NY Times Science

How to Stop Poaching and Protect Endangered Species? Forget the ‘Kingpins.’

40 min 18 sec ago
Authorities keep arresting people said to be bosses of wildlife trafficking, but that isn’t making a dent in the problem.

Giving Malaria a Deadline

4 hours 3 min ago
With a new genetic tool, scientists move a step closer to eradicating mosquitoes and the deadly diseases they carry.

Charles Kao, Nobel Laureate Who Revolutionized Fiber Optics, Dies at 84

4 hours 12 min ago
In the 1960s, Dr. Kao outlined the potential capacity of fiber optic cables for storing information, laying the technical groundwork for modern communications.

Trial by Fire: Critics Demand That a Huge Sepsis Study Be Stopped

5 hours 46 min ago
A trial enrolling new patients resembles “an experiment that would be conducted on laboratory animals,” one advocacy group said.

Q&A: Among Monarch Butterflies, a New Generation Gap Every Year

5 hours 52 min ago
The monarchs that must trek southward skip reproduction and live far longer than their forebears.

The New Health Care: Congratulations. Your Study Went Nowhere.

12 hours 12 min ago
Researchers should embrace negative results instead of accentuating the positive, which is one of several biases that can lead to bad science.

Sexual Harassment Allegations Wipe a Name Off the Map

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 23:30
The geologist David Marchant was so renowned he had an Antarctic glacier named after him. The honor was stripped away after he was accused of sexual harassment in the field.

Tiny Device Is a ‘Huge Advance’ for Treatment of Severe Heart Failure

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 16:09
A clip used to repair damaged heart valves sharply reduced deaths among patients with a grim prognosis.

A Rise in Murder? Let’s Talk About the Weather

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 03:13
The correlation between heat and crime suggests the need for more research on shootings in American cities.

Japan Has Enough Nuclear Material to Build an Arsenal. Its Plan: Recycle.

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 19:13
Japan has spent decades building a facility to turn nuclear waste into nuclear fuel, but neighbors fear it has other plans for its plutonium.

Florence’s Floodwaters Breach Defenses at Duke Energy Plant, Sending Toxic Coal Ash Into River

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 02:01
Duke Energy shut down a power plant in Wilmington, N.C., after a dam at the site breached and allowed coal ash to enter the nearby Cape Fear River.

Trilobites: On Ecstasy, Octopuses Reached Out for a Hug

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:57
By dosing the tentacled creatures with MDMA, researchers found they share parts of an ancient messaging system involved in social behaviors with humans.

The Couple Who Helped Decode Dyslexia

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 07:27
In 1983, Sally and Bennett Shaywitz began studying the reading skills of more than 400 children. The subjects are in their 40s now, and the Shaywitzes are still tracking them.

Restaurant Wants to Use Marijuana to Ease Lobsters’ Pain. Slow Your Roll, Maine Says.

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 04:01
The restaurant’s experiments have drawn publicity, regulatory pushback and scientific skepticism. Can lobsters get high? Do they feel pain?

Ice Surveys and Neckties at Dinner: Here’s Life at an Arctic Outpost

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 02:00
Danish soldiers, scientists and two very sturdy dogs are the only residents of Station Nord in Greenland. Like any remote outpost, there are quirky rules and rituals.

Trilobites: NASA’s TESS Starts Collecting Planets

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 17:29
The satellite, launched in April, has already identified at least 73 stars that may harbor exoplanets, most of them new to astronomers.

Sloan Kettering’s Cozy Deal With Start-Up Ignites a New Uproar

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:04
A for-profit venture with exclusive rights to use the center’s vast archive of tissue slides has generated concerns at the nonprofit cancer center.

Biosafety Reforms Still Lagging at Military Labs

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:09
Three years after finding that laboratories had mishandled deadly pathogens, the Pentagon has no way to measure the effectiveness of its reforms, according to a new report.

Global Health: ‘Latent’ Tuberculosis? It’s Not That Common, Experts Find

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:58
Active infections kill 4,000 people a day worldwide, more than AIDS does. But the notion that a quarter of the global population harbors silent tuberculosis is “a fundamental misunderstanding.”

With Moon as His Muse, Japanese Billionaire Signs Up for SpaceX Voyage

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:15
Elon Musk shared a stage at a SpaceX factory on Monday night with Yusaku Maezawa, who will make a significant investment in the company’s next-generation rocket.