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Global Health: ‘From Nothing to Gangbusters’: A Treatment for Sickle-Cell Disease Proves Effective in Africa

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 07:54
Already used in Western countries, hydroxyurea eased painful episodes in African children with the condition. It also reduced the risk of malaria infection.

This Holstein’s Plea: ‘Stand Beside Me When You Measure My Size’

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 17:19
If you thought Knickers was a once-in-a-lifetime giant, you may not be spending enough time with cattle.

A Famous Alpha Wolf’s Daughter, Spitfire, Is Killed by a Hunter

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 14:59
The shooting of another Lamar Canyon pack member has renewed calls for a buffer between Yellowstone and nearby lands, to protect roaming wolves.

Aaron Klug, 92, Dies; His 3-D Images of Bodily Molecules Won a Nobel

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 14:59
Born in Lithuania, raised in South Africa and working in Britain, he made large strides in understanding the structure of proteins, DNA and more.

600 Million Years Ago, the First Scavengers Lurked in Dark Ocean Gardens

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 13:06
The bizarre organisms of the Ediacaran Period have long puzzled researchers. Fossil discoveries suggest these ecosystems may have been more complicated than once thought.

Matter: Yes, the Octopus Is Smart as Heck. But Why?

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 12:28
It has eight arms, three hearts — and a plan. Scientists aren’t sure how the cephalopods got to be so intelligent.

The American Citizen’s Guide to Clean Air

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:10
Unsure if the government is looking out for them, a guerrilla network of “breathers” has turned to personal pollution monitors.

As China Seeks Scientific Greatness, Some Say Ethics Are an Afterthought

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 02:39
He Jiankui’s claim to have edited babies’ genes has caused soul-searching in China, where many believe scientists need more ethical supervision.

Australian Students Stage School Strikes Over Climate Change Inaction

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 22:37
Frustrated by their government’s failure to act on climate change, thousands of Australian students quit school for a day to protest instead.

Rough Drafts of Richard Feynman’s Ideas Head to Auction

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 17:27
The scribblings of a brilliant 20th-century physicist show that he did not get everything right on the first try, either.

As Measles Surges, ‘Decades of Progress’ Are in Jeopardy

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 16:31
Health officials expressed alarm about a rebound in measles, once nearly eradicated in many regions. Reported cases surged by nearly a third worldwide.

Fur Trapper Kills Grizzly Bear After His Wife and Baby Were Mauled in the Yukon

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 16:01
Gjermund Roesholt shot the bear near a remote cabin where he had been living with his wife, Valerie Theoret, and their 10-month-old daughter, Adele.

Trump’s ‘Energy Dominance’ Doctrine Is Undermined by Climate Change

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 15:22
Rising temperatures undermine the president’s vision of an energy-dominant America, affecting coal-fired power plants, oil production and the electrical grid, a federal report says.

Dr. Gerald Berenson, 96, Dies; Traced Heart Disease to Childhood

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 14:13
He was the chief researcher of the marathon Bogalusa Heart Study, which found that reducing childhood risk factors could allay cardiac conditions in adults.

Trilobites: Meet the Spiders That Feed Milk to Their Young

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 13:05
The jumping arachnids’ secretions have four times as much protein as cow milk.

NASA’s Return to the Moon to Start With Private Companies’ Spacecraft

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 11:51
Nine companies will vie for a share of more than $2 billion dollars to build small landers to carry experimental payloads to the lunar surface.

China Halts Work by Scientist Who Says He Edited Babies’ Genes

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 05:19
Officials said it appeared that He Jiankui’s work had broken Chinese law. Scores of scientists have called his conduct unethical.

You Don’t Want French Fries With That

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 02:00
Fries are unhealthy but undeniably tasty, so if you do indulge, here is some expert advice.

Nancy Cappello, Breast Cancer Activist, Is Dead at 66

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 16:27
A survivor of the disease, she fought for fuller disclosure of mammogram results — something she did not get. She died from complications of her treatment.

What Makes That Steer So Big? Cattle’s Mysterious Genes

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 15:38
It also helps to be castrated and live a long time.