How to Stop a Disease From Crossing Borders

Nancy Knight, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Global Health Protection.’s Field Epidemiology Training Program, training “disease detectives” to identify diseases and how to respond to them. Read more »

What’s the World’s Worst Smell?

Science|What’s the World’s Worst Smell?The resulting formula, which she called “Stench Soup,” may well be the worst smell ever created. Read more »

Watch Mars Disappear Behind the Moon in the Early Morning Sky

Science|Watch Mars Disappear Behind the Moon in the Early Morning SkyIn what is known as an occultation, Mars will briefly be blocked by the moon on Tuesday morning.Look to the sky early on Tuesday, and the crescent moon will make Mars disappear. Read more »

Ink Rx? Welcome to the World of Paramedical Tattoos

Eric Catalano, a tattoo artist in Illinois who specializes in paramedical tattoos., Feleshia Sams trains students in paramedical tattoos, showing them how to cover stretch marks, surgery scars and discolored skin. Read more »

She Didn’t Want a Pelvic Exam. She Received One Anyway.

Before the procedure, she told her physician that she did not want medical students to be directly involved.“What pelvic exam? Read more »

Coronavirus Updates: Cruise Ship Passengers, Some Infected, Flown Back to U.S.

ETVideotranscriptAmericans Heading From Cruise Ship to QuarantineMore than 300 Americans were evacuated from a contaminated cruise ship in Japan.Fourteen of them tested positive for the coronavirus and will be placed in isolation in the United States. Read more »

U.S. Passengers Prepare to Evacuate From Cruise Ship in Japan

A bus arriving at the cruise ship Diamond Princess, where dozens of passengers were tested positive for coronavirus, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama.The United States Embassy in Japan had recommended that American citizens stay aboard the ship during a 14-day quarantine period. Read more »

Rajendra Pachauri, 79, Dies; Led Nobel-Winning Climate Agency

As chairman of the United Nations’ climate science panel, he worked to make the risks of global warning known.”The panel’s reports have detailed the overwhelming scientific evidence in support of climate change. Read more »

The Further Adventures of Betelgeuse, the Fainting Star

Science|The Further Adventures of Betelgeuse, the Fainting StarOut ThereThe red supergiant is no closer to exploding, it seems.VideoObservations by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in January and December 2019 reveal the fading of the star Betelgeuse, and changes to its shape. Read more »

Days After Cruise Ship Passengers Disembarked in Cambodia, One Tests Positive for Virus

ETAn American woman who disembarked from a cruise ship in Cambodia last week has twice tested positive for the coronavirus since flying on to Malaysia, officials in that country said on Sunday.Six of the passengers were in Malaysia under surveillance awaiting results of coronavirus tests, officials said. Read more »

France Confirms First Death in Europe From Coronavirus

Though fewer than 50 cases of the coronavirus have been reported across Europe, the outbreak is beginning to have a slowing effect on the Continent’s economies.ETLONDON — A Chinese tourist has died in France of the coronavirus, the French health minister said on Saturday, becoming the outbreak’s first fatality in Europe and outside Asia. Read more »

George Coyne, 87, Vatican Astronomer and Galileo Defender, Dies

While seeking to reconcile science and religion, Father Coyne also vigorously supported Darwin and challenged believers in intelligent design.During Father Coyne’s tenure, the Vatican publicly acknowledged that Galileo and Darwin might have been correct. Read more »

Some Assisted-Living Residents Don’t Get Promised Care, Suit Charges

“People pay more, but they’re not getting more care,” Ms.Stebner said. Read more »

The End of Australia as We Know It

The conservative government is still playing down the role of climate change, despite polls showing public anger hitting feverish levels.Before the fires peaked last month, she and I had often spoken in dry terms about Australia and climate change policy. Read more »

From Dubai to Mars, With Stops in Colorado and Japan

The United Arab Emirates used a novel approach to build the Hope spacecraft, which launches for the red planet this summer., who also leads the science portion of the Mars mission. Read more »

U.S. Says It Will Evacuate Americans From Cruise Ship

More than 200 coronavirus cases have been confirmed on the ship since it was quarantined last week.Most of the new cases and deaths were reported in Hubei Province, the epicenter of the epidemic. Read more »

Coronavirus Live Updates: After Hundreds Leave Cruise Ship, American Passenger Tests Positive

Heng Sinith/Associated PressAfter hundreds disembarked from a cruise ship, an American tested positive for coronavirus.Six of the passengers were in Malaysia under surveillance awaiting results of coronavirus tests, officials said. Read more »

U.S. Supports Aid to North Korea for Fighting the Coronavirus

This week, the Red Cross called for a sanctions exemption that would let it transfer money to its office in North Korea, describing it as “a lifesaving intervention.So far, North Korea has said nothing about how many people it may have quarantined or tested for the virus. Read more »

You Didn’t Touch These Jellyfish, but They Can Sting You With Tiny Grenades

Science|You Didn’t Touch These Jellyfish, but They Can Sting You With Tiny GrenadesTrilobitesThe upside-down jellyfish is mostly stationary, so it evolved self-propelling cells that can swim over and sting you on its behalf.One aquarist told her he had repeatedly replaced the heater in an upside-down jellyfish tank, assuming a faulty wire was shocking him. Read more »

Here Lies the Skull of Pliny the Elder, Maybe

Some scientists believe that this skull, on view at the Museo Storico Nazionale Dell’Arte Sanitaria in Rome, once held the brain of Pliny the Elder.“It is very likely that the skull is Pliny, but we cannot have 100 percent security,” he said. Read more »