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Once, America Had Its Own Parrot

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 09:18
The Carolina parakeet was beautiful, and doomed. What could have driven it to extinction?

Netherlands’ Top Court Orders Government to Act on Climate Change

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 06:59
The ruling, which is not subject to further appeal, requires the country to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by the end of 2020. 

When the Surgeon Is a Mom

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 02:00
Nearly 40 percent of pregnant surgery residents consider dropping out. Many wonder: Why can’t the system accommodate motherhood?

What to Expect From the Boeing Starliner Launch

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 21:00
NASA and Boeing will conduct a test flight of a capsule that could soon carry astronauts to the International Space Station.

Congress Approves Raising Age to 21 for E-Cigarette and Tobacco Sales

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 13:14
President Trump is expected to sign it into law as part of the overall spending package. Some advocates warn that more action is needed to reduce teenage vaping of e-cigarettes.

Changing Seas Bring ‘Turtle Stranding Season’ to Cape Cod

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 09:28
As the ocean warms, an increasing number of turtles are heading farther north and getting stranded once the temperatures fall. 

Science, Splendor and ‘Dresden Green’ to Impress a Sovereign

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 07:00
Dozens of ingeniously crafted objects are on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, including the world’s fanciest hat pin (at 41 carats).

Indonesia Lets Plastic Burning Continue Despite Warning on Toxins

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 01:29
The Indonesian government pushed back on an international study that found high levels of dioxin in a village where plastic is burned to produce tofu.

There’s No Winter Break From ‘Publish or Perish’

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 16:00
An analysis of submissions to two top journals showed that scientists in the U.S. were highly likely to be working during holidays.

Obamacare Insurance Mandate Is Struck Down by Federal Appeals Court

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 15:08
But the judges sent the case back to determine if other parts of the federal health care law can stand without the mandate.

Mary Mattingly Is Named Brooklyn Public Library’s Artist in Residence

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 13:11
In 2020, the ecologically oriented artist will continue her exploration of communally held resources and spaces.

Boulders Don’t Just Roll. They Bounce.

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 09:58
Craters in a Chilean desert preserve the trajectories of giant rocks, allowing scientists to study the physics of rockslides.

A 3D Encounter With a Violent Volcano’s Underbelly

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 08:58
Scientists spent days aboard a helicopter with special sensors over a volcano to develop a picture of how its insides affect its frequent eruptions.

Dispatch From the Land of Flight Shaming, or How I Became a Train Boaster

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 02:00
In Sweden, some environmentally conscious travelers are switching from planes to trains. Slower? Yes. But why not embrace the journey, perhaps even prolong it?

Europe’s Cheops Satellite Will Try to Launch Again

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 21:00
Follow the launch of the world’s newest orbiting telescope, which will search for habitable worlds.

A Coal Baron Funded Climate Denial as His Company Spiraled Into Bankruptcy

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 15:18
Robert E. Murray, the former chairman of Murray Energy, gave nearly $1 million to climate denial groups and other organizations seeking to undo environmental regulations.

Eastern States Introduce a Plan to Cap Tailpipe Pollution

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 13:34
Twelve states and the District of Columbia released a draft plan for an ambitious cap-and-trade program to curb planet-warming emissions on the region’s roads.

What a 5,700-Year-Old Wad of Chewed Gum Reveals About Ancient People and Their Bacteria

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 08:29
Scientists dig into the diet, health and history of Danish hunter-gatherers in a new study.

Tombs at Ancient Greek Site Were Gold-Lined Chambers

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 03:00
The burial structures were looted during antiquity, but beads and a pendant depicting Hathor, an Egyptian goddess, suggest earlier trade links between Pylos, Greece, and Egypt.

Europe’s Cheops Satellite Will Scour Space for Habitable Planets

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 21:00
Follow the launch of the world’s newest orbiting telescope.