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Trilobites: Oumuamua Is a Comet, Really.

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 10:00
First it was an alien comet, then maybe a spaceship, then an asteroid, now it’s a comet from way, way beyond.

Tech We’re Using: Now He Pulls Data Off the Web. In 1979, It Was Clips From the ‘Morgue.’

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 08:45
Steve Lohr, a veteran New York Times reporter, reflects on how tech-free newsrooms used to be and how the progression to the internet has changed journalism.

Tropical Forests Suffered Near-Record Tree Losses in 2017

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 02:00
New satellite data reveals that the world’s tropical forests lost roughly 39 million acres of trees last year — an area the size of Bangladesh.

A Flamingo? In Texas? A Zoo Fugitive Since 2005 Is Still Surviving in the Wild

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 02:00
No. 492 escaped from a zoo in Wichita, Kan., more than 13 years ago. A sighting in May confirmed it’s still alive, but what happened to its companion?

Rare White Alligator Stolen During Fire That Killed 43 Reptiles, Officials Say

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 19:00
Robbie Keszey, who once hosted the reality show “Swamp Brothers,” said a leucistic alligator, Snowball, was missing from a Florida sanctuary and “was like my best friend.”

Trilobites: High-Resolution Snapshot of Zika Virus Reveals Clues to Fighting It

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 14:41
The three-dimensional image showed probable drug-binding pockets on the surface of the virus, as well as distinctions from its flavivirus relatives.

ScienceTake: How Spiders Fly

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 23:30
Gossamer strands of spider silk serve as balloons to carry spiders far afield.

How Spiders Use Silk to Fly

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 23:30
Spider flight is a mysterious phenomenon not fully understood by science. How is it that spiders can ride the wind for miles at a time?

Federal Judge Dismisses Cities’ Suit Against Oil Companies Over Costs of Climate Change

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 21:01
The ruling in the closely watched case was a defeat for San Francisco and Oakland, which had sued fossil fuel companies over the costs of a warming world.

The Shortlist: How Elastic Is Your Brain?

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 12:00
Three new books try to complicate our understanding of the brain — what it does, biologically, and how capable it is of changing.

Japan’s Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Creeps Up on the Ryugu Asteroid

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 10:43
After a journey that started in 2014, the probe will reach the space rock on Wednesday to begin studying it for clues to the solar system’s origins.

Some Birds Are Better Off With Weak Immune Systems

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 09:00
Europe’s migratory songbirds can’t fight off diseases as well as African species that stay put. But that may be to the European birds’ advantage.

This Coral Must Die

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 08:14
In a lab in Philadelphia, scientists are studying what it takes to kill “super coral” to understand the impact of human activities on the mysterious reefs of the deep ocean.

Let the Stream Run Through It

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 07:16
It’s taken two decades to clean up most of Silver Bow Creek, polluted from a century of mining. Now some Butte residents wants the last two miles restored, to babble on through the city.

Nonfiction: Must Science Conflict With Spirituality?

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 02:00
The astrophysicist and novelist Alan Lightman doesn’t think so. And his new book, “Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine,” explains why.

The New Health Care: I Learned I Have Sleep Apnea. It’s More Serious Than Many People Realize.

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 02:00
There are many treatment options for a problem that can be downright deadly.

A Leading Climate Agency May Lose Its Climate Focus

Sun, 06/24/2018 - 13:23
The Trump Administration appears to be removing references to climate from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s mission statement.

A Space Force? The Idea May Have Merit, Some Say

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 06:20
The Pentagon has been cool to the president’s order to create a sixth military branch. But some lawmakers and aerospace experts, citing threats from Russia and China, say a case could be made for one.

Young Urban Birders, Open Your Hearts to the Treetops!

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 03:00
The birds come, the birds go. All that changes is the pecking order.

When an Iowa Family Doctor Takes On the Opioid Epidemic

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 02:00
Few primary care doctors are willing to do what Nicole Gastala has: endure the challenges of prescribing buprenorphine, a medication for opioid addiction.