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Why Some People Get Terribly Sick from COVID-19

You might have a sniffle and be done. You might run a fever with a cough and unshakable fatigue for five days—or 10. Or you might end up in a…

Mystery of Interstellar Visitor ‘Oumuamua Gets Trickier

‘Oumuamua—a mysterious, interstellar object that crashed through our solar system two years ago—might in fact be alien technology. That’s because an alternative, non-alien explanation might be fatally flawed, as a…

Scientists harvest eggs from near-extinct northern white rhino

NAIROBI – Scientists racing to save the northern white rhino from extinction have harvested 10 more eggs from the last two females alive, which they hope will help create viable…

What Changed–and What Didn’t–in Democrats’ Climate Platform

Democrats released their strongest climate platform in history, but any celebration from the left was soured by news that party officials had removed a provision that called for an end…

A ‘dent’ in Earth’s magnetic field puzzles scientists

Scientists are keeping a close eye on a growing “dent” in Earth’s magnetic field over a swath of the Atlantic Ocean that stretches from South Africa westward into Brazil. In…

Cows with Eye Images Keep Predators in Arrears

Butterflies, fish and frogs sport rear-end eyespots that reduce predation. Painting eye markings on cows similarly seems to ward off predators.

Latif Nasser, Harvard Ph.D., on the Rewards of Being Dumb

Latif Nasser’s new Netflix series, “Connected,” was only two days old when he and his wife headed to the hospital to have a baby. Add a pandemic to the mix…

Asteroid Makes the Closest Earth Flyby a Space Rock Has Ever Survived

A newly discovered car-sized asteroid just made the closest-known flyby to Earth without hitting our planet. On Sunday (Aug. 16), the asteroid, initially labeled ZTF0DxQ and now formally known to astronomers as 2020 QG, swooped…

Three Ways to Fix Toxic Policing

It was not just a knee pinned to George Floyd’s neck that killed him. Or gunshots that killed Breonna Taylor. Or a chokehold that killed Eric Garner. It was also…

The First Subway in New York City Was a Cylindrical Car Pushed by Air

In downtown New York, mysterious deliveries of heavy equipment were arriving at the Devlin & Co. clothing store on Warren Street and Broadway. In the middle of the night, metal…