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Whose Lives Should Be Saved? Researchers Ask the Public

NY Times Science - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 19:03
For the past few years, researchers have been holding forums to see how people would ration limited medical resources during disasters or pandemics.

New York City Wages War on the Zika Virus

NY Times Science - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 17:29
Health officials are preparing for the arrival of locally transmitted cases of the virus by laying traps, spraying and conducting lab tests.

D.A. Henderson, Doctor Who Helped End Smallpox Scourge, Dies at 87

NY Times Science - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 16:51
Starting in 1966, Dr. Henderson, known as D.A., led the World Health Organization’s war on the smallpox virus, and achieved success astonishingly quickly.

English Village Becomes Climate Leader by Quietly Cleaning Up Its Own Patch

NY Times Science - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 09:26
In Ashton Hayes, residents have banded together to cut greenhouse emissions with solar panels, wine-and-cheese nights and no politicians.

The Beat, and the Bug Spray, Go On in South Beach Despite Zika Threat

NY Times Science - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 13:22
There was some worry, but not enough to dim the party atmosphere. Said one man: “Maybe it’s only a problem if there’s a big swarm. I’m pretty chill.”

Poverty, Drought and Felled Trees Imperil Malawi Water Supply

NY Times Science - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 09:34
The practice of depleting the forest for precious fuel during hard times has been taking a toll at taps in the capital city, Lilongwe.

California wildfires: Blue Cut blaze curbed as evacuees return

BBC Science - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 03:13
Firefighters in California gain ground in tackling the massive Blue Cut wildfire, containing around 40% and allowing many evacuees to return home.

Why Do You Want a Pet? Can You Afford It?

NY Times Science - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 02:01
The question of whether to get a pet is more complex than you’d think. The needs of the animal are as important as the needs of the owner, experts say.

Pregnant Women Advised to Avoid Travel to Active Zika Zone in Miami Beach

NY Times Science - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 17:57
Federal health officials issued a broad advisory after Florida identified five new infections from local transmissions and a second active Zika zone.

What We Know and What We Don’t Know About the Zika Cases in South Florida

NY Times Science - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 16:03
Thirty-six people have caught the Zika virus in southern Florida, but no one knows how large an area is affected or how long the danger will last.

Reeling From Effects of Climate Change, Alaskan Village Votes to Relocate

NY Times Science - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 07:46
Residents voted to move Shishmaref from a barrier island that has been disappearing because of erosion and flooding attributed to global warming.

Trilobites: At the Bottom of a Whisky Glass, a Beautiful Experiment

NY Times Science - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 07:37
What does whisky leave you, other than tipsy? An interesting pattern of evaporation, if you look closely enough, which a team of scientists and a photographer did.

Sinosphere: Chinese Claim That World Accepts Its Organ Transplant System Is Rebutted

NY Times Science - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 06:58
The head of the Transplantation Society said that the decades-long practice of using the organs of executed prisoners, which China says has stopped, had horrified the rest of the world.

Exxon Mobil Fraud Inquiry Said to Focus More on Future Than Past

NY Times Science - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 02:36
Eric T. Schneiderman of New York said the investigation was concentrating on issues like the value the company puts on oil still in the ground.

Zebra finch 'heat song' changes hatchling development

BBC Science - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 01:19
A study of Australian zebra finches makes the surprising discovery that singing to eggs can alter hatchling development.

Water voles: National Trust releasing 100 in Yorkshire Dales

BBC Science - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 00:16
About 100 water voles are to be released into Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales.

Miami Beach Zika Cases May Prompt Call to Avoid City

NY Times Science - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 19:44
A health official confirmed that the newly identified infections were contracted through suspected local transmission of the mosquito-borne virus.

HMT Arfon: Sunken WWI mine trawler protected

BBC Science - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:19
The sunken wreck of a fishing trawler that swept for mines during World War One is given special protection by Historic England.

Immune System and Spirit Kept Cancer at Bay for a Year

NY Times Science - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:53
Jason Greenstein fought off Hodgkin’s lymphoma with immunotherapy, but prolonged exposure to chemotherapy and radiation weakened his body. He died Aug. 10.

Satellite images used to predict poverty

BBC Science - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 11:59
Researchers have combined satellite imagery with AI to predict areas of poverty across the world.
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