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    How an Interoffice Spat Erupted Into a Climate-Change Furor

    How an Interoffice Spat Erupted Into a Climate-Change Furor


    A coal mound in Kentucky. A blog post by a former federal climate scientist fed disagreement over the existence of climate...

    A retired scientist became a hero to some climate-change deniers after he criticized his former boss at NOAA over data handling.
    Q&A: Getting the Most From Vitamins and Mineral Supplements

    Q&A: Getting the Most From Vitamins and Mineral Supplements


    The National Institutes of Health studies dietary supplements and advises the public and professionals, but its conclusions are often...

    The National Institutes of Health studies dietary supplements and advises the public and professionals, but its conclusions are often complicated.

    SpaceX Launches Rocket to International Space Station


    A Falcon 9 rocket from Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, was launched at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday, carrying supplies, experiments and cargo to the International Space...

    A Falcon 9 rocket from Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, was launched at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday, carrying supplies, experiments and cargo to the International Space Station.

    SpaceX Launches Rocket Carrying Space Station Cargo


    The rocket lifted off from a launchpad used for the Apollo moon missions. It was the first launch from Kennedy Space Center in more than five...

    The rocket lifted off from a launchpad used for the Apollo moon missions. It was the first launch from Kennedy Space Center in more than five years.
    SpaceX Scrubs Rocket Launch

    SpaceX Scrubs Rocket Launch


    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on...

    The company may try again as soon as Sunday to launch the rocket, which carries materials for the space station.
    The Murky Future of Nuclear Power in the United States

    The Murky Future of Nuclear Power in the United States


    A view into Unit 4 at the Alvin W. Vogtle generating station in Georgia. The complex plans to use AP1000 reactors from...

    A nuclear renaissance fizzles as costs soar, green energy makes gains and regulatory pain rises.
    How the Nuclear Threat From North Korea Has Grown

    How the Nuclear Threat From North Korea Has Grown


    Ryoo Yong-gyu, a director of earthquake and volcano monitoring in South Korea, spoke in Seoul about seismic activity on the Korean peninsula after a North Korean nuclear test in September...

    The country's missile test this month gave weapons monitors a status report on the progress of North Korea's nuclear program. They said there was a significant advance.
    Work Stops at C.D.C.’s Top Deadly Germ Lab Over Air Hose Safety

    Work Stops at C.D.C.’s Top Deadly Germ Lab Over Air Hose Safety


    In this 2007 photo, Thomas Stevens Jr. and Amy Hartman of the C.D.C demonstrated the process of suiting up in order to access the interior of the organization’s Biosafety Level-4...

    Work has stopped temporarily at the government lab handling viruses like Ebola because air hoses used in safety suits were not tested for breathing safety.
    Hunched Over a Microscope, He Sketched the Secrets of How the Brain Works

    Hunched Over a Microscope, He Sketched the Secrets of How the Brain Works


    Illustrations by Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the Spanish neuroscientist, from the book “The Beautiful Brain.” From left: A diagram suggesting how the eyes might transmit a unified picture of the world to the brain; a purkinje neuron from the human...

    The illustrations of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, are featured in the new book “The Beautiful Brain.”
    Trilobites: Prey: The Reason Turtles First Came Out of Their Shells

    Trilobites: Prey: The Reason Turtles First Came Out of Their Shells


    An artist’s rendering of a 150-million-year-old turtle that was able to retract its head partway into its shell by pulling its neck straight...

    Some researchers think turtles evolved the ability to retract and then stretch their necks to snatch prey, not defend themselves in their shells.
    Beyond ‘Hidden Figures’: Nurturing New Black and Latino Math Whizzes

    Beyond ‘Hidden Figures’: Nurturing New Black and Latino Math Whizzes


    Jonathan Jackson, far left, of the Bronx, was among the middle-school students who attended BEAM 6, an elite math camp that drew from public schools with low-income...

    A free math camp for middle-school students from New York’s poorest neighborhoods was an effort to increase the number of blacks and Latinos with advanced math degrees.
    Winston Churchill Wrote of Alien Life in a Lost Essay

    Winston Churchill Wrote of Alien Life in a Lost Essay


    Winston Churchill, a longtime science enthusiast, at his home in Kent, England, in October 1939. He sent an essay to his publisher that month, just weeks after Britain entered World War II, that pondered the existence of...

    At the onset of World War II, he took the time to write a scientific paper about the probability of life elsewhere in the universe.
    E.P.A. Workers Try to Block Pruitt in Show of Defiance

    E.P.A. Workers Try to Block Pruitt in Show of Defiance


    Scott Pruitt at his confirmation hearing last month to be administrator of the Environmental Protection...

    Employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are calling their senators to try to defeat Scott Pruitt’s confirmation to run the agency.

    Harvard and M.I.T. Scientists Win Gene-Editing Patent Fight


    The ruling gives the Broad Institute the potentially lucrative rights, a blow to the University of California, often said to be the birthplace of the...

    The ruling gives the Broad Institute the potentially lucrative rights, a blow to the University of California, often said to be the birthplace of the technique.
    NASA Looks to Speed Timetable for Putting Astronauts in Deep Space

    NASA Looks to Speed Timetable for Putting Astronauts in Deep Space


    An artist’s rendition of NASA’s Space Launch System. NASA announced on Wednesday that it wanted to consider taking astronauts on the rocket’s first...

    The agency’s acting administrator offered the first hints of a notable mission that could lead to a return to the moon in the Trump era.
    Intel Drops Its Sponsorship of Science Fairs, Prompting an Identity Crisis

    Intel Drops Its Sponsorship of Science Fairs, Prompting an Identity Crisis


    Karan Jerath, winner of the 2015 Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award at the International Science and Engineering Fair, on campus at the University of Texas at Austin on...

    The chip giant is ending its support of the fairs and sponsoring newer events like homemade engineering contests. Critics say the traditional fairs are as vital as ever.
    Human Gene Editing Receives Science Panel’s Support

    Human Gene Editing Receives Science Panel’s Support


    Embryos being removed from cryogenic storage. An advisory group has endorsed the engineering of human eggs, sperm and embryos only to prevent babies from being born with genes known to cause serious diseases and...

    Pressed by controversial, advancing technology, an influential committee laid out the conditions under which human embryos might be engineered with heritable traits.
    Dubai Plans a Taxi That Skips the Driver, and the Roads

    Dubai Plans a Taxi That Skips the Driver, and the Roads


    The Ehang 184 autonomous drone on display this week at the World Government Summit 2017 in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. The drone can carry one rider and a small...

    Pilotless drones, capable of carrying one passenger and a small suitcase, are set to begin buzzing above the United Arab Emirates city as early as July.
    Trilobites: Ancient Jars Hold Clues About Earth’s Fluctuating Magnetic Fields

    Trilobites: Ancient Jars Hold Clues About Earth’s Fluctuating Magnetic Fields


    A piece of a sixth-century B.C. jar handle from an archaeological site southeast of Jerusalem. The jars record the Earth’s magnetic field when they are fired and cooled, giving scientists a way to study the strength of the field when the jars were...

    By scanning pottery from the Iron Age kingdom of Judah, geoscientists detected a spike and then a decline in the planet’s magnetic field starting in the eighth century B.C.
    Trilobites: How to Keep the Bloom on That Valentine Rose

    Trilobites: How to Keep the Bloom on That Valentine Rose


    Roses are a favorite for Valentine’s Day, but their vase life is shorter than many other...

    Just like hangover cures, there are many theories about the best method for keeping cut flowers fresh. Here’s what you need to know.
    First Words: Is the ‘Anthropocene’ Epoch a Condemnation of Human Interference — or a Call for More?

    First Words: Is the ‘Anthropocene’ Epoch a Condemnation of Human Interference — or a Call for More?


    When some climate scientists began saying we’d entered a new epoch, they meant to draw attention to human effects on climate. Now, to their dismay, it’s become a tech call to arms for more...

    When some climate scientists began saying we’d entered a new epoch, they meant to draw attention to human effects on climate. Now, to their dismay, it’s become a tech call to arms for more disruption.