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- How Many Hot Dogs Can Someone Eat In 10 Minutes?
The world’s best hot dog eaters could outeat a grizzly bear or a coyote, but would fall far behind a wolf or a Burmese python, a new study finds.
- How a Velvet Ant (Which Is a Wasp) Got Its White Fluff
The thistledown velvet ant (which is actually a wasp) resembles creosote fuzz. But mimicry isn’t the reason, a new study suggests.
- U.A.E. Sets Its Sights on Mars With Launch of Hope Orbiter
The launch of the Hope orbiter was delayed because of weather. The mission’s goal is to make contributions to research on the red planet. But the Emirati government really hopes it will inspire future scientists.
- Scientists Find an Earthquake’s Toll in an Organism’s DNA
Along a coastline in New Zealand, kelp seems to contain a genetic record of the planet’s geological upheaval.
- How Koalas With an S.T.D. Could Help Humanity
When it comes to finding a vaccine for chlamydia, the world’s most common sexually transmitted infection, koalas may prove a key ally.
- Scientists Say You Can Cancel the Noise but Keep Your Window Open
Researchers in Singapore developed a system that’s sort of like noise-canceling headphones for your whole apartment.
- Beyond the Milky Way, a Galactic Wall
Astronomers have discovered a vast assemblage of galaxies hidden behind our own, in the “zone of avoidance.”
- How a Saber-Tooth Marsupial Blinded Us With Its Bite
The extinct South American animal made us believe it was as fierce as a saber-tooth cat, but a new study suggests it was a mere scavenger.
- Some Polynesians Carry Native American DNA, Study Finds
A new genetic study suggests that Polynesians made an epic voyage to South America 800 years ago.
- Trump Administration Strips C.D.C. of Control of Coronavirus Data
Hospitals have been ordered to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send all patient information to a central database in Washington, raising questions about transparency.
- Global Methane Emissions Reach a Record High
Scientists expect emissions, driven by fossil fuels and agriculture, to continue rising rapidly.
- New Data Show an ‘Extraordinary’ Rise in U.S. Coastal Flooding
Rising seas are bringing water into communities at record rates, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday.
- The Flu May Linger in the Air, Just Like the Coronavirus
As scientists race to understand how coronavirus aerosols may spread indoors, a new study on influenza offers some clues.
- How Facebook Handles Climate Disinformation
Critics say a company policy that exempts opinion articles from fact-checking amounts to a huge loophole for climate change deniers.
- C.D.C. Employees Accuse Agency of ‘Toxic Culture of Racial Aggressions’
More than 1,000 employees signed a letter criticizing the agency for “scant progress in addressing the very real challenges Black employees experience.”
- Disabled Do-It-Yourselfers Lead Way to Technology Gains
So long to overhyped innovations. Hello to tech that embeds accessibility into everyday devices.
- Florida Breaks Its Record for Most Covid Deaths in a Day: Live Updates
Refrigerated morgue trucks are needed in Texas and Arizona. The Trump administration backed away from stripping foreign students of their visas.
- G.A.O.: Trump Boosts Deregulation by Undervaluing Cost of Climate Change
The Government Accountability Office has found that the Trump administration is undervaluing the cost of climate change to boost its deregulatory efforts.
- A Big California Quake Just Got ‘a Little Likelier’
A new analysis puts the likelihood of an earthquake slightly higher than earlier forecasts, but researchers said there’s no reason to panic.
- In Astounding Test, Scientists Revive Damaged Lungs for Transplant
Injured and unusable lungs were restored with respirators and pig blood. The procedure one day may increase the supply of organs for transplant.
- How I Came Out About My Disability
Three writers share how they revealed their disability, to a family member, to a love interest on a dating app and to oneself.
- A Record 5.4 Million Americans Have Lost Health Insurance, Study Finds
California’s governor announced a sweeping rollback of the state’s reopening and Los Angeles and San Diego school districts will be online-only in the fall. Dr. Anthony Fauci returned to the White House.
- Fracking Firms Fail, Rewarding Executives and Raising Climate Fears
Oil and gas companies are hurtling toward bankruptcy, raising fears that wells will be left leaking planet-warming pollutants, with cleanup costs left to taxpayers.
- Trump’s Health Officials Warn More Will Die as Covid Cases Rise
They struck a sober note on Sunday’s news programs, strongly urging the vast majority of people in hard-hit cities and states to wear masks and avoid large gatherings.
- Texas Hospital Says Man, 30, Died After Attending a ‘Covid Party’
Health experts have been skeptical that such parties occur, and details of this case could not be independently confirmed.
- Florida Tops U.S. Record With Over 15,000 New Cases
Florida set a single-day U.S. record with over 15,000 new cases. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pushes for U.S. schools to reopen.
- Louisiana Orders Bars Closed and Masks for Most
Trump wears a mask publicly for the first time. Disney World reopened, despite a surge in Florida. Thousands of Israelis protested the government’s handling of the economy.
- Grizzly Bears Around Yellowstone Can Stay on Endangered Species List, Court Rules
The decision by a federal appeals court protects about 700 bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from being hunted.
- Britain Gambles on a Bankrupt Satellite Operator, OneWeb
Pushed by Brexit, the U.K. government will have a platform to expand into the space business.
- A Rescue Plan for the Planet? Watch Our Debate Here.
A virtual event with eight speakers and one question: Has Covid-19 created a blueprint for combating climate change?
- Why We Still Don’t Know Enough About Covid-19 and Pregnancy
More than six months into the pandemic there’s still a lot we don’t know about how the coronavirus affects pregnant women and babies.
- Lockdowns Spared Millions of Animals From Becoming Roadkill, Researchers Say
The number of wild animals killed by vehicle traffic was down as much as 45 percent in Maine and 21 percent in California, according to a U.C. Davis report.
- She’s an Authority on Earth’s Past. Now, Her Focus Is the Planet’s Future.
The climate scientist Maureen Raymo is leading the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia. She has big plans for science, and diversity, too.
- Sutter Health’s Request to Delay $575 Million Settlement Is Denied
The large California hospital system wanted to postpone an agreement reached in a state antitrust case, as coronavirus cases rise.
- New Coronavirus Cases in U.S. Soar Past 68,000, Shattering Record
The number of daily global cases also broke a record, with the United States as the biggest source of new infections. The U.S. death toll is also on the rise.
- What Happens When You’re Disabled but Nobody Can Tell
The author and clinical psychologist Andrew Solomon examines the disabilities that ramps and reserved parking spots don’t address.
- NOAA Officials Feared Firings After Trump’s Hurricane Claims, Inspector General Says
The report found White House pressure led to NOAA’s rebuke of forecasters who contradicted Mr. Trump’s inaccurate claim that Hurricane Dorian would hit Alabama.
- The Coronavirus Can Be Airborne Indoors, W.H.O. Says
The agency also explained more directly that people without symptoms may spread the virus. The acknowledgments should have come sooner, some experts said.
- Northern Right Whales Are on the Brink, and Trump Could Be Their Last Hope
The species was declared critically endangered on Thursday, with fewer than 450 left.
- A Missed Warning About Silent Coronavirus Infections
Why an early scientific report of symptom-free cases went unheeded.
- Japan’s Deadly Combination: Climate Change and an Aging Society
Record-breaking rains this week in the country’s southernmost main island, which have killed 62, have shown the vulnerability of people living in nursing homes.
- U.S. Hits Another Record for New Coronavirus Cases
U.S. officials reported more than 59,880 cases on Thursday. Bolivia’s leader became Latin America’s third to be infected. The Malaysian police questioned Al Jazeera journalists over a documentary about the country’s lockdown.
- Who Gets a Vaccine First? U.S. Considers Race in Coronavirus Plans
When a vaccine hits the market, it will be a key tool in putting an end to the pandemic. A federal committee is debating giving early access to groups that face a high risk.
- Study of 17 Million Identifies Crucial Risk Factors for Coronavirus Deaths
The largest study yet confirms that race, ethnicity, age and sex can raise a person’s chances of dying from Covid-19.
- In Parched Southwest, Warm Spring Renews Threat of ‘Megadrought’
Rapid melting this year showed that good snowpack doesn’t necessarily translate into full reservoirs.
- New Red Algae Are Threatening Hawaii’s Coral Reefs, Scientists Say
The recently discovered species covers coral in a thick layer and suffocates it. Scientists don’t know where it came from.
- Counting the Infected
How The Times got access to a federal database of 1.5 million coronavirus cases — and what it revealed.
- At Least 5 States Set Single-Day Coronavirus Case Records
Tulsa’s top health official said the Trump rally last month may have contributed to a local surge in cases. A study in England provided more evidence of crucial risk factors for Covid-19 deaths.
- Is This the End of Oil and Gas Pipelines?
Defeats at three projects reflect increasingly sophisticated legal challenges, shifting economics and growing demands by states to fight climate change.