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Clean Energy Is Surging, but Not Fast Enough to Solve Global Warming
Posted by BRAD PLUMER on November 13, 2018 at 12:00 am

The International Energy Agency said renewables were poised to surpass coal by 2040. But more is still needed to stop climate change. […]

A ‘Time Capsule’ for Scientists, Courtesy of Peter the Great
Posted by JAMES HILL on November 12, 2018 at 9:01 pm

A Russian zoological museum filled with centuries-old specimens finds renewed relevance in the age of genetics. […]

Why Does California Have So Many Wildfires?
Posted by KENDRA PIERRE-LOUIS on November 12, 2018 at 8:24 pm

There are four key ingredients that make the state such a tinderbox. […]

Q&A: ‘Touch Not the Cat’
Posted by C. CLAIBORNE RAY on November 12, 2018 at 4:41 pm

The Scottish wildcat, the last native cat in the United Kingdom, is endangered; fewer than 100 purebred specimens remain in the wild. […]

Where Will Science Take Us? To the Stars
Posted by PETER KUJAWINSKI on November 12, 2018 at 4:15 pm

A monthlong visit to observatories in Chile, Hawaii and Los Angeles revealed spellbinding visions of the heavens. […]

Judge Blocks Disputed Keystone XL Pipeline in Setback for Trump
Posted by LISA FRIEDMAN and CORAL DAVENPORT on November 12, 2018 at 3:46 pm

The Trump administration “simply discarded” the effect the project would have on climate change, the court found. […]

In Brazil, Animals Cross a Road of No Return
Posted by REBECCA BOYLE on November 12, 2018 at 10:00 am

Highway BR-262 is among the deadliest in the world for wildlife. Biologist Wagner Fischer has been monitoring its grim toll for more than two decades. […]

The Wheels on These Buses Go Round and Round With Zero Emissions
Posted by BRAD PLUMER on November 12, 2018 at 10:00 am

Some states, concerned about pollution and global warming, see school buses as the next frontier for electric vehicles. Prices are high, but that's starting to change. […]

Rocket Lab’s Modest Launch Is Giant Leap for Small Rocket Business
Posted by KENNETH CHANG on November 11, 2018 at 4:50 am

The company’s Electron rocket carried a batch of small commercial satellites from a launchpad in New Zealand, a harbinger of a major transformation to the space business. […]

The Chemists’ War
Posted by THEO EMERY on November 10, 2018 at 1:43 pm

One hundred years after the end of World War I, the Army Corps of Engineers is still cleaning up the relics of experiments that helped develop chemical weapons to counter the Germans’ gas attacks. […]

Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair and Thesis Fetch More Than $1 Million at Auction
Posted by JACEY FORTIN on November 10, 2018 at 3:24 am

Bids far exceeded expectations at the Christie’s auction, which also included items that once belonged to Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. […]

F.D.A. Plans to Seek a Ban on Menthol Cigarettes
Posted by SHEILA KAPLAN on November 10, 2018 at 1:25 am

The move is part of an aggressive campaign against many products containing nicotine, including flavored e-cigarettes. Menthol has long been a concern among African-Americans because of its addictive qualities. […]

Devah Pager, Who Documented Race Bias in Job Market, Dies at 46
Posted by KATHARINE Q. SEELYE on November 9, 2018 at 7:03 pm

Her research established that a white man, even if he had a felony conviction, fared better when applying for a job than a black man with no criminal record. […]

The New Old Age: Dementia Is Getting Some Very Public Faces
Posted by PAULA SPAN on November 9, 2018 at 6:21 pm

Stigma often prevents patients from acknowledging an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. A series of high-profile disclosures may help change that. […]

F.D.A. Plans to Ban Most Flavored E-Cigarette Sales in Stores
Posted by SHEILA KAPLAN on November 9, 2018 at 1:27 am

After warning Juul and other e-cigarette makers to keep their flavored products away from minors, the F.D.A. wants to curb sales altogether. […]


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Scientists to swap dusty old kilogram for something more stable
Posted on November 12, 2018 at 8:14 pm

After years of nursing a sometimes dusty cylinder of metal in a vault outside Paris as the global reference for modern mass, scientists are updating the definition of the kilogram. […]

Stephen Hawking's thesis and wheelchair sell for $1 million
Posted on November 9, 2018 at 8:13 am

A motorized wheelchair used by the late British physicist Stephen Hawking sold at auction on Thursday for almost 300,000 pounds ($391,740.00) while a dissertation raised nearly twice that at a sale to raise money for charity. […]

Scientists angry at UK visa denials for African, Asian researchers
Posted on November 8, 2018 at 4:24 pm

Scientists in Britain expressed concern on Thursday after at least 17 delegates from Africa and Asia wanting to attend a health conference in London were denied visas. […]

Bill Gates, on China trip, lauds free trade - and futuristic toilets
Posted on November 6, 2018 at 6:07 pm

U.S. billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates unveiled on Tuesday in Beijing a futuristic toilet that doesn't need water or sewers and uses chemicals to turn human waste into fertilizer. […]

Portugal to build satellite launch pad, lab with China
Posted on November 6, 2018 at 4:12 pm

Portugal plans to build an international launch pad for small satellites in the Azores and has agreed with China to set up a joint research center to make satellites on the mainland, its science and technology minister said on Tuesday. […]

Gene study reveals secrets of parasitic worms, possible treatments
Posted on November 5, 2018 at 4:09 pm

The largest study to date of the genetic makeup of parasitic worms has found hundreds of new clues about how they invade the human body, evade its immune system and cause disease. […]

South Africans make bricks from human urine
Posted on November 2, 2018 at 6:29 pm

South African researchers say they have made bricks using human urine in a natural process involving colonies of bacteria, which could one day help reduce global warming emissions by finding a productive use for the ultimate waste product. […]

To the Moon and beyond: Airbus delivers powerhouse for NASA's Orion spacecraft
Posted on November 2, 2018 at 12:38 pm

Europe's Airbus on Friday delivered the "powerhouse" for NASA's new Orion Spaceship that will take astronauts to the Moon and beyond in coming years, hitting a key milestone that should lead to hundreds of millions of euros in future orders. […]

Some dinosaurs had exquisite eggs with colors, spots, speckles
Posted on November 1, 2018 at 8:47 pm

Some dinosaurs laid colored, speckled and spotted eggs boasting exquisite hues of blue and brown, scientists said on Thursday, in a discovery that scrambles the notion that such exceptional traits originated with birds. […]

Musk shakes up SpaceX in race to make satellite launch window: sources
Posted on November 1, 2018 at 5:05 pm

SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk flew to the Seattle area in June for meetings with engineers leading a satellite launch project crucial to his space company's growth. […]

Scientists launch plan to map genes of all complex life on earth
Posted on November 1, 2018 at 12:42 pm

Scientists launched a vast project on Thursday to map the genetic code of all 1.5 million known species of complex life on earth, aiming to complete the work within a decade. […]

Russian Soyuz rocket failure caused by damaged sensor: investigation
Posted on November 1, 2018 at 12:16 pm

The abortive launch last month of a manned Soyuz mission to space was caused by a sensor damaged during the rocket's assembly at the cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Russian investigators said on Thursday. […]

NASA retires its planet hunter, the Kepler space telescope
Posted on October 31, 2018 at 5:11 pm

The Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel and will be retired after a 9-1/2-year mission in which it detected thousands of planets beyond our solar system and boosted the search for worlds that might harbor alien life, NASA said on Tuesday. […]

Stephen Hawking's thesis, wheelchair heading for auction
Posted on October 31, 2018 at 4:27 pm

From a copy of his PhD thesis to his wheelchair, items belonging to Stephen Hawking are headed for auction, offering fans of the late British physicist famed for his work exploring the origins of the universe a chance to buy some of his possessions. […]

Russia plans first manned space mission since rocket failure
Posted on October 31, 2018 at 11:59 am

The first manned mission to the International Space Station since a Russian rocket failed to launch earlier this month may take off on Dec. 3, space agency Roscosmos said on Wednesday. […]