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Trilobites: How Whales Became the Biggest Animals on the Planet
Posted by NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR on May 24, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Species like the blue whale became so big only in the past 4.5 million years, a result of changes to the food supply in the oceans, scientists say. […]

Fighting Trump on Climate, California Becomes a Global Force
Posted by CORAL DAVENPORT and ADAM NAGOURNEY on May 24, 2017 at 1:04 pm

The state has been at the leading edge of the resistance to President Trump. But of all the battles, none has the global implications of climate change. […]

Fig Leaves Are Out. What to Wear to Be Kind to the Planet?
Posted by TATIANA SCHLOSSBERG on May 24, 2017 at 9:30 am

Finding environmentally friendly apparel can be a challenge. Here’s a guide to smarter choices in fabrics and clothing. […]

Inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Posted by on May 24, 2017 at 9:00 am

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a safeguard of the world’s most important crops, flooded after permafrost surrounding the entrance thawed in Norway. Look inside in 360 degrees. […]

Trump Budget Proposes Deep Cuts in Energy Innovation Programs
Posted by BRAD PLUMER and CORAL DAVENPORT on May 24, 2017 at 8:27 am

The spending plan also calls for raising billions of dollars by opening up public lands to oil and gas drilling and selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. […]

Cuts to AIDS Treatment Programs Could Cost a Million Lives
Posted by GARDINER HARRIS on May 24, 2017 at 12:51 am

Researchers said at least one million people would die worldwide if the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts to public health programs were enacted. […]

Quantum computing, election pledges and a thief who made science history
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

The week in science: 19–25 May 2017. […]

China expands DNA data grab in troubled western region
Posted by David Cyranoski on May 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

Alarms raised over suspected efforts to collect massive numbers of genetic samples from citizens. […]

The best-kept secrets to winning grants
Posted by Kendall Powell on May 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

With competition for research funding approaching an all-time high, experts reveal their top tips and tricks. […]

Proposed Rules Would Allow U.S. to Track and Destroy Drones
Posted by CHARLIE SAVAGE on May 23, 2017 at 10:57 pm

Citing security threats, the Trump administration has asked Congress to give the federal government sweeping powers regarding drones over domestic soil. […]

W.H.O. Elects Ethiopia’s Tedros as First Director General From Africa
Posted by DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. and NICK CUMMING-BRUCE on May 23, 2017 at 7:02 pm

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia was chosen after a closed session of world health ministers. […]

Iron-dumping ocean experiment sparks controversy
Posted by Jeff Tollefson on May 23, 2017 at 12:00 am

Canadian foundation says its field research could boost fisheries in Chile, but researchers doubt its motives. […]

Publish houses of brick, not mansions of straw
Posted by William G. Kaelin Jr on May 23, 2017 at 12:00 am

Papers need to include fewer claims and more proof to make the scientific literature more reliable, warns William G. Kaelin Jr. […]

Trump budget would slash science programmes across government
Posted by Sara Reardon on May 23, 2017 at 12:00 am

Proposed cuts include 11% at the National Science Foundation, 18% at the National Institutes of Health and 30% at the Environmental Protection Agency. […]

World Health Organization gets first leader from Africa
Posted by Declan Butler on May 23, 2017 at 12:00 am

Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to head agency amid calls for reform. […]

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Failed computer replaced during U.S. astronauts' spacewalk
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 6:08 am

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Two U.S. astronauts completed a hastily planned spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Tuesday to replace a computer that failed on Saturday, NASA said. […]

Google AI beats Chinese master in ancient game of Go
Posted on May 23, 2017 at 9:35 am

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Google artificial intelligence program defeated a Chinese grand master at the ancient board game Go on Tuesday, a major feather in the cap for the firm's AI ambitions as it looks to woo Beijing to gain re-entry into the country. […]

Fossils cast doubt on human lineage originating in Africa
Posted on May 22, 2017 at 10:08 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fossils from Greece and Bulgaria of an ape-like creature that lived 7.2 million years ago may fundamentally alter the understanding of human origins, casting doubt on the view that the evolutionary lineage that led to people arose in Africa. […]

NASA plans emergency spacewalk on International Space Station
Posted on May 21, 2017 at 11:06 pm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A pair of astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station on Tuesday for an emergency spacewalk to replace a failed computer, one of two that control major U.S. systems aboard the orbiting outpost, NASA said on Sunday. […]

Scientists to test whether Zika can kill brain cancer cells
Posted on May 18, 2017 at 11:06 pm

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists in Britain plan to harness the Zika virus to try to kill brain tumor cells in experiments that they say could lead to new ways to fight an aggressive type of cancer. […]

Pope tells geneticists that destroying embryos is unjustifiable
Posted on May 18, 2017 at 3:03 pm

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis praised scientists working on treatments for genetic diseases on Thursday but condemned any use of human embryos in medical research. […]

Motor mouth: T. rex could bite with the force of three cars
Posted on May 17, 2017 at 1:11 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have come up with one more reason to be amazed by Tyrannosaurus rex. When the huge carnivorous dinosaur took a bite, it did so with an awe-inspiring force equal to the weight of three small cars, enabling it to crunch bones with ease. […]

Hewlett Packard Enterprise reveals powerful computer prototype
Posted on May 16, 2017 at 1:52 pm

(Reuters) - Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co on Tuesday unveiled a new computer prototype that it said could handle more data than any similar system in the world. […]

NASA delays debut launch of $23 billion moon rocket and capsule
Posted on May 12, 2017 at 11:30 pm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA has delayed the first launch of its heavy-payload rocket until 2019 and decided against an idea floated by the White House to put astronauts aboard the capsule that is set to fly around the moon, the U.S. space agency said on Friday. […]

U.S. spacewalkers overcome glitch on 200th station outing
Posted on May 12, 2017 at 7:05 pm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Two U.S. astronauts overcame an early equipment glitch to complete an abbreviated spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday, accomplishing all the major tasks initially planned for a longer excursion in four hours, NASA said. […]