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NASA Mars Helicopter Makes One-Way Flight to New Mission

Ingenuity has flown almost flawlessly through the red planet’s thin air and will now assist the science mission of the Perseverance rover.

You Can Run From Archaeology, but You Can’t Hide

Plus: A plummeting rocket, a superstar ant, staff recommendations and more in the Friday edition of the Science Times newsletter.

In Covid Vaccine Data, L.G.B.T.Q. People Fear Invisibility

Few states collect sexual orientation or gender identity data, so no one knows how many people in some communities are getting vaccinated.

Meet the Other Social Influencers of the Animal Kingdom

Culture, once considered exclusive to humans, turns out to be widespread in nature.

A Giant Wood Moth Surfaced at an Australian School

A giant wood moth, the heaviest of all known moths, appeared on the side of a school building in Queensland, Australia, enthralling students who are used to diverse wildlife.

Rare fish set for return to River Severn breeding grounds

One of the UK's rarest fish is set to benefit from a conservation project to unlock the River Severn.

Long March 5B, a Chinese Rocket, Expected to Tumble Back to Earth

The chances of it hitting a populated area are small, but not zero. That has raised questions about how the country’s space program designs its missions.

Biden Promises to ‘Build Back Better.’ Some Climate Experts See Trouble.

Critics say the administration hasn’t defined a clear climate resilience strategy and has been slow to fill key jobs to coordinate that work.

Cutting methane gas 'crucial for climate fight'

Reducing methane emissions needs to play a much more important role in tackling global warming.

India Covid: Is the second wave slowing down?

There are signs infections have slowed in some regions - but is India past the worst?

Why Grumpy Dogs Outperform Friendly Ones on Some Learning Tests

Dogs that would not be the first choice of many pet owners do better than some of the more agreeable fellows when they have to learn from a stranger.

Grumpy Dogs Outperform the Friendlies on Some Learning Tests

Dogs that would not be the first choice of many pet owners do better than some of the more agreeable fellows when they have to learn from a stranger.

Watch SpaceX Launch Starship, Its Mars and Moon Rocket Prototype

The vehicle, known as Starship, will complete its latest high-altitude test flight, with the hope that it will end up on the ground in one piece.

Moderna Booster Effective Against Some Variants, Study Suggests

A booster, administered six to eight months after the initial vaccination, increased the level of antibodies against variants first identified in South Africa and Brazil.

Giant Bidens, Tiny Carters: A Look at Photographic Distortion

A picture of two presidents and first ladies led to many Hobbit jokes online. We explain what happened.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Incredibly Effective Against Severe Disease Caused by Two Variants, Study Says.

It does not entirely prevent infection by those variants but it does protect against death and the most potentially serious outcomes.

Flat Pasta That Turns Into 3-D Shapes — Just Add Boiling Water

The engineers are in the kitchen, again.

Income inequality 'drives global wildlife trade'

Some 420 million wild animals have been traded in 226 nations over two decades, new data suggests.

The Earliest Human Burial in Africa

A child laid to rest in 78,000 years ago, yields clues to early human burials in East Africa.

Emissions Cuts Could Halve the Impact of Melting Ice on Oceans

A new study said that limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius could reduce sea level rise from melting ice sheets from about 10 inches to about five by 2100.

Ancient child grave was Africa's earliest funeral

A young child buried in a cave 78,000 years ago is the earliest known funeral in Africa.

Eta Aquariids Meteor Shower: How and When to Watch

Meteor showers can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a glimpse.

This New Covid Vaccine Could Bring Hope to the Unvaccinated World

The German company CureVac hopes its RNA vaccine will rival those made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech. It could be ready next month.

Mary Rose crew was ethnically diverse, study finds

A study suggests members may have come from southern European coasts, Iberia, and North Africa.

Global Vaccine Crisis Sends Ominous Signal for Fighting Climate Change

The gap between rich and poor countries on vaccinations highlights the failure of richer nations to see it in their self-interest to urgently help poorer ones fight a shared crisis.

Norwich peregrine falcons caught in battle with red kite

The peregrines distract and dive-bomb the kite to protect their chicks in their cathedral nest.

Climate change: Promises will mean rise of 2.4C - study

Recent climate change pledges bring the world a fraction closer to Paris goals, analysis suggests.

Life and Death on Stromboli Volcano, Lighthouse of the Mediterranean

Stromboli’s volcano is always active, always at the brink of devastating paroxysms. For those who visit the island as tourists or scientists, it is a spectacle like no other.

A Deadly New Risk for U.S. Cities: Power Failures During Heat Waves

The author of a new study said the combination of blackouts and extreme heat “may be the deadliest climate-related event we can imagine.”

Helen Murray Free Dies at 98; Chemist Developed Diabetes Test

She and her husband invented a dip-and-read paper strip that greatly simplified the diagnosis of the disease and paved the way for home test kits.