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‘Babushkas of Chernobyl’ Finds Life Thriving in Scarred Land

‘Babushkas of Chernobyl’ Finds Life Thriving in Scarred Land

From left, Hanna Zavorotnya, Maria Zagorna and Maria Shovkuta are among the women who chose to return to the Chernobyl exclusion zone after the 1986 nuclear accident.

Study Links Sleeplessness and False Confessions

Study Links Sleeplessness and False Confessions

An interrogation room in a police precinct in Harlem. Close to 20 percent of interrogations occur during normal sleep hours, midnight to 8 a.m., a new study notes.

A Rising Threat to Wildlife: Electrocution

A Rising Threat to Wildlife: Electrocution

A woman prayed over the bodies of two Asian elephants that were electrocuted in Siliguri, India.

Newly Discovered ‘Limb Pit’ Reveals Civil War Surgeons’ Bitter Choices

Newly Discovered ‘Limb Pit’ Reveals Civil War Surgeons’ Bitter Choices

A field technician excavating the remains of an amputated limb at Manassas National Battlefield Park in October 2015. The discovery of two nearly complete sets of soldiers’ remains, 11 partial limbs and other artifacts appeared to date to the Second Battle of Bull Run, which ended Aug. 30, 1862.

Science Tools Anyone Can Afford

Science Tools Anyone Can Afford

Manu Prakash with his mother, center, in India, where it was not long before he began showing an appetite for science.

‘Blood Moon’ Provides Dramatic Sights, and a Dose of Folklore

‘Blood Moon’ Provides Dramatic Sights, and a Dose of Folklore

The entire moon was in shadow for 103 minutes, about 15 minutes longer than the average eclipse, and was visible from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and parts of South America.

Some Birds Are Better Off With Weak Immune Systems

Some Birds Are Better Off With Weak Immune Systems

The tree pipit migrates to and from Africa and Europe each year.

New Form of Water, Both Liquid and Solid, Is ‘Really Strange’

New Form of Water, Both Liquid and Solid, Is ‘Really Strange’

Researchers used a laser pulse to study superionic water, which is simultaneously solid and liquid.

At Airports, a Misplaced Faith in Body Language

At Airports, a Misplaced Faith in Body Language

Transportation Security Administration employees at work. The agency employs thousands of officers who try to spot suspicious passengers.

F.D.A. to Expand Medication-Assisted Therapy for Opioid Addicts

F.D.A. to Expand Medication-Assisted Therapy for Opioid Addicts

Alex M. Azar II, the secretary of health and human services, speaking to the National Governors Association on Saturday in Washington. The Trump administration wants to expand access to so-called medication-assisted treatment for combating opioid addiction.

Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun

Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun

Sweltering temperatures on the surface of Earth’s northern hemisphere notwithstanding, the sun and Earth are currently three million miles farther from each other than when they’re closest.

Space Station Could Be Split to Aid Privatization, New NASA Chief Says

Space Station Could Be Split to Aid Privatization, New NASA Chief Says

Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, said President Trump’s budget proposal put the agency’s efforts to privatize the International Space Station “on steroids.”

Last March of the ‘Wooden Elephants’: Africa’s Ancient Baobabs Are Dying

Last March of the ‘Wooden Elephants’: Africa’s Ancient Baobabs Are Dying

A baobab tree at Epupa Falls in Namibia. Researchers suspect that Africa's "wooden elephants" are succumbing to prolonged droughts and increasing temperatures, which are parching the trees, leaving them unable to support the weight of their massive trunks.

Drones Spy Caribou on a Treacherous, Icy Crossing

Drones Spy Caribou on a Treacherous, Icy Crossing

Caribou from the Dolphin and Union population during a crossing to the Canadian mainland.

Discovery, Guided by Morality

Discovery, Guided by Morality

Elan Ohayon and his wife, Ann Lam, who is holding their daughter, at a meeting with student researchers at the Green Neuroscience Laboratory.


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