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No One Is Taking Your Hamburgers. But Would It Even Be a Good Idea?

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 12:23
No, the Green New Deal doesn’t ban beef. And while cutting back on burgers can help your own health and the planet’s, getting rid of cows entirely is another question.

Trilobites: Congratulations, It’s Twins. The Doctor Is Perplexed.

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 09:36
It seems like it should not be possible, but a recent case showed that sometimes a boy and a girl are born as semi-identical twins.

Trilobites: If We Blow Up an Asteroid, It Might Put Itself Back Together

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 08:54
Despite what Hollywood tells us, stopping an asteroid from creating an extinction-level event by blowing it up may not work.

Watch SpaceX Crew Dragon’s Splashdown After Return Trip to Earth

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 07:08
The capsule parachuted into the Atlantic Ocean hours after leaving the space station, completing its first successful uncrewed trip to and from orbit.

Facebook Announces Plan to Curb Vaccine Misinformation

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 17:15
The social network said it would reduce the visibility of groups and pages that spread vaccine hoaxes, and reject ads that include vaccine misinformation.

Exhibition Review: T. Rex Like You Haven’t Seen Him: With Feathers

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 12:33
Make way for Tyrannosaurus rex, everyone’s favorite killer. A new show at the American Museum of Natural History places T. rex amid a global family of prehistoric predators.

For Alex Trebek, the Toughest Question: Can He Face Down Pancreatic Cancer?

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 11:01
The iconic talk show host has been handed a frightening diagnosis. Here’s what it means.

Trilobites: Watch Video of Type D Killer Whales, Rarely Seen by Humans

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 10:23
Scientists have collected skin samples from the unusual orcas, which could help determine whether they are a distinct cetacean species.

Efforts to Contain Ebola Epidemic Are Faltering, Aid Leader Warns

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 09:14
The head of Doctors Without Borders said outside groups, including hers, had alienated Congo residents, prompting communities to spurn treatment and even attack medical centers.

Trilobites: Squid Share a Colorful Trick With Peacocks

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 07:57
With its skin using multiple strategies, the cephalopod becomes a chameleon of the ocean.

The Imposing Venture of 3 Corporate Giants Gets a Not-So-Imposing New Name

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 14:14
Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase will call their health care upstart Haven.

Gray Wolves May Lose Endangered Status and Protections

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 13:48
Once again, federal wildlife officials say their numbers have rebounded. But conservationists will likely go back to court to fight the move.

Good News: Opioid Prescribing Fell. The Bad? Pain Patients Suffer, Doctors Say.

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 12:26
Doctors and insurers are using federal guidelines as cover to turn away patients, experts tell the C.D.C. and Congress.

W.H.O. Chief Plans to Reorganize a Vast Bureaucracy

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 11:26
A fundamental problem — tension between regional offices and the headquarters in Geneva — cannot be fixed by fiat. Still, staffers are set to move around the globe.

Trilobites: Massacre of Children in Peru Might Have Been a Sacrifice to Stop Bad Weather

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 11:00
Nearly 140 child skeletons were revealed at the site last year. And now researchers say it may have been a response to an El Niño event.

‘The Place Is Extraordinary’: Well-Preserved Artifacts Are Found Under Mayan Ruins

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 05:10
In a cave under the ancient city of Chichén Itzá, Mexican archaeologists discovered a trove of ceramic artifacts that appear to be over 1,000 years old.

What Really Makes a Difference in Vaccination Rates?

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 02:00
Social media platforms play a role in spreading misinformation, but state legislatures have the power of law.

Another Obstacle for Women in Science: Men Get More Federal Grant Money

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 17:08
A study finds that female scientists who win grants from the National Institutes of Health get $41,000 less than men.

Fast-Acting Depression Drug, Newly Approved, Could Help Millions

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 17:05
A nasal spray version of the drug ketamine has shown promise as an antidepressant, even if its properties still aren’t well understood.

How to Quit Antidepressants: Very Slowly, Doctors Say

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 16:00
Mustering solid evidence, two psychiatrists have denounced their field’s standard guidelines for how best to wean patients from depression medications.