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Basics: Birds Beware: The Praying Mantis Wants Your Brain
Scientists have developed a healthy respect for mantises, acrobatic hunters with 3-D vision and voracious appetites.
09/25/2017 12:32 PM
Moths, Alive and in Color, in All Their Diversity
A new collection from the photographer Emmet Gowin delivers an appreciation for the hidden ties between humans and moths as well as art and science.
09/25/2017 06:34 PM
A Battle to Save the World’s Favorite Treat: Chocolate
In Costa Rica, researchers are cloning cacao hybrids resistant to frosty pod rot, a blight that has spread throughout Latin America.
09/25/2017 09:00 AM
Trilobites: Pandas Are No Longer Endangered. But Their Habitat Is in Trouble.
Logging, human encroachment and activities have fragmented the natural range of pandas in China, which could make recent population gains short-lived.
09/25/2017 03:00 PM
ScienceTake: Dogs Recognize Themselves in Test Based on Smell, Not Sight
Canines don’t seem to perceive their reflections in mirrors. But they do better with a ‘‘smell mirror.’’
09/25/2017 06:36 PM
Trilobites: Sputnik for Sale, if You’ll Settle for a Beeping Replica
Just ahead of the 60th anniversary of the first Earth launch of a satellite, an auction house will take bids on a replica of the shiny Soviet spacecraft.
09/22/2017 09:12 PM
Matter: Clues to Africa’s Mysterious Past Found in Ancient Skeletons
An analysis of DNA recovered from fossils thousands of years old hints at enormous migrations that shaped the continent.
09/21/2017 04:00 PM
Trilobites: How Three Friends Proved That Jellyfish Can Sleep
What started as a midnight excursion of curious graduate students turned into a study with implications for basic questions about sleep.
09/21/2017 04:00 PM
A Glowing Cotton Study That Might Have Deserved Less Glowing Reviews
Cotton experts were not impressed with a recent study published by scientists who claimed they created naturally glowing and magnetic cotton.
09/22/2017 01:39 AM
Q&A: Clues to Prehistoric Cave Painters Remain Scant
Little is known about the cave paintings in France and Spain made tens of thousands of years ago.
09/25/2017 09:00 AM
Spelunking in Search of Antibiotics
It can take decades of research and more than a billion dollars to create a new antibiotic drug. Sometimes, the first step of the process starts underground, deep inside a mountain.
09/24/2017 09:00 AM
News Analysis: Yes, Aaron Hernandez Suffered Brain Injury. But That May Not Explain His Violence.
The links between biology and behavior are complex, and a number of factors contribute to violence. Yet evidence is mounting that C.T.E. may be involved.
09/24/2017 09:32 PM
Take a Number: The HPV Vaccine Gains Ground Among U.S. Teenagers
Sixty percent of adolescents received the vaccine in 2016. A decade ago, less than 30 percent did.
09/22/2017 06:44 PM
How Dogs Recognize Their Scents — And Selves
Dogs appear to know their own scent in a test involving samples of urine. Is that the same as recognizing oneself in a mirror?
09/22/2017 09:00 AM
Trilobites: For Neanderthals, Growing Big Brains Took More Time
New research suggests that the brain of a juvenile Neanderthal developed more slowly than that of a similarly aged Homo sapiens child, but scientists don’t yet know why.
09/21/2017 06:58 PM
NASA’s Osiris-Rex Spacecraft Is Headed for a Flyby With Earth
The spacecraft will make a flyby of Earth on Friday, using the planet’s gravity to steer it toward Bennu, an asteroid it will visit next year.
09/21/2017 02:22 PM
How to Hack Your Brain (for $5,000)
The new, new, new age is all about “defragging our nervous systems.”
09/21/2017 04:00 AM
Dr. Edmond Eger II, 86, Dies; Found Way to Make Anesthesia Safer
Dr. Eger and colleagues developed a technique to determine the proper dosage of anesthesia in operating rooms all over the world, saving an untold number of lives.
09/21/2017 12:32 AM
Trilobites: Sea Turtles Appear to Be Bouncing Back Around the World
Researchers analyzed all existing public data of sea turtle nesting sites around the world and found a tale of “cautionary optimism.”
09/20/2017 09:46 PM
How Can U.S. States Fight Climate Change if Trump Quits the Paris Accord?
Fourteen states have vowed to uphold the Paris climate pact with or without the federal government, and a new analysis suggests their efforts are having an impact.
09/20/2017 09:52 PM
Wild Bison Killed After Wandering Across Border Into Germany
A local official ordered hunters to kill the rare animal last week after it crossed over from Poland. “Animals don’t know country borders,” a conservationist said.
09/21/2017 10:27 AM
Why Mexico Is So Prone to Strong Earthquakes
Two powerful quakes, 12 days apart, have killed hundreds of people in Mexico this month. We look at how, where and why the big ones happen.
09/20/2017 05:19 PM
Mexicans Dig Through Quake Rubble as Death Toll Passes 200
Thousands of rescue workers plunged into the shattered shells of homes and offices. Officials said the priority is to keep saving people.
09/20/2017 11:27 PM
Building a Better Coral Reef
As reefs die off, researchers want to breed the world’s hardiest corals in labs and return them to the sea to multiply. The effort raises scientific and ethical questions.
09/21/2017 11:29 PM
Islands Seek International Funding for Hurricane Recovery
In a special United Nations session, leaders of islands battered by hurricanes made worse by climate change appealed to wealthy countries for aid.
09/19/2017 10:14 PM
Chemical Industry Ally Faces Critics in Bid for Top E.P.A. Post
Michael L. Dourson, who has long run a premier firm for the chemical industry, is set for a confirmation hearing before a Senate panel.
09/20/2017 12:08 AM
The 2017 Hurricane Season Really Is More Intense Than Normal
It’s not your imagination. From Harvey to Irma to Jose to Maria, this year’s Atlantic hurricane season “has been an overachiever by almost every index.”
09/19/2017 12:58 PM
Hurricane Maria Makes Landfall in Dominica as Other Islands Brace for Potential Disaster
The Caribbean islands scrambled to prepare for another big storm, Hurricane Maria, which was barreling through only days after Irma killed more than two dozen.
09/19/2017 06:40 AM