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.
Inside the Nose of an Elephant
Elephants have a keen nose. They have more smell receptors than any mammal – including dogs – and can sniff out food that is several miles away. A...
Trump Orders Establishment of Space Force as Sixth Military Branch
The idea has troubled lawmakers and even some members of the administration, who have cautioned that it could create unnecessary bureaucratic...
A Troubling Prognosis for Migrant Children in Detention: ‘The Earlier They’re Out, the Better’
The longer children remain in institutional settings, the greater their risk of depression, post-traumatic stress and other mental health problems.
Global Health: The Man Who (Almost) Wiped Out the Guinea Worms
Dr. Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben has saved tens of millions of people from painful parasitic infections.
Global Health: Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs
For 30 years, scientists have fought to eliminate a horrifying parasite. Suddenly, it has begun infecting dogs in Chad, threatening to undo decades...
Trilobites: Sea Stars Started Dissolving. What Helped Some of Them Survive?
Researchers say they’ve detected genetic differences that might help explain why some of these creatures on California’s coast survived a deadly...
Was Autism a Nazi Invention?
In “Asperger’s Children,” Edith Sheffer explores the roots of autism, first diagnosed in Nazi Germany as the regime engaged in a program of child...
It Was Supposed to Be an Unbiased Study of Drinking. They Wanted to Call It ‘Cheers.’
Buried in a new N.I.H. report are disturbing examples of coordination between scientists and the alcohol industry on a study that could have...
The New Health Care: Why the Medical Research Grant System Could Be Costing Us Great Ideas
Funding is harder to find in general, and the current approach favors low-risk research and proposals by older scientists and white men.