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Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

Viruses attached to a fragment of a bacterial cell wall. “Viruses modulate the function and evolution of all living things,” scientists wrote last year. “But to what extent remains a mystery.”

Designing the Death of a Plastic

Designing the Death of a Plastic

A piece of plastic polymer about to be destroyed under ultraviolet light.

How the Ice Age Shaped New York

How the Ice Age Shaped New York

A view from Green-Wood Cemetery, near Battle Hill, which is Brooklyn’s highest spot.

Summer Solstice 2019: The Search for Life in the Galaxy

Summer Solstice 2019: The Search for Life in the Galaxy

An artist’s rendering of an Earthlike exoplanet orbiting another. Scientists haven’t been able to measure an exoplanet’s tilt yet, but some suspect that a planet’s tilt is key to supporting life.

All by Itself, the Humble Sweet Potato Colonized the World

All by Itself, the Humble Sweet Potato Colonized the World

The distribution of the sweet potato plant has baffled scientists. How could the plant arise from a wild ancestor in the Americas and wind up on islands across the Pacific?

Humans Are Spreading Deadly Bee Virus, Study Says

Humans Are Spreading Deadly Bee Virus, Study Says

A honeybee with pollen on its legs.

Two Urchins, Similar but Not

Two Urchins, Similar but Not

Many different species do similar things. The pencil sea urchin and green sea urchin, for example, are both grazers in the coastal waters of the Galapagos Islands.

In Australia, Arsonists May Have Wings

In Australia, Arsonists May Have Wings

A whistling kite hovering over Queensland, Australia. Whistling kites are the so-called “firehawks,” said to spread bush fires to drive out prey.

The Chambered Nautilus Is the Ocean’s Most Efficient Jet Engine

The Chambered Nautilus Is the Ocean’s Most Efficient Jet Engine

The chambered nautilus propels itself by sucking in and shooting out water, and uses far less energy to do it than other swimmers that use jet propulsion.

The Sounds That Haunted U.S. Diplomats in Cuba? Lovelorn Crickets, Scientists Say

The Sounds That Haunted U.S. Diplomats in Cuba? Lovelorn Crickets, Scientists Say

Scientists say a recording of disturbing sounds made by American diplomats in Cuba actually may be of a very loud cricket species.

Falcon Heavy, in a Roar of Thunder, Carries SpaceX’s Ambition Into Orbit

Falcon Heavy, in a Roar of Thunder, Carries SpaceX’s Ambition Into Orbit

The success of this launch gives SpaceX momentum to begin developing even larger rockets, which could help fulfill Elon Musk’s dream of sending people to Mars.

Did Juul Lure Teenagers and Get ‘Customers for Life’?

Did Juul Lure Teenagers and Get ‘Customers for Life’?

Juul is under federal investigation for marketing its discreet, flash-drive-resembling e-cigarette product to youth.

A Cold War Fought by Women

A Cold War Fought by Women

One of these outfits worn in Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt's study on female aggression provoked a sort of "mean girl" form of indirect aggression. The other attracted little notice at all.

Did Juul Lure Teenagers and Get ‘Customers for Life’?

Did Juul Lure Teenagers and Get ‘Customers for Life’?

Juul is under federal investigation for marketing its discreet, flash-drive-resembling e-cigarette product to youth.

The Rational Choices of Crack Addicts

The Rational Choices of Crack Addicts

Carl Hart, an associate professor at Columbia University, is the author of the book “High Price,” a mix of memoir and scientific research about drug addiction.

Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing

Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing

Orcas from pod J in Puget Sound just west of Seattle. The number of orcas in the area, listed as endangered since 2005, has dwindled to a 30-year low.


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