NYT science news

SpaceX Prepares to Destroy Rocket for NASA in Safety Test

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 18:13
A successful test on Saturday morning might set up a flight in March with astronauts aboard the company’s Crew Dragon capsule.

W.H.O. Warns That Pipeline for New Antibiotics Is Running Dry

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 15:31
In two new reports, the global health agency says only government intervention can fix the broken market for new antimicrobial drugs.

$8 Billion Verdict in Drug Lawsuit Is Reduced to $6.8 Million

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 13:06
A Philadelphia judge lowered the damages in a case that claimed Johnson & Johnson played down the risks of an antipsychotic drug.

Three U.S. Airports to Screen Passengers for Chinese Coronavirus

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 11:16
Passengers from Wuhan, China, will be screened at J.F.K. beginning Friday night, and in San Francisco and Los Angeles starting Saturday.

Court Quashes Youth Climate Change Case Against Government

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 10:39
Two of three judges on the panel said that climate change was an issue for lawmakers, not the courts.

At the Bottom of the Sea, They Wait to Feast on Alligators

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 10:17
Usually the large reptiles feed on other creatures. But scientists found a surprise at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

Avoiding Carsickness When the Cars Drive Themselves

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 09:46
If the future lets people focus on work instead of driving during the daily commute, many of us will have to conquer motion sickness to read memos (or tweets). Researchers are working on some fixes.

Despite Faulty Bloodstain Analysis, No Relief for a 79-Year-Old Convicted of Killing His Wife

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 02:00
Joe Bryan has maintained his innocence since his sentencing for the 1985 murder. The highest criminal court in Texas this week denied a last-ditch effort to obtain a new trial.

Exploring the Solar System Anew at the Hayden Planetarium

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 12:01
The American Museum of Natural History’s first new space show since 2013 is a head-spinning adventure that makes a statement about the fragility of Earth.

How Hard Is It to Quit Coal? For Germany, 18 Years and $44 Billion

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 11:56
The 18-year time frame shows how costly and politically complicated it is to leave the world's dirtiest fossil fuel in the ground.

Meteorite or Volcano? New Clues to the Dinosaurs’ Demise

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 11:00
Twin calamities marked the end of the Cretaceous period, and scientists are presenting new evidence of which drove one of Earth’s great extinctions.

What Wolf Pups That Play Fetch Reveal About Your Dog

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 08:06
If wolf pups will retrieve a ball for a stranger, no training necessary, maybe dogs’ wild ancestors were also ready for human games.

The Overlooked History of Women at Work

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 06:00
A Grolier Club exhibition explores 500 years of women as scientists, midwives, writers, activists, undertakers and more.

Reducing Fire, and Cutting Carbon Emissions, the Aboriginal Way

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 03:08
As blazes rage in southern Australia, Indigenous fire-prevention techniques that have sharply cut destructive bushfires in the north are drawing new attention.

Rich People Don’t Just Live Longer. They Also Get More Healthy Years.

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 02:47
Wealthy men and women generally have seven to nine more years of “disability-free” life after age 50 than poor people do, according to a new study of English and American adults.

How Anti-Vaccine Activists Defeated a Bill to End Religious Exemptions

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 00:00
Protests by parents, opposition from an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group and support from anti-vaccine celebrities coalesced to doom the New Jersey effort.

This Strange Microbe May Mark One of Life’s Great Leaps

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:50
A organism living in ocean muck offers clues to the origins of the complex cells of all animals and plants.

Neanderthals Could Swim. They Even Dived.

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 11:24
Shell tools found in a Neanderthal cave may have been retrieved from water as deep as 13 feet.

Where Surgeons Don’t Bother With Checklists

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 09:00
In many poor countries, older surgeons resist being questioned, and operations are more often emergencies, which leaves less time to review checklists.

Bricks Alive! Scientists Create Living Concrete

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 08:50
‘A Frankenstein material’ teeming with — and ultimately made by — photosynthetic microbes. And it can reproduce.