The New York Times: Science

Trilobites: For Vampire Bats to Live on Blood, It Takes Guts

Trilobites: For Vampire Bats to Live on Blood, It Takes Guts

A common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus) going out for its nocturnal hunt.
New Candidates Emerge for Trump’s Top Environmental Adviser

New Candidates Emerge for Trump’s Top Environmental Adviser

New candidates to lead the Council on Environmental Quality have emerged after the withdrawal of Kathleen Hartnett White, who drew criticism for calling carbon dioxide the “gas of life.”
Trilobites: He Took a Picture of a Supernova While Setting Up His New Camera

Trilobites: He Took a Picture of a Supernova While Setting Up His New Camera

Astronomers using the Swope telescope captured Supernova 2016gkg, between the two red lines, in the galaxy NGC 613, which is 80 million light-years from here.
Trilobites: A Case for Wild Flamingos Calling Florida Their Home

Trilobites: A Case for Wild Flamingos Calling Florida Their Home

Conchy the flamingo seen on mudflats at Snake Bight after being released.
In Picasso’s Blue Period, Scanners Find Secrets He Painted Over

In Picasso’s Blue Period, Scanners Find Secrets He Painted Over

Using tools originally developed for medicine, manufacturing and geology, researchers were able to discover new insights into “La Miséreuse accroupie,” a 1902 painting by Pablo Picasso from his “Blue
Günter Blobel, Nobel Laureate Who Found Cell ‘ZIP Codes,’ Dies at 81

Günter Blobel, Nobel Laureate Who Found Cell ‘ZIP Codes,’ Dies at 81

Günter Blobel in his laboratory at Rockefeller University in Manhattan in 2004.
Doctors Said Immunotherapy Would Not Cure Her Cancer. They Were Wrong.

Doctors Said Immunotherapy Would Not Cure Her Cancer. They Were Wrong.

Oriana Sousa, 28, who lives in Marinha Grande, Portugal, had a rare, aggressive form of ovarian cancer. Traditional treatments failed, but with immunotherapy her tumors shrank so much that there is no
There’s a Persistent Hum in This Canadian City, and No One Knows Why

There’s a Persistent Hum in This Canadian City, and No One Knows Why

Zug Island on the Detroit River, with its high concentration of industry, has been identified by some researchers as the likely source of a mysterious noise plaguing residents in Windsor, Ontario.
Out There: Astronomers’ Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray

Out There: Astronomers’ Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray

A remnant from a Type 1A supernova observed in the Milky Way, one of the cosmic markers of how fast the universe is expanding. Observing exploding stars helped astronomers first discover the existence
Animals Are Losing Their Vagility, or Ability to Roam Freely

Animals Are Losing Their Vagility, or Ability to Roam Freely

Pronghorn antelope along a fence northwest of Casper, Wyo. A study has found that wildlife move far less in regions where humans are present, ultimately threatening the viability of a species.
Trilobites: Coffee Beans Are Good for Birds, Fancy Brew or Not

Trilobites: Coffee Beans Are Good for Birds, Fancy Brew or Not

A Malabar pied hornbill, one of 204 species of bird found on coffee plantations in a new study, which found that the tree cover from shade-grown coffee farms provides a welcome habitat for all kinds
Two Swiss Athletes Are First at Olympics Confirmed With Norovirus

Two Swiss Athletes Are First at Olympics Confirmed With Norovirus

Nearly 250 people, including security workers and members of the Olympic organizing committee, have been affected by norovirus at the Pyeongchang Games.
The Flu Vaccine Is Working Better Than Expected, C.D.C. Finds

The Flu Vaccine Is Working Better Than Expected, C.D.C. Finds

Nurse Nicole Simpson administering a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta earlier this month. This season’s vaccine is more effective than expected, officials at the Centers for Disease Control
Diplomats in Cuba Suffered Brain Injuries. Experts Still Don’t Know Why.

Diplomats in Cuba Suffered Brain Injuries. Experts Still Don’t Know Why.

The United States Embassy in Havana. Several American diplomats in Cuba reported mysterious ailments in 2016 after hearing unusual noises. Medical experts now say the officials have injuries
Transgender Woman Breast-Feeds Baby After Hospital Induces Lactation

Transgender Woman Breast-Feeds Baby After Hospital Induces Lactation

The study’s authors, Zil Goldstein, left, a nurse practitioner, and Dr. Tamar Reisman of Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York.
What to Give Up for Lent? Smoking? Cursing? How About Plastic?

What to Give Up for Lent? Smoking? Cursing? How About Plastic?

Volunteers collecting discarded plastic and other rubbish from the banks of the River Thames in London last month.
Trilobites: Borneo Lost More Than 100,000 Orangutans From 1999 to 2015

Trilobites: Borneo Lost More Than 100,000 Orangutans From 1999 to 2015

An orangutan in a sanctuary awaiting release on the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo. New research has found that 50 years of conservation efforts have failed to stem the decline of orangutans
Trilobites: The Cuttlefish, a Master of Camouflage, Reveals a New Trick

Trilobites: The Cuttlefish, a Master of Camouflage, Reveals a New Trick

Two images of the same cuttlefish, taken fewer than two seconds apart, showing how quickly it can change color.