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This Elusive Creature Wasn’t Seen for Nearly 30 Years. Then It Appeared on Camera.

By interviewing people who live around a forest in Vietnam, scientists captured visual evidence that silver-backed chevrotains still exist.

Ultra-Black Is the New Black

Scientists are setting dark traps from which light cannot escape. But nature already has built a few of her own.

Getting a Handle on Self-Harm

Cutting and other forms of self-injury are on the rise among adolescents. Researchers are beginning to understand the phenomenon, and how to treat it.

Planet Mercury passes across the face of the Sun

Astronomers are observing a rare event, a transit of the planet Mercury.

Bloodhound diary: Racing at over 500mph

Land speed record holder Andy Green finally gets to drive the Bloodhound car across the Kalahari.

SpaceX to Launch 60 More Starlink Satellites

As the company presses ahead with its project to launch tens of thousands of satellites for internet service from space, astronomers fear “the night sky will never be the same.”

Bird of the Year: Rare anti-social penguin wins New Zealand poll

The rare hoiho becomes the first penguin to take the title, after two weeks of "memes and trash-talk".

How to Watch Mercury Transit the Sun Today

Viewers on the East and West Coasts of the U.S. can see part or all of the eclipse-like event, but not with the naked eye.

Climate change: Speed limits for ships can have 'massive' benefits

Cutting the speed of ships by 20% can benefit health, protect whales and limit warming, say campaigners.

Durwood Zaelke: How your air conditioning could help to save the planet

The man behind one of the most successful climate treaties ever thinks he has a way to cool the Earth.

Navy Submarine, Missing for 75 Years, Is Found Off Okinawa

Private explorers found the U.S.S. Grayback beneath 1,400 feet of water after realizing that a mistranslated Japanese war record had pointed searchers in the wrong direction.

Climate change: Airlines accused of 'putting profit before planet'

A British Airways insider says the industry deliberately fills planes with extra fuel to save costs.

The Bacterial Surprise in This Bird’s Smell

The bacteria in a bird's microbiome seems to play an important role in the odoriferous messages it sends to other birds.

Experts Back Mandatory Bike Helmets but Not All Cyclists Are Sold

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended that helmets be required for bicyclists but some biking enthusiasts object.

How Did a Virus From the Atlantic Infect Mammals in the Pacific?

Thawing sea ice may have opened the door, allowing the infection to cross oceans, a new study suggests.

Bloodhound land speed car will be back racing next week

Engineers think they understand why a heat sensor has been playing up on the superfast desert vehicle.

This Is What Climate Change Sounds Like

Scientists and artists hope the emotional power of music will help move people to act on the climate crisis.

Interior Chief’s Lobbying Past Has Challenged the Agency’s Ethics Referees

Since his arrival at the Interior Department, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has shown a willingness to press ethics lawyers for decisions that help his agenda.

NASA unveils its first electric airplane - a work in progress

NASA, most prominent for its many Florida-launched exploits into space, showcased an early version of its first all-electric experimental aircraft, the X-57 "Maxwell," on Friday at its lesser-known aeronautics lab in the California desert.

Hospital Identifies Source of Infections That Killed 3 Infants

Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., said the process it used to prepare donor breast milk was the cause of deadly bacterial infections.

Norman Myers Dies at 85; Sounded Early Alarm on Environment

He lobbied governments and wrote books, papers and articles to alert the public to looming disasters like mass extinction well before they were common knowledge.

Heat sensor frustrates Bloodhound land speed car

The British supercar cuts short its latest run because of temperature concerns but still clocks 481mph.

Who Owns H.I.V.-Prevention Drugs? The Taxpayers, U.S. Says

In an unexpected lawsuit, federal officials claim that Gilead Sciences willfully disregarded government patents on medicines necessary to end the AIDS epidemic.

Climate change: Sea ice loss linked to spread of deadly virus

Scientists say the decline of Arctic sea ice is connected to the spread of disease among marine mammals.

Trump Administration Makes It Easier to Dredge Protected Areas to Restore Beaches

The change reverses a 25-year-old policy, allowing coastal communities to take sand from protected ecosystems to rebuild beaches washed away by hurricanes.

Hurricane Tweet That Angered Trump Wasn’t About Trump, Forecasters Say

Meteorologists were addressing public concern, not the president's tweets, when they assured Alabamians that a hurricane would not hit them, according to new documents.

Teenager Wins $25,000 for Science Project That Solves Blind Spots in Cars

Alaina Gassler, 14, got the idea for her science project after noticing how her mother didn’t like driving the family’s S.U.V.

Boston Dynamics boss learned by unbalancing toddler

Marc Raibert tells BBC News he nudged his daughter over just to work out how people balance.

Taking a Different Approach to Fighting Climate Change

The research of Narasimha Rao, a Yale professor, shows that reducing inequality could improve our ability to mitigate some of the worst effects on the environment.

E.P.A. Watchdog, Citing ‘Open Defiance’ of Inquiries, Rebukes Top Agency Aide

The agency's inspector general assailed the official for refusing to cooperate, calling his actions a “flagrant problem.”