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Science & Health

News and updates from the health and science team. Topics include genetics, infectious disease, psychology, and more.

New York just passed the most ambitious climate target in the country

Breakups really suck, even if you’re a fish

The worst part of a heat wave is when it doesn’t cool off at night

Astronaut ice cream is a lie.
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Astronaut ice cream is a lie

What would alien life mean for Catholicism? The Vatican’s chief astronomer explains.

America is warming fast. See how your city’s weather will be different in just one generation.

Here’s how much the winters and summers in the city closest to you may change in about 30 years.

What can be done right now to stop a basic source of health care fraud

Health insurers make it easy for scammers to steal millions. Who pays? You.

Humans landed on the moon 50 years ago, and it’s still freaking awesome

Scientists are grappling with our biggest limitation in spaceflight: our own bodies

Elon Musk reveals his plan to link your brain to your smartphone

New data shows drug overdose deaths fell in 2018. But there’s a big catch.

The WHO finally declared a public health emergency over Ebola

Meet Margaret Hamilton, the badass '60s programmer who saved the moon landing

The hasty plan to get Americans back on the moon by 2024, explained

Going back to the moon could cost $30 billion. It might be worth it.

Trump’s plan to take wolves off the endangered species list is deeply flawed

Why Barry dropped much less rain on the Gulf coast than forecasters expected

Nearly all Americans fail to eat enough of this actual superfood

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How Apollo moon rocks reveal the epic history of the cosmos

Lunar samples are a time capsule. Scientists say we should go back for more.

Tropical Storm Barry: where the storm is and where it’s heading

Apollo astronauts left their poop on the moon. We gotta go back for that shit.

Louisiana may get hit by a hurricane this weekend. New Orleans is already flooded.

Teens are increasingly depressed, anxious, and suicidal. How can we help?

The climate change policy with the most potential is the most neglected

The war to free science

Scientists claim they’ve found the oldest human remains outside of Africa

Vaping may be more dangerous than we realized

Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s first novel is about divorce in the age of Tinder

Study: if a family member is prescribed opioids, you have a higher risk of overdose

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A boom in at-home abortions is coming

Advocates say "self-managed abortions" are safe — and in the current political environment, interest is rising.

Coal left Appalachia devastated. Now it’s doing the same to Wyoming.

Iran is enriching uranium and breaking the limit set by the nuclear deal. Here’s what that means.

How your brain invents morality

If aliens call, what should we do? Scientists want your opinion.

Restoring forests may be one of our most powerful weapons in fighting climate change

Scientists found a seaweed patch stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to Africa

One big reason you can’t get rid of cockroaches

Measles is back because states give parents too many ways to avoid vaccines

The people going to the hospital for fireworks injuries are exactly who you think