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There’s Evidence on How to Raise Children, but Are Parents Listening?

8 hours 35 min ago
Day-to-day individual choices matter less than we think, but national policies seem to matter a lot.

Dr. Leonard Bailey, Who Gave a Baby a Baboon’s Heart, Dies at 76

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 15:36
The case of Baby Fae, the recipient of Dr. Bailey’s experimental transplant in 1984, generated worldwide headlines — along with criticism, demonstrations and threats.

Can Trump Put NASA Astronauts on the Moon by 2024? It’s Unlikely

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 14:03
While the Artemis program faces obstacles, the administration’s plan could speed the status quo for America’s space program.

Trilobites: ‘Battle of the Thermostat’: Cold Rooms May Hurt Women’s Productivity

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 11:55
In a new study, women scored better on tests they took in warmer rooms.

How Did Life Arrive on Land? A Billion-Year-Old Fungus May Hold Clues

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 11:07
A cache of microscopic fossils from the Arctic hints that fungi reached land long before plants.

One Thing You Can Do: Drive Smarter

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 10:27
Also this week, climate report cards for Democratic candidates.

Study Pinpoints Source of Banned Gas That Saps Ozone Layer: Eastern China

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 10:00
An international team of researchers said Wednesday that two provinces in China were the source of most of the emissions of a banned gas that harms the ozone layer.

A Great White Shark Was in the Long Island Sound! (Or Maybe Not)

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 13:19
Researchers said they had spotted a great white shark off the Connecticut coast. The next day, they said they weren’t so sure.

Trilobites: How Making Chocolate Is Like Mixing Cement

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 09:19
Researchers delved into the physics of conching, the stirring process that transforms ground cacao into a meltingly smooth treat.

Global Health: Measles Outbreak Now at 880 Cases, With Fastest Growth Still in New York

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 14:32
Warming weather usually slows transmission of the virus, but it is not clear that this outbreak is fading, experts said.

Why Tuesday’s City Primary Could Mean the End of Philadelphia’s Soda Tax

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 12:24
The tax isn’t on the ballot, but the beverage industry has spent more than $600,000 to back City Council and mayoral candidates who want to strike it down.

Q&A: I Have the Tree. Where’s the Grapefruit?

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 09:30
Grapefruit trees need light, bees — and a temperature gradient.

Trilobites: Peering Beneath a Source of El Capitan’s Deadly Rockfalls

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 09:10
Thermal imaging reveals surprisingly little “glue” between the famous rock’s face and sheets that are peeling off it.

Why High-Class People Get Away With Incompetence

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 09:04
People who came from higher social classes were more likely to have an inflated sense of their skills, a new study found. This overconfidence was interpreted by strangers as competence.

E.P.A. Could Make Thousands of Pollution Deaths Vanish by Changing Its Math

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 02:00
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to adopt a new method for projecting the future health risks of air pollution that experts have said is not scientifically sound.

‘Earthworm Dilemma’ Has Climate Scientists Racing to Keep Up

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 01:19
Worms are wriggling into Earth’s northernmost forests, creating major unknowns for climate-change models.

Fighting Ebola When Mourners Fight the Responders

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 09:58
An Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo — the second-largest in history — is escalating in part because locals don’t trust health workers and government officials.

Fighting Ebola When Mourners Fight the Responders

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 02:00
An Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo — the second-largest in history — is escalating in part because locals don’t trust health workers and government officials.

What Does It Really Mean to Be 6 Weeks Pregnant?

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 05:26
So-called ‘heartbeat’ legislation restricting abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy has started a conversation about when most women actually learn that they’re pregnant.

In Cities Where It Once Reigned, Heroin Is Disappearing

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 02:00
The rise of the more potent fentanyl in its place has put a generation of older users, who had managed their addiction, at far greater risk of overdose.