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F.D.A. Cracks Down on Juul and E-Cigarette Retailers

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 06:53
The agency gave top makers of popular vaping devices 60 days to come up with a plan to keep their flavored products away from teenagers or face removal from the market.

Hurricane, Typhoon or Cyclone? Same Storm, Different Name

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 02:38
Tropical cyclones occur all over the world, but what they’re called depends on where they form.

It’s Not Just You: 2017 Was Rough for Humanity, Study Finds

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 21:01
Humanity had its darkest year in at least a decade, according to a Gallup survey of the emotional lives of more than 154,000 people around the world.

Branded Rockets and Astronauts on Cereal Boxes. NASA Chief Asks, ‘Is It Possible?’

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 16:13
In an era of flat budgets for the agency, Jim Bridenstine has started talking about corporate sponsorships for NASA missions.

Matter: Seeking Human Generosity’s Origins in an Ape’s Gift to Another Ape

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 16:00
Studying the behavior of our closest living relatives may help scientists better understand the human impulse for generosity.

These 3 Hurricane Misconceptions Can Be Dangerous. Scientists Want to Clear Them Up.

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 15:25
Some experts say that storm forecasts and risk assessments, like the “cone of uncertainty,” could be more clearly communicated to the public.

Beauty or Beast? Iceland Quarrels Over an Invasive Plant

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:46
Nootka lupine, introduced in the 1970s to control soil erosion, has spread wildly, threatening native species. But many adore its purplish blue flowers.

They Defied Trump on Climate Change. Now, It’s Their Moment of Truth.

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 08:38
State, local and business leaders who vowed to uphold the Paris climate pact are gathering for talks in San Francisco. The big question is whether they’ll do more than talk.

Basics: How Teeth Became Tusks, and Tusks Became Liabilities

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 23:45
Humans, mice, narwhals — most mammals rely on ancient genes to produce teeth and tusks. But the tuskless elephants of Africa show that nature can quickly alter the code.

ScienceTake: Parrots Think They’re So Smart. Now They’re Bartering Tokens for Food

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 23:30
Parrots can judge the relative value of food, holding out for tasty walnut slivers.

Do Parrots Know Economics? Kind Of.

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 23:30
A test of four different species shows they can accurately assign value to food and tokens, swapping lower value items for higher value food.

Lasker Awards Given for Work in Genetics, Anesthesia and Promoting Women in Science

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 21:01
The coveted prize was awarded to a Scottish veterinarian, two scientists who championed an overlooked protein and a pioneering researcher who helped advance the careers of other women.

Trump Administration Wants to Make It Easier to Release Methane Into Air

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 14:22
In a victory for energy companies, the administration plans to roll back rules covering methane leaks and the “flaring,” or burning, of the potent greenhouse gas.

U.N. Chief Tells World Leaders to ‘Break the Paralysis’ on Climate Change

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:55
Calling climate change the defining issue of our time, António Guterres said “the time has come for our leaders to show they care about the people whose fate they hold in their hands.”

Most Doctors Are Ill-Equipped to Deal With the Opioid Epidemic. Few Medical Schools Teach Addiction.

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 07:18
It’s one of the biggest, most expensive American health crises in memory. But the field of addiction medicine is fairly new.

A Conversation With: A Battle Plan for a War on Rare Diseases

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 02:00
Dr. Matthew Might is developing a strategy for people seeking treatments for little-known ailments.

MSK Cancer Center Orders Staff to ‘Do a Better Job’ of Disclosing Industry Ties

Sun, 09/09/2018 - 13:00
In an email to staff members, chief executives at Memorial Sloan Kettering responded to news that a top doctor had failed to report links to companies in research articles.

California Tries New Tack on Gun Violence: Bullet Controls

Sun, 09/09/2018 - 10:00
The state already has some of the strictest gun control legislation. Now it's pushing to limit the unfettered sale of ammunition.

Giant Trap Is Deployed to Catch Plastic Littering the Pacific Ocean

Sun, 09/09/2018 - 09:40
Organizers hope a 2,000-foot-long unmanned boom will collect 150,000 pounds of plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in a year.

Top Cancer Researcher Fails to Disclose Corporate Financial Ties in Major Research Journals

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 10:00
A senior official at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has received millions of dollars in payments from companies that are involved in medical research.