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    The Science Behind a Frog’s Leap


    A frog’s leap is a study in power and accuracy. So how do frogs do it, and what can humans learn from its...

    A frog’s leap is a study in power and accuracy. So how do frogs do it, and what can humans learn from its mechanics?
    New U.N. Climate Report Says Put a High Price on Carbon

    New U.N. Climate Report Says Put a High Price on Carbon


    The Tesoro Los Angeles oil refinery in California. Economists have long been enthusiastic about carbon pricing because of the idea’s...

    Most nations don't tax carbon. Those that do tax emissions have not set carbon prices high enough to bring deep reductions in carbon pollution.
    Your Dog May Be Smart, but She’s Not Exceptional

    Your Dog May Be Smart, but She’s Not Exceptional


    Douglas Moreira, a dog walker, and his charges in Central Park this summer. A new study on dog intelligence says they are smart, but not...

    In a new study, scientists say that dogs do not stand out compared to other animals when it comes to intelligence.
    Australia’s Other Great (and Threatened) Coral Reefs

    Australia’s Other Great (and Threatened) Coral Reefs


    Every one of Australia’s coral reefs, including Ningaloo Reef, above, is threatened by climate change, potentially devastating not just the country’s ecosystems but its economy as...

    Every one of Australia’s coral reefs is threatened by climate change, potentially devastating not just the country’s ecosystems but its economy as well.
    Profiles in Science: How Do You Find an Alien Ocean? Margaret Kivelson Figured It Out

    Profiles in Science: How Do You Find an Alien Ocean? Margaret Kivelson Figured It Out


    Margaret Kivelson in her office at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been an active part of almost every major NASA mission beyond the asteroid...

    For forty years, the physicist at U.C.L.A. has been uncovering the outer solar system’s secrets. Few scientists know more about the mysteries of Jupiter and its icy moons.
    As Storms Keep Coming, FEMA Spends Billions in ‘Cycle’ of Damage and Repair

    As Storms Keep Coming, FEMA Spends Billions in ‘Cycle’ of Damage and Repair


    The Plaquemines Parish Detention Center was rebuilt for $105 million in a Louisiana marsh that had been ravaged by Hurricane...

    FEMA has paid out billions for disaster recovery efforts. But many projects seem to be undertaken in defiance of climate change, leaving structures nearly as vulnerable as before.
    Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040

    Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040


    Harry Taylor, 6, played with the bones of dead livestock on his family’s farm in New South Wales, Australia, an area that has faced severe...

    A landmark United Nations report paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought and says that avoiding damage requires quickly transforming the world economy.
    Flashy Science Hub and Vaping Parties Fail to Win Friends at W.H.O. Tobacco Talks

    Flashy Science Hub and Vaping Parties Fail to Win Friends at W.H.O. Tobacco Talks


    A display promoting heat-not-burn devices at a “Science Hub” set up by the tobacco giant Philip Morris International, next to the World Health Organization’s tobacco treaty conference in...

    Industry representatives, who were barred from the negotiations, ultimately failed to get delegates to designate a special exemption for new products.
    Why Count All the Squirrels in Central Park? Why the Heck Not

    Why Count All the Squirrels in Central Park? Why the Heck Not


    The team behind the park’s census of Eastern grays say an accurate tally is possible despite the critters’, well, squirrelish...

    The team behind the park’s census of Eastern grays say an accurate tally is possible despite the critters’, well, squirrelish ways.
    domains: Who Is Neri Oxman?

    domains: Who Is Neri Oxman?


    Designing woman: Ms. Oxman is the rare tenured professor to land in the...

    A star of M.I.T.’s Media Lab working in “material ecology,” she has intrigued Björk, Brad Pitt and the Cooper Hewitt.
    There Are Fat Bears in Alaska, and You Can Vote on Your Favorite

    There Are Fat Bears in Alaska, and You Can Vote on Your Favorite


    A bear catching a fish in Katmai National Park in southern Alaska in 2015. Brown bears can lose a third of their body mass during hibernation, so they bulk up...

    Katmai National Park in southern Alaska is home to thousands of bears. This week, rangers are celebrating the fattest through an online tournament.
    Trilobites: An Ancient Ant-Bacteria Partnership to Protect Fungus

    Trilobites: An Ancient Ant-Bacteria Partnership to Protect Fungus


    "It’s kind of like the ants are walking pharmaceutical factories,” said Cameron Currie, a microbial ecologist and an expert on ants' symbiotic...

    Amber specimens indicate that fungus-farming ants have been cooperating with antimicrobial bacteria for tens of millions of years.
    8-Year-Old Girl Pulls Pre-Viking Sword From Lake in Sweden

    8-Year-Old Girl Pulls Pre-Viking Sword From Lake in Sweden


    The sword found by Saga Vanecek, 8. A museum has dated it to the 5th or 6th century, before the time of the...

    Saga Vanacek recovered a sword lost for more than a thousand years, and kept the find secret for months while archaeologists surveyed the site.
    Dr. Bernard J. Carroll, ‘Conscience of Psychiatry,’ Dies at 77

    Dr. Bernard J. Carroll, ‘Conscience of Psychiatry,’ Dies at 77


    Dr. Bernard J. Carroll at Duke University in the 1980s. A pioneer in biological psychiatry, he later became a scourge of corruption in scientific research. He called most drug trials...

    After early work on the biological basis of depression, Dr. Carroll became a relentless campaigner against corruption among academic researchers.
    HPV Vaccine Expanded for People Ages 27 to 45

    HPV Vaccine Expanded for People Ages 27 to 45


    About 14 million women and men become infected with the human papillomavirus each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and...

    The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Gardasil 9, a vaccine against nine strains of the human papillomavirus for older age groups.
    How a Seafloor Blob Became Mexico’s ‘Black Gold’

    How a Seafloor Blob Became Mexico’s ‘Black Gold’


    Local fishermen hang out and wait for a turn for their boats to be serviced in front of one of the fishing cooperatives in Rio Lagartos during a break from the...

    A frenzy for sea cucumbers, driven by demand in Asia, has brought their populations near collapse in the waters off the Yucatán Peninsula.
    Trilobites: Hidden Stories of Chinese Migration and Culture Found in Giant Genetic Study

    Trilobites: Hidden Stories of Chinese Migration and Culture Found in Giant Genetic Study


    People of the Miao ethnic minority in Guizhou province, southwestern China. A sweeping study of Chinese DNA had more than 140,000 participants, representing nearly every Chinese province and 37 out of 56 officially recognized ethnic...

    Scientists reported an assortment of findings resulting from a sweeping and novel analysis of data from the prenatal tests of 141,431 participants.
    Why the Wilder Storms? It’s a ‘Loaded Dice’ Problem

    Why the Wilder Storms? It’s a ‘Loaded Dice’ Problem


    Filipinos fled their homes in Marikina, part of the Metropolitan Manila region, during a flash flood in...

    Global warming is bringing an era of wilder, more dangerous rains. The good news is that we’re getting better at evacuating flood zones. The bad news is everything else.
    Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Plastics Are Predicted to Rise

    Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Plastics Are Predicted to Rise


    A plastic bag in a Dow Chemical research and development lab in Freeport,...

    A predicted rise in emissions from the petrochemical industry, led by plastics producers, threatens to erode climate benefits from reductions in other sectors, according to a report.
    Matter: Deep in Human DNA, a Gift From the Neanderthals

    Matter: Deep in Human DNA, a Gift From the Neanderthals


    A 45,000-year-old Neanderthal skeleton found in La Chapelle-aux-Saints, France. Many modern humans carry Neanderthal...

    Long ago, Neanderthals probably infected modern humans with viruses, perhaps even an ancient form of H.I.V. But our extinct relatives also gave us genetic defenses.
    Leon Lederman, 96, Explorer (and Explainer) of the Subatomic World, Dies

    Leon Lederman, 96, Explorer (and Explainer) of the Subatomic World, Dies


    Leon Lederman in an undated photo. He was determined to spread the word about the importance of the science he...

    A Nobel laureate who deepened science’s understanding of the building blocks of matter, he was called “the best ambassador of physics to the general public since Einstein.”

    For Just the Third Time in 117 Years, a Woman Wins the Nobel Prize in Physics


    Donna Strickland did pioneering work with lasers and shared the award with two men on Tuesday. She is the first woman to receive the award in 55...

    Donna Strickland did pioneering work with lasers and shared the award with two men on Tuesday. She is the first woman to receive the award in 55 years.
    Psychedelic Mushrooms Are Closer to Medicinal Use (It’s Not Just Your Imagination)

    Psychedelic Mushrooms Are Closer to Medicinal Use (It’s Not Just Your Imagination)


    Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have suggested that psilocybin, which is found in hallucinogenic mushrooms, be reclassified from a Schedule I drug, with no known medical benefit, to a Schedule IV drug, which is akin to prescription sleeping...

    Researchers say psilocybin, the active compound in the mushrooms, should be reclassified to treat anxiety and depression. But any such move would be years away.
    Trilobites: Why Elephants Don’t Shed Their Skin

    Trilobites: Why Elephants Don’t Shed Their Skin


    African elephants don't sweat, but the cracks in their skin retain 10 times more moisture than a flat surface, helping them regulate body temperature and retain sun-blocking...

    The cracks in African elephants’ skin help them keep cool and stay healthy. A new explanation for how those cracks form could offer insights into treating a human skin disease.
    In Australia, Cervical Cancer Could Soon Be Eliminated

    In Australia, Cervical Cancer Could Soon Be Eliminated


    Professor Ian Frazer, a co-creator of the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, said he hoped other countries would follow Australia’s...

    The government started a program to distribute the HPV vaccine for free to girls more than a decade ago.
    A Goblin World That Points Toward Hidden Planet Nine in the Solar System

    A Goblin World That Points Toward Hidden Planet Nine in the Solar System


    An artist's rendering of a large, unseen ninth planet that some astronomers say must be orbiting our sun at a great distance to explain the orbits of other smaller...

    What astronomers have found about the curious orbit of a small ice world far away reinforces the idea that a large world is hidden out in the solar system.

    First Woman in 55 Years Wins the Nobel Prize in Physics


    Prof. Donna Strickland won the Nobel Prize in Physics for her work with lasers. She is the first woman to receive the award in 55 years and the third woman to receive it in over a...

    Prof. Donna Strickland won the Nobel Prize in Physics for her work with lasers. She is the first woman to receive the award in 55 years and the third woman to receive it in over a century.
    F.D.A. Seizes Documents From Juul Headquarters

    F.D.A. Seizes Documents From Juul Headquarters


    The F.D.A. inspection at Juul Labs’s headquarters in San Francisco was a follow-up for a request of documents in...

    The latest move by the agency to increase pressure on e-cigarette makers to curtail marketing their products to teenagers.
    Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Chief Executive Resigns From Merck’s Board of Directors

    Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Chief Executive Resigns From Merck’s Board of Directors


    Craig B. Thompson, chief executive of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, will no longer serve on the board of drug maker Merck. Just last year, he received $300,000 in compensation for that position, in addition to an executive package of about $6.7...

    Under scrutiny for the hospital’s industry ties and compensation, Dr. Craig B. Thompson stepped down from two company boards.