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Watching an Interstellar ‘Christmas Comet’ and Hoping for a Bang

Tue, 12/24/2019 - 10:10
Seeing Comet Borisov won’t be easy for the typical sky gazer, but astronomers still have a lot to learn from this extrasolar tourist.

A Trump Policy ‘Clarification’ All but Ends Punishment for Bird Deaths

Tue, 12/24/2019 - 02:01
In one of its first environmental acts, the Trump administration absolved businesses from responsibility for "incidental" bird deaths. Avian carnage has followed.

Asian Giant Hornet Invasion Threatens Honey Bees in Pacific Northwest

Tue, 12/24/2019 - 02:00
An expert said of the hornets: “They are sworn enemies of honey bees. I would say a bee’s worst nightmare.”

What We Learned in 2019: Health and Medicine

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 10:43
Developments in medicine and health that we’re still thinking about at year’s end.

The Ganges Brims With Dangerous Bacteria

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 08:11
This sacred river offers clues to the spread of one of the world’s most daunting health problems: germs impervious to common medicines.

Will the United States Lose the Universe?

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 02:00
For more than a century, American astronomers have held bragging rights as observers of the cosmos. But that dominance may soon slip away.

Earth Science Has a Whiteness Problem

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 02:00
Barely 10 percent of doctoral degrees in the geosciences go to recipients of color. The lack of diversity limits the quality of research, many scientists say.

Japan Wants to Dump Nuclear Plant’s Tainted Water. Fishermen Fear the Worst.

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 00:54
The water from the Fukushima disaster is more radioactive than the authorities have previously publicized, raising doubts about government assurances that it will be made safe.

Jeanne Guillemin, Who Exposed Soviet Anthrax Lab, Dies at 76

Sun, 12/22/2019 - 10:03
After an anthrax outbreak killed scores of people in 1979, she showed how even a tiny amount of a biological warfare agent could threaten a population.

What You’re Unwrapping When You Get a DNA Test for Christmas

Sun, 12/22/2019 - 08:13
To what extent is gifting a DNA test also a present for law enforcement?

What We Learned in Space and Astronomy News in 2019

Sun, 12/22/2019 - 03:28
Developments in and out of this world that we’re still thinking about at year’s end.

Watch the Ursids Meteor Shower 2019 Peak in Night Skies

Sun, 12/22/2019 - 00:00
Meteor showers can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a glimpse.

Boeing Starliner Landing: What You Need to Know

Sat, 12/21/2019 - 21:00
The new ride to orbit built for NASA is returning to Earth early after problems during its first trip to space on Friday.

What We Learned in Science News 2019

Sat, 12/21/2019 - 02:00
Developments in science that we’re still thinking about at year’s end.

Alzheimer’s Tests Soon May Be Common. Should You Get One?

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 14:19
Diagnostic tests for Alzheimer’s disease are already here. But the results may raise as many questions as they answer.

You Can Try Miss America’s Science Experiment at Home

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 13:41
The catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide can be dangerous at high concentrations, but there is a safe version of Camille Schrier’s demonstration that is still fun.

Trump Administration Blocks Energy Efficiency Rule for Light Bulbs

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 13:32
The energy secretary called the measure, which would have come into force on Jan. 1, “unnecessary overregulation.”

Robert Moir, 58, Dies; His Research Changed Views on Alzheimer’s

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 12:28
Dr. Moir’s radical and iconoclastic theories defied conventional views of the disease. But some scientists were ultimately won over.

Sutter Health to Pay $575 Million to Settle Antitrust Lawsuit

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 11:56
The deal resolves allegations of anti-competitive behavior by the large hospital system in Northern California.

Vaping Patients May Be Prone to Relapse, C.D.C. Warns

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 10:35
New findings indicate the outbreak of severe lung injuries may have peaked, but cases are still surfacing. The agency is urging doctors to monitor people closely after hospitalization.