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Some Frogs May Be Developing a Chytrid Fungus Resistance

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 1:00pm
Certain frog species are rebounding after a fungal invasion, probably not because the fungus got any less deadly—the frogs may be evolving to resist the pathogen.

The Tricky Ethics of the NFL Sharing Troves of Player Data

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 7:00am
The NFL will start sharing RFID data on its players with every team—opening up questions about the ethics of analytics in the game.

NASA's New Parker Probe Will Skim the Sun's Surface

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:51pm
Engineers hope a special heat shield will keep the craft cool while it collects space weather info.

The Case of the Missing Dark Matter

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 12:00pm
Physicists have discovered a galaxy 65 million light years away with so little dark matter that it may contain none at all.

Model How Light Reflects Off a Mirror With Python

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 9:00am
Anything you can do with a pencil and paper is worth doing in code.

Why Climate Change Skeptics Are Backing Geoengineering

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 7:00am
Under the Trump administration, untested, privately funded projects to manipulate the climate have been gaining unprecedented momentum.

How a Store of Rhino Semen Could Save the Species

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 7:00am
Thomas Hildebrandt has been collecting samples from the white rhinoceros with colleagues for about 15 years.

How Cannabis Tech Can Help Build a Better Cup of Coffee

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 6:00am
Clean, tasty coffee that begins life in a lab takes a cue from the cultivation of marijuana.

Women May Have an Alternative to Freezing Their Eggs

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 5:00am
To stave off what's called "anticipated gamete exhaustion," would-be moms could freeze their ovarian tissue and have it re-implanted it later.

Sophisticated Tools Lead to Breakthroughs in Prenatal Surgery

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 5:00am
Modified instruments have led to fewer preterm deliveries and C-sections for mothers, and these surgeries have helped improve survival rates for infants.

The Science Behind Antiaging Methods

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 5:00am
As researchers begin to understand how aging works at a molecular level, there’s a glint of promise—and oodles of hype—in new life-­extension treatments.

How Kids Can Use 'Screen Time' to Their Advantage

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 5:00am
Developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik wants us to take a deep breath—and focus on the quality, not quantity, of the time kids use tech.

An Alternative to Burial and Cremation for Corpse Disposal

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 5:00am
Alkaline hydrolysis is a clean, green method for dissolving a body into its chemical building blocks; the runny remains just wash down the drain.

What Are Screens Doing to Our Eyes—and Our Ability to See?

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 5:00am
Our eyes are hardening; we can barely see our phones any more. We must learn to look at the wider world.

A Baby's Battle for Survival Tests How Far Neonatal Medicine Has Come

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 5:00am
Thanks to advances in neonatal care, Baby Boy Green joined a generation of premature babies whose survival would have been unimaginable a generation ago.

Science Is Getting Us Closer to the End of Infertility

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 5:00am
In an era of artificial eggs and Crispr, anyone could become a biological parent to the healthiest baby.

How Synthetic Biology Will Help Me Live Forever

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 5:00am
Researchers want to synthesize an optimized human genome that can be stored indefinitely and grown decades from now. So I volunteered mine.

How Science Is Solving Health Issues at All Stages of Life

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 5:00am
From allergies to Alzheimer's, here are some big ones science and tech are helping to solve.

Telomeres Are the New Cholesterol. Now What?

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 5:00am
The caplike segments at the ends of your chromosomes are a sort of aging biomarker. Long, you've got a while. Short, don't buy any green bananas. But what do we do with that information?

You Know Who's Really Addicted to Their Phones? The Olds.

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 5:00am
Millennials have gotten a bad rap. Graying Gen Xers are the ones who can't get their faces out of their screens.