- A Plant That ‘Cannot Die’ Reveals Its Genetic Secretsby Richard Sima on July 31, 2021 at 6:31 pm
Events in the genome of Welwitschia have given it the ability to survive in an unforgiving desert for thousands of years.
- Stranded Killer Whale Survives With Help of Good Samaritansby Alyssa Lukpat and Jacey Fortin on July 31, 2021 at 5:03 pm
Rescuers and wildlife officials kept it cool and wet while waiting for a rising tide. The orca returned to sea about six hours after it was spotted on the rugged shores of an Alaskan island.
- Vaccinated People May Spread the Virus, Though Rarely, C.D.C. Reportsby Apoorva Mandavilli on July 31, 2021 at 4:23 pm
The agency cited an outbreak in Provincetown, Mass., in which most of the infected were immunized. An internal C.D.C. document paints an even more harrowing picture.
- The Delta Variant Is the Symptom of a Bigger Threat: Vaccine Refusalby Apoorva Mandavilli on July 31, 2021 at 4:22 pm
There are almost as many reasons for vaccine hesitancy and refusal as there are unvaccinated Americans. But this problem, not the variant, lies at the root of rising infection rates.
- Biden Seeks to Revive Vaccine Effort With New Rules and Incentivesby Michael D. Shear, Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Annie Karni on July 31, 2021 at 12:16 pm
The president said those refusing to get a coronavirus shot should expect inconveniences as long as they decline a vaccine.
- In South Africa, Poachers Now Traffic in Tiny Succulent Plantsby Tommy Trenchard on July 31, 2021 at 9:00 am
Police search the desert trying to track down the poachers selling Conophytums to collectors worldwide, threatening to wipe out rare plants in the wild.
- Bezos’ Blue Origin Loses Challenge to NASA SpaceX Lunar Lander Contractby Kenneth Chang and Catie Edmondson on July 30, 2021 at 10:39 pm
The Government Accountability Office said a $2.9 billion award to SpaceX to build the next lunar lander for astronauts would stand.
- U.S. Authorities Seek Documents From Troubled Covid Vaccine Manufacturerby Chris Hamby on July 30, 2021 at 10:36 pm
Emergent BioSolutions, which ruined 75 million vaccine doses at its Baltimore plant, disclosed records requests from Congress and federal and state law enforcement agencies.
- Those Virus Sequences That Were Suddenly Deleted? They’re Backby Carl Zimmer on July 30, 2021 at 8:20 pm
Chinese researchers have uploaded genetic sequences of coronaviruses to a scientific database more than a year after they took them offline.
- How Often Do the Vaccinated Spread Covid-19?by Apoorva Mandavilli on July 30, 2021 at 5:17 pm
The C.D.C.’s new masking advice was based in part on data showing that the virus can thrive in the airways of vaccinated people. The findings are expected on Friday.
- C.D.C. Internal Report Calls Delta Variant as Contagious as Chickenpoxby Apoorva Mandavilli on July 30, 2021 at 5:16 pm
Infections in vaccinated Americans are rare, compared with those in unvaccinated people, the document said. But when they occur, vaccinated people may spread the virus just as easily.
- Times Team Explains Chicago’s Climate Problem Visuallyby Sarah Bahr on July 30, 2021 at 4:12 pm
A team of Times journalists collaborated to explain visually the city’s complicated challenges involving Lake Michigan.
- As Virus Cases Rise, Another Contagion Spreads Among the Vaccinated: Angerby Roni Caryn Rabin on July 30, 2021 at 2:29 pm
Frustrated by the prospect of a new surge, many Americans are blaming the unvaccinated. A tougher stance may backfire, some experts warn.
- Some Are Chasing Extra Vaccine Shots, While Scientists Debateby Maria Cramer and Jenny Gross on July 30, 2021 at 12:01 pm
Boosters may not be necessary yet, many experts say, and the pursuit of additional shots raises ethical questions.
- C.D.C. Says Some Vaccinated Americans Should Wear Masks Againby Apoorva Mandavilli on July 30, 2021 at 11:23 am
In communities with growing caseloads, vaccinated and unvaccinated people should return to wearing masks indoors in public areas, health officials said.
- Cats Are So Not Appreciated. Think Again.by James Gorman on July 30, 2021 at 2:27 am
Researchers who work on the genomes of domestic and wild cats say their DNA holds clues to human as well as feline health.
- Space Station Tilted After New Russian Module Fires Thrustersby Oleg Matsnev and Kenneth Chang on July 29, 2021 at 10:26 pm
The Nauka module met up with the orbiting outpost on Thursday morning, and later unexpectedly fired its thrusters.
- Climate Crisis Catches Power Companies Unpreparedby Brad Plumer and Ivan Penn on July 29, 2021 at 9:13 pm
Utilities are fighting to keep the lights on amid extreme wildfires, heat and flooding fueled by global warming.
- Albert Bandura, Leading Psychologist of Aggression, Dies at 95by Erica Goode on July 29, 2021 at 7:50 pm
He was most known for his Bobo doll experiment, in which children mimicked adults in attacking an inflatable doll. The work challenged basic tenets of psychology.
- New Policy Aims to Help Transgender Researchers Update Names on Old Workby Jacey Fortin on July 29, 2021 at 6:49 pm
A group of laboratories and scientific journals is trying to simplify the process of attaching authors’ new names to their previously published papers.
- Citing New Data, Pfizer Outlines Case for Booster Shotsby Carl Zimmer, Apoorva Mandavilli and Sharon LaFraniere on July 29, 2021 at 6:32 pm
Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine may become slightly weaker over time, the company reported. But experts said that most people won’t need boosters anytime soon.
- Trump-era Limit on Nursing Homes Safety Fines Is Liftedby Reed Abelson on July 29, 2021 at 3:58 pm
The Biden administration has quietly undone a Trump policy that severely restricted penalties imposed on facilities that violated safety standards.
- What Animals See in the Stars, and What They Stand to Loseby Joshua Sokol on July 29, 2021 at 3:26 pm
Humans aren’t the only species that navigate by starlight. Animals from birds to dung beetles may do it, too — and might become disoriented as our city lights drown out the heavens.
- Steven Weinberg, Groundbreaking Nobelist in Physics, Dies at 88by Dylan Loeb McClain on July 29, 2021 at 2:44 pm
His discoveries deepened understanding of the basic forces at play in the universe, and he took general readers back to its dawn in his book “The First Three Minutes.”
- A Carbon Calculation: How Many Deaths Do Emissions Cause?by John Schwartz on July 29, 2021 at 11:25 am
A new study looks at “the mortality cost of carbon”: lives lost or gained as emissions change over time.
- In Michigan, a Park Made of Waterby Peter Kujawinski on July 29, 2021 at 9:00 am
The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is part of a system of underwater reserves around the country. They’re like national parks, but below the surface.
- Democrats Call Infrastructure Bill a Down Payment on Climateby Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman on July 29, 2021 at 12:14 am
A bipartisan package includes the largest-ever federal spending for electric vehicle charging stations, public transit and clean water.
- Dr. J. Allan Hobson, Who Studied the Dreaming Brain, Dies at 88by Katharine Q. Seelye on July 28, 2021 at 10:21 pm
He disputed the Freudian view that dreams held encrypted codes of meaning, believing instead that they resulted from random firings of neurons in the brain.
- 2 Red Objects Were Found in the Asteroid Belt. They Shouldn’t Be There.by Jonathan O’Callaghan on July 28, 2021 at 10:12 pm
The space rocks may have come from beyond Neptune, and potentially offer hints at the chaos of the early solar system.
- Women Surgeons at Greater Risk of Pregnancy Loss, Study Findsby Emma Goldberg on July 28, 2021 at 4:42 pm
The demands of the profession appear to clash with the process of starting a family. “There’s a health risk in it.”
- Sponge Like Fossils Could Be Oldest Animal Ever Found, or Just Squigglesby Marion Renault on July 28, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Critics challenged a study’s claim that a netlike structure found in rocks in a Canadian mountain range could be an 890-million-year-old sponge fossil.
- Meteor Shower in July: Time for the Southern Delta Aquarids to Peakby Nicholas St. Fleur on July 28, 2021 at 2:32 pm
Meteor showers can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a glimpse.
- Ever Feel Your Skin Crawling? Maybe You Can Thank Evolution.by Sabrina Imbler on July 27, 2021 at 11:01 pm
A new study suggests that humans have a distinct, itchy defense response to ticks and other ectoparasites.
- Apollo 15 Anniversary: 50 Years Ago, NASA Put a Car on the Moonby Rebecca Boyle on July 27, 2021 at 4:45 pm
The lunar rovers of Apollo 15, 16 and 17 parked American automotive culture on the lunar surface, and expanded the scientific range of the missions’ astronaut explorers.
- ‘A Wild 15 Months’: Pandemic Spurs Conversion of Offices to Labsby Debra Kamin on July 27, 2021 at 4:29 pm
Flush with cash and driven by renewed interest in biotechnology, the life sciences industry is swooping in to snap up vacant office space.
- A 2nd New Nuclear Missile Base for China, and Many Questions About Strategyby William J. Broad and David E. Sanger on July 27, 2021 at 1:50 am
Is China scrapping its “minimum deterrent” strategy and joining an arms race? Or is it looking to create a negotiating card, in case it is drawn into arms control negotiations?
- Medical Groups Call for Vaccine Requirements for Health Care Workersby Emily Anthes on July 26, 2021 at 10:42 pm
Vaccination “is the logical fulfillment of the ethical commitment of all health care workers,” nearly 60 organizations said in a joint statement.
- Is Jeff Bezos Really an Astronaut?by Kenneth Chang on July 26, 2021 at 8:37 pm
Blue Origin pinned custom astronaut wings to his flight suit. The Federal Aviation Administration may disagree. Or it may not even matter.
- Fauci Wants to Make Vaccines for the Next Pandemic Before It Hitsby Gina Kolata on July 26, 2021 at 3:38 pm
If funded, a government program costing several billion dollars could develop “prototype” vaccines to protect against 20 families of viruses.
- You Won’t Believe This Beetle’s Upside-Down Walk on Waterby Sabrina Imbler on July 26, 2021 at 3:02 pm
Scientists observed a beetle walking upside-down on the undersurface of a pool of water.
- Toyota Led on Clean Cars. Now Critics Say It Works to Delay Them.by Hiroko Tabuchi on July 26, 2021 at 1:35 am
The auto giant bet on hydrogen power, but as the world moves toward electric the company is fighting climate regulations in an apparent effort to buy time.