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    Nonfiction: Hacker for Hire

    Nonfiction: Hacker for Hire


    In “Breaking and Entering,” Jeremy Smith tells the story of a brilliant, larger-than-life computer scientist who runs her own boutique cybersecurity...

    In “Breaking and Entering,” Jeremy Smith tells the story of a brilliant, larger-than-life computer scientist who runs her own boutique cybersecurity firm.
    Sacklers Directed Efforts to Mislead Public About OxyContin, New Documents Indicate

    Sacklers Directed Efforts to Mislead Public About OxyContin, New Documents Indicate


    Purdue Pharma’s headquarters in Stamford, Conn. The Sacklers, who own Purdue Pharma, became one of the wealthiest families in the United States in part because of sales of...

    A filing in a Massachusetts lawsuit contains dozens of internal Purdue Pharma documents suggesting the family was far more involved than the company has long contended.
    Trilobites: When Fungi Fight Back

    Trilobites: When Fungi Fight Back


    Coprinopsis cinerea, or the gray shag mushroom, growing in...

    A mushroom species was found to sense predators and sent warning signals to other parts of its body, but how it does that remains a mystery.

    Giant Ice Disk Spins in Maine River


    The sudden appearance of a giant ice disk in Maine has raised many questions. Watch it rotate in this stunning drone...

    The sudden appearance of a giant ice disk in Maine has raised many questions. Watch it rotate in this stunning drone video.
    The Strange Marketplace for Diabetes Test Strips

    The Strange Marketplace for Diabetes Test Strips


    Near St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, flyers offer money for unused diabetes test strips. Buyers are often uninsured and cannot afford to pay retail...

    It is legal to resell unused test strips for blood glucose, and many patients do, driving an unusual trade online and on the streets.
    F.D.A. Says It Will Resume Inspections of Some High-Risk Foods

    F.D.A. Says It Will Resume Inspections of Some High-Risk Foods


    The federal government shutdown had halted most food safety inspections, including many considered “high risk,” like soft cheeses, seafood, custard-filled bakery products, some fruits and vegetables, baby formula and unpasteurized...

    Despite the federal shutdown, some agency inspectors are returning to work and will begin performing food safety visits without pay this week, the F.D.A. commissioner said.
    North Korea’s Less-Known Military Threat: Biological Weapons

    North Korea’s Less-Known Military Threat: Biological Weapons


    North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, center, touring the Pyongyang Bio-Technical Institute, in a photo released in June 2015 by the North Korean news...

    Military analysts are increasingly concerned about the nation’s “advanced, underestimated and highly lethal” bioweapons program.
    Trilobites: In an Ancient Nun’s Teeth, Blue Paint — and Clues to Medieval Life

    Trilobites: In an Ancient Nun’s Teeth, Blue Paint — and Clues to Medieval Life


    Blue flecks of lapis lazuli in the tartar of a 10th-century nun. She likely was an accomplished painter and manuscript illuminator, who used her (unbrushed) teeth to shape her...

    A rare blue pigment, discovered in the fossilized plaque of a German nun, hints at a broader role for women in the production of religious texts.
    Elias M. Stein, Mathematician of Fluctuations, Is Dead at 87

    Elias M. Stein, Mathematician of Fluctuations, Is Dead at 87


    Elias M. Stein in his office at Princeton University in 2017. After fleeing war-torn Europe, he seized on mathematics in high school in New York. “He had this great vision of where mathematics should go,” a colleague...

    Arriving from Europe with diamonds in his shoes (hidden there), he found renown in his field with real-world applications, like charting a stock market.
    Calculator: Opioids, Car Crashes and Falling: The Odds of Dying in the U.S.

    Calculator: Opioids, Car Crashes and Falling: The Odds of Dying in the U.S.


    A new report found that, for the first time, Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than in a vehicle crash. But the likeliest causes of death are still heart disease and...

    A new report found that, for the first time, Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than in a vehicle crash. But the likeliest causes of death are still heart disease and cancer.
    Rise of the Golden Jackal

    Rise of the Golden Jackal


    A golden jackal in Croatia. Native to the Middle East and Asia, jackals are now spreading rapidly through...

    A species that was barely known in Europe now vastly outnumbers wolves there, and is rapidly spreading north and west.
    Global Health: A Silver Bullet Against the Brain-Eating Amoeba?

    Global Health: A Silver Bullet Against the Brain-Eating Amoeba?


    A colored transmission electron micrograph showing inflammation of the brain by the Naegleria fowleri amoeba, shown in orange. In pink, running from lower right to the center, is a blood vessel with red blood cells in red and white blood cells in...

    Minuscule particles coated with anti-seizure drugs seem to halt microbes that feed on brain tissue.
    SpaceX, Elon Musk’s Rocket Company, Cuts 10 Percent of Its Work Force

    SpaceX, Elon Musk’s Rocket Company, Cuts 10 Percent of Its Work Force


    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The private rocket company said layoffs were a strategic step in anticipation of the “extraordinarily difficult challenges...

    The private company, which aims to send humans to Mars, will have about 6,000 employees remaining after the companywide layoffs.
    California Adds Its Clout to States Battling High Drug Prices

    California Adds Its Clout to States Battling High Drug Prices


    Gov. Gavin Newsom delivering his first budget address Thursday. On Monday, his first day on the job, he proposed giving his state the power to negotiate drug prices directly with...

    Under a new governor, it’s hoping to use its status as the most populous state as leverage when it negotiates with drug makers.
    Q&A: Clean, Abundant Energy: Fusion Dreams Never End

    Q&A: Clean, Abundant Energy: Fusion Dreams Never End


    In theory, hydrogen fusion may power the future. But there are substantial scientific hurdles yet to...

    In theory, hydrogen fusion may power the future. But there are substantial scientific hurdles yet to overcome.
    Michael Atiyah, Mathematician in Newton’s Footsteps, Dies at 89

    Michael Atiyah, Mathematician in Newton’s Footsteps, Dies at 89


    Michael Atiyah, center, and Isadore M. Singer receiving the Abel Award from King Harald of Norway in Oslo in 2004. The Abel is one of the top honors in...

    One of the 20th century’s leading mathematical theorists, he revealed a connection between math and physics not seen since the 17th century.
    Broadcasting from Deep Space, a Mysterious Series of Radio Signals

    Broadcasting from Deep Space, a Mysterious Series of Radio Signals


    The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, or Chime, a radio telescope array in British Columbia. Soon after it was turned on last summer, it picked up a set of odd radio bursts from deep...

    Astronomers have identified a second set of odd radio bursts from the distant universe. Aliens probably aren’t causing it, but what is?
    Dr. Lewis L. Judd, 88, Dies; Oversaw ‘Decade of the Brain’

    Dr. Lewis L. Judd, 88, Dies; Oversaw ‘Decade of the Brain’


    Dr. Lewis L. Judd in the 1980s, with the image of a brain scan on the monitor behind him. He was one of a generation of prominent psychiatrists who came to believe that the work of Freud and Jung, on which they had trained, was more art than science, and...

    At the National Institute of Mental Health, he helped put in place an ambitious research agenda focused on biology as the key to understanding psychiatric problems.
    Ocean Warming Is Accelerating Faster Than Thought, New Research Finds

    Ocean Warming Is Accelerating Faster Than Thought, New Research Finds


    Rising ocean temperatures can bleach corals, like these off of Papua New...

    An analysis concluded that Earth’s oceans are heating up 40 percent faster on average than a United Nations panel estimated five years ago, a finding with dire implications for climate change.
    Do Floppy-Eared Dogs Look Friendlier? The T.S.A. Thinks So

    Do Floppy-Eared Dogs Look Friendlier? The T.S.A. Thinks So


    German shorthaired pointers are among the floppy-eared breeds the T.S.A. prefers for its canine program. Of dogs that are used to screen passengers for explosives, nearly all have floppy ears, the agency...

    The T.S.A. said it favors floppy-eared dogs over pointy-eared dogs in airport jobs because floppy-eared dogs appear friendlier and less aggressive. There is a scientific explanation behind the perception.
    George the Snail, Believed to Be the Last of His Species, Dies at 14 in Hawaii

    George the Snail, Believed to Be the Last of His Species, Dies at 14 in Hawaii


    This snail, named George, died on Jan. 1. Scientists believe he was the last of his species, which was native to the Hawaiian island of...

    Scientists say George, an inch-long mollusk about 14 years old, was most likely the last of Achatinella apexfulva, a species of land snail that lived only in Hawaii.

    How Astounding Saw the Future


    Tracing the evolution of the mid-20th-century magazine whose pages gave rise to the genre of science...

    Tracing the evolution of the mid-20th-century magazine whose pages gave rise to the genre of science fiction.
    Traditional Masculinity Can Hurt Boys, Say New A.P.A. Guidelines

    Traditional Masculinity Can Hurt Boys, Say New A.P.A. Guidelines


    The American Psychological Association has approved its first set of official guidelines for working with boys and men. Here, a father and a son at Mass in Oakland, Calif., in...

    Men die earlier than women and commit more acts of violence. But the American Psychological Association did not have a guide for working with males, in part because they were historically considered the norm.
    You Asked: When to Start With a Gynecologist?

    You Asked: When to Start With a Gynecologist?


    Cervical cancer screening starts at age 21. But there are reasons to start seeing a gynecologist...

    Cervical cancer screening starts at age 21. But there are reasons to start seeing a gynecologist earlier.
    How Chummy Are Junk Food Giants and China’s Health Officials? They Share Offices

    How Chummy Are Junk Food Giants and China’s Health Officials? They Share Offices


    Coca-Cola products on a shelf in a Beijing supermarket. While public health campaigns in China promote exercise, they omit the value of cutting calories or reducing intake of processed foods and sugar-sweetened...

    A life sciences institute funded by Coca-Cola and other multinational beverage and snack companies even has offices inside the government’s health ministry.
    More Trouble for the Hubble Telescope as a Primary Camera Malfunctions

    More Trouble for the Hubble Telescope as a Primary Camera Malfunctions


    Last year a gyroscope died, now there’s a camera glitch. That’s just the telescope “aging gracefully,” the head of the Hubble mission...

    Last year a gyroscope died, now there’s a camera glitch. That’s just the telescope “aging gracefully,” the mission director said.
    Government Shutdown Curtails F.D.A. Food Inspections

    Government Shutdown Curtails F.D.A. Food Inspections


    The F.D.A. has cut back inspections at manufacturing and processing plants for fruits, vegetables, seafood and other foods during the federal government...

    While the Agriculture Department continues to inspect domestic meat and poultry, the F.D.A. has reduced inspections of fruits, vegetables and other foods.
    Is Stunning an Animal Before Slaughter More Humane? Some Religious Leaders Say No

    Is Stunning an Animal Before Slaughter More Humane? Some Religious Leaders Say No


    A sheep on its way to slaughter during a Muslim holiday in Brussels. Two regions of Belgium banned animal slaughter without stunning, spurring criticism from religious...

    Two regions of Belgium are banning kosher and halal slaughter, arguing that not using stunning is cruel. But Jewish and Muslim leaders say their traditions minimize an animal’s suffering.
    With 86% Drop, California’s Monarch Butterfly Population Hits Record Low

    With 86% Drop, California’s Monarch Butterfly Population Hits Record Low


    The population of western monarch butterflies in California dropped to a record low last year, according to a nonprofit conservation...

    The monarchs’ declining wintertime numbers are “potentially catastrophic,” according to the nonprofit conservation group that conducted the count.