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NASA Renames Facility After Katherine Johnson, Trailblazing Mathematician

Feb 23, 2019 • 9:08 AM ET Science The New York Times  

It is yet another honor for Ms. Johnson, one of the African-American mathematicians who inspired the book and movie “Hidden …

New Ultima Thule Photos Were Made in a Blur

Feb 22, 2019 • 4:22 PM ET Science The New York Times  

The images were recorded while the New Horizons spacecraft was moving at more than 32,000 miles per …

Virgin Galactic Rocket Plane Reaches Edge of Space

Feb 22, 2019 • 3:11 PM ET Science The New York Times  

This was Virgin Galactic’s fifth supersonic-powered test flight. The venture marked another step forward in a new kind of space …

Virgin Galactic Sends a Rocket Plane Into Space for a Second Time

Feb 22, 2019 • 1:23 PM ET Science The New York Times  

After sending pilots to the edge of space in December, the company moved a step closer to commercial space travel with another safe flight, this time …

SpaceX to Launch SpaceIL’s Lunar Lander Aboard Used Rocket

Feb 21, 2019 • 6:00 PM ET Science The New York Times  

The privately built spacecraft will take a long trip to the moon, landing on its surface in …

Follow Hayabusa2’s Landing on the Ryugu Asteroid

Feb 21, 2019 • 4:00 PM ET Science The New York Times  

The probe ascended from the space rock after firing a bullet to help with the gathering of samples that will eventually be returned to …

How Israel’s Moon Lander Got to the Launchpad

Feb 21, 2019 • 11:49 AM ET Science The New York Times  

With $100 million and a lot of volunteer labor, SpaceIL’s Beresheet spacecraft could be the first privately built vessel to reach the lunar …

China Uses DNA to Track Its People. It Got Help From the U.S.

Feb 21, 2019 • 11:30 AM ET Science The New York Times  

The Chinese authorities turned to a Massachusetts company and a prominent Yale researcher as they built an enormous system of surveillance and …

Trilobites: The World’s Largest Bee Is Not Extinct

Feb 21, 2019 • 9:00 AM ET Science The New York Times  

An expedition of conservationists found a living Wallace’s Giant Bee on remote islands in Indonesia. It hadn’t been seen since …

Trilobites: Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? Scientists Camouflaged Horses to Find Out

Feb 20, 2019 • 2:00 PM ET Science The New York Times  

If you spend time around horses or flies, you might want to invest in some zebra …

Trilobites: Sleepless Flies Lived Long Lives. Why Not Us?

Feb 20, 2019 • 2:00 PM ET Science The New York Times  

Flies deprived of sleep didn’t see reductions in their life spans. Does that mean we’ve got sleep deprivation all …

Neptune Has Another Moon. What Else Is That World Hiding?

Feb 20, 2019 • 1:00 PM ET Science The New York Times  

There is much more to learn about the solar system’s eighth planet, which hasn’t been visited by a spacecraft for 30 …

Measles Outbreak: Your Questions Answered

Feb 20, 2019 • 5:00 AM ET Science The New York Times  

The disease was declared eliminated in 2000. So far this year, there have been more than 100 …

Trump Says Space Force Creation a ‘National Security Priority’

Feb 19, 2019 • 5:35 PM ET Science The New York Times  

President Trump signed an order to begin the process for establishing a new branch of the military that would be dedicated to handling threats in …

ScienceTake: Inside the Spittlebug’s Bubble Home

Feb 19, 2019 • 2:30 AM ET Science The New York Times  

Those foamy eruptions on garden plants protect a slow and steady sap drinker that is growing into a froghopper. But it has to stick its hind end out …

How the Spittlebug Builds Its Bubbly Fortress

Feb 19, 2019 • 2:30 AM ET Science The New York Times  

Spittlebugs feed on plant sap and then excrete bubbly foam to create a protective fortress around themselves. Later, they emerge as adult …

Bonaire: Where Coral and Cactus Thrive, and the Sea Soothes the Soul

Feb 18, 2019 • 5:00 AM ET Science The New York Times  

In a dying reef world, the writer explores the underwater bliss of a little Caribbean island that is showing the world just how to save …

Q&A: A Tree Grows in — Well, You Don’t Want to Know

Feb 15, 2019 • 3:44 PM ET Science The New York Times  

Fruit on trees grown near outhouses and latrines usually is safe. That’s not true of produce found on the ground in the same …

The New Old Age: Dialysis Is a Way of Life for Many Older Patients. Maybe It Shouldn’t Be.

Feb 15, 2019 • 3:33 PM ET Science The New York Times  

So-called conservative management can ease symptoms without dialysis in some people with kidney disease. But many of them are never given the …

Trilobites: Searching Tardigrades for Lifesaving Secrets

Feb 15, 2019 • 5:00 AM ET Science The New York Times  

Researchers are drawing inspiration from the proteins that they think let hearty water bears cheat time by decelerating their …