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    Matter: The ‘Zombie Gene’ That May Protect Elephants From Cancer

    Matter: The ‘Zombie Gene’ That May Protect Elephants From Cancer


    Elephants, like their forebears mastodons and mammoths, carry a unique gene whose proteins kill off potentially cancerous...

    With such enormous bodies, elephants should be particularly prone to tumors. But an ancient gene in their DNA, somehow resurrected, seems to shield the animals.
    They Thought Hemophilia Was a ‘Lifelong Thing.’ They May Be Wrong.

    They Thought Hemophilia Was a ‘Lifelong Thing.’ They May Be Wrong.


    A colored scanning electron micrograph of a blood clot. Hemophilia is defined by an inability to form blood clots, leading to uncontrolled bleeds and chronic...

    Experimental gene therapies have yielded promising results in early trials. But the drugs have left some patients wary, worried that success will not last.
    Fierce and Unpredictable: How Wildfires Became Infernos

    Fierce and Unpredictable: How Wildfires Became Infernos


    A division of the U.S. Forest Service is studying fire behavior as the blazes in the West become hotter and spread faster than ever...

    A division of the U.S. Forest Service is studying fire behavior as the blazes in the West become hotter and spread faster than ever before.
    With Short, Intense Sessions, Some Patients Finish Therapy in Just Weeks

    With Short, Intense Sessions, Some Patients Finish Therapy in Just Weeks


    Dr. Avital Falk treats youngsters in an intensive therapy program for O.C.D. at Weill Cornell Medicine in Manhattan. Short, intense courses work as well as therapy that lasts months, research...

    The new psychological approach targets anxiety, PTSD and other mental disorders. Fewer people drop out with short-term treatment, and relief is quicker.
    NASA Delays Parker Solar Probe Launch

    NASA Delays Parker Solar Probe Launch


    The Parker Solar Probe on July 30, encapsulated and making its way to Cape...

    There’s a lot we don’t know about the sun and its power, and this mission will help to fill in the blanks in the years to come. A second launch attempt on Sunday is possible.
    A Conversation With: Maria Konnikova Shows Her Cards

    A Conversation With: Maria Konnikova Shows Her Cards


    "Luck is just … randomness," said Maria Konnikova. "That’s what I wanted to write about. Poker was a way into...

    The well-regarded science writer took up poker while researching a book. Now she’s on the professional circuit.
    Clues to Your Health Are Hidden at 6.6 Million Spots in Your DNA

    Clues to Your Health Are Hidden at 6.6 Million Spots in Your DNA


    A set of human chromosomes. Researchers have developed a tool that surveys alterations in DNA and millions of points in the...

    With a sophisticated new algorithm, scientists have found a way to forecast an individual’s risks for five deadly diseases.
    U.S. Ambassador Denies Threatening Ecuador Over Breast-Feeding Resolution

    U.S. Ambassador Denies Threatening Ecuador Over Breast-Feeding Resolution


    Todd C. Chapman, the U.S. ambassador to Ecuador, denied issuing threats to the government of Ecuador, which earlier this year dropped plans to sponsor a resolution at the World Health Assembly to promote...

    Ambassador Todd C. Chapman said that allegations he pressured the country by threatening trade sanctions and withdrawal of military aid were “patently false.”
    E.P.A. Staff Objected to Agency’s New Rules on Asbestos Use, Internal Emails Show

    E.P.A. Staff Objected to Agency’s New Rules on Asbestos Use, Internal Emails Show


    Workers removed asbestos debris from the site of a home destroyed by a wildfire in Coffey Park, Calif., in December. The E.P.A. has proposed new rules governing use of the...

    The clash over the proposal exposes the tensions within the E.P.A. over the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back environmental regulations.
    A Box Fell From the Sky. It Had a Note About Trump. The Police Were Not Amused.

    A Box Fell From the Sky. It Had a Note About Trump. The Police Were Not Amused.


    A white box that landed in a solar panel field in New Jersey had a handwritten note attached. It said the device was not a bomb and wished President Trump a “great round of...

    The package landed on a New Jersey field with a note assuring that the device was not a bomb and wishing the president a “great round of golf.”
    Alan Rabinowitz, Conservationist of Wild Cats, Dies at 64

    Alan Rabinowitz, Conservationist of Wild Cats, Dies at 64


    Alan Rabinowitz with two Siberian tigers at the Bronx Zoo in 2007. He established the world’s first jaguar preserve, in Belize, and a vast tiger preserve in...

    Mr. Rabinowitz made it his life’s mission to preserve lions, tigers, leopards and cheetahs after childhood encounters with a jaguar at the Bronx Zoo
    Meet Iceland’s Whaling Magnate. He Makes No Apologies.

    Meet Iceland’s Whaling Magnate. He Makes No Apologies.


    A fin whale was carved up last month at Iceland’s only whaling station, in a fjord north of the capital,...

    Kristjan Loftsson’s company is the last one in the world still hunting fin whales. His credo: “If it’s sustainable, you hunt.”
    As Catholic Hospitals Expand, So Do Limits on Some Procedures

    As Catholic Hospitals Expand, So Do Limits on Some Procedures


    Jennafer Norris, at home with her three children, had life-threatening pre-eclampsia in all her pregnancies. She asked for a tubal ligation after an emergency Caesarian section to deliver her third child, but the doctor said she couldn’t perform the...

    Many religious health care institutions do not make it clear up front what procedures they won’t perform, a New York Times analysis shows.

    Touching the Sun


    NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will fly through the punishing heat of the sun’s outer...

    NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will fly through the punishing heat of the sun’s outer atmosphere.

    Pence Advances Plan to Create a Space Force


    Vice President Mike Pence gave details about President Trump’s plan to create a military force for space. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is now onboard with the...

    Vice President Mike Pence gave details about President Trump’s plan to create a military force for space. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is now onboard with the plan.
    Mind: Psychologists’ Group Maintains Ban on Work at Military Detention Facilities

    Mind: Psychologists’ Group Maintains Ban on Work at Military Detention Facilities


    Detainees and soldiers at the U.S. military's detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in 2002. Military psychologists participated in interrogations before a policy change by the leading professional...

    Members of the American Psychological Association voted against allowing psychologists to resume work at certain detention centers like the one in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
    Trilobites: Something Digs Intricate Tunnels in Garnets. Is It Alive?

    Trilobites: Something Digs Intricate Tunnels in Garnets. Is It Alive?


    Microscopic tubular structures found within red garnets may be caused by the burrowing of...

    The deep red gems have long been found marred with internal markings. Researchers propose a new explanation involving fungal microorganisms who have found a nice place to live.
    Asbestos in a Crayon, Benzene in a Marker: A School Supply Study’s Toxic Results

    Asbestos in a Crayon, Benzene in a Marker: A School Supply Study’s Toxic Results


    Crayola crayons tested negative for dangerous chemicals in a study by a consumer group, the United States Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. A green Playskool crayon tested positive for trace amounts of tremolite, a form of...

    A public interest group tested 27 back-to-school products and found dangerous chemicals in four of them.
    A ‘Generationally Perpetuated’ Pattern: Daughters Do More Chores

    A ‘Generationally Perpetuated’ Pattern: Daughters Do More Chores


    They also earn less allowance, suggesting that the gender inequality in pay begins at home, and early in life. But there are signs the gap is...

    They also earn less allowance, suggesting that the gender inequality in pay begins at home, and early in life. But there are signs the gap is narrowing.