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    Giant Telescope Atop Hawaii’s Mauna Kea Should Be Approved, Judge Says

    Giant Telescope Atop Hawaii’s Mauna Kea Should Be Approved, Judge Says


    An artist’s rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope complex. A judge recommended on Wednesday that the board issue a new...

    The Thirty Meter Telescope, which would be the largest in the Northern Hemisphere, could survey black holes and planets orbiting distant stars, but opponents say it would desecrate a sacred mountain.
    Trilobites: Fate of Ancient Canaanites Seen in DNA Analysis: They Survived

    Trilobites: Fate of Ancient Canaanites Seen in DNA Analysis: They Survived


    Remnants from an ancient Canaanite found in the Sidon excavation site. A genetic analysis found that the Canaanites survived a divine call for their extinction and that their descendants live in...

    A study of ancient DNA recovered from remains found in Lebanon contradicts a biblical story that an ancient war wiped out the group.
    Video of Shark, Seemingly Bound and Dragged by a Boat, Under Investigation

    Video of Shark, Seemingly Bound and Dragged by a Boat, Under Investigation


    A blacktip shark near Puerto Ayora, Ecuador, in March. Mark Quartiano, a shark fisherman, said the shark in the video appeared to be a...

    Florida officials are looking into the video, which was posted on Instagram, but it remains unclear exactly what the creature was, whether it was alive and where the video was taken.
    Trilobites: Fungi Physics: How Those Spores Launch Just Right

    Trilobites: Fungi Physics: How Those Spores Launch Just Right


    In the early 20th century, Arthur Henry Reginald Buller make sketched the the path of spores ejected by the gills of...

    Ultrahigh-speed video footage helped researchers determine how fungi aim their spores in the right direction.
    China and India File Rival Claims Over Tibetan Medicine

    China and India File Rival Claims Over Tibetan Medicine


    On the Tibetan Plateau near Zadoi, in the Chinese province of Qinghai, a Tibetan nomad searching for caterpillar fungus, a prized ingredient in Tibetan and Chinese traditional...

    In Unesco applications, the neighbors are trying to formally tie Tibetan medicine, an ancient practice with a growing commercial value, to their national patrimonies.
    Case of Zika Virus, Likely Spread by Mosquito, Is Reported in Texas

    Case of Zika Virus, Likely Spread by Mosquito, Is Reported in Texas


    An Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can carry the Zika virus, seen through a microscope. Officials in Texas reported what they believe is a case of mosquito transmission of the virus within the state’s border, the first within the continental United...

    For the first time this year, health officials have documented a case of local mosquito transmission of the virus within the contiguous United States.
    Just How Far Can California Possibly Go on Climate?

    Just How Far Can California Possibly Go on Climate?


    Dairy cows in Fresno County, Calif. Some of the reductions in a state proposal to reduce emissions would come from curbing emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from manure piles at dairy...

    California wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions more than even President Barack Obama had proposed. But can the state pull it off, or will it falter?
    With More Ships in the Arctic, Fears of Disaster Rise

    With More Ships in the Arctic, Fears of Disaster Rise


    Crystal Serenity, a 1,000-passenger luxury liner, at a stop in Ulukhaktok in Canada’s Northwest Territories during a Northwest Passage cruise in...

    A decline in sea ice is allowing more marine travel, but experts say the remote region is unprepared to face an emergency at sea.
    Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, Longevity Expert, Dies at (or Lives to) 105

    Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, Longevity Expert, Dies at (or Lives to) 105


    Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, right, with Emperor Akihito in 2006 in Tokyo. Dr. Hinohara’s advice helped make Japan the world leader in...

    The advice of Dr. Hinohara, who cautioned against early retirement and advocated climbing stairs regularly, helped make Japan the world leader in longevity.
    It’s High Time for Ticks, Which Are Spreading Diseases Farther

    It’s High Time for Ticks, Which Are Spreading Diseases Farther


    Brian Kelly of East End Tick and Mosquito Control dragging for ticks. The company now routinely sprays lawns in addition to bushes because of the increased prevalence of more aggressive species of...

    The disease-carrying blood suckers are spreading more pathogens and putting more Americans at risk for rare illnesses.
    Richard Dawkins Event Canceled Over Past Comments About Islam

    Richard Dawkins Event Canceled Over Past Comments About Islam


    Richard Dawkins in December 2014. A public radio station in Berkeley, Calif., canceled Mr. Dawkins’s appearance because of his past comments about...

    A Berkeley radio station canceled an event promoting Mr. Dawkins’s new book, citing past comments and tweets that it said had “hurt people.”

    A Rest Stop for Half a Billion Birds


    During their migration between Europe and Africa, hundreds of millions of birds stop in Israel to rest and refuel. Hop aboard a government-sponsored tractor spreading birdseed and corn to keep the birds away from local crop...

    During their migration between Europe and Africa, hundreds of millions of birds stop in Israel to rest and refuel. Hop aboard a government-sponsored tractor spreading birdseed and corn to keep the birds away from local crop fields.
    Companies Rush to Develop ‘Utterly Transformative’ Gene Therapies

    Companies Rush to Develop ‘Utterly Transformative’ Gene Therapies


    In CAR-T therapy, a patient’s T cells are reprogrammed in the laboratory to create modified T cells that are genetically coded to recognize and fight the patient’s...

    Gene therapy for cancer is becoming a reality but works best for blood cancers like leukemia and not yet in more common ones like lung cancer.
    Trilobites: The Rhythms That Make Elephant Seals Run or Fight

    Trilobites: The Rhythms That Make Elephant Seals Run or Fight


    Male Northern elephant seals fighting on the beach at Año Nuevo State Park in California. The photos and recordings in this article were made by researchers under permit number NMFS...

    New research suggests that elephant seals use rhythm to recognize and respond to other members of their species in the wild.
    What We Finally Got Around to Learning at the Procrastination Research Conference

    What We Finally Got Around to Learning at the Procrastination Research Conference


    “In the end time is going to kill us. The only thing that limits us is time. You can get another job or lover. But you can’t get more time,” said Jean O’Callaghan of University of Roehampton in London, regarding why she studies...

    For the last 20 years, academic researchers have gathered at this event to share and debate their studies without being mocked.
    The Shift: As Self-Driving Cars Near, Washington Plays Catch-Up

    The Shift: As Self-Driving Cars Near, Washington Plays Catch-Up


    An Uber Ford Fusion mapping the streets of Pittsburgh in September. A House subcommittee voted Wednesday to advance a bill that would speed up the development of self-driving cars and create a federal framework for their...

    Congress is taking its first steps to regulate autonomous vehicles, as the technology moves closer to fruition.

    Australia Seeks to Extend Commercial Fishing in Protected Waters


    The government wants to allow fishing in 80 percent of the country’s protected maritime reserves, up from the current 64...

    The government wants to allow fishing in 80 percent of the country’s protected maritime reserves, up from the current 64 percent.