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We Went to the Moon. Why Can’t We Solve Climate Change?

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 02:01
The original moon shoot inspired billions. Calling climate action a moon shot isn’t a perfect parallel — but maybe we should try it anyway.

3,271 Pill Bottles, a Town of 2,831: Court Filings Say Corporations Fed Opioid Epidemic

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 16:28
Cities and counties are suing major drugstore chains and Walmart, contending they distributed billions of painkillers that devastated communities.

For 50 Years Since Apollo 11, Presidents Have Tried to Take That Next Giant Leap

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:32
President Trump is only the latest to propose returning to the moon and then heading to Mars. But he faces the burdens of history to accomplish what his predecessors could not.

Most Wikipedia Profiles Are of Men. This Scientist Is Changing That.

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 06:55
Jessica Wade has added nearly 700 Wikipedia biographies for important female and minority scientists in less than two years.

Apollo 11 Anniversary: How to Celebrate This Weekend

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 20:48
Around New York, all roads lead to the moon: Here’s a roundup of events honoring the small steps and giant leaps that made the mission possible.

Heat Waves in the Age of Climate Change: Longer, More Frequent and More Dangerous

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 15:50
The average number of heat waves in 50 major American cities has tripled since the 1960s.

E.P.A. Won’t Ban Chlorpyrifos, Pesticide Tied to Children’s Health Problems

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 13:33
The decision not to prohibit the pesticide, which has been linked to developmental disabilities, comes after years of legal wrangling.

Mitchell Feigenbaum, Physicist Who Made Sense of Chaos, Dies at 74

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 13:28
His discovery of what seemed at first a mathematical curiosity led to what is known as the Feigenbaum constant, a pattern of chaos found in nature.

Sorry, You Won’t Be Hovering Over Paris Anytime Soon

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 12:22
Though the sky is ripe for disruption with jetpacks and flying cars, we are stuck on the ground partly because we want to be.

Why Are These Mice Hallucinating? Scientists Are in Their Heads

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 12:07
New laser technology appeared to trigger particular images in the brains of lab mice.

This New Liquid is Magnetic, and Mesmerizing

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 11:00
Scientists have created “soft” magnets that can flow and change shape, and that could be a boon to medicine and robotics.

France Nudges Europe Into Space Race, Where It Lags Behind

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 09:28
Fifty years after the Apollo 11 mission, a new French plan for a space command must overcome the reluctance of its European allies to weaponize space.

‘Space Is the New Black’

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 07:56
The Apollo 11 anniversary is going to spur another wave of intergalactic fashion. But this time, we’re on the dark side of the moon.

Apollo 11 Anniversary: Everything You Need to Read on the Moon Landing

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 05:45
The New York Times has been covering the anniversary of the moon landing, looking back at the event’s meaning and forward to humankind’s next giant leaps in space.

The Story of 8 Unforgettable Words About Apollo 11

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 04:35
John Noble Wilford recounts some of what went into writing the story of humanity’s giant leap for the July 21, 1969, edition of The New York Times.

Hawaiian Elders Arrested Trying to Block Telescope Construction

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 20:24
When completed, the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea’s summit is expected to be the largest telescope in the Northern Hemisphere. But its construction has drawn heated opposition.

Georgia Beachgoers Save Stranded Pilot Whales in Dramatic Rescue

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:24
After a pod of whales washed up on the shores of St. Simons Island, dozens of people raced to push them out to sea.

Fewer Inspections for Aging Nuclear Plants, Regulators Propose

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:06
The proposal would significantly weaken or reduce the number and rigor of its safety inspections at the nation's 59 nuclear plants.

The Apollo 11 Mission Was Also a Global Media Sensation

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 15:36
The satellites were finally ready to beam images back to Earth in 1969. And some 600 million people watched the event live.

Earlier Ebola Outbreaks, and How the World Overcame Them

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 14:59
Hemorrhagic fever inspires almost mythic terror, but whether it can be beaten depends more on people than on medical advances.