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Take a number: How Many Teenage Girls Deliberately Harm Themselves? Nearly 1 in 4, Survey Finds.

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 08:31
Rates of self-injury reached are even higher in parts of the United States, according to government data. Boys are half as likely to harm themselves.

Footsteps: The Balancing Act of Arches

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 02:00
Decades ago, the pioneering writer Edward Abbey immortalized then-empty Arches National Park. Can it survive the modern influx of visitors?

Mind: Endless Gaming May Be a Bad Habit. That Doesn’t Make It a Mental Illness.

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 02:00
The World Health Organization has made “internet gaming” a diagnosable disorder. But many experts aren’t even sure it exists.

Bulwark Against an Abortion Ban? Medical Advances

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 15:33
Improved contraception and abortion pills mean the back-alley days are largely gone. But more restrictive abortion laws would especially affect poor and minority women.

Arvid Carlsson, Who Discovered a Treatment for Parkinson’s, Dies at 95

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 10:13
Dr. Carlsson determined the critical role of the brain chemical dopamine, leading to drugs for Parkinson’s disease and a Nobel Prize.

Judge Strikes Down Kentucky’s Medicaid Work Rules

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 15:48
The federal court ruling may affect other states’ plans to impose work requirements on the poor in exchange for receiving health care.

Francisco J. Ayala, Famed Biologist, Resigns After Sexual Harassment Inquiry

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 15:08
Administrators at the University of California, Irvine, said they would remove Dr. Ayala’s name from campus buildings and academic posts.

Doctor, Your Patient Is Waiting. It’s a Red Panda.

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 12:07
Medical students at Harvard take part in an elective with veterinarians, learning about diseases and treatments between animals and humans.

Trilobites: The Evolutionary Origin of Descending Testicles

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 10:20
Descending testicles were likely present in the earliest mammals, then subsequently disappeared in elephants, manatees and their relatives, according to a new study.

Q&A: A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 09:36
NASA has identified something 13.4 billion light-years away, as the farthest thing observed in space.

Trilobites: He Died at Pompeii, but His Head Wasn’t Crushed by a Block

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 07:59
The skull of the “unluckiest man” at Mt. Vesuvius’ eruption was found by archaeologists, intact and with a mouth full of teeth.

Global Health: Ebola Outbreak in Central Africa Is ‘Largely Contained’

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 14:52
The first Ebola outbreak fought with a new vaccine is winding down, according to the World Health Organization. The outbreak lasted just seven weeks.

Matter: How Long Can We Live? The Limit Hasn’t Been Reached, Study Finds

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 11:00
The mortality rate flattens among the oldest of the old, a study of elderly Italians concludes, suggesting that the oldest humans have not yet reached the limits of life span.

Crows Learn More About Toolmaking

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 06:00
New Caledonian crows were trained to seek rewards by tearing paper of a certain size, demonstrating what researchers say is quite advanced toolmaking.

Critic’s Notebook: Coney Island’s Newest Wonder: Sharks!

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 05:00
A New York Aquarium pavilion, with 115 marine species, finally opens this weekend, and the overall effect makes it more of a visible, welcoming presence and neighbor.

A Victory for Coral: Unesco Removes Belize Reef From Its Endangered List

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 17:03
The Belize Barrier Reef has been removed from the United Nations list of threatened world heritage sites because it no longer faces immediate danger from development.

Genealogists Turn to Cousins’ DNA and Family Trees to Crack Five More Cold Cases

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 13:31
Police arrested a D.J. in Pennsylvania and a nurse in Washington State this week, the latest examples of the use of an open-source ancestry site since the break in the Golden State killer case.

Central Park, Now More Delicious

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 11:57
With cars being banished from the drives, New Yorkers get to taste an urban oasis that’s closer to nature.

Trilobites: Bumblebees Thrive in the City but Struggle on the Farm

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 11:33
Facing two unnatural environments, these important pollinators are finding better niches to exploit in urban areas.

NASA Again Delays Launch of Troubled Webb Telescope; Cost Estimate Rises to $9.7 Billion

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 10:18
The successor to the Hubble has had a series of mishaps during testing. An independent review board pushed back the launch for three years.