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From a Deceased Woman’s Transplanted Uterus, a Live Birth

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 06:41
A novel transplantation procedure may help more infertile women become pregnant.

Trilobites: What a Hungry Snail Reveals About Your Grocery Store Breakdowns

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 02:00
Pond snails can overcome warnings from their senses about what to eat if they get hungry enough. Sound familiar?

Can We Grow More Food on Less Land? We’ll Have To, a New Study Finds

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 21:00
To make meaningful progress on climate change, cows and wheat fields will have to become radically more efficient.

COP24, the New Round of Global Climate Talks, Has Begun. We Answer Three Key Questions.

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 09:37
Negotiators from nearly 200 countries are gathering in Poland over the next two weeks to try to put global climate negotiations back on track.

Trilobites: Devoted Dads of the Amphibian World

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 07:31
The males of an obscure frog species in Borneo faithfully tend their eggs, undistracted by new mates.

Puritan Tiger Beetles, ‘Vicious Predators,’ May Soon Hunt Again

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 23:30
The beetles are New England’s most endangered species. Now scientists have begun an unlikely effort to return them to the banks of the Connecticut River.

Giving Patients a Voice Even When Voices in Their Heads Overwhelm Them

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:18
Psychiatric advance directives allow patients with serious mental illness to specify the treatment they want if they become too sick to say so.

Trilobites: All the Light There is to See? 4 x 10⁸⁴ Photons.

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:18
Astronomers have calculated all the light ever produced by all the stars in the cosmos. It’s a lot, but on the cosmic whole, not that much.

The Hot Duck That Won’t Go Away

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 08:46
Serious birders have reservations about the frenzy over the Mandarin duck of Central Park, the inspiration for many memes and news articles like this one.

Q&A: The Way the Wind Blows

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 08:15
The rotation of the Earth forces winds into clockwise and counterclockwise motions, depending on air pressure.

Soyuz Rocket Launches Flawlessly, Weeks After Malfunction

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 06:17
The Russian rocket carried a three-person crew into orbit on Monday, making a successful return to flight following a dramatic failure.

The Placenta, an Afterthought No Longer

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 02:00
An ephemeral organ, long dismissed merely as afterbirth, increasingly is viewed as critical to understanding the health and course of pregnancy.

NASA’s Osiris-Rex Arriving at Asteroid Bennu After a Two-Year Journey

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 02:00
The spacecraft will begin its close study of the primitive space rock, seeking clues to the early solar system.

The New Health Care: Why Hospitals Should Let You Sleep

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 02:00
Frequent disruptions are more than just annoying for patients. They can also cause harm.

In the Blink of an Eye, a Hunt for Oil Threatens Pristine Alaska

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:13
For decades, opposition to drilling has left the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge off limits. Now the Trump administration is hurriedly clearing the way for oil exploration.

Drilling in the Arctic: Questions for a Polar Bear Expert

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:13
The Trump administration is reversing a longstanding ban on oil exploration on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The area is home to about 900 polar bears, which are already struggling because of climate change. Can they withstand another disruption?

The Race for Alaskan Oil: 6 Key Takeaways

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:12
For more than a generation, opposition to drilling has left a 19-million-acre wildlife refuge in Alaska largely unscathed. But the region is on the cusp of major change as Washington speedily rolls back protections.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Denies Misconduct Accusations

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 18:28
In a lengthy Facebook post responding to three women’s accounts, the well-known astrophysicist described two as benign and suggested the third did not occur.

news analysis: Genetically Modified People Are Walking Among Us

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 11:30
And, so far, they’re just fine. America needs a sober debate about the pros and cons of Crispr instead of a paranoid ban on the technology.

The Most Wonderful Smelling Time of the Year

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 11:30
The season’s scents of fir and pine evoke primal experiences, and remind us what we may lose.