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E.P.A. Moves to Rescind Contested Water Pollution Regulation
Posted by CORAL DAVENPORT on June 27, 2017 at 11:51 pm

Environmentalists strongly supported the rule, which was a key conservation initiative of the Obama administration. But landowners and developers have bitterly opposed it. […]

Plague Is Found in New Mexico. Again.
Posted by LIAM STACK on June 27, 2017 at 11:38 pm

Two people were found to have plague this week. What does the disease look like in the modern world, and why does it keep happening in New Mexico? […]

The Lab Says It’s Cancer. But Sometimes the Lab Is Wrong.
Posted by GINA KOLATA on June 27, 2017 at 5:18 pm

Thousands of patients may receive incorrect cancer diagnoses each year because of biopsy mix-ups. New technology can help prevent the mistakes — if pathologists adopt it. […]

Let science be a springboard for politics
Posted by James Martin on June 27, 2017 at 12:00 am

Governing well demands the same mindset as doing good research, says James Martin […]

Success of gravity-wave satellite paves way for three-craft mission
Posted by Davide Castelvecchi on June 27, 2017 at 12:00 am

Technology far exceeded expectations in LISA Pathfinder test. […]

Dr. John Sarno, 93, Dies; Best-Selling Author Tied Pain to Anxieties
Posted by ADAM CONNER-SIMONS on June 26, 2017 at 11:22 pm

Dr. Sarno was both hailed and dismissed for his contention that most chronic pain could be traced to deep within the psyche. […]

How I Got the Shot: To Photograph a Galápagos Tortoise, Get Out of the Race
Posted by FEDERICO RIOS ESCOBAR on June 26, 2017 at 11:18 pm

Slow and steady, learns Federico Rios Escobar, isn’t just great advice for composing an image; it’s also an appealing state of mind. […]

The Solution for Skin Ailments Could Be Right Under Your Nose
Posted by FERRIS JABR on June 26, 2017 at 6:02 pm

While bacteria have long been associated with disorders like acne and eczema, scientists are now fighting back with friendly members of the skin’s microbiome. […]

Matter: Fire May Be the Only Remedy for a Plague Killing Deer and Elk
Posted by CARL ZIMMER on June 26, 2017 at 5:40 pm

Deer and elk are dying from chronic wasting disease in growing numbers. Burning the land may be the only way to turn back the disease. […]

Take a Number: Nearly Half of Teens Have Had Sex by Age 19, Survey Finds
Posted by NICHOLAS BAKALAR on June 26, 2017 at 5:31 pm

Sexual activity declined among adolescents in the 1990s, and rates have remained low. Still, teenagers in the United States are more likely to become pregnant than those in other western countries. […]

Carbon in Atmosphere Is Rising, Even as Emissions Stabilize
Posted by JUSTIN GILLIS on June 26, 2017 at 2:42 pm

Scientists are concerned over the cause of the rapid rise, which may indicate the world’s natural sponges that absorb carbon dioxide have changed. […]

Q&A: A Matter of Considerable Gravity
Posted by C. CLAIBORNE RAY on June 26, 2017 at 1:54 pm

All the planets in the solar system interact gravitationally with the sun, but Jupiter’s great mass makes this interaction visible. […]

Scientists in limbo as US Supreme Court allows modified travel ban
Posted by Sara Reardon on June 26, 2017 at 12:00 am

Justices overturn lower-court rulings on policy targeting people from six majority-Muslim countries. […]

Elias Burstein, Pioneer in Semiconductors, Dies at 99
Posted by DYLAN LOEB McCLAIN on June 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Mr. Burstein was one of the first scientists to use lasers to do research on semiconductors and insulators, and held patents for a method to increase the semiconducting capacity of silicon. […]

Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘The Mind of God’
Posted by JOHN WILLIAMS on June 25, 2017 at 9:57 pm

The neurologist Jay Lombard discusses the brain and its connection to what he describes as our deeper, spiritual underpinnings. […]


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Jellied sea creatures confound scientists, fishermen on U.S. Pacific Coast
Posted on June 27, 2017 at 2:47 pm

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Drifting throngs of jelly-like, glowing organisms native to tropical seas far from shore have invaded Pacific coastal waters from Southern California to the Gulf of Alaska this year, baffling researchers and frustrating fishing crews. […]

Bulgaria's first communications satellite launched into orbit
Posted on June 24, 2017 at 7:38 am

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria's first geostationary communications satellite has been launched into space, operator Bulsatcom said in a statement on Saturday. […]

India sends 31 satellites into space, some for foreign customers
Posted on June 23, 2017 at 9:50 am

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India fired a rocket carrying 31 small satellites into space on Friday, several of them for European countries, in a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambition to project the country as a global low-cost provider of services in space. […]

British forest pumped full of CO2 to test tree absorption
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 2:55 pm

(This version of the June 21 story deletes final paragraph which incorrectly states remaining area is open to public) […]

Scientists rescue samples of melting Bolivian glacier for posterity
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 12:04 pm

ILLIMANI MOUNTAIN, Bolivia (Reuters) - A team of international scientists are transporting samples of ice from a melting glacier in Bolivia to Antarctica, for study and preservation before the glacier disappears. […]

U.S. total solar eclipse sparks spectator excitement
Posted on June 21, 2017 at 10:21 pm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The first total solar eclipse across the continental United States in a century is expected to spark watching parties and traffic jams as it darkens skies from Oregon to South Carolina, authorities said on Wednesday. […]

Kepler telescope finds 10 more possible life-friendly planets
Posted on June 19, 2017 at 8:57 pm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Astronomers on Monday added 219 candidates to the growing list of planets beyond the solar system, 10 of which may be about the same size and temperature as Earth, boosting the chances for life. […]

Trump's coal plan sends U.S. energy "back to the past": Vatican
Posted on June 16, 2017 at 3:13 pm

OSLO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is sending U.S. energy production "back to the past" with disastrous decisions to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and to promote the coal industry, a senior Vatican official said on Friday. […]

China's quantum satellite makes breakthrough in secure communications
Posted on June 16, 2017 at 8:12 am

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese quantum satellite has dispatched transmissions over a distance of 1,200 km (746 miles), a dozen times further than the previous record, a breakthrough in a technology that could be used to deliver secure messages, state media said on Friday. […]

Mars rover scientist, SpaceX engineer join NASA astronaut corps
Posted on June 7, 2017 at 10:52 pm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA named 12 astronauts on Wednesday to the U.S. space agency's first new class of space fliers in five years, chosen from a record 18,300 applicants, for a new era of space travel. […]