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Most Wikipedia Profiles Are of Men. This Scientist Is Changing That.

4 hours 54 min ago
Jessica Wade has added nearly 700 Wikipedia biographies for important female and minority scientists in less than two years.

Heat Waves in the Age of Climate Change: Longer, More Frequent and More Dangerous

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 15:50
The average number of heat waves in 50 major American cities has tripled since the 1960s.

E.P.A. Won’t Ban Chlorpyrifos, Pesticide Tied to Children’s Health Problems

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 13:33
The decision not to prohibit the pesticide, which has been linked to developmental disabilities, comes after years of legal wrangling.

Mitchell Feigenbaum, Physicist Who Made Sense of Chaos, Dies at 74

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 13:28
His discovery of what seemed at first a mathematical curiosity led to what is known as the Feigenbaum constant, a pattern of chaos found in nature.

Sorry, You Won’t Be Hovering Over Paris Anytime Soon

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 12:22
Though the sky is ripe for disruption with jetpacks and flying cars, we are stuck on the ground partly because we want to be.

Why Are These Mice Hallucinating? Scientists Are in Their Heads

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 12:07
New laser technology appeared to trigger particular images in the brains of lab mice.

This New Liquid is Magnetic, and Mesmerizing

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 11:00
Scientists have created “soft” magnets that can flow and change shape, and that could be a boon to medicine and robotics.

France Nudges Europe Into Space Race, Where It Lags Behind

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 09:28
Fifty years after the Apollo 11 mission, a new French plan for a space command must overcome the reluctance of its European allies to weaponize space.

‘Space Is the New Black’

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 07:56
The Apollo 11 anniversary is going to spur another wave of intergalactic fashion. But this time, we’re on the dark side of the moon.

Apollo 11 Anniversary: Everything You Need to Read on the Moon Landing

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 05:45
The New York Times has been covering the anniversary of the moon landing, looking back at the event’s meaning and forward to humankind’s next giant leaps in space.

The Story of 8 Unforgettable Words About Apollo 11

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 04:35
John Noble Wilford recounts some of what went into writing the story of humanity’s giant leap for the July 21, 1969, edition of The New York Times.

Hawaiian Elders Arrested Trying to Block Telescope Construction

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 20:24
When completed, the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea’s summit is expected to be the largest telescope in the Northern Hemisphere. But its construction has drawn heated opposition.

Georgia Beachgoers Save Stranded Pilot Whales in Dramatic Rescue

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:24
After a pod of whales washed up on the shores of St. Simons Island, dozens of people raced to push them out to sea.

Fewer Inspections for Aging Nuclear Plants, Regulators Propose

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:06
The proposal would significantly weaken or reduce the number and rigor of its safety inspections at the nation's 59 nuclear plants.

The Apollo 11 Mission Was Also a Global Media Sensation

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 15:36
The satellites were finally ready to beam images back to Earth in 1969. And some 600 million people watched the event live.

Earlier Ebola Outbreaks, and How the World Overcame Them

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 14:59
Hemorrhagic fever inspires almost mythic terror, but whether it can be beaten depends more on people than on medical advances.

Intensive Anti-H.I.V. Efforts Meet With Mixed Success in Africa

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 14:00
Scientists tested a costly approach to curbing the AIDS epidemic: Test everyone in the community, and treat anyone who is infected.

Ebola Outbreak in Congo Is Declared a Global Health Emergency

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 12:57
The World Health Organization issued the order as the ebola virus has infected more than 2,500 people and killed more than 1,660.

Congo’s Ebola Outbreak Is Declared a Global Health Emergency

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 11:39
The World Health Organization issued the order as the ebola virus has infected more than 2,500 people and killed more than 1,660.

To Make It to the Moon, Women Have to Escape Earth’s Gender Bias

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 05:21
The Apollo program was designed by men, for men. But NASA can learn from its failures as it aims to send women to the moon and beyond.