- A New Coronavirus Variant Is Spreading in New York, Researchers Reportby Apoorva Mandavilli on 3 March 2021 at 19:03
The variant contains a mutation thought to help the virus dodge the immune system, scientists said.
- Covid Vaccines: Johnson & Johnson's shot authorized by F.D.A.by Noah Weiland and Sharon LaFraniere on 3 March 2021 at 19:03
The authorization of a third Covid-19 vaccine will bring millions more doses within days. But health officials worry that some people will see the vaccine as the inferior choice.
- California Condors Get an Assist From an Unlikely Source: A Wind Power Companyby Sarah Bahr on 3 March 2021 at 18:38
Federal wildlife authorities in California are working with a wind energy company to breed the endangered birds in captivity to replace any that may be killed by turbine blades. Conservationists are skeptical.
- Watch SpaceX's Starship Test Launchby Kenneth Chang on 3 March 2021 at 18:03
Two earlier high-altitude flights of the Starship spacecraft crashed spectacularly after successful liftoffs.
- Virus Variant in Brazil Infected Many Who Had Already Recovered From Covid-19by Carl Zimmer on 3 March 2021 at 14:37
The first detailed studies of the so-called P.1 variant show how it devastated a Brazilian city. Now scientists want to know what it will do elsewhere.
- How Green Are Electric Vehicles?by Hiroko Tabuchi and Brad Plumer on 3 March 2021 at 12:41
In short: Very green. But plug-in cars still have environmental effects. Here’s a guide to the main issues and how they might be addressed.
- Reversing Trump, Interior Department Moves Swiftly on Climate Changeby Lisa Friedman on 3 March 2021 at 05:19
As Deb Haaland, President Biden's choice for Interior secretary, heads toward a showdown vote, the department she would head is moving ahead on environmental policies.
- Why Do Virus Variants Have Such Weird Names?by Apoorva Mandavilli and Benjamin Mueller on 2 March 2021 at 20:49
B.1.351 may sound sweet to a molecular epidemiologist, but what’s the alternative, other than stigmatizing geographical names?
- Once Upon a Time on Marsby Dennis Overbye on 2 March 2021 at 18:46
A dune buggy is about to set off on behalf of its human owners to fulfill a primordial yearning.
- New Technique Reveals Centuries of Secrets in Locked Lettersby William J. Broad on 2 March 2021 at 17:22
M.I.T. researchers have devised a virtual-reality technique that lets them read old letters that were mailed not in envelopes but in the writing paper itself after being folded into elaborate enclosures.
- Miami Says It Can Adapt to Rising Seas. Not Everyone Is Convinced.by Christopher Flavelle and Patricia Mazzei on 2 March 2021 at 16:13
Officials have a new plan to manage rising water. Succeed or fail, it will very likely become a case study for other cities facing climate threats.
- Facebook, Amazon and Others Restrict Online Sales of Masksby Andrew Jacobs on 2 March 2021 at 13:44
Scientists are urging Americans to upgrade their face coverings. But Amazon, Google and Facebook restrict the sale of medical-grade masks. Critics say the rules are outdated.
- High Turnover at Nursing Homes Threatens Residents' Careby Reed Abelson on 2 March 2021 at 00:49
A new study highlights the persistent problems caused by an unstable work force, an underlying threat that may have led to staggering death tolls in the pandemic.
- Neanderthals Listened to the World Much Like Usby Sabrina Imbler on 2 March 2021 at 00:18
A reconstructed Neanderthal ear adds a new piece to the puzzle of whether the early humans could speak.
- Surf’s Up. The Temperature Isn’t.by Ryan Carter on 1 March 2021 at 20:53
Growing numbers of surfers are taking to the Great Lakes — even when the weather is well below freezing.
- This Bird Wasn’t Seen for 170 Years. Then It Appeared in an Indonesian Forest.by Rachel Nuwer on 1 March 2021 at 20:26
The black-browed babbler has long been one of Indonesia’s most enigmatic birds.
- A Covid Vaccine Side Effect, Enlarged Lymph Nodes, Can Be Mistaken for Cancerby Denise Grady on 1 March 2021 at 20:14
The condition is becoming more common as immunization rates increase. Experts are suggesting ways to ease patients’ fears and avoid needless testing.
- Recluse Spiders at University of Michigan Cause Brief Library Closureby Christine Hauser on 28 February 2021 at 16:19
The discovery of Mediterranean recluse spiders at the University of Michigan prompted a two-day closure of one of its libraries.
- F.D.A. Expert Panel Endorses Johnson & Johnson’s Vaccineby Carl Zimmer and Noah Weiland on 27 February 2021 at 23:32
With this last hurdle cleared, formal authorization of the one-dose vaccine is expected on Saturday and distribution within days.
- Vulnerable Inmates Left in Prison as Covid Ragesby Roni Caryn Rabin on 27 February 2021 at 20:15
At a federal compound in Connecticut, inmates in precarious health “are like sitting ducks,” one lawyer said.