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    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.
    How California Plans to Go Far Beyond Any Other State on Climate

    How California Plans to Go Far Beyond Any Other State 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.
    A Cheap Fix for Climate Change? Pay People Not to Chop Down Trees

    A Cheap Fix for Climate Change? Pay People Not to Chop Down Trees


    A male chimpanzee hooting in the wild forests of western Uganda. Deforestation in the country is occurring at some of the fastest rates on Earth, shrinking the habitat of this endangered...

    A new experiment showed a simple way to save endangered chimpanzees in Uganda and slow the rate of global warming and carbon dioxide emissions.
    Something Strange in Usain Bolt’s Stride

    Something Strange in Usain Bolt’s Stride


    Usain Bolt holds the world records at 100 and 200 meters, running with an asymmetrical stride because his right leg is a half-inch shorter than his...

    Bolt is the fastest sprinter ever in spite of — or because of? — an uneven stride that upends conventional wisdom.
    Raymond Sackler, Psychopharmacology Pioneer and Philanthropist, Dies at 97

    Raymond Sackler, Psychopharmacology Pioneer and Philanthropist, Dies at 97


    Raymond and Beverly Sackler in 2004. As a result of their donations, the Sackler name is affixed to schools, museum galleries and a...

    Purdue Pharma, a company led by Dr. Sackler and his brothers, made the painkiller OxyContin. His donations put his name on schools, museum galleries and a planet.
    An Experiment in Zurich Brings Us Nearer to a Black Hole’s Mysteries

    An Experiment in Zurich Brings Us Nearer to a Black Hole’s Mysteries


    A chalkboard illustration of the string theory calculation that shows how the axial gravitational anomaly produces...

    IBM researchers used an exotic material known as a Weyl semimetal to confirm the existence of a gravitational anomaly predicted in equations that describe the universe.