NY Times Science

Here’s How the Shutdown Is Delaying Climate Data and Undercutting Scientists

1 hour 49 min ago
A key global temperature report isn’t coming out this week because of missing data, and some long-term research projects are at risk.

Sacklers Directed Efforts to Mislead Public About OxyContin, New Documents Indicate

1 hour 50 min ago
A filing in a Massachusetts lawsuit contains dozens of internal Purdue Pharma documents suggesting the family was far more involved than the company has long contended.

Nonfiction: Hacker for Hire

3 hours 22 min ago
In “Breaking and Entering,” Jeremy Smith tells the story of a brilliant, larger-than-life computer scientist who runs her own boutique cybersecurity firm.

There’s a Huge Ice Disk in a Maine River. No, the Aliens Aren’t Coming.

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 16:23
Despite all the speculation, it’s not a landing zone for aliens. Scientists say the ice disks are an unusual but entirely natural phenomenon.

Trilobites: When Fungi Fight Back

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:55
A mushroom species was found to sense predators and sent warning signals to other parts of its body, but how it does that remains a mystery.

Giant Ice Disk Spins in Maine River

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:40
The sudden appearance of a giant ice disk in Maine has raised many questions. Watch it rotate in this stunning drone video.

Take a Number: You’re Not Getting Much Taller, America. But You Are Getting Bigger.

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:28
New government data charts some interesting changes in average bodies over recent decades.

The Strange Marketplace for Diabetes Test Strips

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 08:03
It is legal to resell unused test strips for blood glucose, and many patients do, driving an unusual trade online and on the streets.

F.D.A. Says It Will Resume Inspections of Some High-Risk Foods

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 07:52
Despite the federal shutdown, some agency inspectors are returning to work and will begin performing food safety visits without pay this week, the F.D.A. commissioner said.

North Korea’s Less-Known Military Threat: Biological Weapons

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 23:30
Military analysts are increasingly concerned about the nation’s “advanced, underestimated and highly lethal” bioweapons program.

Trilobites: In an Ancient Nun’s Teeth, Blue Paint — and Clues to Medieval Life

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 20:09
A rare blue pigment, discovered in the fossilized plaque of a German nun, hints at a broader role for women in the production of religious texts.

Elias M. Stein, Mathematician of Fluctuations, Is Dead at 87

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 14:59
Arriving from Europe with diamonds in his shoes (hidden there), he found renown in his field with real-world applications, like charting a stock market.

Calculator: Opioids, Car Crashes and Falling: The Odds of Dying in the U.S.

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 14:37
A new report found that, for the first time, Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than in a vehicle crash. But the likeliest causes of death are still heart disease and cancer.

Rise of the Golden Jackal

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:17
A species that was barely known in Europe now vastly outnumbers wolves there, and is rapidly spreading north and west.

Global Health: A Silver Bullet Against the Brain-Eating Amoeba?

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 10:00
Minuscule particles coated with anti-seizure drugs seem to halt microbes that feed on brain tissue.

The New Health Care: The Reasonable Way to View Marijuana’s Risks

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 02:00
Cannabis has downsides, but speculation and fear should be replaced with the best evidence available.

SpaceX, Elon Musk’s Rocket Company, Cuts 10 Percent of Its Work Force

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 12:21
The private company, which aims to send humans to Mars, will have about 6,000 employees remaining after the companywide layoffs.

California Adds Its Clout to States Battling High Drug Prices

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 20:54
Under a new governor, it’s hoping to use its status as the most populous state as leverage when it negotiates with drug makers.

The Flu Is Widespread in the U.S., and It’s Not Too Late to Get Vaccinated

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 20:50
In the last three months, 6 to 7 million people have caught the flu, and the season isn’t over yet.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Curbs Executives’ Ties to Industry After Conflict-of-Interest Scandals

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 17:54
The cancer center will now bar top officials from sitting on outside boards of for-profit companies, and is conducting a wide-scale review of other policies.