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  1. The Magnetic Heart of the Milky Way
    A new map of the center of the Milky Way galaxy reveals details of its magnetic fields
  2. Like Moths to a Flame? We May Need a New Phrase.
    Over time researchers have found fewer of the insects turning up in light traps, suggesting they may be less attracted to some kinds of light than they once were.
  3. Lyrid Meteor Shower 2024: Peak Time and How to Watch
    A nearly full moon could interfere with the shower during its peak. It is forecast to be active until near the end of the month.
  4. This Lava Tube in Saudi Arabia Has Been a Human Refuge for 7,000 Years
    Ancient humans left behind numerous archaeological traces in the cavern, and scientists say there may be thousands more like it on the Arabian Peninsula to study.
  5. Colorado Bill Aims to Protect Consumer Brain Data
    In a first, a Colorado law extends privacy rights to the neural data increasingly coveted by technology companies.
  6. An 11-Year-Old Girl’s Fossil Find Is the Largest Known Ocean Reptile
    When Ruby Reynolds and her father found a fossil on an English beach, they didn’t know it belonged to an 82-foot ichthyosaur that swam during the days of the dinosaurs.
  7. In Australia, ‘Cats Are Just Catastrophic’
    Feral cats take a heavy toll on the world’s wildlife, especially Down Under. The solution? Smarter traps, sharpshooters, survival camp for prey species, and the “Felixer.”
  8. Four Wild Ways to Save the Koala (That Just Might Work)
    To protect Australia’s iconic animals, scientists are experimenting with vaccine implants, probiotics, tree-planting drones and solar-powered tracking tags.
  9. Should We Change Species to Save Them?
    When traditional conservation fails, science is using “assisted evolution” to give vulnerable wildlife a chance.
  10. Scotland Made Big Climate Pledges. Now They’re ‘Out of Reach.’
    Despite significant progress, Scotland was falling short on cutting vehicle emissions, switching to heat pumps and even restoring peatland, the government said.
  11. Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Often Go Untreated for Parents on Medicaid
    Among those with substance use disorders who have been referred to child welfare, less than half received medication or counseling.
  12. Some Older Women Need Extra Breast Scans. Why Won’t Medicare Pay?
    Mammography can miss tumors in women with dense breasts, so their doctors often include ultrasound or M.R.I. scans. Patients often wind up paying the bill.
  13. Heat-Related ER Visits Rose in 2023, CDC Study Finds
    As record heat enveloped the nation, the rate of emergency room visits increased compared with the previous five years, a sign of the major health risks of high temperatures.
  14. Dubai’s Extraordinary Flooding: Here’s What to Know
    Images of a saturated desert metropolis startled the world, prompting talk of cloud seeding, climate change and designing cities for intensified weather.
  15. Satellite Data Reveals Sinking Risk for China’s Cities
    Development and groundwater pumping are causing land subsidence and heightening the risks of sea level rise.
  16. Land Under B.L.M. Management to Get New Protections
    The measure elevates conservation in a number of ways, including by creating new leases for the restoration of degraded areas.
  17. Scotland Pauses Gender Medications for Minors
    The change followed a sweeping review by England’s National Health Service that found “remarkably weak” evidence for youth gender treatments.
  18. Millions of Girls in Africa Will Miss HPV Shots After Merck Production Problem
    The company has told countries that it can supply only 18.8 million of the 29.6 million doses it was contracted to deliver this year.
  19. W.H.O. Broadens Definition of Airborne Diseases
    After a drawn-out global controversy over the coronavirus, the W.H.O. has updated its classification of how pathogens spread through the air.
  20. Drought Pushes Millions Into ‘Acute Hunger’ in Southern Africa
    The disaster, intensified by El Niño, is devastating communities across several countries, killing crops and livestock and sending food prices soaring.
  21. A Japanese Village Wants Tourists to Come for Heat, Soot and Steel
    To lure visitors, residents of Yoshida, famed for its high-quality steel, are inviting tourists to help produce it.
  22. Anne Innis Dagg, Who Studied Giraffes in the Wild, Dies at 91
    She was believed to be the first Western scientist to study the animals in their natural habitat, but she struggled to overcome sexism in academia.
  23. Long-Acting Drugs May Revolutionize H.I.V. Prevention and Treatment
    New regimens in development, including once-weekly pills and semiannual shots, could help control the virus in hard-to-reach populations.
  24. Sleep Apnea Reduced in People Who Took Zepbound, Eli Lilly Reports
    The company reported results of clinical trials involving Zepbound, an obesity drug in the same class as Novo Nordisk’s Wegovy.
  25. Interior Department Rejects Ambler Road Project in Alaska
    A mining company wants to build a 211-mile industrial road through Alaskan wilderness to reach a large copper deposit. The Interior Department says it would harm wildlife and communities.
  26. Comet Pons-Brooks: How and When to See It
    Soon, this devil-horned comet won’t be visible for another seven decades.
  27. NASA Seeks ‘Hail Mary’ for Mars Sample Return Mission
    The agency will seek new ideas for its Mars Sample Return program, expected to be billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule.
  28. James Dean, Founding Director of NASA Art Program, Dies at 92
    He arranged for artists to have access to astronauts, launchpads and more. “Their imaginations enable them to venture beyond a scientific explanation,” he once said.
  29. A Surprising Shadow Was Created by the Total Solar Eclipse
    An ascending jet’s contrail over Montreal added to the wonder of last Monday’s eclipse.
  30. David Egilman, Doctor Who Took On Drug Companies, Dies at 71
    His testimony as an expert witness in some 600 trials helped plaintiffs win billions of dollars in cases involving malfeasance by pharmaceutical makers.
  31. Al Gore Thinks Trump Will Lose and Climate Activists Will Triumph
    Mr. Gore spoke at a climate leadership conference hosted by his nonprofit organization.
  32. Scientists Predict Most Extensive Coral Bleaching Event on Record
    Rising sea temperatures around the planet have caused a bleaching event that is expected to be the most extensive on record.
  33. What’s Killing Endangered Sawfish in Florida?
    First, fish off the Florida Keys started swimming in spirals or upside down. Then, endangered sawfish started dying. Scientists are racing to figure out why.
  34. U.S. Scrutiny of Chinese Company Could Disrupt U.S. Supply Chain for Key Drugs
    Lawmakers raising national security concerns and seeking to disconnect a major Chinese firm from U.S. pharmaceutical interests have rattled the biotech industry. The firm is deeply involved in development and manufacturing of crucial therapies for cancer, cystic fibrosis, H.I.V. and other illnesses.
  35. ‘Climate-Controlled’ Sausage? Courts Crack Down on ‘Greenwashing’
    From airlines to pork sellers, corporate brands face legal and regulatory challenges for misleading the public with lofty climate claims.
  36. Bennett Braun, Psychiatrist Who Fueled ‘Satanic Panic,’ Dies at 83
    He diagnosed dozens of patients with what he said were suppressed memories of being tortured by cults. He later lost his license.