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    Eugene Cernan, Last Human to Walk on Moon, Dies at 82

    Eugene Cernan, Last Human to Walk on Moon, Dies at 82


    Eugene A. Cernan on the last human mission on the moon’s surface, in December...

    A ferocious competitor, Mr. Cernan rocketed into space three times, went to the moon twice and shattered aerospace records on the Earth and the moon.
    Scientists Glimpse New York’s Perilous Path in an Ancient Patch of Marsh

    Scientists Glimpse New York’s Perilous Path in an Ancient Patch of Marsh


    In Pelham Bay in the Bronx, an ancient salt marsh has provided a unique laboratory to study historic sea levels and perhaps see what lies...

    In a rare urban remnant of wetlands and its 1,500 years of sediment, climate experts find more proof of rising seas, a looming hazard for much of the region.
    Trilobites: How Some Frolicking Fish Got Stuck in a Moment

    Trilobites: How Some Frolicking Fish Got Stuck in a Moment


    A wall of ice filled with dead fish photographed in 2015 in South Dakota’s Lake Andes National Wildlife...

    A picture of fish seemingly trapped in a frozen wave on a South Dakota lake has amazed and bewildered viewers on social media. Here’s what happened.
    Ticks, Thriving in Warm Weather, Take a Ghastly Toll on New England Moose

    Ticks, Thriving in Warm Weather, Take a Ghastly Toll on New England Moose


    Moose grazing in Franconia, N.H., in the summer of 2010. Researchers say that over the past few years, about 70 percent of the moose calves they tagged in certain regions of northern New England have been killed by...

    Researchers say droves of winter ticks, which flourish when fall is warm and the winter comes late, are killing moose calves. They have “wasted away.”
    A 45.7-Meter Field Goal? The Indy 805K? Florida Stokes the Metric Debate.

    A 45.7-Meter Field Goal? The Indy 805K? Florida Stokes the Metric Debate.


    Tristan Schultheis, of Astronaut High School, competing in the high jump at the Florida High School State Athletic Association state track and field finals on May 6, 2016, in Bradenton,...

    Florida’s high schools will apparently become the first in the country to measure field events using the metric system.
    Trilobites: How Zoo Animals Learn to Help Take Care of Themselves

    Trilobites: How Zoo Animals Learn to Help Take Care of Themselves


    A birthday celebration for Colo, a gorilla who recently died at 60, about 20 years older than her expected life span in the...

    Zoo animals require care that emphasizes their welfare if people want them to have long lives like Colo, the gorilla that just died at 60 in Ohio.
    Donors and Drug Makers Offer $500 Million to Control Global Epidemics

    Donors and Drug Makers Offer $500 Million to Control Global Epidemics


    A child born with microcephaly caused by the Zika virus, during an evaluation at Fundação Altino Ventura in Recife, Brazil. A group of prominent donors announced Wednesday that they had raised almost $500 million for a new partnership to stop epidemics...

    Japan, Norway and two foundations have pledged money to devise a strategy to speed up the international response to viral threats.
    Matter: Most Primate Species Threatened With Extinction, Scientists Find

    Matter: Most Primate Species Threatened With Extinction, Scientists Find


    Clockwise from top left: a juvenile gorilla, Hainan gibbon; golden lion tamarin; Yunnan snub-nosed monkey, gorilla and 4-month old baby and adult gorilla. Center left, a black-and-white ruffed lemur; center right, a crested black macaque...

    From gorillas to gibbons, a wide-ranging survey finds that the world’s primates are in steep decline.
    Earth Sets a Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year

    Earth Sets a Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year


    Ice in the Arctic Ocean’s Chukchi Sea region. “What’s going on in the Arctic is really very impressive; this year was ridiculously off the chart,” said Gavin A. Schmidt, the head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space...

    Surface temperatures are heading toward levels that many scientists believe will pose a threat to both the natural world and to human civilization.
    Economic Scene: On Climate Change, Even States in Forefront Are Falling Short

    Economic Scene: On Climate Change, Even States in Forefront Are Falling Short


    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York this month announced plans to close the Indian Point nuclear power plant north of New York City by 2021. When that happens, the state will lose almost one-quarter of its zero-carbon...

    States like California and New York have been leaders in curbing carbon emissions from energy. But to achieve their goals, both may need to embrace nuclear power.
    Museum Trustee, a Trump Donor, Supports Groups That Deny Climate Change

    Museum Trustee, a Trump Donor, Supports Groups That Deny Climate Change


    A trustee of the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan donates millions to organizations skeptical of climate...

    A leader of the American Museum of Natural History has been using her family’s millions to finance organizations that some say undermine the museum’s mission.
    Metal Detectorists Help Archaeologists Dig Up a Secret History

    Metal Detectorists Help Archaeologists Dig Up a Secret History


    Keith Wille, a metal detectorist, walks in the Connecticut woods where he has found...

    An unconventional alliance between scientists and those often considered to be looters has begun to shed light on a tribe’s history and a 17-century war in Connecticut.
    A Conversation With: The Stem-Cell Revolution Is Coming — Slowly

    A Conversation With: The Stem-Cell Revolution Is Coming — Slowly


    Shinya Yamanaka directs Kyoto University’s Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, and leads a small research lab at the Gladstone Institutes, which is affiliated with the University of California, San...

    Where are the miracle treatments we were promised? A Nobel Prize-winning scientist explains.
    Global Health: How the Response to Zika Failed Millions

    Global Health: How the Response to Zika Failed Millions


    A 4-month-old baby with microcephaly being examined in Brazil this month. Her mother was infected with the Zika virus while she was...

    One year after the W.H.O. declared a public health emergency, experts reflect on the response to the virus and find many aspects wanting.
    Trilobites: Venus Smiled, With a Mysterious Wave Across Its Atmosphere

    Trilobites: Venus Smiled, With a Mysterious Wave Across Its Atmosphere


    A bow-shape feature stretched across much of Venus’s atmosphere in December 2015. Scientists from Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft mission called it a gravity...

    Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft detected what scientists called a gravity wave above the solar system’s second planet, but it hasn’t been seen since.
    Q&A: Born to Be an Ear Wiggler?

    Q&A: Born to Be an Ear Wiggler?


    Some people can control their auricular muscles to move the ear slightly but to a noticeable extent, an ability that seems to have a genetic...

    Some people can control their auricular muscles to move the ear slightly but to a noticeable extent, an ability that seems to have a genetic basis.

    ScienceTake: A Manakin Challenge for Researchers


    Male manakins, Panamanian birds, have acrobatic courtship dances. Scientists wanted to know if the activity was...

    Male manakins, Panamanian birds, have acrobatic courtship dances. Scientists wanted to know if the activity was testosterone-related.

    The Real Manakin Challenge


    Male manakins leap, flip and snap their wings to attract females. With a bit of testosterone the females perform some of the same difficult...

    Male manakins leap, flip and snap their wings to attract females. With a bit of testosterone the females perform some of the same difficult acrobatics.
    SpaceX Launches Rocket, Its First Since Explosion on Launchpad

    SpaceX Launches Rocket, Its First Since Explosion on Launchpad


    A video frame of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on...

    The return to business for Elon Musk’s company was successful, despite being overshadowed by questions about the viability of his long-range plans.
    Study Maps ‘Uniquely Devastating’ Genital Injuries Among Troops

    Study Maps ‘Uniquely Devastating’ Genital Injuries Among Troops


    A team of surgeons at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland. A young soldier wounded in Afghanistan is currently on a waiting list for a penis transplant at the...

    A new report found that more than 1,300 men in the American military suffered various injuries to their genitals or urinary tract while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.