Trilobites: Tiniest Ape Ever Discovered Hints at the Rise of the Monkeys
The newly identified extinct primate weighed slightly less than an average house cat.
Global Health: Dogs Can Detect Malaria. How Useful Is That?
Canine can sniff out the socks worn by children carrying the mosquito-borne parasites, a study finds.
Cancer Society Executive Resigns Amid Upset Over Corporate Partnerships
The American Cancer Society’s fund-raising alliances with Herbalife and others have stirred concerns, and influenced the departure of its chief...
Nonfiction: A History of the Heart, That Most Vital of Organs
Sandeep Jauhar’s “Heart” recounts the scientific discoveries that have given us a better understanding of our most critical piece of plumbing.
The Mysteries of Animal Movement
A scientist’s unfettered curiosity leads him to investigate the physics at work in some very odd corners of the natural world.
Q&A: In Ports Everywhere, It’s Push Versus Pull
It’s more efficient for tugboats to nudge barges along, but some conditions require that the loads be towed.
The New Health Care: Peer Review: The Worst Way to Judge Research, Except for All the Others
A look at the system’s weaknesses, and possible ways to combat them.
More Evidence Points to China as Source of Ozone-Depleting Gas
Delegates from nearly 200 countries are gathering in Ecuador to discuss efforts to repair the ozone layer, and the return of a banned chemical will...
In a Land of Quakes, Engineering a Future for a Church Made of Mud
High in the Andes Mountains, conservators are testing traditional methods for strengthening adobe buildings.
Minorities Are Most Vulnerable When Wildfires Strike in U.S., Study Finds
The research illustrates how the kinds of disasters that are exacerbated by climate change often hit people of color and the poor the hardest.
F.D.A. Approves Powerful New Opioid Despite Warnings of Likely Abuse
The head of a review panel predicted the drug, Dsuvia, would cause more overdose deaths. But the F.D.A. said there were adequate safeguards.
Where ‘Yes! To Affordable Groceries’ Really Means No to a Soda Tax
Coke, PepsiCo and other big beverage companies are the unseen forces (and funders) behind ballot initiatives that would ban taxes on food sales.