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In Empty Offices, Critics See Evidence of Trump Devaluing Science
Posted by CECILIA KANG and MICHAEL D. SHEAR on March 30, 2017 at 9:00 am

Scores of scientists and technology experts have left the White House, and conservatives — and the president — have questioned whether they need to be replaced. […]

E.P.A. Chief, Rejecting Agency’s Science, Chooses Not to Ban Insecticide
Posted by ERIC LIPTON on March 30, 2017 at 3:47 am

E.P.A. scientists had concluded that exposure to the chemical, chlorpyrifos, which has been in use since 1965, was potentially causing significant health consequences. […]

Three Storm Chasers Die in Crash in Texas
Posted by CHRISTOPHER MELE on March 29, 2017 at 6:09 pm

One of the hazards of storm chasing is the number of people on the road pursuing tornadoes as the activity has grown in popularity, an expert said. […]

Trump Signs Executive Order Unwinding Obama Climate Policies
Posted by CORAL DAVENPORT and ALISSA J. RUBIN on March 29, 2017 at 12:54 am

Flanked by coal miners at the Environmental Protection Agency, President Trump signed an order directing the agency to start the process of rewriting the Clean Power Plan. […]

How giant marine reptiles terrorized the ancient seas
Posted by Traci Watson on March 29, 2017 at 12:00 am

Ichthyosaurs were some of the largest and most mysterious predators to ever prowl the oceans. Now they are giving up their secrets. […]

Brexit must preserve advisory networks
Posted by James Wilsdon on March 29, 2017 at 12:00 am

Policymakers in charge of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union have a duty to maintain benefits of collaboration, says James Wilsdon. […]

Brexit triggered, preprint push and a stem-cell first
Posted on March 29, 2017 at 12:00 am

The week in science: 24–30 March 2017. […]

How Brexit is changing the lives of eight researchers
Posted by Alison Abbott on March 29, 2017 at 12:00 am

The months between the Brexit vote and this week's triggering of Article 50 have been a turbulent time for scientists — and things show no sign of calming. […]

Battle between quantum and thermodynamic laws heats up
Posted by Davide Castelvecchi on March 29, 2017 at 12:00 am

Physicists try to rebuild the laws of heat and energy for processes at a quantum scale. […]

Growth spurts may determine a lamprey's sex
Posted by Erin Ross on March 29, 2017 at 12:00 am

The parasitic fish could be the first case of growth-dependent sex determination. […]

Severe Eczema Drug Is Approved by F.D.A.; Price Tag Is $37,000 a Year
Posted by KATIE THOMAS on March 28, 2017 at 5:04 pm

The drug makers Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi made a rare move, negotiating with insurers in advance over the price for Dupixent. […]

News Analysis: Planned Rollback of Climate Rules Unlikely to Achieve All Trump’s Goals
Posted by CORAL DAVENPORT on March 28, 2017 at 3:00 am

Energy economists say the executive order is likely to fall far short on the president’s goals of increasing the nation’s “energy independence” and restoring lost coal mining jobs. […]

What to Know About Trump’s Order to Dismantle the Clean Power Plan
Posted by TATIANA SCHLOSSBERG on March 28, 2017 at 3:00 am

President Trump is set to undo key aspects of Obama’s climate legacy, targeting regulations for coal-fired power plants. […]

Biological underpinnings of chronic fatigue syndrome begin to emerge
Posted by Amy Maxmen on March 28, 2017 at 12:00 am

Gut bacteria and altered metabolic pathways are suspects in mysterious disease. […]

How Trump plans to wipe out Obama-era climate rules
Posted by Jeff Tollefson on March 28, 2017 at 12:00 am

US president orders the Environmental Protection Agency to reverse limits on carbon emissions from power plants. […]


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Brain implant lets paralyzed man feed himself using his thoughts
Posted on March 29, 2017 at 1:27 pm

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A paralyzed man in Cleveland fed himself mashed potatoes for the first time in eight years, aided by a computer-brain interface that reads his thoughts and sends signals to move muscles in his arm, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. […]

Australia scientists uncover dinosaur footprint that may be world's largest
Posted on March 28, 2017 at 3:15 pm

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Scientists have found what could be the world's largest dinosaur footprint - measuring nearly 1.7 metres (5.6 ft) - on a remote part of Australia's northwestern coastline. […]

Astronauts complete spacewalk to retrofit space station
Posted on March 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Two spacewalking astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station on Friday for a 6-1/2-hour spacewalk, the first of three to prepare the orbiting laboratory for future commercial space taxis and to tackle maintenance chores, NASA TV showed. […]

SSL sues rival Orbital ATK over theft of trade secrets: lawsuit
Posted on March 23, 2017 at 4:44 pm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Space Systems/Loral is suing rival Orbital ATK over an alleged theft of proprietary data and business plans for an in-space satellite servicing technology, according to a complaint filed on Thursday. […]

Scientists use graphene to power 'electronic skin' that can feel
Posted on March 23, 2017 at 6:04 am

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have found a way to power an experimental kind of electronic skin using solar energy in a further step towards the development of prosthetic limbs or robots with a sense of touch. […]

Revolutionary overhaul of dinosaur family tree proposed
Posted on March 22, 2017 at 6:09 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the best-known dinosaurs, like Tyrannosaurus rex and Brontosaurus, may be headed for a divorce due to irreconcilable differences. […]

Brazil ramps up domestic space satellite, rocket programs
Posted on March 22, 2017 at 4:36 pm

KOUROU, French Guiana (Reuters) - Brazil is developing technology to send domestically-made satellites into space with its own rockets by the end of the decade, aerospace executives and officials said ahead of the launch of the nation's first defense and communications satellite. […]

Ancient quakes may point to sinking risk for part of California coast
Posted on March 21, 2017 at 11:35 pm

SEATTLE (Reuters) - The Big One may be overdue to hit California but scientists near Los Angeles have found a new risk for the area during a major earthquake: abrupt sinking of land, potentially below sea level. […]

First U.S. bumble bee added to endangered species list
Posted on March 21, 2017 at 9:05 pm

(Reuters) - The rusty patched bumble bee became the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain federal protection on Tuesday when it was added to the government's list of endangered and threatened species. […]

Scientists launch campaign to restore Pluto to the planet club
Posted on March 21, 2017 at 6:54 pm

(Reuters) - A team of scientists seeking to restore Pluto to planethood launched a campaign on Tuesday to broaden the astronomical classifications which led to its demotion to a "dwarf planet" a decade ago. […]