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As U.N. Climate Talks Go to Overtime, a Battle for the ‘Spirit’ of the Paris Pact

12 hours 44 min ago
World leaders meeting in Madrid remained at loggerheads on Saturday about whether they could commit, just on paper, to raise voluntary climate targets next year.

A Research Nonprofit Shutters TB Vaccine Effort and Lays Off Scientists

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 17:27
A financially troubled Seattle research institute cut back programs, leaving researchers to find new homes for work on infectious diseases like tuberculosis and leprosy.

To Prevent Deadly Infections, F.D.A. Approves the First Disposable ‘Scope’

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 15:13
Reusable duodenoscopes infected patients in a series of notorious outbreaks. Now there’s a disposable model to be used just once.

Frail Older Patients Struggle After Even Minor Operations

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 11:42
These patients are not aware of the true risks, and surgeons aren’t telling them, new research suggests.

Nature’s Best Poetry of 2019: Clouds

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 10:22
Every day, members of the Cloud Appreciation Society post photos of the sky from around the world. This is why they stop to look up.

How to See Geminids Meteor Shower 2019 in Your Night Skies

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 09:02
Meteor showers can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a glimpse.

Even Hermit Crabs Have Wealth Inequality

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 06:00
The distribution of shells in one population of hermit crabs matched how wealth is shared in some human societies.

Federal Watchdog Questions Billions of Dollars Paid to Private Medicare Plans

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 21:51
A new report from the inspector general’s office criticized insurers for overstating patients’ illnesses without adequate documentation to obtain more federal money.

New Zealand Seeks Human Skin to Treat Volcano Burn Victims

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 16:09
The country’s need highlights a little-known type of organ donation.

NASA’s Osiris-Rex Selects Target Asteroid Landing Site

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 12:20
The spacecraft spent a year mapping Bennu’s rugged terrain, and next year it will touch down on the surface to collect a sample.

The Case of a Man With Two Sets of DNA Raises More Questions

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 07:06
A crime lab studied a patient’s response to a bone marrow transplant. Readers requested more information about the perplexing findings.

Head Cones in Ancient Egyptian Graves Cap Archaeological Debate

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 13:36
It took recent excavations to finally prove that the headgear depicted in hieroglyphic scenes was real and not iconographic.

Indonesian Cave’s Mythical Beings May Be Oldest Imaginative Art by Humans

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 10:40
The paintings are at least 43,900 years old and depict humanoid figures with animal-like features in a hunting scene.

Yes, Killer Whales Benefit From Grandmotherly Love Too

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 15:26
Researchers hope the findings will improve conservation efforts, as some killer whale populations have dwindled and become endangered.

Someone Is Putting Cowboy Hats on Pigeons in Las Vegas

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 12:50
No one knows why. A rodeo was in town but denied any connection. The Las Vegas police said it “does not appear to be a police matter at this time.”

Climate Change Is Ravaging the Arctic, Report Finds

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 11:55
It was another very warm year in the region, leading to low winter sea ice and growing concerns over sea level rise.

Interior Official Broke Ethics Rules, Government Watchdog Concludes

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 11:40
A senior Interior Department official broke ethics rules when he met with his former employer to discuss Interior business, the inspector general said.

Is Earth Getting Bigger Over Time?

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 10:53
The planet is a magnet for stuff: space dust, dead leaves, old refrigerators. Is all that mass adding up?

New York Loses Climate Change Fraud Case Against Exxon Mobil

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 10:29
A state judge ruled in favor of Exxon Mobil in a lawsuit claiming the company committed fraud in its accounting for the costs of climate change.

Seawater Is Filled With a Sugary Feast. Here’s How Sponges Eat It.

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:41
The new research helps explain how sponges, and coral reef ecosystems, survive with limited nutrients.