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Trilobites: Extinct Gibbon Found in Tomb of Ancient Chinese Emperor’s Grandmother

3 hours 42 min ago
The remains appear to be a new species of gibbon, and it was perhaps a pet.

The Natural Gas Industry Has a Leak Problem

3 hours 42 min ago
Emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, are 60 percent higher than government estimates. That’s bad news for climate change.

Koko the Gorilla, Known for Using Sign Language, Dies at 46

4 hours 36 min ago
Koko became an instant celebrity in her youth and charmed entertainers like Fred Rogers and Robin Williams, as well as their audiences.

A Common Virus May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Finds

6 hours 12 min ago
The research did not find that viruses cause Alzheimer’s. But it showed that two types of herpes interact with Alzheimer’s-related genes and might drive the disease process

Trilobites: Magnetic Sense Helps Billions of Moths on an Australian Migration

6 hours 42 min ago
Researchers say this is the first reliable evidence that insects can use Earth’s magnetic field for navigation.

Climate Change Brought a Lobster Boom. Now It Could Cause a Bust.

12 hours 42 min ago
Warming waters in the Gulf of Maine have benefited lobsters and the lobstermen who trap them. But as temperatures rise further, will the industry reach a tipping point?

The Summer Solstice and the Search for Life in the Cosmos

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 14:59
As you mark the longest day of the year, consider the debate among astronomers over whether Earth’s tilt toward the sun helps make life on our world and others possible.

Is There a Smarter Path to Artificial Intelligence? Some Experts Hope So

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 14:32
A branch of A.I. called deep learning has transformed computer performance in tasks like vision and speech. But meaning, reasoning and common sense remain elusive.

After Volcano Eruption in Guatemala, Re-creating a Truck Covered in Ash

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:28
How 727 photos taken in 29 minutes became an immersive 3D experience.

Newly Discovered ‘Limb Pit’ Reveals Civil War Surgeons’ Bitter Choices

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:26
Two skeletons and the remains of 11 amputated limbs are leading to new knowledge of combat injuries and medical practices on long-ago battlefields.

New Group, With Conservative Credentials, Plans Push for a Carbon Tax

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:45
A new lobbying group is hoping to build support for a “climate dividend” plan. Its members include Trent Lott, Janet L. Yellen and Ben S. Bernanke.

Dr. Adel Mahmoud, 76, Dies; Credited With Major Vaccines

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:31
As president of Merck Vaccines, Dr. Mahmoud overcame doubts in developing vaccines against two threats to women and babies: HPV and rotavirus.

ScienceTake: The Elephant’s Superb Nose

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 23:30
Elephants’ trunks are not only large and strong, they house one of the best mammalian smelling systems.

Inside the Nose of an Elephant

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 23:30
Elephants have a keen nose. They have more smell receptors than any mammal – including dogs – and can sniff out food that is several miles away. A new study tests their ability to distinguish between similar smelling plants.

A Troubling Prognosis for Migrant Children in Detention: ‘The Earlier They’re Out, the Better’

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:17
The longer children remain in institutional settings, the greater their risk of depression, post-traumatic stress and other mental health problems.

Trump Orders Establishment of Space Force as Sixth Military Branch

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 14:46
The idea has troubled lawmakers and even some members of the administration, who have cautioned that it could create unnecessary bureaucratic responsibilities for a military burdened by conflicts.

Global Health: The Man Who (Almost) Wiped Out the Guinea Worms

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:35
Dr. Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben has saved tens of millions of people from painful parasitic infections.

Global Health: Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:05
For 30 years, scientists have fought to eliminate a horrifying parasite. Suddenly, it has begun infecting dogs in Chad, threatening to undo decades of progress.

Trilobites: Sea Stars Started Dissolving. What Helped Some of Them Survive?

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:00
Researchers say they’ve detected genetic differences that might help explain why some of these creatures on California’s coast survived a deadly plague.

Was Autism a Nazi Invention?

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:00
In “Asperger’s Children,” Edith Sheffer explores the roots of autism, first diagnosed in Nazi Germany as the regime engaged in a program of child euthanasia.