The Natural Gas Industry Has a Leak Problem
Emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, are 60 percent higher than government estimates. That’s bad news for climate change.
Koko the Gorilla, Known for Using Sign Language, Dies at 46
Koko became an instant celebrity in her youth and charmed entertainers like Fred Rogers and Robin Williams, as well as their audiences.
A Common Virus May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Finds
The research did not find that viruses cause Alzheimer’s. But it showed that two types of herpes interact with Alzheimer’s-related genes and might...
Trilobites: Magnetic Sense Helps Billions of Moths on an Australian Migration
Researchers say this is the first reliable evidence that insects can use Earth’s magnetic field for navigation.
Climate Change Brought a Lobster Boom. Now It Could Cause a Bust.
Warming waters in the Gulf of Maine have benefited lobsters and the lobstermen who trap them. But as temperatures rise further, will the industry...
The Summer Solstice and the Search for Life in the Cosmos
As you mark the longest day of the year, consider the debate among astronomers over whether Earth’s tilt toward the sun helps make life on our...
Is There a Smarter Path to Artificial Intelligence? Some Experts Hope So
A branch of A.I. called deep learning has transformed computer performance in tasks like vision and speech. But meaning, reasoning and common sense...
Newly Discovered ‘Limb Pit’ Reveals Civil War Surgeons’ Bitter Choices
Two skeletons and the remains of 11 amputated limbs are leading to new knowledge of combat injuries and medical practices on long-ago battlefields.
After Volcano Eruption in Guatemala, Re-creating a Truck Covered in Ash
How 727 photos taken in 29 minutes became an immersive 3D experience.
New Group, With Conservative Credentials, Plans Push for a Carbon Tax
A new lobbying group is hoping to build support for a “climate dividend” plan. Its members include Trent Lott, Janet L. Yellen and Ben S. Bernanke.
Dr. Adel Mahmoud, 76, Dies; Credited With Major Vaccines
As president of Merck Vaccines, Dr. Mahmoud overcame doubts in developing vaccines against two threats to women and babies: HPV and rotavirus.
ScienceTake: The Elephant’s Superb Nose
Elephants’ trunks are not only large and strong, they house one of the best mammalian smelling systems.