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  1. The Latest Wrinkle in Crumple Theory
    From studies of “geometric frustration,” scientists learn how paper folds under pressure.
  2. Meet the Sea Slugs That Chop Off Their Heads and Grow New Bodies
    Their severed heads get around just fine until they regenerate perfectly functioning, parasite-free new bodies, scientists say.
  3. The Power of Playing Dead
    A study shows that pretending to be immobile — sometimes for an hour or more — helps larvae of insects called antlions outlast hungry predators.
  4. Triangulating Math, Mozart and ‘Moby-Dick’
    Sarah Hart, the first woman to hold England’s distinguished Gresham professorship of geometry, explores the intersections of music, literature and mathematics.
  5. Largest Glowing Shark Species Discovered Near New Zealand
    It’s the biggest bioluminescent vertebrate found on land or sea, so far.
  6. The Moon's Comet-Like Tail Shoots Beams Around the Earth
    “It almost seems like a magical thing,” said one of the astronomers involved in studying the lunar phenomenon.
  7. 10 Women Changing the Landscape of Leadership
    In critical fields like agriculture, science, finance and technology, they have staked a claim with their pioneering work and are building a path for the next generation.
  8. SpaceX's Starship SN10 Rocket Launched, Landed and Exploded
    Two earlier flights of the Starship rocket crashed spectacularly. This one returned to the ground in one piece, then blew up.
  9. New Technique Reveals Centuries of Secrets in Locked Letters
    M.I.T. researchers have devised a virtual-reality technique that lets them read old letters that were mailed not in envelopes but in the writing paper itself after being folded into elaborate enclosures.
  10. Severe Obesity Raises Risk of Covid-19 Hospitalization and Death, Study Finds
    A large new study has confirmed an association between obesity and patient outcomes among people who contract the coronavirus.
  11. Vaccinated Americans, Let the Unmasked Gatherings Begin (but Start Small)
    The C.D.C. on Monday released long-awaited advice for immunized people, a glimpse at the next stage of the coronavirus pandemic.
  12. How Bad Was the Coronavirus Pandemic on Tourism in 2020? Look at the Numbers.
    The dramatic effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the travel industry and beyond are made clear in six charts.
  13. Women Report Worse Side Effects After a Covid Vaccine
    Men and women tend to respond differently to many kinds of vaccines. That’s probably because of a mix of factors, including hormones, genes and the dosing of the shots.
  14. Global Warming’s Deadly Combination: Heat and Humidity
    A new study suggests that large swaths of the tropics will experience dangerous living and working conditions if global warming isn’t limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
  15. For Planet Earth, No Tourism is a Curse and a Blessing
    From the rise in poaching to the waning of noise pollution, travel’s shutdown is having profound effects. Which will remain, and which will vanish?
  16. How To Grow Seedlings With Newspaper
    A simple roll of newspaper creates a biodegradable pot to get your spring planting season off the ground.
  17. Make Ice Ornaments At Home
    Ice ornaments reflect winter’s light, like momentary, sun-catching crystals.
  18. Things To Do At Home
    This week, attend an art lecture, listen to a conversation with the novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen or celebrate Deaf History Month.
  19. The Virus Spread Where Restaurants Reopened or Mask Mandates Were Absent
    C.D.C. researchers found that coronavirus infections and death rates rose in U.S. counties permitting in-person dining or not requiring masks.
  20. Some LGBTQ People Are Saying 'No Thanks' to the Covid Vaccine
    Evidence suggests that some sexual and gender minorities — especially people of color — are hesitant to get vaccinated due to mistrust of the medical establishment.
  21. In Oregon, Scientists Find a Virus Variant With a Worrying Mutation
    In a single sample, geneticists discovered a version of the coronavirus first identified in Britain with a mutation originally reported in South Africa.
  22. Big Step Forward for $50 Billion Plan to Save Louisiana Coast
    An environmental assessment said the project’s next step would largely benefit coastal areas, though it might also affect some marine life, especially dolphins.
  23. Wisdom, the World’s Oldest Known Wild Bird, Has Another Chick
    An albatross named Wisdom has astounded researchers by hatching a chick at more than 70 years old, securing her title as the world’s oldest known breeding bird.
  24. How Rhode Island Fell to the Coronavirus
    A dense population of vulnerable citizens set the stage for a frightening epidemic.
  25. Can Long-Term Care Employers Require Staff Members to Be Vaccinated?
    As legal experts and ethicists debate, some companies aren’t waiting.
  26. Ivermectin Does Not Alleviate Mild Covid-19 Symptoms, Study Finds
    Ivermectin, a drug typically used to treat parasitic worms, has been prescribed widely during the coronavirus pandemic, but rigorous data has been lacking.
  27. Some Scientists Question W.H.O. Inquiry Into the Coronavirus Pandemic’s Origins
    Those who still suspect the outbreak in China may have been caused by a lab leak or accident are pressing for an independent investigation.
  28. One and Done: Why People Are Eager for Johnson & Johnson’s Vaccine
    Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine is allowing states to rethink distribution, even as health officials and experts worry some will view it as inferior.
  29. How Do Blind Worms See the Color Blue?
    Eyeless roundworms may have hacked other cellular warning systems to give themselves a form of color vision.
  30. Delayed Skin Reactions Appear After Vaccine Shots
    Doctors are reporting additional, minor symptoms that appear several days after people have received their shots.
  31. Fauci Is Giving His Coronavirus Model to the Smithsonian
    Dr. Anthony S. Fauci’s donation of his 3-D virus model to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History comes as museums are working to document the Covid-19 era.
  32. Wyoming Coal Country Pivots, Reluctantly, to Wind Farms
    The tiny town of Rawlins will soon be home to one of the nation’s largest wind farms. But pride in the fossil fuel past remains a powerful force.
  33. Plan to Ditch the Mask After Vaccination? Not So Fast.
    It’s not clear how easily vaccinated people may spread the virus, but the answer to that question is coming soon. Until then, scientists urge caution.
  34. California Condors Get an Assist From an Unlikely Source: A Wind Power Company
    Federal wildlife authorities in California are working with a wind energy company to breed the endangered birds in captivity to replace any that may be killed by turbine blades. Conservationists are skeptical.
  35. How Green Are Electric Vehicles?
    In short: Very green. But plug-in cars still have environmental effects. Here’s a guide to the main issues and how they might be addressed.
  36. Why Do Virus Variants Have Such Weird Names?
    B.1.351 may sound sweet to a molecular epidemiologist, but what’s the alternative, other than stigmatizing geographical names?
  37. Reversing Trump, Interior Department Moves Swiftly on Climate Change
    As Deb Haaland, President Biden's choice for Interior secretary, heads toward a showdown vote, the department she would head is moving ahead on environmental policies.
  38. Miami Says It Can Adapt to Rising Seas. Not Everyone Is Convinced.
    Officials have a new plan to manage rising water. Succeed or fail, it will very likely become a case study for other cities facing climate threats.
  39. Once Upon a Time on Mars
    A dune buggy is about to set off on behalf of its human owners to fulfill a primordial yearning.
  40. Virus Variant in Brazil Infected Many Who Had Already Recovered From Covid-19
    The first detailed studies of the so-called P.1 variant show how it devastated a Brazilian city. Now scientists want to know what it will do elsewhere.