Drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge: How the G.O.P. Could Finally Break the Impasse
The prospects for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration are better than they have been in years.
Trilobites: Jeremy the Lefty Snail Is Dead. His Offspring Are All Right.
The brown garden snail won international fame for a mutation that caused his shell to coil left instead of right, making it difficult to mate with...
House Ethics Office Says New York Congressman May Have Violated Rules
An inquiry centered on actions by a New York Congressman who is a majority stockholder in a biotech company.
Trilobites: In Easter Island DNA, Evidence of Genetic Loneliness
DNA analysis of Pre-Columbian human remains suggest natives of South America may not have intermingled with the Polynesians who built the...
A Condom-Maker’s Discovery: Size Matters
Men have long complained about how condoms fit. Now a manufacturer is selling condoms in bespoke sizes, including 10 lengths and nine circumferences.
Matter: Genes for Skin Color Rebut Dated Notions of Race, Researchers Say
Humans have long shared a genetic palette for skin pigmentation, slightly tweaked by evolution, scientists report.
ScienceTake: How Kangaroo Rats Escape Rattlesnakes
Kangaroo rats are so good at leaping away from rattlesnake strikes that they sometimes show off in front of their predators.
In Rat vs. Snake, an Unlikely Victor
By strutting their stuff, kangaroo rats discourage snakes from attacking. Watch their moves and listen to a researcher who is studying these...
10 Weeks, 10 Hurricanes, and a 124-Year-Old Record Is Matched
With Tropical Storm Ophelia’s transition to Hurricane Ophelia, 2017 became the first year since 1893 in which 10 Atlantic storms in a row reached...
California Winds Are Fueling Fires. It May Be Getting Worse.
Some scientists think global warming may be making California’s autumn winds even drier, a “key parameter for fire risk.”
Seychelles Reports a Case of Plague
A man fell ill after returning from Madagascar, which is struggling to contain a rash of plague cases. It is the first instance of the outbreak...
Michel Jouvet, Who Unlocked REM Sleep’s Secrets, Dies at 91
Dr. Jouvet’s research, he wrote, showed that dreaming was “the third state of the brain, as different from sleep as sleep was from waking.”