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  1. 2nd Manhattanhenge of 2024: When and Where to Watch
    After mediocre weather during the event’s first two nights in May, New Yorkers get another opportunity to celebrate longer days, warmer weather and epic summer sunsets.
  2. SpaceX Rocket Fails in Orbit
    The malfunction, the first since 2016, ended a streak of more than 300 successful launches for the Falcon 9 rocket.
  3. Chandra Observatory Captures Two Supernovas in (Slow) Motion
    For the 25th anniversary of the Chandra X-ray Observatory, NASA produced ghostly time-lapse videos of two centuries-old stellar explosions.
  4. NASA Europa Clipper Mission Imperiled by Chips on Spacecraft
    Transistors on the Europa Clipper spacecraft, scheduled to launch in October, may not be able to endure the harsh radiation around the planet Jupiter.
  5. Early Humans Left Africa Much Earlier Than Previously Thought
    Scientists have found evidence of several waves of migration by looking at the genetic signatures of human interbreeding with Neanderthals.
  6. A Mammoth DNA Discovery Helps Map an Ancient Genome in 3-D
    A “fossil chromosome” preserves the structure of a woolly mammoth’s genome — and offers a better grasp of how it once worked.
  7. NASA Says No Plan to Use SpaceX to Rescue Boeing Starliner Astronauts
    In a news conference from aboard the International Space Station, Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams said they had confidence in the troubled spacecraft to get them home.
  8. Watch Europe’s Launch of the Ariane 6 Rocket in Its Debut Mission
    Ariane 6 reached orbit on Tuesday. But a problem made the European Space Agency rocket deviate from its flight plan late in the mission.
  9. How Elon Musk and SpaceX Plan to Colonize Mars
    SpaceX employees are working on designs for a Martian city, including dome habitats and spacesuits, and researching whether humans can procreate off Earth. Mr. Musk has volunteered his sperm.
  10. No Contact America
    Encouraged on social media, many Americans are estranging themselves from their families as a therapeutic step.
  11. A Reporter Who Sees Meaning in the Stars
    As a science reporter, Katrina Miller covers the cosmos, innovations in physics, space exploration and more.
  12. 3 Presumed Bird Flu Cases Reported in Colorado
    The cases, which have yet to be confirmed, were identified in farmworkers culling infected birds. The risk to the public remains low, health officials said.
  13. Why Does a Routine Test of Newborns Reward ‘Pink’ Skin?
    The Apgar test grades infants in five areas, including skin tone. Babies of color score lower, and may be subjected to unnecessary treatment.
  14. The Sunrise Movement Calls on Biden to Step Aside
    The Sunrise Movement, expressing concern about the president’s ability to win re-election, said he should “pass the torch to a new nominee.”
  15. Climate Activists in New York Protest Citibank and Other Backers of Big Oil
    Amid soaring temperatures, hundreds of activists are staging boisterous blockades and solemn marches at banks and insurers that support fossil fuel projects.
  16. A.I. Helped to Spot a Copper Mining Bonanza in Zambia
    The deposit, in Zambia, could make billions for Silicon Valley, provide minerals for the energy transition and help the United States in its rivalry with China.
  17. Maxine Singer, Guiding Force at the Dawn of Biotechnology, Dies at 93
    A leading biochemist, she helped shape guidelines in the 1970s for genetic-engineering while calming public fears of a spread of deadly lab-made microbes.
  18. As Wildfire Season Starts, Heat Waves Challenge Containment Efforts
    Climate change is causing more fires to burn overnight, growing bigger, lasting longer and challenging the fire teams trying to control them.
  19. Doctors Use A.I. Chatbots to Help Fight Insurance Denials
    As health plans increasingly rely on technology to deny treatment, physicians are fighting back with chatbots that synthesize research and make the case.
  20. Centuries of Avalanches Are Stored in Tree Rings
    Discovering evidence of deadly deluges of snow from the past could help protect people on mountains around the world, researchers say.
  21. Sacklers Threatened with Lawsuits from States and Creditors for Purdue Pharma
    Legal maneuverings followed a Supreme Court ruling last month that denied the Sackler family immunity from liability over its role in the opioid crisis.
  22. Richard M. Goldstein, Who Helped Map the Cosmos, Dies at 97
    Using ground-based radars, he pioneered measurement techniques that scientists now use to chart geographical changes on Earth.
  23. Second Patient to Receive Pig Kidney Transplant Has Died
    Lisa Pisano, 54, lived with the organ for 47 days. She was the first patient to receive both a heart pump and an organ transplant, doctors said.
  24. Should You Hug a Sloth? Advocates Raise Concern Over Petting Zoos
    Spurred by social media, attractions where visitors interact with animals have surged. Advocates are sounding alarms.
  25. F.T.C. Slams Middlemen for High Drug Prices
    In a report, the regulator sharply criticized pharmacy benefit managers, a turnaround from its longstanding tolerance of their practices.
  26. To Protect Giant Sequoias, They Lit a Fire
    After thousands of sequoias were destroyed by extreme wildfires, tribes are conducting cultural burns.
  27. Children With Autism Carry Unique Gut Flora, Study Finds
    The research, which builds on previous work, eventually may lead to a more objective diagnostic tool, scientists said.
  28. Fearsome Sharks of Today Evolved When Ancient Oceans Got Hot
    More than 100 million years ago, scientists say, warming seas and reduced oxygen may have sent some sharks higher into the water column, where they evolved to be fierce and hungry.
  29. The Killer Stalking Sri Lanka’s Men
    Climate change and contaminated water have combined to create an epidemic of kidney disease.
  30. SpaceX’s Assault on a Fragile Habitat: Four Takeaways From Our Investigation
    The development of Elon Musk’s facility in South Texas did not play out as local officials were originally told it would.
  31. Wildlife Protections Take a Back Seat to Elon Musk’s Ambitions
    A New York Times investigation found that Elon Musk exploited federal agencies’ competing missions to achieve his goals for space travel.
  32. How SpaceX Is Harming Delicate Ecosystems
    On at least 19 occasions since 2019, SpaceX’s operations have caused fires, leaks and explosions near its launch site in Boca Chica, Texas. These incidents reflect a broader debate over how to balance technological and economic progress against protections of delicate ecosystems and local communities. The New York Times investigative reporter Eric Lipton explains.