Bubble Subs Arise, Opening Eyes to the Deep Sea

”Three-plus decades later, bubble craft have gone mainstream, and thousands of people are experiencing that deep-sea vista.“They keep reaching deeper and deeper,” said Will Kohnen, who tracks development of bubble craft for the Marine Technology Society, a professional group. Read more »

Will Science Ever Give Us a Better Night’s Sleep?

Yet our best guesses about what those benefits are tend to come from observing what happens when sleep is curtailed.One way to elucidate it would be to find genes that govern how long or deeply people sleep and observe where those genes are active. Read more »

California to Stop Buying From Automakers That Backed Trump on Emissions

WASHINGTON — California’s government has hit back at automakers that sided with President Trump over the state on fuel efficiency standards, saying Sacramento will halt all purchases of new vehicles from General Motors, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and other automakers that backed stripping California of its authority to regulate tailpipe emissions.Going forward, California’s state agencies will chiefly purchase cars from Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW. Read more »

Science Was Her Lifeline. Now She Helps Other Girls Discover It.

The STEM summer camp that Sabina London began in high school has grown to serve 17 states.In 2014 she began a summer science program for young girls. Read more »

Something in the Man’s Bed Was Making Him Sick

Health|Something in the Man’s Bed Was Making Him SickTrilobites“Lung diseases can be really difficult to diagnose,” said one pulmonologist, who added that pinpointing causes is often challenging.The verdict on the patient’s condition was that he had feather duvet lung, a subset of hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Read more »

As Climate Risk Grows, Cities Test a Tough Strategy: Saying ‘No’ to Developers

Lawmakers in Virginia Beach stymied new development on marshland near the neighborhood of Princess Anne Quarters, triggering a battle with home builders.This past May, a judge ruled that Virginia Beach was within its rights to stop the development. Read more »

Trump Retreats From Flavor Ban for E-Cigarettes

President Trump discussed a ban on most flavored e-cigarettes in the Oval Office in September with Alex M.Even a watered-down ban on flavored e-cigarettes that exempted menthol, which was widely expected, appears to have been set aside, for now. Read more »

2 Arkansas Chemistry Professors Face Charges of Making Meth

|2 Arkansas Chemistry Professors Face Charges of Making MethThe arrests called to mind the wildly popular television series “Breaking Bad.series “Breaking Bad”: The authorities charged two chemistry professors in Arkansas on Friday in connection with the production of methamphetamine. Read more »

Millions of Ibises Were Mummified. But Where Did Ancient Egypt Get Them?

Science|Millions of Ibises Were Mummified.For example: Where did Egypt get the millions — yes, millions — of African sacred ibises that they mummified as offerings to the god Thoth? Read more »

Leonids Meteor Shower Will Peak in Night Skies

Science|Leonids Meteor Shower Will Peak in Night SkiesA meteor from the Leonids streaking through the sky, seen between the arms of a cactus in Tucson, Ariz.]Where meteor showers come fromIf you spot a meteor shower, what you’re usually seeing is an icy comet’s leftovers that crash into Earth’s atmosphere. Read more »

Surgery for Blocked Arteries Is Often Unwarranted, Researchers Find

“You would think that if you fix the blockage the patient will feel better or do better,” said Dr.Previous studies did not adequately control for risk factors, like LDL cholesterol, that might have affected outcomes, said Dr. Read more »

How Narwhal the ‘Unicorn’ Puppy May Have Grown a Tail on His Head

Tyler Graef/The Southeast Missourian, via Associated PressA puppy with a tail on his face gained viral fame this week.But instead of a tusk, Narwhal the puppy has a miniature tail flopping between his eyes. Read more »

Germany Mandates Measles Vaccine - The New York Times

A child receiving a measles vaccine in Munich in May.Outbreaks of the disease have been on the rise globally, and health officials in Germany have recorded 501 cases this year. Read more »

Apple’s Reach Reshapes Medical Research

Together, the studies, which Apple is paying for, show how the Silicon Valley giant and its popular products are reshaping medical research.Many studies also follow patients only intermittently, in periodic surveys and visits to hospitals. Read more »

Infants and Toddlers Eat Too Much Sugar, Researchers Say

Science|Infants and Toddlers Eat Too Much Sugar, Researchers SayUsing C.data, researchers found that 98 percent of toddlers and 60 percent of infants consumed added sugar in sweetened drinks, baked goods and snacks. Read more »

A Black Hole Threw a Star Out of the Milky Way Galaxy

Science|A Black Hole Threw a Star Out of the Milky Way GalaxyOut There So long, S5-HVS1, we hardly knew you.An artist’s impression of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way hurling a star called S5-HVS1 from the galaxy’s center at a speed of four million miles per hour. Read more »

Hibernation Works for Bears. Could It Work for Us, Too?

In studying grizzly bears, researchers at Washington State University found that the bears’ fatty tissues changed the most during hibernation.“Even when they are very fat, it’s a healthy obesity,” said Brian Barnes, who studies black bear hibernation in Alaska. Read more »

How Did Plants Conquer Land? These Humble Algae Hold Clues

On Thursday, researchers published the genomes of two algae that are among the closest known living relatives of land plants.Scientists have long wondered which freshwater algae gave rise to land plants, and how they managed what no other lineage did. Read more »

Dr. Wayne Bardin, 85, Innovative Researcher on Birth Control, Dies

“As much as he respected basic research, Dr.Seeking a successor to Norplant, Dr. Read more »

A 9-Year-Old Is About to Get a University Degree. He Has #Giganticplans.

Europe|A 9-Year-Old Is About to Get a University Degree.Outside of school, his father said, Laurent Simons is like any child of his age. Read more »