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Trilobites: The DNA of Extinct Cave Bears Lives On

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 09:12
Modern brown bears are carrying a bit of genetic material passed down from the cave bear, in a study that suggests extinction does not always vanquish a species’ genes.

Trilobites: A New Trick to Keep Barnacles From Sticking to Ships

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 08:25
By experimenting with tiny textures, scientists may have found a technique that could save the shipping industry billions of dollars each year.

Did Juul Lure Teenagers and Get ‘Customers for Life’?

Sun, 08/26/2018 - 23:30
The e-cigarette company says it never sought teenage users, but the F.D.A. is investigating whether Juul intentionally marketed its devices to youth.

England to Allow Women to Take Early Abortion Pill at Home

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 06:39
The British government said the second of two early medical termination pills need no longer be taken at a clinic, echoing moves in Scotland and Wales.

Should I Flush It? Most Often, the Answer Is No

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 05:55
We asked wastewater management experts about what’s safe to dispose of down your toilet or sink. Their answer: Not much.

Paris Dispatch: Paris Bees at Work From Notre-Dame to the Luxembourg Gardens

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 13:50
Paris has seen a marked rise in urban beekeeping, with more than 1,000 hives atop landmark buildings as well as in community gardens across the city.

A Leader in the War on Poverty Opens a New Front: Pollution

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 11:59
A pastor is resurrecting the Poor People’s Campaign, a movement started by Martin Luther King Jr. He sees the climate and environment as issues on par with poverty and racism.

Former Head of C.D.C. Arrested on Sex Abuse Charge

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 09:30
Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, who headed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for eight years under the Obama administration, was also charged with forcible touching and the harassment of a Brooklyn woman, the police said.

Trilobites: When a Pregnant Pipefish Dad Spots an Alluring Female, Things Get Weird

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 08:57
This is not a happy love story.

Trilobites: The Mysterious Green Orbs That Float by Day and Sink at Night

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 02:00
Known in Japan as marimo, the unusual balls of algae seem to follow a biological clock that helps them pursue sunlight while underwater.

Global Health: Russian Trolls Used Vaccine Debate to Sow Discord, Study Finds

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 13:40
Twitter accounts that were used to meddle in the 2016 presidential election also sent both pro- and anti-vaccine messages and insulted parents.

Purveyors of Juice-Box Style, Nicotine-Filled E-Liquids Quit Selling the Products

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 11:46
The Food and Drug Administration had targeted 17 makers and sellers of items loaded with nicotine in packaging that could appeal to children.

Trump Put a Low Cost on Carbon Emissions. Here’s Why It Matters.

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 10:00
How much economic damage will global warming cause? It’s a tough calculation, and the answer, to a big extent, determines how easily the government can roll back environmental rules.

In Serial Rape Case That Stumped Police, Genealogy Database Leads to Arrest

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 04:51
The police in Fayetteville, N.C., used DNA records to track down a suspect in six rape investigations tied to the Ramsey Street Rapist.

Trilobites: Giraffe Parts Sales Are Booming in the U.S., and It’s Legal

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 02:00
An investigation by the Humane Society showed imports made into pillows, boots and other items have become increasingly popular, at a time when the animal’s global population is dwindling.

Immunotherapy Drugs Slow Skin Cancer That Has Spread to the Brain

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 14:00
Drugs that activate the immune system shrank tumors and prolonged life among patients with an aggressive form of melanoma, a small study shows.

Matter: A Blended Family: Her Mother Was Neanderthal, Her Father Something Else Entirely

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 10:00
Genetic analysis of bones discovered in a Siberian cave hint that the prehistoric world may have been filled with “hybrid” humans.

Air Pollution Is Shortening Your Life. Here’s How Much.

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 06:00
Air pollution from coal plants, wood stoves, tailpipes and other sources shortens life spans by a few months, and sometimes years.

Ice on the Surface of the Moon? Almost Certainly, New Research Shows

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 02:00
Researchers don’t know whether the ice water runs deep, like the tips of buried icebergs, or is as thin as a layer of frost.

Netherlands Dispatch: Fighting Dementia With Memories of Childhood and Happy Times

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 02:00
The Netherlands is pioneering new ways to treat dementia, with sensory aids, soothing music and other tools to calm and nurture patients.