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Meat Is Murder. But You Know That Already.

NYT Science - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 08:04
In his new essay collection, “We Are the Weather,” Jonathan Safran Foer turns his attention to the climate crisis. Mark Bittman weighs in.

Hurricanes May Kill Some Birds, but Humans Are the Real Threat

NYT Science - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 03:00
When the time comes to assess the environmental damage from Hurricane Dorian, one species may be extinct, but it's not Dorian's fault

Novosibirsk: 'No risk' after blast and fire at Russian lethal virus lab

BBC Science - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 02:57
A major research centre says no biological agents have been released from a blast and fire at a lab.

Families fight against toxic dust from Italy's Ilva steelworks

BBC Science - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 00:54
A steel plant in Taranto moves to tackle pollution, but locals say it is too little, too late.

World's biggest amphibian 'discovered' in museum

BBC Science - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 17:27
DNA from historical museum specimens may help save the giant salamander from extinction in the wild.

Universities 'failing' victims of sexual misconduct

BBC Science - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 17:06
Dozens of students say they were "traumatised" by investigations that left them feeling unsafe on campus.

Would a Purdue Bankruptcy Protect the Sacklers? Good Question.

NYT Science - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 16:36
Here’s what the OxyContin maker’s Chapter 11 filing means and doesn’t mean.

As Congo’s Ebola Outbreak Drags On, Untracked Cases Sow Confusion

NYT Science - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 16:16
On tour in Africa, American officials said the U.S. would keep providing aid. But Congo’s response has been uneven, and the former health minister has been jailed.

Helium shortage: 'Prices just keep going up and up'

BBC Science - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 16:03
Why is there a shortage of the precious gas and how is it affecting firms?

Why This Scientist Keeps Receiving Packages of Serial Killers’ Hair

NYT Science - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 13:48
Getting sufficient DNA out of a rootless hair has long been considered impossible. A scientist, better known for work with ancient fossils, has figured it out. It’s a game-changer for crime and surveillance.

A Shadowy Industry Group Shapes Food Policy Around the World

NYT Science - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 11:40
The International Life Sciences Institute, with branches in 17 countries, is funded by giants of the food and drug industries.

How Long Before These Salmon Are Gone? ‘Maybe 20 Years’

NYT Science - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 09:17
Warming waters and a series of dams are making the grueling migration of the Chinook salmon even more deadly — and threatening dozens of other species.

2019 ozone hole could be smallest in three decades

BBC Science - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 03:49
The deep thinning in Earth's protective atmospheric layer is not as extensive as it normally is.

At 35,853 Feet Down, an Argument About ‘Deepest’

NYT Science - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 02:00
So you think you hold the world record for the deepest ocean descent by a human? James Cameron demands to differ.

Indonesia haze: Why do forests keep burning?

BBC Science - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 22:55
A smoky haze has blanketed the region, an annual phenomenon that affects millions of people.

Purdue Pharma Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

NYT Science - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 21:23
The filing is a centerpiece of an agreement to settle thousands of cases against the company for its role in the opioids crises. But it is expected to be vigorously contested by a group of 26 states.

Faster pace of climate change is 'scary', former chief scientist says

BBC Science - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 16:54
The UK should advance its climate targets by 10 years, says the UK’s former chief scientist.

Is Jordan running out of water?

BBC Science - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 16:06
Jordan is one of the countries most affected by rising temperatures – and it’s predicted to get worse.

New York Moves to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes by Emergency Order

NYT Science - Sun, 09/15/2019 - 10:09
The state would become the second in the nation, behind Michigan, to outlaw sale of the fruity flavors popular with children and teenagers.

Vaping Bad: Were 2 Wisconsin Brothers the Walter Whites of THC Oils?

NYT Science - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 23:45
As authorities work to understand the spate of vaping-related lung illnesses, a small-town drug bust offers a closer look at the vast black market for vaping supplies.

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