenta and others being magenta on yellow.
11/17/2017 05:58 PM
Island Nations, With No Time to Lose, Take Climate Response Into Their Own Hands
Island states that are least responsible for global emissions but most vulnerable to storms and rising seas are looking outside the United Nations process for aid.
11/17/2017 07:02 PM
Science Is Dry, Obscure, Complex? Well, It Makes for Great Comedy
In podcasts and live shows, comedians are extracting the funny from astronomy, climate change and even the physics behind urinal cakes.
11/17/2017 03:49 PM
Modern Love: 17 Million Frozen Sperm Await the Perfect Moment
A woman trying to get pregnant on her own finds connection and hope during a total solar eclipse.
11/17/2017 05:00 AM
F.D.A. Speeds Review of Gene Therapies, Vowing to Target Rogue Clinics
The agency plans to speed approval of treatments to get them to the market faster, signaling the quickened pace of advancements in this field.
11/17/2017 12:35 AM
Keystone Pipeline Leaks 210,000 Gallons of Oil in South Dakota
The spill in South Dakota comes just days before Nebraska regulators will decide on a permit needed for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline
11/17/2017 01:38 AM
Downing North Korean Missiles Is Hard. So the U.S. Is Experimenting.
Buried in an emergency funding request to Congress lie hints of new ways to confront Pyongyang, like cyberweapons and armed drones.
11/16/2017 10:34 PM
A More Conciliatory Tone on Climate from the U.S. at Global Talks
In a brief address at the United Nations climate conference in Bonn, a State Department official mentions climate change and not coal, drawing (polite) applause.
11/16/2017 08:25 PM
New Quay Journal: A Cliff-Edge Town Visited by Poets, Dolphins — and Octopuses
Octopuses and giant barrel jellyfish come and go in a town where Wales’s best-known alcoholic drank. The dolphins seem to be staying, so far.
11/17/2017 01:00 PM
U.N. Climate Projects, Aimed at the Poorest, Raise Red Flags
The Green Climate Fund was meant to help developing countries tackle climate change, but many of the most vulnerable nations have not seen any grants.
11/16/2017 04:22 PM
At U.N. Climate Conference, Treading Lightly Around the Americans
Delegates at climate talks in Bonn are keeping their opinions to themselves about President Trump’s vow to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
11/15/2017 08:08 PM
How to Lower Your Blood Pressure
Medical guidelines have changed, and now about half of Americans may qualify for the diagnosis of hypertension. Here’s what to do about it.
11/16/2017 09:17 PM
A Radioactive Cloud Wafts Over Europe, With Russia as Chief Suspect
High levels of a substance called ruthenium 106 detected over the Continent have prompted concern about a possible cover-up by Moscow.
11/15/2017 02:02 PM
Why China Wants to Lead on Climate, but Clings to Coal (for Now)
Emissions are rising in China. Still, it’s on track to meet the commitments it made under the Paris climate accord.
11/15/2017 01:40 AM
Study Finds Competing Opioid Treatments Have Similar Outcomes
The manufacturers of the two drugs to treat opioid addiction are competing fiercely for market share and drawing scrutiny from lawmakers and prosecutors.
11/15/2017 01:24 PM
Peter Sands Named Head of Global Disease-Fighting Agency
The new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria faces an uphill battle: raising more money as lethal epidemics keep cropping up.
11/14/2017 10:37 PM
Take a Number: Americans Are Putting Down the Soda Pop
Children and adults are downing sugary drinks far less often than they used to, a new study finds.
11/14/2017 05:07 AM
First Digital Pill Approved to Worries About Biomedical ‘Big Brother’
The medicine, an antipsychotic drug, has a sensor that will show doctors whether and when patients are taking it. Other medicines will follow, experts say.
11/15/2017 05:38 AM