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Polar scientists wary of impending satellite gap

The key missions recording the loss of thickness in glaciers and sea-ice won't last the decade.

Surprise discovery of rare plant at Norfolk 'ghost pond'

A rare wetland plant has reappeared after not being seen for more than a century.

E.P.A.’s Final Deregulatory Rush Runs Into Open Staff Resistance

As President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency rushes to complete its regulatory rollbacks, agency staff, emboldened by the Biden victory, moves to stand in the way.

Invasive quagga mussel found at Rutland Water and River Trent

Non-native quagga mussels, which can block pipes, have been discovered in the East Midlands.

They Beat Back the Virus (Again and Again and Again)

Hard-to-trace clusters, along with pandemic fatigue, have forced officials in Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan to keep recalibrating their responses.

AI 'doctor's assistant' among projects given £20m

The UK government awards £20m to 15 artificial intelligence research projects.

The Coronavirus Won't Stop Evolving When the Vaccine Arrives

The coronavirus is not a shape shifter like the flu virus, but it could become vaccine resistant over time. That prompts researchers to urge vigilance.

The Coronavirus Won't Stop Evolving When the Vaccine Arrives

The coronavirus is not a shape shifter like the flu virus, but it could become vaccine resistant over time. That prompts researchers to urge vigilance.

Dr. Mary Fowkes, 66, Dies; Helped Science Understand the Pandemic

She performed autopsies at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York that found blood clots in vital organs, suggesting how much the virus spreads through the body.

Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine 'dose error' explained

Some trial volunteers were given shots half the planned strength, so how does that affect the results?

Their Teeth Fell Out. Was It Another Covid-19 Consequence?

People who already have dental problems may see them aggravated by encounters with the coronavirus, some experts suggest.

Illegal Tampering by Diesel Pickup Owners Is Worsening Pollution, E.P.A. Says

An E.P.A. investigation has found that the owners of more than half a million diesel pickup trucks have installed devices to defeat emissions controls and boost pollution.

Hawaii’s Freshwater Leaks to the Ocean Through Underground Rivers

If the water could be pumped to the surface, it could help alleviate shortages on the island.

Spending review 'undermines UK green vision'

The UK chancellor's spending review is accused of undermining the prime minister’s “green” vision.

Permit Denied for Alaskan Mine Project

The Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the proposed Pebble Mine project, saying it was “contrary to the public interest.”

Is It Safe to Fly During the Pandemic? Answers From the Experts

Studies suggest that flying is a relatively lower-risk activity, and millions are traveling by plane over the holidays. But the picture is not complete. Here’s what the science says about mitigating exposure.

The African Crested Rat Covers Itself With Poison That Can Take Out an Elephant

The African crested rat gnaws on poisonous tree branches, then grooms its noxious spittle into its fur.

Nasa 'megarocket' assembly begins in Florida

Nasa has stacked the first pieces of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket at Florida's Kennedy Space Center.

Outdoor Heaters Seem Like a Huge Waste. Are They Really?

Here are facts about heaters (for outside and inside) and climate change.

How sunshine can make the railways greener

The railways in the UK, Australia and India getting power from the sun in different ways.

Harrabin: Now will the Treasury go green?

As Boris Johnson is driving UK emissions down, is his chancellor preparing to drive them back up?

Early Coronavirus Mutation Made It Harder to Stop, Evidence Suggests

Scientists were initially skeptical that a mutation made the coronavirus more contagious. But new research has changed many of their minds.

Need a Hypothesis? This A.I. Has One

Slowly, machine-learning systems are beginning to generate ideas, not just test them.

How Archaeologists Are Using Deep Learning to Dig Deeper

Trawling ancient history with neural nets.

My Name Is GPT-3 and I Approved This Article

The latest natural-language system generates tweets, pens poetry, summarizes emails, answers trivia questions, translates languages and even writes its own computer programs.

Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First

They can’t detect all conflicts, but new computer programs serve as guard rails when scientists and publishers fail to self-police.

With John Kerry Pick, Biden Selects a ‘Climate Envoy’ With Stature

Mr. Biden said he would name Mr. Kerry to a cabinet-level climate post, giving him the job of persuading global leaders that the United States is prepared to resume a leadership role.

G.M. Drops Its Support for Trump Climate Rollbacks and Aligns With Biden

General Motors said it would no longer back President Trump’s lawsuit seeking to strip California of the power to set fuel economy standards.

Small Social Gatherings Aren’t Driving the Virus Surge (So Far)

Yes, the coronavirus can be spread over cocktails and dinners. But these get-togethers do not account for the huge rise in cases seen now, the data show.