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    Neptune Has Another Moon. What Else Is That World Hiding?

    Neptune Has Another Moon. What Else Is That World Hiding?


    A recent image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of the planet Neptune, whose tally of moons has been upped to 14 in a new...

    There is much more learn about the solar system’s eighth planet, which hasn’t been visited by a spacecraft for 30 years.
    Measles Outbreak: Your Questions Answered

    Measles Outbreak: Your Questions Answered


    Abel Zhang, 1, being helped back into his clothes by his mother, Wenyi Zhang, center, his grandmother, Ding Hong, left, and Dr. Lauren Lawler, after receiving inoculations for measles, mumps and rubella at a clinic in...

    The disease was declared eliminated in 2000. So far this year, there have been more than 100 cases.

    Trump Says Space Force Creation a ‘National Security Priority’


    President Trump signed an order to begin the process for establishing a new branch of the military that would be dedicated to handling threats in space. But critics say it still raises the danger of militarizing...

    President Trump signed an order to begin the process for establishing a new branch of the military that would be dedicated to handling threats in space. But critics say it still raises the danger of militarizing space.
    Q&A: A Tree Grows in — Well, You Don’t Want to Know

    Q&A: A Tree Grows in — Well, You Don’t Want to Know


    Fruit on trees grown near outhouses and latrines usually is safe. That’s not true of produce found on the ground in the same...

    Fruit on trees grown near outhouses and latrines usually is safe. That’s not true of produce found on the ground in the same areas.

    ScienceTake: Inside the Spittlebug’s Bubble Home


    Those foamy eruptions on garden plants protect a slow and steady sap drinker that is growing into a froghopper. But it has to stick its hind end out to...

    Those foamy eruptions on garden plants protect a slow and steady sap drinker that is growing into a froghopper. But it has to stick its hind end out to breathe.
    Out There: In Science, as in Sports, the Sidelines Matter

    Out There: In Science, as in Sports, the Sidelines Matter


    In October 2017 in Washington, D.C., from left, France Cordova, David Reitze, David Shoemaker, Jo van den Brand, Julie McEnery, Marica Branchesi and Vicky Kalogera announcing a detection of gravitational waves by...

    Tomorrow’s Nobel prizes are won today off-season and in the back office.

    How the Spittlebug Builds Its Bubbly Fortress


    Spittlebugs feed on plant sap and then excrete bubbly foam to create a protective fortress around themselves. Later, they emerge as adult...

    Spittlebugs feed on plant sap and then excrete bubbly foam to create a protective fortress around themselves. Later, they emerge as adult froghoppers.
    Bonaire: Where Coral and Cactus Thrive, and the Sea Soothes the Soul

    Bonaire: Where Coral and Cactus Thrive, and the Sea Soothes the Soul


    Nina Burleigh, the author, dives near the Pink Beach snorkel site off the coast of Bonaire. The Caribbean island offers a beacon of hope for coral...

    In a dying reef world, the writer explores the underwater bliss of a little Caribbean island that is showing the world just how to save coral.
    For a Black Mathematician, What It’s Like to Be the ‘Only One’

    For a Black Mathematician, What It’s Like to Be the ‘Only One’


    Edray Goins is one of about a dozen black mathematicians among nearly 2,000 tenured faculty members in the nation’s top 50 math...

    Fewer than 1 percent of doctorates in math are awarded to African-Americans. Edray Goins, who earned one of them, found the upper reaches of the math world a challenging place.
    Saving the Bats, One Cave at a Time

    Saving the Bats, One Cave at a Time


    A Western small-footed bat being wrested from its torpor and collected for study in an abandoned mining cave near Ely,...

    Biologists are searching caves and abandoned mines in the West, hoping to spare many species of the winged creatures from the devastating fungus, white-nose syndrome.
    A Mother Learns the Identity of Her Child’s Grandmother. A Sperm Bank Threatens to Sue.

    A Mother Learns the Identity of Her Child’s Grandmother. A Sperm Bank Threatens to Sue.


    Danielle Teuscher and her daughter, Zoe Fordney. With widespread genetic testing, sperm donor anonymity “will suffer the same fate as the cassette tape,” one expert...

    The results of a consumer genetic test identified the mother of the man whose donated sperm was used to conceive Danielle Teuscher’s daughter. Legal warnings soon followed.
    Tom Cade, a Savior of the Peregrine Falcon, Dies at 91

    Tom Cade, a Savior of the Peregrine Falcon, Dies at 91


    Tom J. Cade around 1975 with one of the peregrine falcons he bred in captivity. Starting in the late 1960s, Dr. Cade rallied falconers, conservationists, universities, businesses and more to reintroduce the peregrine falcon in areas where it had once...

    After DDT had wiped the bird out on the East Coast, he led the effort to bring it back. It was eventually removed from the federal endangered species list.
    Trilobites: Searching Tardigrades for Lifesaving Secrets

    Trilobites: Searching Tardigrades for Lifesaving Secrets


    Tardigrades have special proteins that scientists believe help them achieve suspended...

    Researchers are drawing inspiration from the proteins that they think let hearty water bears cheat time by decelerating their biology.
    Photos From the Opportunity Rover’s Mission on Mars

    Photos From the Opportunity Rover’s Mission on Mars


    Scenes from a long drive on Mars. Clockwise from top left: a raised section of the western rim of Endeavour Crater; tracks along a sand ripple; a view of the plain after a drive in 2011; and the edge of Santa Maria...

    Scientific highlights and snapshots from the journey of NASA’s long-lasting robotic explorer.
    Skipping School to Save the Earth

    Skipping School to Save the Earth


    Students at a School Strike for Climate Action in Melbourne, Australia, in...

    Inspired by a 16-year-old Swede, thousands of young people are expected to take Friday off to march for action on climate change.
    Can Big Science Be Too Big?

    Can Big Science Be Too Big?


    A chemistry laboratory at the Sorbonne, in Paris, around 1900. Psychologists have found that people generate more ideas when working alone or in smaller...

    A new study finds that small teams of researchers do more innovative work than large teams do.
    The Perfect Valentine? A Math Formula

    The Perfect Valentine? A Math Formula


    Herwig Hauser's Gallery of Singularities, created in 2006, contains dozens of algebraic figures that possess singularities. Sphäre is, well, a...

    Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a customizable algebraic equation.