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Brace for the Polar Vortex: It May Be Visiting More Often
Posted by KENDRA PIERRE-LOUIS on January 19, 2019 at 4:29 pm

A researcher says that as the climate changes, “winter is shortening, but you’re getting these more intensive periods in that shorter winter.&rdquo […]

The New Old Age: Hospitals Stopped Readmitting So Many Medicare Patients. Did That Cost Lives?
Posted by PAULA SPAN on January 19, 2019 at 3:17 pm

A new government program was supposed to prevent certain Medicare recipients from cycling in and out of hospitals. Now experts worry some older patients are being denied necessary care. […]

Do You Take This Robot …
Posted by ALEX WILLIAMS on January 19, 2019 at 2:56 pm

Today we fall in love through our phones. Maybe your phone itself could be just as satisfying? […]

The Elderly and Driving: When Is It Time to Hit the Brakes?
Posted by THE NEW YORK TIMES on January 19, 2019 at 6:37 am

Prince Philip, 97, was involved in a car accident outside London. For families everywhere, the incident raises all-too-familiar questions. […]

Q&A: These Species Were Said to Be Extinct. Really, They Were Just Hard to Find.
Posted by C. CLAIBORNE RAY on January 18, 2019 at 10:32 pm

A surprising number of plants and animals have been discovered alive and well after scientists had declared them long gone. […]

Your Sweat Will See You Now
Posted by APOORVA MANDAVILLI on January 18, 2019 at 7:58 pm

A new device — wearable, wireless and battery free — improves the ability to monitor and diagnose health problems by analyzing the sweat on your skin. […]

Study Links Drug Maker Gifts for Doctors to More Overdose Deaths
Posted by ABBY GOODNOUGH on January 18, 2019 at 7:43 pm

Counties where doctors got more meals, trips and consulting fees from opioid makers had higher overdose deaths involving prescription opioids. […]

Critic’s Pick: Ansel Adams in a New Light
Posted by VICKI GOLDBERG on January 18, 2019 at 6:23 pm

The National Parks are in partial shutdown. But America’s wilderness shines in a show at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston that reveals how human intervention has changed purple mountains’ majesty. […]

Dr. John Mendelsohn, 82, Researcher Who Led Top Cancer Center, Dies
Posted by KATIE THOMAS on January 18, 2019 at 4:42 pm

After pioneering a targeted cancer therapy, he oversaw MD Anderson in Houston as it gained a reputation as the nation’s top cancer hospital. […]

Does Marijuana Use Cause Schizophrenia?
Posted by BENEDICT CAREY on January 18, 2019 at 4:19 pm

As the drug becomes more popular, concerns have been raised that its use can lead to psychotic disorders. Here’s what scientists know for sure, and what they don’t. […]

The New Health Care: The Reasonable Way to View Marijuana’s Risks
Posted by AARON E. CARROLL on January 18, 2019 at 3:54 pm

Cannabis has downsides, but speculation and fear should be replaced with the best evidence available. […]

Jean Bourgain, Problem-Conquering Mathematician, Is Dead at 64
Posted by KENNETH CHANG on January 18, 2019 at 4:12 am

Dr. Bourgain, a recipient of some of his field’s most prestigious awards, was undaunted by even the most intractable of challenges. […]

Orca Calf Offers Hope for a Fading Group in the Pacific Northwest
Posted by JACEY FORTIN on January 18, 2019 at 1:54 am

The newborn killer whale, called L124, looks healthy. But its family is still in danger of extinction. […]

Trilobites: Romeo the Frog Finds His Juliet. Their Courtship May Save a Species.
Posted by JOANNA KLEIN on January 17, 2019 at 11:56 pm

The lonely male in a Bolivian museum was thought to be the last Sehuencas water frog, but an expedition has found him a potential mate. […]

What Happened to Earth’s Ancient Craters? Scientists Seek Clues on the Moon’s Pocked Surface
Posted by KENNETH CHANG on January 17, 2019 at 11:38 pm

The pace of space rocks pummeling Earth and the moon was relatively infrequent, but then doubled or tripled for unknown reasons, a new study finds. […]


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'Super Blood Wolf Moon' to get star billing in weekend lunar eclipse
Posted on January 19, 2019 at 4:34 pm

Look up into the night sky on Sunday and - if it is clear - you may witness the so-called "Super Blood Wolf Moon" total lunar eclipse, which will take a star turn across the continental United States during prime time for viewing. […]

Russian scientists find defect in new heavy lift space rocket engine
Posted on January 18, 2019 at 12:49 pm

Scientists have discovered a defect in the engines of Russia's new flagship heavy lift space rocket that could destroy it in flight, an apparent setback to a project President Vladimir Putin has said is vital for national security. […]

Lord of the rings: Saturn's halo may be relatively recent trait
Posted on January 17, 2019 at 7:05 pm

Saturn's rings are one of our solar system's magnificent sights, but may be a relatively recent addition, according to data obtained from NASA's Cassini spacecraft before the robotic explorer's 2017 death plunge into the giant gas planet. […]

Mega tube under Geneva enters race to succeed CERN collider
Posted on January 16, 2019 at 1:58 pm

A proposed 100-km particle accelerator under Geneva has joined an international quest to develop the successor to the Large Hadron Collider to help unlock humankind's knowledge of matter. […]

Braille technology firm builds 'Kindle for the blind'
Posted on January 14, 2019 at 6:00 pm

A British company plans to launch a Braille e-reader for blind people this year that should greatly enhance their reading experience and spare them from lugging around hefty print volumes. […]

Too much salt: water desalination plants harm environment: U.N.
Posted on January 14, 2019 at 4:06 pm

Almost 16,000 desalination plants worldwide produce bigger-than-expected flows of highly salty waste water and toxic chemicals that are damaging the environment, a U.N.-backed study said on Monday. […]

China to collect samples from moon this year
Posted on January 14, 2019 at 3:18 pm

China will launch a probe to collect samples from the moon around the end of this year, a space official said on Monday, weeks after Beijing hailed the successful touch down on the far side of the moon. […]

Shifting north magnetic pole forces unprecedented navigation fix
Posted on January 11, 2019 at 3:57 pm

Rapid shifts in the Earth's north magnetic pole are forcing researchers to make an unprecedented early update to a model that helps navigation by ships, planes and submarines in the Arctic, scientists said. […]

Chinese scientist criticized for risking 'gene-edited' babies' lives
Posted on January 8, 2019 at 7:39 am

A leading geneticist who ran the conference where a Chinese scientist said he had made the world's first "gene-edited" babies condemned him on Monday for potentially jeopardizing lives and having no biology training. […]

Indian scientists protest congress speakers discrediting works of Newton, Einstein
Posted on January 7, 2019 at 7:25 pm

Indian scientists have protested about claims made at a local science conference that rubbish the work of some of the world's greatest physicists and suggest modern breakthroughs such as in-vitro fertilization were in fact invented in ancient India. […]

China 'lifts mysterious veil' by landing probe on far side of the moon
Posted on January 5, 2019 at 9:23 am

A Chinese space probe successfully touched down on the far side of the moon on Thursday, China's space agency said, hailing the event as a historic first and a major achievement for the country's space program. […]

After historic flyby, New Horizons probe treks deeper on hunt for moons
Posted on January 3, 2019 at 11:26 pm

After studying a space rock some 4 billion miles (6.4 billion km) from Earth, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft set off on a new hunt for moons in the solar system's most distant edge, searching for clues on our solar family's creation, scientists said on Thursday. […]

NASA space probe 'phones home' in landmark mission to solar system's edge
Posted on January 3, 2019 at 2:06 pm

NASA's New Horizons explorer successfully "phoned home" on Tuesday after a journey to the most distant world ever explored by humankind, a frozen rock at the edge of the solar system that scientists hope will uncover secrets to its creation. […]

NASA probe believed to have passed distant space rock on landmark mission  
Posted on January 1, 2019 at 12:08 pm

A NASA explorer is believed to have reached the solar system's outermost region early Tuesday morning, flying close to a space rock 20 miles long and billions of miles from Earth on a mission to gather clues about the creation of the solar system. […]

NASA probe nears distant space rock for landmark flyby  
Posted on December 31, 2018 at 11:13 pm

A NASA explorer is on track to reach the solar system's outermost region by early Tuesday morning, when scientists expect it to fly by a space rock 20 miles long and billions of miles from Earth, the most distant close encounter of its kind. […]