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Interior Department Rejects Ambler Road Project in Alaska

Tue, 04/16/2024 - 14:42
A mining company wants to build a 211-mile industrial road through Alaskan wilderness to reach a large copper deposit. The Interior Department says it would harm wildlife and communities.

Comet Pons-Brooks: How and When to See It

Tue, 04/16/2024 - 09:57
Soon, this devil-horned comet won’t be visible for another seven decades.

In Australia, ‘Cats Are Just Catastrophic’

Mon, 04/15/2024 - 21:17
Feral cats take a heavy toll on the world’s wildlife, especially Down Under. The solution? Smarter traps, survival training for prey species, and the “Felixer.”

NASA Seeks ‘Hail Mary’ for Mars Sample Return Mission

Mon, 04/15/2024 - 17:46
The agency will seek new ideas for its Mars Sample Return program, expected to be billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule.

James Dean, Founding Director of NASA Art Program, Dies at 92

Mon, 04/15/2024 - 14:07
He arranged for artists to have access to astronauts, launchpads and more. “Their imaginations enable them to venture beyond a scientific explanation,” he once said.

A Surprising Shadow Was Created by the Total Solar Eclipse

Mon, 04/15/2024 - 12:15
An ascending jet’s contrail over Montreal added to the wonder of last Monday’s eclipse.

What’s Killing Endangered Sawfish in Florida?

Mon, 04/15/2024 - 11:41
First, fish off the Florida Keys starting swimming in spirals or upside down. Then, endangered sawfish started dying. Scientists are racing to figure out why.

David Egilman, Doctor Who Took On Drug Companies, Dies at 71

Mon, 04/15/2024 - 11:25
His testimony as an expert witness in some 600 trials helped plaintiffs win billions of dollars in cases involving malfeasance by pharmaceutical makers.

Al Gore Thinks Trump Will Lose and Climate Activists Will Triumph

Mon, 04/15/2024 - 09:27
Mr. Gore spoke at a climate leadership conference hosted by his nonprofit organization.

Scientists Predict Most Extensive Coral Bleaching Event on Record

Mon, 04/15/2024 - 08:32
Rising sea temperatures around the planet have caused a bleaching event that is expected to be the most extensive on record.

U.S. Scrutiny of Chinese Company Could Disrupt U.S. Supply Chain for Key Drugs

Mon, 04/15/2024 - 02:02
Lawmakers raising national security concerns and seeking to disconnect a major Chinese firm from U.S. pharmaceutical interests have rattled the biotech industry. The firm is deeply involved in development and manufacturing of crucial therapies for cancer, cystic fibrosis, H.I.V. and other illnesses.

Four Wild Ways to Save the Koala (That Just Might Work)

Sun, 04/14/2024 - 21:01
To protect Australia’s iconic animals, scientists are experimenting with vaccine implants, probiotics, tree-planting drones and solar-powered tracking tags.

Should We Change Species to Save Them?

Sat, 04/13/2024 - 21:01
When traditional conservation fails, science is using “assisted evolution” to give vulnerable wildlife a chance.

The Joys and Challenges of Caring for Terrance the Octopus

Sat, 04/13/2024 - 20:46
The Clifford family of Edmond, Okla., tracked down an octopus for their son Cal, 9, who has been infatuated with the sea animals for years. What they didn’t expect were the 50 hatchlings.

‘Climate-Controlled’ Sausage? Courts Crack Down on ‘Greenwashing’

Fri, 04/12/2024 - 16:06
From airlines to pork sellers, corporate brands face legal and regulatory challenges for misleading the public with lofty climate claims.

Bennett Braun, Psychiatrist Who Fueled ‘Satanic Panic,’ Dies at 83

Fri, 04/12/2024 - 15:18
He diagnosed dozens of patients with what he said were suppressed memories of being tortured by cults. He later lost his license.

Royalties for Drilling on Public Lands to Increase

Fri, 04/12/2024 - 09:11
For the first time since 1920, the government has raised the rates that companies pay. The fossil fuel industry says it will hurt the economy.

National Academy Asks Court to Strip Sackler Name From Endowment

Fri, 04/12/2024 - 08:10
Millions in Sackler donations sat dormant, rising in value as the opioid epidemic raged and as other institutions distanced themselves from the makers of a notorious painkiller.

What Makes Tiny ‘Water Bears’ So Tough? They Quickly Fix Broken DNA.

Fri, 04/12/2024 - 08:00
New research finds that microscopic tardigrades are remarkably good at repairing their DNA after a huge blast of radiation.

No ‘Hippie Ape’: Bonobos Are Often Aggressive, Study Finds

Fri, 04/12/2024 - 08:00
Despite their peaceful reputation, bonobos act aggressively more often than their chimpanzee cousins, a new study found.