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Trilobites: Hand-Feeding Hummingbirds: You Can Do It, but Should You?

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 02:00
Videos abound on the internet of people using customized hats and other tools to hand-feed the tiny fliers. Here’s what you need to know if you’d like to try it.

Quarantined Aircraft and Sick Passengers. It’s Not as Scary as It Sounds.

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 16:23
The quarantine of a flight to New York was followed by sick passengers reported on flights into Philadelphia. But experts say events like this are rare.

Trilobites: New Antarctica Map Is Like ‘Putting on Glasses for the First Time and Seeing 20/20’

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:53
A high resolution terrain map of Earth’s frozen continent will help researchers better track changes on the ice as the planet warms.

Trilobites: Hundreds of Seals Are Dying on the New England Coast

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 11:07
Deaths of gray and harbor seals, in much greater numbers than usual, have been attributed to viruses related to distemper and the flu.

Science Does Not Support Claims That Contraceptives Are ‘Abortion-Inducing’

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 10:34
Judge Kavanaugh’s use of the term in his confirmation hearing resurrected a controversial phrase.

Global Health: Vaccines Against H.I.V., Malaria and Tuberculosis Unlikely, Study Says

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 09:58
Unless the $3 billion spent annually on research triples, the world may not be able to invent vaccines or rapid cures for many ills of the poor.

Q&A: Flying Toward the Light

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 07:30
Several theories examine why night airborne insects are drawn to artificial lights, even if it spells doom for them.

Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level. A Disaster in Japan Shows What Can Go Wrong.

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 02:00
Airports in Shanghai, Rome, New York and other major cities, often designed before global warming was fully understood, face a threat from rising seas and extreme weather.

The E.P.A.’s Review of Mercury Rules Could Remake Its Methods for Valuing Human Life and Health

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 02:00
Legal experts say the review of a costly but effective coal-plant restriction is part of a broader strategy to rethink the way the E.P.A. calculates the benefits of its rules.

Fire Devastated the National Museum of Brazil. Show Us What Was Lost.

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 12:47
Have you been to the museum? Please share your photos and videos taken at the museum before it was destroyed by fire earlier this week.

Passengers on Emirates Flight From Dubai Had Flu and Common Cold

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 12:05
Authorities evaluated all 549 travelers and crew members, and 11 were treated at a hospital for coughing, fever and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Trilobites: The Omnivorous Sharks That Eat Grass

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 06:03
Diminutive bonnethead sharks are the first omnivorous sharks known to science, which could change our understanding of what some sharks eat.

Tech Fix: Tech Can Hurt Our Sleep. So I Tried Bose Sleepbuds for Help.

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 10:53
For $250, the well-designed earbuds are a limited solution that mask noise but didn’t get our columnist to snooze longer.

Rx for British Doctors: Use Plain English Instead of Latin

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 09:19
In an effort to improve written communication with patients, an initiative by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is encouraging doctors to ditch medical jargon.

Emirates Flight With Sick Passengers Lands at J.F.K. Airport

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 09:05
The pilot became concerned when numerous people appeared to become ill and alerted the authorities, an official said.

Airport Security Trays Carry More Cold Germs Than Toilets, Study Finds

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 06:09
Scientists who tested surfaces at Helsinki Airport found the viruses responsible for colds and influenza on the trays used at security checkpoints.

Museum Fire in Brazil Was ‘Bound to Happen’

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 19:38
Warnings, including a citizen complaint to the federal prosecutor, that neglect had turned the National Museum into a tinderbox piled up for years.

Roger Federer Is Tough to Beat. Global Warming Might Have Pulled an Upset.

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 16:03
Federer struggled in the nighttime heat and humidity, conditions that were in keeping with the changing climate. “It was hot,” he said.

What Was Lost in the Brazil National Museum Fire

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 15:52
Some items in the collection are irreplaceable to science, as well as the country’s national memory.

Pruitt’s Spending on Security More Than Doubled in 11 Months, E.P.A. Investigator Says

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 08:17
The agency’s inspector general also found that the E.P.A. lacked methods for assessing safety needs. The spending helped lead to Mr. Pruitt’s resignation.