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Trilobites: Peering Beneath a Source of El Capitan’s Deadly Rockfalls

41 min 36 sec ago
Thermal imaging reveals surprisingly little “glue” between the famous rock’s face and sheets that are peeling off it.

Why High-Class People Get Away With Incompetence

47 min 7 sec ago
People who came from higher social classes were more likely to have an inflated sense of their skills, a new study found. This overconfidence was interpreted by strangers as competence.

E.P.A. Could Make Thousands of Pollution Deaths Vanish by Changing Its Math

7 hours 51 min ago
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to adopt a new method for projecting the future health risks of air pollution that experts have said is not scientifically sound.

‘Earthworm Dilemma’ Has Climate Scientists Racing to Keep Up

8 hours 32 min ago
Worms are wriggling into Earth’s northernmost forests, creating major unknowns for climate-change models.

Fighting Ebola When Mourners Fight the Responders

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 09:58
An Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo — the second-largest in history — is escalating in part because locals don’t trust health workers and government officials.

Fighting Ebola When Mourners Fight the Responders

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 02:00
An Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo — the second-largest in history — is escalating in part because locals don’t trust health workers and government officials.

What Does It Really Mean to Be 6 Weeks Pregnant?

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 05:26
So-called ‘heartbeat’ legislation restricting abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy has started a conversation about when most women actually learn that they’re pregnant.

In Cities Where It Once Reigned, Heroin Is Disappearing

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 02:00
The rise of the more potent fentanyl in its place has put a generation of older users, who had managed their addiction, at far greater risk of overdose.

Deadly Germs, Lost Cures: Citrus Farmers Facing Deadly Bacteria Turn to Antibiotics, Alarming Health Officials

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 18:27
In its decision to approve two drugs for orange and grapefruit trees, the E.P.A. largely ignored objections from the C.D.C. and the F.D.A., which fear that expanding their use in cash crops could fuel antibiotic resistance in humans.

Facebook’s A.I. Whiz Now Faces the Task of Cleaning It Up. Sometimes That Brings Him to Tears.

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 06:03
Facebook has heralded artificial intelligence as a solution to its toxic content problems. Mike Schroepfer, its chief technology officer, says it won’t solve everything.

The Ins and Outs of Knit Theory

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 02:00
For physicist Elisabetta Matsumoto, “knitting is coding,” and yarn is a programmable material.

SpaceX to Launch Starlink Internet Satellites Tonight After Postponement

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 16:30
To make enough money for interplanetary journeys, Elon Musk’s company hopes to provide high-speed internet all over the world.

Investigators Urge E.P.A. to Pursue Scott Pruitt for $124,000 in ‘Excessive’ Travel Costs

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 14:33
The E.P.A.’s inspector general found that Mr. Pruitt, the former head of the agency, had spent funds “without sufficient justification.”

The Global Helium Shortage Is Real, but Don’t Blame Party Balloons

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:40
It’s not just Party City. Everyone is running out of helium. Part of the problem is that it’s so difficult to store.

Trilobites: Bedbugs Menaced the Dinosaur Age Before Moving Into Our Mattresses

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 08:19
We may not even be their preferred meal.

Studies Show: How Much Alcohol Can You Drink Safely?

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 07:19
That depends on how you do the research — and then on how you read the results. Here’s what studies show.

How Our Toothbrushes Are Littering Paradise

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 06:00
A new survey of remote islands off the coast of Australia found mountains of plastic weighing as much as a blue whale.

SpaceX Delays Launch of Starlink Orbital Internet Satellites

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 19:59
The mission is to be a test of the company’s ambitions to create a new line of business by connecting more parts of the world.

SpaceX to Launch 60 Starlink Satellites, Aiming to Build Orbital Internet

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 19:01
The mission is a test of the company’s ambitions to create a new line of business by connecting more parts of the world.

Barbara Marx Hubbard, 89, Futurist Who Saw ‘Conscious Evolution,’ Dies

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 16:22
In her writings and lectures, she postulated that the human race was on the brink of an enhanced way of existing and could bring about great things.

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