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Thanks a Lot! New Reasons Not to Eat Cookie Dough

1 hour 51 min ago
A new study confirms that uncooked flour can make people dangerously ill. Turns out E. coli bacteria can thrive in the dry, powdery host.

Trilobites: ‘Crazy Jigsaw Puzzles’ Improve Our Views of Coral Reefs

3 hours 23 min ago
An analysis of 3D photomosaics of reefs in the Pacific Ocean could help scientists better understand the health of coral around the world.

Q&A: Shake, Rattle and Roll

3 hours 43 min ago
How a rattlesnake forms its rattles.

Out There: An Interstellar Visitor Both Familiar and Alien

3 hours 49 min ago
Astronomers offer new details about Oumuamua, a probable asteroid arriving from beyond the solar system and leaving in a big hurry.

Trilobites: Even Whales Have to Exfoliate

4 hours 51 min ago
In summer, when they move into warmer waters, bowhead whales in the Canadian Arctic rub against underwater rocks to shed skin.

Abnormal Proteins Discovered in Skin of Patients With Rare Brain Disease

4 hours 51 min ago
Finding so-called prions in skin samples may lead to early diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. But the discovery also hints at possible risks from surgery.

Matter: Young Again: How One Cell Turns Back Time

5 hours 51 min ago
With every birth, cells begin anew. Scientists have found a biological mechanism underpinning the process in worms, which one day may be harnessed to restore our own damaged cells.

Tech We’re Using: How to Cover Rocket Blastoffs With an iPhone

8 hours 15 min ago
Space shuttle launches were Earth-rattling when seen in person. Now rocket launches can be covered through an iPhone, says Kenneth Chang, who covers space for The Times.

Giving Thanks, but Not for Turkey-Powered Energy

8 hours 30 min ago
A Minnesota utility wants to shut down a biofuel plant that runs on turkey droppings and wood. Loggers and truckers are suing to save it.

As Malaria Resists Treatment, Experts Warn of Global Crisis

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 19:13
A strain of malaria resistant to two drugs, including artemisinin, which was once seen as a miracle cure, is spreading, and experts fear that it could reach Africa.

Trilobites: Do Lefties Have an Advantage in Sports? It Depends

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 16:01
The southpaw advantage may be stronger in sports that give players less time to respond to an opponent’s actions, a new study suggests.

Lilli Hornig, 96, Dies; A-Bomb Researcher Lobbied for Women in Science

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 15:25
An alumna of Los Alamos, she became a chemistry professor and urged universities to recruit more women as students, professors and administrators.

Russia, in Reversal, Confirms Radiation Spike

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:51
The state weather service in Moscow acknowledged “extremely high pollution” in a region close to a sprawling Soviet-era nuclear plant.

Trilobites: The Scuba Diving Flies of California’s Mono Lake

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:16
For most insects, water is a death trap. These alkali flies cover themselves with a bubble of air to dip into a salty lake.

ScienceTake: Tricky Cockatoos Match Shapes Better Than Primates

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 00:30
Goffin’s cockatoos, known for their inventiveness, showed a great talent for fitting even complicated shapes into matching holes.

Cockatoos Rival Children in Shape Recognition

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 00:30
Cockatoos prove adept at shape manipulation, outperforming most animals and even toddlers.

A Helping of Science With Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:02
Biology. Chemistry. Physics. It’s all there on your plate. Take a moment to appreciate it before you dig in.

Global Health: Nearly 21 Million Now Receiving AIDS Drugs, U.N. Agency Says

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:42
‘Remarkable progress’ has been made, Unaids said, but millions more worldwide require treatment. Young women are especially hard hit.

Trilobites: Rock Carvings of Ancient Dogs Getting Taught New Tricks

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:27
Engravings in the Saudi desert might be the earliest depictions of human-canine companionship.

Wake Up and Smell the Traffic? London Tries Coffee to Power Buses

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:28
In an effort to curb toxic diesel fumes, oil from used grounds has been added to the fuel for the British capital’s iconic red double-deckers.