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The F.D.A.’s New Cigarette Warnings Are Disturbing. See for Yourself.

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:21
Weakened by court battles with major tobacco companies, the F.D.A. has softened its depictions of smoking-related illnesses required for cigarette packs.

Kary B. Mullis, 74, Dies; Found a Way to Analyze DNA and Won Nobel

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 12:09
His discovery created a new world of possibilities in diagnosing disease, unearthing the past and assisting in criminal cases, including O.J. Simpson’s murder trial.

NOAA Data Confirms July Was Hottest Month Ever Recorded

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 11:59
Data from federal researchers confirmed that July was the hottest month on record, edging out the previous record-holder, July 2016.

Catch a Buzz With Two New Books About Bugs

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 11:00
In “The Mosquito,” Timothy Winegard examines the history of man’s “deadliest predator.” In “Buzz, Sting, Bite,” Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson looks at how insects have shaped human civilization.

The New Cigarette Warnings Are Disturbing. See for Yourself.

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 08:40
Weakened by court battles with major tobacco companies, the F.D.A. has softened its depictions of smoking-related illnesses required for cigarette packs.

How One Billionaire Could Keep Three Countries Hooked on Coal for Decades

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 02:55
The story of a mining project in Australia helps to explain why the world keeps burning coal despite the profound risk it poses to the future.

Flying Assassins Are Called In to Combat Aggressive Sea Gulls

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 00:00
A Jersey Shore town has come up with a creative but costly way to tame its marauding sea gulls.

Dozens of Young People Hospitalized for Breathing and Lung Problems After Vaping

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 16:04
Patients, mostly teenagers, suffered severe respiratory problems in recent weeks, possibly from vaping marijuana, illicit drugs or nicotine.

Scientists Discover a Cure for the Deadliest Strain of Tuberculosis

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 13:10
Once, a diagnosis of extensively drug-resistant TB meant quick death. A new drug regimen cures most patients in just months.

Lead Crisis in Newark Grows, as Bottled Water Distribution Is Bungled

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 13:10
Worries about the safety of the drinking water in New Jersey’s largest city have raised comparisons to Flint, Mich.

Gay Penguins, and Their Hope for a Baby, Have Enchanted Berlin

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 08:34
Two male penguins at Zoo Berlin have adopted an egg, delighting Germans and raising the prospect of the zoo’s first penguin chick in almost two decades.

How Flat Earthers Nearly Derailed a Space Photo Book

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 08:34
What a photographer’s struggle to raise money for his book of images tells us about Facebook and conspiracy theorists.

How Do You Film Water in Its Many Forms? Very, Very Carefully.

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 07:00
The documentarian Victor Kossakovsky, his crew and others found themselves in perilous spots as they sought out roiling seas, frozen lakes, icebergs and more.

Dr. John Hansen, Who Made Marrow Transplants Safer, Dies at 76

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 15:46
His research expanded the pool of donors whose bone marrow was less likely to be rejected by patients with leukemia and other blood disorders.

‘Juul-alikes’ Are Filling Shelves With Sweet, Teen-Friendly Nicotine Flavors

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 15:34
Juul, worried about further damage to its reputation as it tries to remake its public image, has filed lawsuits and a complaint with the International Trade Commission.

Drinking Bleach Won’t Cure Cancer or Anything Else, F.D.A. Says

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 14:00
Alarmed about misinformation online, the agency warned about bleach solutions that are being marketed as cures for autism, H.I.V./AIDS and cancer.

Not the Mayflower, but Close: Greta Thunberg Prepares to Sail for America

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 13:31
The 16-year-old climate activist is crossing the Atlantic to attend a United Nations climate summit. She refuses to fly because aviation has such an enormous carbon footprint.

Heat Wave Sweeps Through Southern United States

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 11:50
Millions of people across Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee faced excessive heat warnings and high humidity.

States Sue Trump Administration Over Rollback of Obama-Era Climate Rule

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 09:35
The legal fight over how to regulate coal-burning plants could ultimately determine how much leverage the government has to fight global warming.

Screen All Adult Patients for Drug Abuse, National Panel Urges

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 08:00
With 1 in 10 Americans saying they misuse drugs, doctors should ask everyone about both illegal and prescription use, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said.