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- Bringing the Ocean’s Midnight Zone Into the Light
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has learned how to raise the deepest sea life to the surface and keep it alive for display.
- ‘Mussel-bola’ Could Be Spreading. Maybe Now You’ll Pay Attention.
New findings suggest a previously unknown virus may play a role in the sudden death of many freshwater mussels in recent years.
- In a Desert’s Burning Sands, Shrimp
When it rains in Iran’s Dasht-e Lut desert, the ground comes alive with tiny, upside-down crustaceans.
- Aromatherapy in the Apiary Is What Bees Need
Honeybees were better at pollinating crops after scent training.
- The Pros and Cons of Being a Hammerhead Shark
A new study suggests that the ocean’s strangest-looking headgear is difficult to tote around.
- On Venus, Cloudy With a Chance of Microbial Life
Astrobiologists shift their gaze, and speculations, to Earth’s broiling sister planet.
- Mount Wilson Observatory, Icon of Cosmology, 'Declared Safe' From Fires
The birthplace of modern cosmology “has been declared safe” from the wildfires that have ravaged the surrounding area in Southern California.
- Sometimes Food Fights Back
When a species of microalgae gets inside a zooplankton that feeds on it, it smothers the grazer’s eggs and disrupts reproduction.
- A New Ship’s Mission: Let the Deep Sea Be Seen
A giant new vessel, OceanXplorer, seeks to unveil the secrets of the abyss for a global audience.
- F.D.A. to Release Stricter Guidelines for Emergency Vaccine Authorization
The new guidelines underscore the fact that a vaccine is highly unlikely before the election.
- China, in Pointed Message to U.S., Tightens Its Climate Targets
President Xi Jinping pledged, among other goals, to achieve “carbon neutrality by 2060.” It was China’s boldest promise yet on climate change.
- Climate Disruption Is Now Locked In. The Next Moves Will Be Crucial.
The Times spoke to two dozen experts who said decisions made now would spell the difference between a difficult future and something far worse.
- Despite Claims, Trump Rarely Uses Wartime Law in Battle Against Covid
The president often criticized the Defense Production Act as anti-business. Now he’s campaigning on having frequently used the law to ramp up production of medical gear.
- ‘I Had Heart Surgery in the Middle of a Coronavirus Hot Spot’
Anxiety and uncertainty about the pandemic is leading some patients to delay surgery. But how safe is that when you have an aneurysm in your heart?
- Hundreds of Whales Stranded Off Tasmania
More than 450 pilot whales became stranded on the west coast of the island state in Australia. Rescuers estimate that over half of them have already died.
- Fourth-Largest U.S. School District to Allow Students Back in Classrooms
Over 200,000 people have died in the U.S. from the coronavirus, a staggering toll. Japanese researchers suggest plastic face shields are insufficient to reduce the virus’s spread.
- Democratic Donors Push Biden for a Cabinet Free of Fossil Fuel Connections
A group of more than 60 donors is urging Joe Biden to renounce advisers with ties to the fossil fuel industry.
- Arctic Sea Ice Reaches a Low, Just Missing Record
Only 2012 had less sea ice coverage, scientists say, as climate change takes its toll in the region.
- Advice on Airborne Virus Transmission Vanishes From C.D.C. Website
The new guidance, published only on Friday, had acknowledged that fine particles floating in air may spread the virus.
- An Alaska Mine Project Might Be Bigger Than Acknowledged
In secretly recorded meetings, executives with the Pebble Mine project said the operation could run nine times longer than outlined in their permit filings.
- Coronavirus Upends College Admissions Tests, Creating Chaos for Students
An Iowa school district that defied a reopening order is moving toward a “hybrid” model. South Korea suspends a plan to provide free flu shots to 19 million people.
- Top U.S. Health Officials Tiptoe Around Trump’s Vaccine Timeline
The administration’s experts tried to find a way to support both the president and the reality of scientific and medical constraints he doesn’t always recognize.
- A New York Clock That Told Time Now Tells the Time Remaining
Metronome’s digital clock in Manhattan has been reprogrammed to illustrate a critical window for action to prevent the effects of global warming from becoming irreversible.
- Health Officials Tiptoe Around Trump’s Coronavirus Vaccine Timeline
New Zealand says it will ease its virus measures. Lockdowns return as Europe faces a second wave.
- How California Became Ground Zero for Climate Disasters
The engineering and land management that enabled the state’s tremendous growth have left it more vulnerable to climate shocks — and those shocks are getting worse.
- AstraZeneca, Under Fire for Vaccine Safety, Releases Trial Blueprints
Experts are concerned that the company has not been more forthcoming about two participants who became seriously ill after getting its experimental vaccine.
- Capturing the Faces of Climate Migration
A Times Magazine series examines how climate change will force millions worldwide to move. Recently, Meridith Kohut photographed people on the front lines of this shift. In America.
- AstraZeneca Releases Blueprints for Virus Vaccine Trial Amid Safety Scrutiny
A surge of infections in the Southwest and the Midwest is partly driving an uptick in cases nationally. The eight remaining members of the Supreme Court are expected to hear arguments next month via telephone.
- In South Korea, Covid-19 Comes With Another Risk: Online Bullies
The country’s extensive response has been praised around the world but has led to harassment and slander, raising questions about privacy protections.
- Exhume President Warren G. Harding? Family Feuds in Court
DNA evidence is persuasive that James Blaesing, 70, is the grandson of the 29th president and his mistress. But his cousins are upset by his plan to exhume Harding’s remains with a reality TV crew.
- Cyclone Ianos, a Rare 'Medicane,' Batters Ionian Islands of Greece
Ianos, a rare hurricane-strength Mediterranean storm, slammed into Greece’s western islands, bringing lashing rain and gales.
- After Criticism, C.D.C. Reverses Covid-19 Guidelines on Testing People Who Were Exposed
President Trump acknowledged that an authorized vaccine for “every American” may not be distributed until next year. An Iranian official says the country has become a “red zone” as cases and deaths surge.
- The Wildfires: What I Saw When Australia Burned
At one point, the wildfires that country experienced seemed to fade from our memory. Not anymore. And what I witnessed there has shaped my thoughts on what’s raging here.
- Many Hospitals Charge More Than Twice What Medicare Pays for the Same Care
The gap between rates set for private insurers and employers vs. those by the federal government stirs the debate over a government-run health plan.
- John Najarian, Pioneering Transplant Surgeon, Dies at 92
He was known for taking on difficult cases, many involving children. An anti-rejection drug he developed led to a scandal, but he was vindicated.
- When Will You Be Able to Get a Coronavirus Vaccine?
Despite the president’s repeated claims that a vaccine will be available in October, scientists, companies and federal officials all say that most people won’t get one until well into next year.
- Coronavirus Vaccine: Moderna and Pfizer Reveal Secret Blueprints Trials
The companies hope to earn the trust of the public and of scientists who have clamored for details of the studies.
- C.D.C.’s Contentious Testing Guidance on Covid-19 Was Not Written by Its Scientists
Joe Biden is trying to focus the election on President Trump’s coronavirus response. The global caseload passed 30 million. New Zealand recorded no new cases for the first time in weeks.
- Hurricane Sally’s Fierce Rain Shows How Climate Change Raises Storm Risks
Staggering rain totals, fueled by a warming atmosphere that can hold more moisture, are being recorded from the storm.
- As Wildfires Rage, California Presses Insurers to Cut Rates
But the changes could backfire, experts say, pushing more insurers to stop offering coverage in areas where fire risk is rising because of climate change.
- Covid-19 Vaccines Will Be Free for Americans, Warp Speed Officials Say
Despite the president’s statements about military involvement in the vaccine rollout, officials said that for most people, “there will be no federal official who touches any of this vaccine.”
- It's Not Just California. These Places Are Also on Fire.
Extreme temperatures and more severe droughts, the result of human-caused climate change, have created a world that’s ready to burn.
- Eli Lilly Claims Experimental Drug Protects Covid-19 Patients
A so-called monoclonal antibody lowered levels of the coronavirus and prevented hospitalizations. The research has not yet been vetted by independent experts.
- Trump Again Scorns Science on Masks and Vaccines
President Trump urged Republicans to “go for the much higher numbers” in stalled negotiations over another economic recovery package, undercutting his party’s push for a bare-bones plan.
- A T. Rex Skeleton Arrives in Rockefeller Center Ahead of Auction
Christie’s is hoping to break records with its sale of the dinosaur, nicknamed Stan, which will be on public view through Oct. 21.