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Trilobites: They Hunt. They Gather. They’re Very Good at Talking About Smells.
A study of hunter-gatherers on the Malay Peninsula suggests that culture plays a role in how we describe the odors all around us.
01/21/2018 08:02 PM
Trilobites: A Wet and Warm Spring, Then 200,000 Dead Saigas
Scientists identified bacteria that caused a mass die-off of the endangered antelopes in Kazakhstan in 2015. But the mechanism that made the bacteria so deadly is not understood.
01/17/2018 10:41 PM
Matter: In the Arctic, More Rain May Mean Fewer Musk Oxen
Winter rain makes it more difficult for the animals to feed, particularly pregnant females, researchers find.
01/18/2018 04:32 PM
Trilobites: Debunking the Myth That Earthquakes and Full Moons Are Linked
A seismologist scrutinized hundreds of strong earthquakes over four centuries and found no relationship to lunar cycles.
01/18/2018 02:51 PM
Fireball Cuts Through the Sky Over Michigan as Meteor Falls
Videos showed a bright flash of light, followed by a pop almost like a light bulb burning out.
01/17/2018 05:59 PM
Trilobites: The Squid That Sink to the Ocean’s Floor When They Die
Some squid sink to the ocean floor when they die, researchers found, and they may take a lot of carbon down there with them.
01/13/2018 09:30 AM
Trump Passed a Cognitive Exam. What Does That Really Mean?
The exam, called the Moca, is widely used in doctor’s offices, but it is not sophisticated enough to diagnose mental decline, experts say.
01/19/2018 10:37 PM
Drilling Off Florida Is Still on the Table, Interior Official Says
A surprise statement on Friday undercut last week’s announcement that Florida had been granted an exemption from President Trump’s offshore-drilling plan.
01/19/2018 10:24 PM
The New Old Age: One Day Your Mind May Fade. At Least You’ll Have a Plan.
A doctor has developed an advance directive specifically to plan for medical care in the event of dementia.
01/19/2018 07:32 PM
He Traded a Tortoise for a Turtle. He Got 6 Months in Jail.
A Queens man who traded a 95-pound tortoise stolen from a nature center for $300 and a musk turtle has always been “an animal lover,” his mother says. “That’s really his downfall.”
01/19/2018 11:49 AM
Young Women Are Using A.D.H.D. Drugs in Greater Numbers, C.D.C. Reports
Since 2003, the percentage of women filling prescriptions for drugs like Ritalin has increased nearly fivefold in some age groups.
01/18/2018 09:52 PM
Warming, Water Crisis, Then Unrest: How Iran Fits an Alarming Pattern
A water crisis — whether caused by nature, human mismanagement, or both — can be an early warning signal of conflict ahead. Iran is the latest example.
01/18/2018 03:59 PM
Yes, Lots of People Are Getting Flu Symptoms. No, This Season Isn’t So Unusual. Here’s Why.
The virus is widespread, and the vaccine is a poor match. But while some areas are hit hard, others have been spared, and deaths are not unusually common this season.
01/18/2018 03:47 PM
Prague Journal: One of the World’s Oldest Clocks Stops Ticking, Briefly
The Astronomical Clock in Prague has been taken apart for maintenance. The city’s clock master has until August to finish restoring it.
01/19/2018 02:23 AM
Fed Up With Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own
A group of large hospital systems plans to create a nonprofit generic drug company to battle shortages and high prices.
01/18/2018 05:01 AM
Trapped on an Island With Wolves, the Only Way Out for These Caribou Was Up
Nine caribou on an island in Lake Superior were helicoptered to safety in a bid to save a once thriving herd from dying out.
01/18/2018 03:02 AM
Mind: Given Medicine, the Patients Got Better. They Remained in Shackles Anyway.
In West Africa, people with psychoses are often chained at prayer camps. Giving them psychiatric drugs lessened their symptoms, but did not shorten their captivity.
01/19/2018 10:38 AM
Treatment Offers Hope for Imprisoned California Siblings
Cases of children isolated and abused by parents are rare but not unheard-of, say experts. Many recover.
01/17/2018 07:38 PM
U.K. Appoints a Minister for Loneliness
Prime Minister Theresa May said an under secretary would work across government departments to tackle the issue.
01/18/2018 07:44 AM
Citing ‘Inexcusable’ Treatment, Advisers Quit National Parks Panel
The majority of members of the National Parks System Advisory Board have jointly resigned in protest of Trump administration policies.
01/17/2018 04:12 AM
Mathilde Krim, Mobilizing Force in an AIDS Crusade, Dies at 91
Dr. Krim raised awareness of the scourge and money to fight it while lobbying governments and enlisting a broad spectrum of powerful allies.
01/16/2018 11:12 PM
High-Fat Diet May Fuel Spread of Prostate Cancer
New research suggests a strong link between genes, dietary fat and prostate cancer.
01/16/2018 06:04 PM
After a Debacle, How California Became a Role Model on Measles
Changing minds on vaccination is very difficult, but it isn’t so important when a law can change behavior.
01/16/2018 04:14 PM
The Parasite on the Playground
Roundworm eggs, shed by stray dogs, can be ingested by children playing outside. The worm’s larvae have been found in the brain, experts say, perhaps impairing development.
01/17/2018 03:27 PM
Global Health: ‘Smart Thermometers’ Track Flu Season in Real Time
Can 500,000 thermometers transmitting 25,000 readings a day forecast the spread of flu more accurately than the C.D.C.?
01/18/2018 03:42 PM
The Healing Edge: After Surgery in the Womb, a Baby Kicks Up Hope
Baby Boy Royer, who underwent an operation for spina bifida as a fetus, had the biggest defect that the surgical team had attempted to repair.
01/15/2018 05:00 PM