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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?
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.
In a new study, scientists say that dogs do not stand out compared to other animals when it comes to intelligence.
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.
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.
The ancestors of today’s squamates were lost in time. Now paleontologists have identified the earliest known example: Meet Megachirella.
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.
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.
Industry representatives, who were barred from the negotiations, ultimately failed to get delegates to designate a special exemption for new products.
The team behind the park’s census of Eastern grays say an accurate tally is possible despite the critters’, well, squirrelish ways.
A police chief’s notice that birds were getting tipsy off fermented berries prompted a news media blitz. But experts say there are other explanations.
A star of M.I.T.’s Media Lab working in “material ecology,” she has intrigued Björk, Brad Pitt and the Cooper Hewitt.
Katmai National Park in southern Alaska is home to thousands of bears. This week, rangers are celebrating the fattest through an online tournament.
Amber specimens indicate that fungus-farming ants have been cooperating with antimicrobial bacteria for tens of millions of years.
Saga Vanacek recovered a sword lost for more than a thousand years, and kept the find secret for months while archaeologists surveyed the site.
After early work on the biological basis of depression, Dr. Carroll became a relentless campaigner against corruption among academic researchers.
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.
A frenzy for sea cucumbers, driven by demand in Asia, has brought their populations near collapse in the waters off the Yucatán Peninsula.
You may have never eaten a groundcherry, but with common gene-editing techniques it and other fruits may be more easily domesticated.
Scientists reported an assortment of findings resulting from a sweeping and novel analysis of data from the prenatal tests of 141,431 participants.
A planet-spanning virtual observatory, years in the making, could change how we think about space, time and the nature of reality. Will it work?
Frances H. Arnold of the U.S. received half the prize, while her compatriot George P. Smith and Gregory P. Winter of Britain shared the other half.
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.
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.
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.
Critics warn that a Defense Department-funded food security project that is still in the lab could set off a “biological arms race.”
Frances H. Arnold was awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her work conducting the directed evolution of enzymes.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
The government started a program to distribute the HPV vaccine for free to girls more than a decade ago.
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.
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.
The latest move by the agency to increase pressure on e-cigarette makers to curtail marketing their products to teenagers.