Butterflies and the Salt of the Earth

Q&AThe insects love mud puddles.ImageCreditVictoria RobertsSometimes in the woods I come across a swarm of butterflies hovering over a patch of earth. Read more »

FogCam Is Signing Off in San Francisco

Long before streaming video, it captured images of campus life every 20 seconds.ImageTwo grad students at San Francisco State created the FogCam in the early days of the web and kept it going for 25 years. Read more »

Recurring Urinary Tract Infections Vex Readers

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Tripping on Broadway: A New Musical Explores LSD Use by Cary Grant and More

In a trippy turn of events, Lincoln Center Theater said Tuesday it would bring to Broadway a new musical exploring the use of LSD in the 1950s by three celebrated individuals.In the show’s first act, they try LSD separately — which really happened — while in the second act, they use it together — which did not. Read more »

Some Migratory Birds Sleep Better Than Others

TrilobitesThe weariest warblers are more likely to sleep with their heads tucked in — saving energy, but making them more vulnerable to predators.CreditCreditBernard Friel/Danita Delimont, via AlamyEvery spring, throngs of garden warblers make a treacherous, multiweek journey from their winter homes in Africa to their summer breeding grounds in Europe. Read more »

How to Survive a Hurricane as a Spider: Be Aggressive

The study, which looked at more than 200 colonies over roughly a dozen places in the paths of hurricanes, found that more aggressive spiders were more likely to survive once a storm had passed.Other colonies, however, are more combative and feature a higher ratio of aggressive female spiders. Read more »

Trump’s Rollback of Auto Pollution Rules Shows Signs of Disarray

ImageThe Trump administration’s proposal would significantly weaken President Barack Obama’s auto-emissions standards.But even as the White House was meeting with automakers, it was losing ground. Read more »

As Wildfires Get Worse, Insurers Pull Back From Riskiest Areas

Officials in California, Washington, Montana and Colorado are getting more complaints from people whose insurance companies have refused to renew their coverage.For the ZIP codes most affected by the wildfires in 2015 and 2017, the number of homeowners dropped by their insurance companies jumped 10 percent between 2017 and 2018. Read more »

The Mystery of the Himalayas’ Skeleton Lake Just Got Weirder

A new genetic study helps explain how they got there.CreditCreditAtish WaghwaseNestled in the Indian Himalayas, some 16,500 feet above sea level, sits Roopkund Lake. Read more »

A Supernova Was Hiding in Antarctica’s Snow

Science|A Supernova Was Hiding in Antarctica’s SnowTrilobitesResearchers melted and analyzed 1,100 pounds of snow from the region.They found traces of cosmic dust, some of it created by nearby stellar explosions. Read more »

An Archaeological Puzzle on the Danube

ImageThe Lepenski Vir archaeological museum site in Serbia.Boric, a fellow at Columbia University’s Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, said Lepenski Vir is more important than ever for research. Read more »

Planned Parenthood Refuses Federal Funds Over Abortion Restrictions

ImageA Coalition for Life staff member, near the entrance of a Planned Parenthood clinic in May, in Missouri.Over all, Planned Parenthood gets more Title X money than any single group, and it serves 40 percent of all Title X patients. Read more »

The Thick Gray Line: Forest Elephants Defend Against Climate Change

There are fewer than 100,000 forest elephants left in Africa; more than half of them are thought to live in Gabon.Should forest elephants disappear, scientists estimated, Central Africa’s rain forest will lose about three billion tons of carbon — the equivalent of France’s total CO2 emissions for 27 years. Read more »

Ebola Outbreak Spreads to 3rd Province in Eastern Congo

Africa|Ebola Outbreak Spreads to 3rd Province in Eastern CongoImageA motor taxi driver getting his hands washed at an Ebola screening station on the road between Butembo and Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, in July.CreditCreditJohn Wessels/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesKINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — Congo said on Friday that its yearlong Ebola outbreak had spread to a third province, with two new cases confirmed in the current outbreak, the second-largest in recorded history. Read more »

For ‘Diagnosis’ Show, Dr. Lisa Sanders Lets Times Readers Around the World Join in the Detective Work

Lisa Sanders, who writes the “Diagnosis” column for The Times, is now the subject of a Netflix show."Granted, the producers were trying to create an innovative show, for the first time asking the global audience of the popular column Dr. Read more »

She Studies Sea Snakes by the Seafloor

” ImageBlanche D’Anastasi, of James Cook University, studies sea snakes on Australia’s northwest coast.The sensilla of sea snakes are dome-shaped and protrude farther, possibly enabling them to detect vibrations underwater. Read more »

Liane Russell, Who Studied Radiation’s Effects on Embryos, Dies at 95

There she helped identify the harmful effects of radiation and chemicals on mice embryos and the genetic implications of such damage.In 2001, Oak Ridge dedicated a new lab to mouse research, naming it the William L. Read more »

U.S. Significantly Weakens Endangered Species Act

ImageA bald eagle, one of the Endangered Species Act’s success stories, near Castle Dale, Utah.The new rules would make it easier to remove a species from the endangered list and weaken protections for threatened species, the classification one step below endangered. Read more »

Should You Get a Scary UV Photo of Your Skin Damage?

)“I’m in the beauty industry so I feel I know I have a lot of skin damage,” said Jeanette Zinno, 33, a television personality who writes about cosmetics.”In the 1970s and ’80s UV photography was used mostly for scientific experiments, like to study bee pollination (insects, unlike humans, can see UV light, which guides them to nectar on flowers). Read more »

Donald Klein, Who Expanded the Psychiatric Toolbox, Dies at 90

His wife, Rachel Klein, said the cause was cardiopulmonary arrest.”Since psychiatric problems aren’t easily measured the way, for instance, a heart rate is, methods to gauge a medicine’s effects were needed. Read more »