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Teenager Wins $25,000 for Science Project That Solves Blind Spots in Cars

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 06:05
Alaina Gassler, 14, got the idea for her science project after noticing how her mother didn’t like driving the family’s S.U.V.

Taking a Different Approach to Fighting Climate Change

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 02:00
The research of Narasimha Rao, a Yale professor, shows that reducing inequality could improve our ability to mitigate some of the worst effects on the environment.

Trump Administration Sues Gilead, Maker of H.I.V.-Prevention Drugs

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 00:46
The lawsuit accused the pharmaceutical company of profiting billions of dollars off taxpayer research without paying royalties.

E.P.A. Watchdog, Citing ‘Open Defiance’ of Inquiries, Rebukes Top Agency Aide

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 14:46
The agency's inspector general assailed the official for refusing to cooperate, calling his actions a “flagrant problem.”  

Finding New Ways to Protect Right Whales With the Help of Fishermen

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 11:50
The decline of one of the world’s most endangered large whale species has pushed individual states and Canada to test new technologies, like ropeless fishing gear.

Crispr Takes Its First Steps in Editing Genes to Fight Cancer

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 06:00
So far, a procedure that turbocharges the immune system to attack tumors seems safe, but it’s too soon to tell whether it helps patients.

Humans Shipped an Awful Cargo Across the Seas: Cancer

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 02:00
A cancer afflicting mussels originated off the Pacific coast of Canada, but then crossed into other species in Europe and South America.

Why Is Australia Trying to Shut Down Climate Activism?

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 22:42
An increasingly outraged public is demanding action in a nation intimately linked to coal mining. The government has responded by threatening a new law to punish protesters.

‘Game-Changer’ Warrant Let Detective Search Genetic Database

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 13:14
Privacy experts say it could set a precedent, opening up all consumer DNA sites to law enforcement agencies across the country.

Stalking the Endangered Wax Palm

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 23:59
Colombia’s national tree, the wax palm, is endangered. Now, with decades of guerrilla war in retreat, scientists are rediscovering vast forests and racing to study and protect them.

Trump Serves Notice to Quit Climate Accord, As Diplomats Plot to Save It

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 12:44
The United States notified the United Nations on Monday that it would leave the Paris climate agreement, staring the clock on a yearlong withdrawal process. 

Banned Ozone-Harming Gas, Once on the Rise, Declines Again

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 12:10
Emissions of CFC-11, which had risen unexpectedly since 2012, appear to have fallen off in the last two years.

Invasive Grasses May Worsen Wildfires, Study Suggests

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 11:01
Grasses that have encroached from other regions can make wildfires more frequent, according to a new study. 

E.P.A. Weakens Rules Governing Toxic Water Pollution From Coal Plants

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 10:10
The Trump administration on Monday moved to weaken regulations aimed at limiting the seepage of lead, arsenic and other toxic pollution into water supplies.

Voyager 2’s Discoveries From Interstellar Space

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 09:08
In its journey beyond the boundary of the solar wind’s bubble, the probe observed some notable differences from its twin, Voyager 1.

Tiny Brains Don’t Stop These Birds From Having a Complex Society

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 08:31
Scientists discovered that vulturine guineafowl live in multilevel societies reminiscent of our own.

Why Didn’t She Get Alzheimer’s? The Answer Could Hold a Key to Fighting the Disease

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 08:02
Researchers have found a woman with a rare genetic mutation that has protected her from dementia even though her brain has developed major neurological features of the disease.

NASA and Boeing to Test Starliner Spacecraft’s Safety Systems

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 04:47
Boeing was one of two American companies chosen by the space agency to develop spacecraft for flying astronauts to the International Space Station.

Scientists With Links to China May Be Stealing Biomedical Research, U.S. Says

Sun, 11/03/2019 - 23:30
Nearly 200 investigations are underway at major academic centers. Critics fear that researchers of Chinese descent are being unfairly targeted.

After Her Illness Was Misdiagnosed as Madness, Susannah Cahalan Tackles Madness in Medicine

Sat, 11/02/2019 - 02:00
“The Great Pretender,” the new book by the author of “Brain on Fire,” is another medical detective story, but this time the person at the heart of the mystery is a doctor, not a patient.