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Günter Blobel, Nobel Laureate Who Found Cell ‘ZIP Codes,’ Dies at 81

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:04
Dr. Blobel, at Rockefeller University, discovered that proteins in any given cell carry signals that guide them to where they can do their beneficial job.

Doctors Said Immunotherapy Would Not Cure Her Cancer. They Were Wrong.

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 09:32
Scientists are racing to understand why immunotherapy drugs have worked for a few cancer patients when the medicines should have had no effect.

There’s a Persistent Hum in This Canadian City, and No One Knows Why

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 08:57
Residents affected by the “Windsor Hum” complain of sleeplessness, depression and headaches. It is one of many mysterious sounds reported throughout the world.

Out There: Astronomers’ Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 02:00
The Wfirst project, which would have investigated the force of dark energy in the universe and searched for more planets, has been cut from NASA’s proposed budget.

Animals Are Losing Their Vagility, or Ability to Roam Freely

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 02:00
A study of 50 species shows that human encroachment and development not only harm an animal’s habitat, but may affect their migration patterns and food sources.

Trilobites: Coffee Beans Are Good for Birds, Fancy Brew or Not

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 12:30
A study of India’s Western Ghats region found that growing coffee doesn’t interfere with biodiversity, regardless of which bean the farmer chooses.

Q&A: It’s Harder to Make Meals in the Mountains

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 09:24
Why does it take longer to cook certain foods at higher altitudes? Reduced air pressure.

How We Pollute the Air Every Morning (Before We Hop in the Car)

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 02:00
Consumer products like perfume, pesticides and paint can contribute as much to city air pollution as cars.

Two Swiss Athletes Are First at Olympics Confirmed With Norovirus

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 23:57
The Swiss Olympic delegation, which did not identify the athletes or their sport, said they were sequestered and no longer had symptoms.

The Flu Vaccine Is Working Better Than Expected, C.D.C. Finds

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:11
A preliminary analysis finds the vaccine 25 percent effective against this year’s dangerous H3N2 strain, and twice as effective in children.

Diplomats in Cuba Suffered Brain Injuries. Experts Still Don’t Know Why.

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 15:32
After examining 21 American diplomats said to have been victims of a mysterious “attack” in Havana, medical experts found concussion-like damage but no obvious causes.

Transgender Woman Breast-Feeds Baby After Hospital Induces Lactation

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:40
The journal Transgender Health that they believe it was the first documented case of a successful experiment to induce breast-milk production in a transgender woman.

What to Give Up for Lent? Smoking? Cursing? How About Plastic?

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:58
The Church of England has issued a “Plastic Lent Challenge,” with six weeks’ worth of ideas for plastic objects to avoid, from wet wipes to toothbrushes.

Trilobites: Nearly 150,000 Orangutans Vanished Over 16 Years

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:01
Deforestation on Borneo has harmed the primates, but a study found they also disappeared from more intact forests, suggesting people may be killing them.

Trilobites: The Cuttlefish, a Master of Camouflage, Reveals a New Trick

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:00
These relatives of the octopus and squid save energy by effortlessly extending structures under their skin that help them hide.

Trilobites: Ancient Artists Carved Camels in Saudi Desert’s Stone

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 07:47
The unique, life-size relief sculptures of humped creatures and other beasts of burden are about 2,000 years old, but little is known about their origins.

New York Will Investigate Reports of Gay Men Denied Insurance

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 16:32
Denying men life or disability policies because they take drugs to prevent H.I.V. is discriminatory and may trigger penalties.

First Blood Test to Detect Concussions Is Approved

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 15:54
The device may be able to quickly identify people with suspected brain injuries that could be widely used by the Pentagon and in sports.

Peru Moves to Protect ‘One of the Last Great Intact Forests’

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:00
While the United States may be weakening protections for wilderness, the creation of Yaguas National Park protects millions of acres from development and deforestation.

Australia Diary: Missing a Blue-Tongued Friend

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 19:11
A reader discovers her husband had a loyal companion while tending to his garden.