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Two New Ebola Treatments Prove Highly Effective in Congo Epidemic

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 09:55
The therapies saved roughly 90 percent of the patients who received them early in the course of infection. Doctors hope patients will seek out the cures, ending the outbreak.

Trump Administration Weakens Protections for Endangered Species

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 09:16
The Trump administration announced far-reaching revisions to the Endangered Species Act, which was first enacted in 1973.

Finding Amelia Earhart’s Plane Seemed Impossible. Then Came a Startling Clue.

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 02:00
Robert Ballard has found the Titanic and other famous shipwrecks. This month his crew started trying to solve one of the 20th century’s greatest mysteries.

Perseids Meteor Shower Will Peak in Night Skies

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 02:00
Meteor showers can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a glimpse.

Here There Be Dragons. But Can They Survive an Invasion of Tourists?

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 23:55
Barring tourists from the giant lizards’ island lair may save them, but the moratorium could doom residents, who will have to leave, too. If they refuse? “It’s their own fault if the Komodo eat them.”

Bees Swarm Berlin, Where Beekeeping Is Booming

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 07:27
Berlin has more honeybee hives than it can manage, and experts say many of the beekeepers do not have enough time or training for the hobby.

Russia Confirms Radioactive Materials Were Involved in Deadly Blast

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 06:23
As signs of a secretive cleanup effort emerged, an official statement hinted at an accident involving a new nuclear engine for missiles.

Trump Administration Reauthorizes Use of ‘Cyanide Bombs’ to Kill Wild Animals

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 02:00
The Environmental Protection Agency uses the spring-loaded poison devices to kill thousands of coyotes and foxes, despite opposition from environmental groups.

Earth’s Food Supply Is Under Threat. These Fixes Would Go a Long Way.

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 14:24
The food production system accounts for up to a third of greenhouse gas emissions. But if agriculture is done right, experts say, it can actually be a climate change solution.

To Save Tiny Penguins, This Suburb Was Wiped Off the Map

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 08:59
An Australian state restored a habitat for the world’s smallest penguins by removing every home from a coastal development.

Ancient Egyptian Yeast Is This Bread’s Secret Ingredient

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 08:25
A self-professed “bread nerd” extracted yeast from 4,000-year-old artifacts to make a loaf of sourdough. “The aroma and flavor are incredible,” he said.

Genome Study Reveals Clues to Komodo Dragon’s Unique Abilities

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 02:00
A new study reveals evidence of a large number of mutations in important Komodo genes.

Legless, Leaping Larvae

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 15:00
Gall midge maggots have some surprising tricks that help them launch themselves into smile-inspiring jumps.

A More Active Hurricane Season Could Lie Ahead, Scientists Warn

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 13:07
A revised prediction from federal forecasters sees the potential for as many as 17 named storms this hurricane season, four of which may be major.

In the Ethiopian Mountains, Ancient Humans Were Living the High Life

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 11:00
Humans may have inhabited sites at high elevations far earlier than once believed, a new study suggests.

Jealousy Led Montana Chemist to Taint Colleague’s Water Tests

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 10:17
A judge fined a woman nearly $40,000 in a peculiar case of workplace gaslighting.

How Sharks Glow to Each Other Deep in the Ocean

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 08:00
Scientists have identified the molecular magic that makes the creatures into neon beacons.

Watch This Plant Shoot Its Seeds Like Spiraling Footballs

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 02:00
Chinese witch hazel takes a ballistic approach to reproduction.

This Bread Recipe Starts With 4,000-Year-Old Yeast

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 02:00
A self-professed “bread nerd” extracted yeast from ancient Egyptian artifacts to make a loaf of sourdough. “The aroma and flavor are incredible,” he said.

Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 01:36
The world's land is being exploited at an “unprecedented” rate, a United Nations report on climate change warns, putting pressure on food production and amplifying the risk of mass migration.