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Trilobites: One of Nature’s Smallest Flowering Plants Can Survive Inside of a Duck

2 hours 31 min ago
If one duckweed lands where a bird relieves itself, it’s capable of eventually creating a dense mat of duckweeds where there were none before.

The Paris Accord Promised a Climate Solution. Here’s Where We Are Now.

7 hours 3 min ago
The world is not on track to meet its goals under the Paris climate agreement, even as warnings grow more dire. How did we get to this point?

Montreal Turns to Coyote Hazing After 19 People Are Bitten

7 hours 3 min ago
As coyotes have flourished in urban environments, cities are faced with the task of learning how to coexist peacefully.

Breast Cancer Risk May Rise After Childbirth, but Is Still Low

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:36
Women who recently gave birth may have an increased risk of breast cancer that lasts about 20 years. But for most, the overall risk is still small.

Trilobites: This Dracula Ant’s Jaws Could Make It the Fastest Animal on Earth

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:54
You could call it an ant speed record.

Virgin Galactic Rocket Ship Reaches Space, a Milestone in Space Tourism

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:43
Richard Branson’s company, which sent the crewed craft, SpaceShipTwo, more than 50 miles above Earth, is one of several racing to make space tourism a reality.

Mapping the Brain’s Genetic Landscape

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:49
Scientists have taken a step toward building a computer model of the brain’s genome, one that may help clarify the genetic roots of schizophrenia, autism and other disorders.

Trump’s NOAA Nominee Won’t Get Senate Vote This Year

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:49
The White House will have to decide whether to renominate Barry Lee Myers, the chief executive of AccuWeather, next year.

Opening in Venice: New Space Highlighting Ocean Preservation

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:32
The center, funded by the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary foundation, uses a variety of disciplines to focus on environmental issues.

N.I.H. to Scrutinize Private Donations to Scientific Research Projects

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:07
After halting a controversial alcohol study, officials will enforce new policies to ensure that private support does not compromise scientific integrity.

Matter: Narrower Skulls, Oblong Brains: How Neanderthal DNA Still Shapes Us

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 08:23
Two genes inherited from our evolutionary cousins may affect skull shape and brain size even today. What that means for human behavior is a mystery.

Two Workers Die at American Research Base in Antarctica

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:34
Officials said two fire technicians died in an accident at a generator building near McMurdo Station, the main United States base on the continent.

The Oil Industry’s Covert Campaign to Rewrite American Car Emissions Rules

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 02:00
Energy giants and conservative groups have been aggressively pushing Trump’s rollback of fuel efficiency rules for automobiles, a Times investigation found.

America’s Most Hazardous Volcano Erupted This Year. Then It Erupted and Erupted.

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 15:01
A landmark study unspools a timeline of the most destructive eruption in recorded history of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano.

U.S. Diplomats With Mysterious Illness in Cuba Had Inner-Ear Damage, Doctors Say

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:12
A report by the first doctors to examine Americans who suffered mystifying symptoms after hearing a high-pitched sound at the embassy in Cuba confirms that their condition is real.

Fetal Tissue Research Is Curtailed by Trump Administration

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 10:30
Studies that rely on tissue from aborted fetuses have pitted abortion critics against scientists who say the research helps millions of people.

More Floods and More Droughts: Climate Change Delivers Both

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 07:00
More records for both wet and dry weather are being set around the globe, according to a study published Wednesday.

It Could Be the Age of the Chicken, Geologically

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 16:32
With 65 billion chickens consumed each year, the signature fossil of the modern epoch may be the leftovers.

Russian Astronauts Inspect Mysterious Hole in Spacecraft

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:34
The astronauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev examined a small hole on the Soyuz Capsule during a spacewalk. That hole has lead to some speculation in the Russian news media about an act of sabotage by the United States.

Women in Rare Company Accept Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:30
“It is truly an amazing feeling when you know that you have built something that no one else ever has and it actually works,” said Donna Strickland, only the third woman to win the physics prize.