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For the Third Time, W.H.O. Declines to Declare the Ebola Outbreak an Emergency

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 21:01
Even with more than 1,400 dead, the W.H.O. says the risk of the disease spreading beyond the region remains low and declaring an emergency could have backfired.

Bastion of Anti-Vaccine Fervor: Progressive Waldorf Schools

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 20:51
Opposition to vaccines on the left is increasingly worrying the authorities. At one progressive school, 60 percent of the 300 students were not vaccinated against measles and other diseases.

Drug Makers Sue to Block Requirement for Listing Prices in TV Ads

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 20:37
The rule, set to take effect July 9, is one of the most visible efforts by the Trump administration to try to address high drug prices.

Plastic pollution: Bangor divers cleaning up the seabed

BBC Science - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 16:11
A group of divers are taking beach clean ups to the next level by diving for litter under water.

So Long, Exoplanet HD 17156b. Hello ... Sauron?

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 14:10
Astronomers have announced a global contest to rename dozens of extrasolar planets. The nominees are pouring in.

Eager to Limit Exemptions to Vaccination, States Face Staunch Resistance

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 11:08
Legislators trying to curb the numbers of unvaccinated children have been met with vigorous opposition from upset parents.

Largest world stock of animal-killing virus destroyed by UK lab

BBC Science - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:14
Scientists destroy final UK laboratory samples of rinderpest, the disease that wiped out most of the cattle in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Australia, in a Victory for Coal, Clears the Way for a Disputed Mine

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:11
The final permit from regulators in Queensland came less than a month after a conservative coalition that champions coal won in national elections.

Why Did the Moon Landing Matter? A Slew of New Books Offer Answers

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 08:28
Jill Lepore explores the many new accounts of the Apollo 11 mission on its 50th anniversary, including Douglas Brinkley’s “American Moonshot.”

Measles Outbreak: N.Y. Eliminates Religious Exemptions for Vaccinations

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 08:17
New York, where measles has spread in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities, joins California and a handful of other states in revoking religious exemptions.

Pope warns oil bosses of climate threat

BBC Science - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 08:10
Oil company bosses have been rapped by the Pope for seeking more of the fossil fuels that are damaging the climate.

Fecal Transplant Is Linked to a Patient’s Death, the F.D.A. Warns

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 07:14
The agency said two patients received donated stool that had not been screened for drug-resistant germs, leading it to halt clinical trials until researchers prove proper testing procedures are in place.

N.I.H. Head Calls for End to All-Male Panels of Scientists

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 07:14
Francis Collins pledged to decline to speak at conferences that do not include enough women in prominent speaking roles.

Climate Change Poses Major Risks to Financial Markets, Regulator Warns

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 07:14
The regulator, who sits on a powerful government panel that oversees major financial markets, likened global warming risks to the 2008 mortgage crisis.

How Much Nature Is Enough? 120 Minutes a Week, Doctors Say

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 03:26
Researchers have now quantified the ideal amount of time needed to reap the health benefits of the great outdoors.

Scientists Find Ancient Humans Used Weed 2,500 Years Ago, Too

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 03:26
Residue found in tombs deep in a Central Asian mountain range suggests that strong cannabis was used in ancient burial rites.

The Fish Egg That Traveled Through a Swan’s Gut, Then Hatched

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 02:00
These fish turn up in many surprising location, but this was one place scientists didn’t expect to find them.

Here Is What Jessica Biel Opposes in California’s Vaccine Bill

NY Times Science - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 21:16
Lobbying by celebrity opponents has drawn national attention to a measure that would make medical exemptions to vaccination harder to get.

Dr. Teruko Ishizaka, Who Advanced Allergy Treatment, Dies at 92

NY Times Science - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 21:15
She and her husband identified an antibody that triggers wheezing and rashes. Monitoring it can help prevent and remedy allergic reactions.

Depo-Provera, an Injectable Contraceptive, Does Not Raise H.I.V. Risk

NY Times Science - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 21:08
The hormone shot — popular among African women who must use birth control in secret — is as safe as other methods, scientists reported.
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