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Reporter’s Notebook: How’s the Air in London? ‘We Should Be Worried’
Posted by CEYLAN YEGINSU on April 22, 2018 at 11:02 pm

Our reporter visited an artist’s “pollution pods” to sample the smog and haze he recreated from some of the world’s most contaminated cities. […]

E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce Expands to 16 States
Posted by NIRAJ CHOKSHI on April 20, 2018 at 9:55 pm

At least 53 people have been infected so far, and more than half have been hospitalized. […]

Global Health: Ethicists Call for More Scrutiny of ‘Human-Challenge’ Trials
Posted by EMILY BAUMGAERTNER on April 20, 2018 at 8:25 pm

A vaccine study in which subjects are to be deliberately infected with Zika is on pause after ethicists said it had “insufficient value.&rdquo […]

Trilobites: What a Scientist Learned From Studying the ‘Synchronized Swimming of Sea Monkeys’
Posted by JOANNA KLEIN on April 20, 2018 at 7:57 pm

Tiny crustaceans complete a massive daily vertical migration in the world’s oceans. New research suggests their commute may play an important role in the health of the planet. […]

Ask Well: Can You Miss the Signs of Heart Disease or a Heart Attack?
Posted by RONI CARYN RABIN on April 20, 2018 at 10:01 am

It’s not always easy to tell if you have heart disease or have had a heart attack. […]

Nonfiction: A Brand-New Version of Our Origin Story
Posted by JARED DIAMOND on April 20, 2018 at 9:00 am

The Harvard geneticist David Reich details his groundbreaking research into ancient DNA in “Who We Are and How We Got Here.&rdquo […]

Frenchman Is First in World to Get 2 Full Face Transplants
Posted by TANGUY GARREL-JAFFRELOT on April 20, 2018 at 4:00 am

Jérôme Hamon, a bookseller who has a genetic disease, underwent a second transplant after his body rejected the first because he had taken an antibiotic for a cold. […]

Trump’s NASA Nominee, Jim Bridenstine, Confirmed by Senate on Party-Line Vote
Posted by KENNETH CHANG on April 20, 2018 at 2:16 am

The Oklahoma congressman’s nomination languished for more than seven months as senators raised objections to his record, and now additional concerns have been raised. […]

F.D.A. Panel Recommends Approval of Cannabis-Based Drug for Epilepsy
Posted by SHEILA KAPLAN on April 19, 2018 at 11:32 pm

Epidiolex was developed to treat two rare and devastating forms of the disease. It contains a chemical compound found in marijuana but not the one that makes people high. […]

As Opioid Prescriptions Fall, Prescriptions for Drugs to Treat Addiction Rise
Posted by ABBY GOODNOUGH on April 19, 2018 at 9:32 pm

New data suggests progress in efforts to curb the epidemic but raises questions about whether tightened prescribing may be leading some people to heroin and fentanyl. […]

Hans Asperger Aided Nazi Child Euthanasia, Study Says
Posted by CEYLAN YEGINSU on April 19, 2018 at 6:47 pm

The autism researcher collaborated with the Third Reich and actively assisted in the killing of disabled children, a new report says. […]

Design Review: At This Museum Show, You’re Encouraged to Follow Your Nose
Posted by MICHAEL KIMMELMAN on April 19, 2018 at 5:30 pm

“The Senses: Design Beyond Vision” at the Cooper Hewitt asks visitors to consider sound, taste and smell. […]

Matter: Bodies Remodeled for a Life at Sea
Posted by CARL ZIMMER on April 19, 2018 at 4:02 pm

The Bajau, who spend most of their time on the ocean, are among the best divers in the world. Evolution is remaking them, a new study finds. […]

Mind: Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories
Posted by BENEDICT CAREY on April 19, 2018 at 11:51 am

Nearly 9,000 readers wrote to The Times to talk about their use of antidepressants. Here’s what we learned. […]

San Francisco Earthquake Risks: Questions and Answers
Posted by THOMAS FULLER on April 19, 2018 at 11:24 am

Our correspondent in San Francisco answers readers’ questions about the risks facing the Bay Area when the Big One hits. […]


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Igor the Siberian tiger gets stem-cell hip treatment in Hungary
Posted on April 21, 2018 at 9:16 am

SZEGED, Hungary (Reuters) - Igor, a Siberian tiger in a Hungarian zoo, received stem-cell joint treatment on Wednesday which doctors hoped would help heal its hip and allow it to live happily, on less medicine. […]

Flatpack fear no more? Robot assembles IKEA chair frame
Posted on April 19, 2018 at 4:37 pm

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Robots in Singapore have completed a task many humans dread - assembling flat-packed IKEA furniture. […]

SpaceX rocket launched from Florida carrying NASA planet-hunting telescope
Posted on April 19, 2018 at 9:23 am

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday on SpaceX's first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting orbital telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system that might be capable of harboring life. […]

Gates backs gene technologies in fight to end malaria
Posted on April 18, 2018 at 11:43 pm

LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) - Gene-editing technologies that alter mosquitoes' DNA could prove critical in the fight against malaria, Bill Gates said on Wednesday, and ethical concerns should not block progress in such gene-modifying research. […]

Plastic-eating enzyme holds promise in fighting pollution
Posted on April 17, 2018 at 6:17 pm

(Refiles this April 16 story to fix affiliation in 10th paragraph.) […]

More than 100 parts for NASA's Orion capsule to be 3D printed
Posted on April 17, 2018 at 3:43 pm

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - More than 100 parts for U.S. space agency NASA's deep-space capsule Orion will be made by 3D printers, using technology that experts say will eventually become key to efforts to send humans to Mars. […]

Gerst aims to be 'nice boss' as first German ISS commander
Posted on April 17, 2018 at 2:20 pm

COLOGNE (Reuters) - Astronaut Alexander Gerst says he aims to be a "nice boss" when he becomes the $100 billion International Space Station's first German commander later this year. […]

GE rides gene therapy wave with ready-made viral drug factories
Posted on April 17, 2018 at 11:03 am

LONDON (Reuters) - General Electric is raising its bet on biotechnology with the launch of prefabricated manufacturing units for producing virus-based gene and cell therapies, novel anti-cancer treatments and vaccines. […]

Rocket-control glitch delays launch of NASA's planet-hunting satellite
Posted on April 16, 2018 at 10:46 pm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - An 11th-hour technical glitch prompted SpaceX to postpone its planned launch on Monday of a new NASA space telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system, delaying for at least 48 hours a quest to expand astronomers' known inventory of so-called exoplanets. […]

Japanese engineer builds giant robot to realize 'Gundam' dream
Posted on April 13, 2018 at 5:32 pm

SHINTO, Japan (Reuters) - Japanese engineer Masaaki Nagumo had always dreamed of suiting up as a robot from "Mobile Suit Gundam", his favorite animation series growing up. Now he has made it a reality by creating a giant humanoid inspired by the science fiction franchise. […]