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Split-Sex Animals Are Unusual, Yes, but Not as Rare as You’d Think

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 08:42
From butterflies to chickens to lobsters, mixed male-female bodies offer clues as to why certain diseases strike one gender more often than the other.

Have Dark Forces Been Messing With the Cosmos?

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 08:36
Axions? Phantom energy? Astrophysicists scramble to patch a hole in the universe, rewriting cosmic history in the process.

Seven Black Inventors Whose Patents Helped Shape American Life

Sun, 02/24/2019 - 02:00
Garrett Morgan created an improved gas mask. Marie Van Brittan Brown patented a home security system. Lonnie Johnson dreamed up the Super Soaker.

NASA Renames Facility After Katherine Johnson, Trailblazing Mathematician

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 06:08
It is yet another honor for Ms. Johnson, one of the African-American mathematicians who inspired the book and movie “Hidden Figures.”

Pinterest Restricts Vaccine Search Results to Curb Spread of Misinformation

Sat, 02/23/2019 - 02:00
The digital platform is grappling with the proliferation of anti-vaccination content online, a problem also faced by Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

UnitedHealth Loses Case to the Health Venture Begun by Amazon, Berkshire-Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 13:25
A court battle over trade secrets highlighted how the Big Three corporations’ new unit is unnerving major insurers in the field.

New Ultima Thule Photos Were Made in a Blur

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 13:22
The images were recorded while the New Horizons spacecraft was moving at more than 32,000 miles per hour.

Trump Administration Blocks Funds for Planned Parenthood and Others Over Abortion Referrals

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 12:31
The new rule would steer federal family planning funds under Title X to anti-abortion and faith based groups.

Virgin Galactic Rocket Plane Reaches Edge of Space

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 12:11
This was Virgin Galactic’s fifth supersonic-powered test flight. The venture marked another step forward in a new kind of space race.

Virgin Galactic Sends a Rocket Plane Into Space for a Second Time

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 10:23
After sending pilots to the edge of space in December, the company moved another step closer to commercial space travel with another safe flight on Friday.

Sackler Testimony Appears to Conflict With Federal Investigation

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 16:15
Publication of a sealed deposition by Richard Sackler of Purdue Pharma shows inconsistencies between his statements about OxyContin and evidence presented in a Justice Department report.

SpaceX to Launch SpaceIL’s Lunar Lander Aboard Used Rocket

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 15:00
Once it launches, the spacecraft will slowly travel to the moon, aiming to land in April.

Follow Hayabusa2’s Landing on the Ryugu Asteroid

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 13:00
The Japanese spacecraft will fire a bullet in an attempt to gather space rock samples that it will eventually return to Earth.

Wait —: Wait — What Is a Hole?

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 12:00
A journey down the rabbit hole of “holes.”

Matter: DNA Gets a New — and Bigger — Genetic Alphabet

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 11:00
DNA is spelled out with four letters, or bases. Researchers have now built a system with eight. It may hold clues to the potential for life elsewhere in the universe and could also expand our capacity to store digital data on Earth

Norman Orentreich, Force Behind Hair Transplants, Dies at 96

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 09:39
In the 1950s, Dr. Orentreich took hair from the back of the head and planted it in the scalp, and lo, it grew. He also helped establish the Clinique skin-care line.

How Israel’s Moon Lander Got to the Launchpad

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 08:49
With $100 million and a lot of volunteer labor, SpaceIL’s Beresheet spacecraft could be the first privately built vessel to reach the lunar surface.

China Uses DNA to Track Its People. It Got Help From the U.S.

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 08:30
The Chinese authorities turned to an American company and a prominent Yale researcher as they built an enormous system of surveillance and control.

Trilobites: Tiny Tyrannosaur Hints at How T. Rex Became King

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 07:59
The deer-sized dinosaur preceded one of Earth’s most fearsome predators.

Nine Key Questions About the Green New Deal

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 06:29
If you’ve heard a lot recently about the Green New Deal but still aren’t quite sure what it is, we’re here to help.