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Rwanda Closes Border With Congo Over Ebola Fears

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 02:55
The decision came as a potential third case of Ebola was examined in the border city of Goma, a major transit hub.

A Scoop About Neil Armstrong Arrived in a Plain Brown Envelope

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 02:00
What happens when The Times gets documents by snail mail with what looks like an important story? First, you have to make sure they’re authentic.

Colorectal Cancer Rises Among Younger Adults

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 14:31
These cancers are much more common in older patients. But new data show a sharp increase among adults in their 20s and 30s.

LightSail-2 Mission Shows Solar Sailing’s Potential for Spaceflight

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 13:40
The spacecraft’s controllers on Earth succeeded in steering the spacecraft, demonstrating that mylar sails used for propulsion.

Medicare for All? For More? Here’s How Medicare Works.

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 13:11
As Democrats embrace the idea of expanding the federal health insurance program, we looked at what it covers and costs. It’s far from “free.”

Jeffrey Epstein Hoped to Seed Human Race With His DNA

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 12:37
Mr. Epstein, the accused sex trafficker, was fascinated by eugenics. He told scientists and others of his vision of using his New Mexico ranch to impregnate women.

200 Reindeer Starved to Death. Experts Call It a Sign of Climate Change.

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 11:15
Scientists surveying reindeer populations in Norway said the deaths occurred on iced pastures in the Arctic, a result of global warming’s effect on a vulnerable ecosystem.

And Now, a Bicycle Built for None

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 10:02
It’s not the first self-driving bike. But equipped with an A.I. chip, it may be the nearest to thinking for itself.

Trump Administration Proposes Allowing Drug Imports for Cheaper Prescriptions

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 08:39
Consumers and some Democrats have long complained that the United States should be allowed to buy drugs from Canada, where high-priced products like insulin are much cheaper.

Trump Administration Proposes Allowing Drug Imports for Cheaper Prescriptions

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 07:10
Consumers and some Democrats have long complained that the United States should be allowed to buy drugs from Canada, where high-priced products like insulin are much cheaper.

How Does a Male Black Widow Find a Mate? Follow the Other Guys

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 06:26
Competition among these male spiders is fierce. So suitors take advantage of clues left by their reproductive rivals.

Democratic Debate Turns Ferocious Over Health Care

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 21:01
The candidates sparred angrily over whether to wipe out private health insurance and institute a government-run health system.

A New Way to Fight Crop Diseases, With a Smartphone

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 09:45
A hand-held device could help farmers identify blighted plants, and perhaps reduce agricultural losses. It’s like a strep test for tomatoes and tubers.

Ethiopia Says It Planted Over 350 Million Trees in a Day, a Record

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 08:24
The initiative is part of a campaign by the prime minister to plant four billion trees in the country before the fall to combat deforestation and global warming.

When Mega-Tsunamis Drowned Mars, This Spot May Have Been Ground Zero

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 02:00
The 75-mile wide crater could be something like a Chicxulub crater for the red planet.

Toby Walsh, A.I. Expert, Is Racing to Stop the Killer Robots

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 23:30
Autonomous weapons, capable of acting without human oversight, are closer than we think, Dr. Walsh believes, and must be banned.

Would You Want a Computer to Judge Your Risk of H.I.V. Infection?

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 23:30
A new software algorithm decides which patients are most likely to become infected with the virus. But this is not like other risk calculators, some experts say.

Hospitals Would Have to Reveal Discounted Prices They Give Insurers, Under Trump Rule

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 16:43
The proposal is part of the administration’s push to bring more transparency to health care markets.

NASA’s TESS Satellite Spots ‘Missing Link’ Exoplanets

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 12:33
Halfway through its first tour of the local universe, the spacecraft has found a “Super Earth” and two “sub-Neptunes.”

How a Medicare Buy-In or Public Option Could Threaten Obamacare

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 12:08
Some Democrats are proposing a government alternative to private insurance. But allowing people to choose such a plan may destabilize the A.C.A., some experts say.

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