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Matter: The ‘Zombie Gene’ That May Protect Elephants From Cancer

Matter: The ‘Zombie Gene’ That May Protect Elephants From Cancer

Elephants, like their forebears mastodons and mammoths, carry a unique gene whose proteins kill off potentially cancerous cells.
With Short, Intense Sessions, Some Patients Finish Therapy in Just Weeks

With Short, Intense Sessions, Some Patients Finish Therapy in Just Weeks

Dr. Avital Falk treats youngsters in an intensive therapy program for O.C.D. at Weill Cornell Medicine in Manhattan. Short, intense courses work as well as therapy that lasts months, research
Clues to Your Health Are Hidden at 6.6 Million Spots in Your DNA

Clues to Your Health Are Hidden at 6.6 Million Spots in Your DNA

A set of human chromosomes. Researchers have developed a tool that surveys alterations in DNA and millions of points in the genome.
They Thought Hemophilia Was a ‘Lifelong Thing.’ They May Be Wrong.

They Thought Hemophilia Was a ‘Lifelong Thing.’ They May Be Wrong.

A colored scanning electron micrograph of a blood clot. Hemophilia is defined by an inability to form blood clots, leading to uncontrolled bleeds and chronic pain.
U.S. Ambassador Denies Threatening Ecuador Over Breast-Feeding Resolution

U.S. Ambassador Denies Threatening Ecuador Over Breast-Feeding Resolution

Todd C. Chapman, the U.S. ambassador to Ecuador, denied issuing threats to the government of Ecuador, which earlier this year dropped plans to sponsor a resolution at the World Health Assembly to
Parker Solar Probe Launches on NASA Voyage to ‘Touch the Sun’

Parker Solar Probe Launches on NASA Voyage to ‘Touch the Sun’

A Delta IV Heavy rocket carried NASA’s Parker Solar Probe into space on Sunday.
A Congressman, a Financial Deal and an Intricate Web of Conflicts

A Congressman, a Financial Deal and an Intricate Web of Conflicts

Representative Chris Collins of New York after his arraignment on insider trading charges in New York on Wednesday.
Amid Europe’s Heat Wave, Rare Flamingos Lay First Eggs in 15 Years

Amid Europe’s Heat Wave, Rare Flamingos Lay First Eggs in 15 Years

An Andean flamingo with a Chilean flamingo chick at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Slimbridge, England.
A Box Fell From the Sky. It Had a Note About Trump. The Police Were Not Amused.

A Box Fell From the Sky. It Had a Note About Trump. The Police Were Not Amused.

A white box that landed in a solar panel field in New Jersey had a handwritten note attached. It said the device was not a bomb and wished President Trump a “great round of golf.”
NASA Delays Parker Solar Probe Launch

NASA Delays Parker Solar Probe Launch

The Parker Solar Probe on July 30, encapsulated and making its way to Cape Canaveral.
A Conversation With: Maria Konnikova Shows Her Cards

A Conversation With: Maria Konnikova Shows Her Cards

"Luck is just … randomness," said Maria Konnikova. "That’s what I wanted to write about. Poker was a way into it."
As Catholic Hospitals Expand, So Do Limits on Some Procedures

As Catholic Hospitals Expand, So Do Limits on Some Procedures

Jennafer Norris, at home with her three children, had life-threatening pre-eclampsia in all her pregnancies. She asked for a tubal ligation after an emergency Caesarian section to deliver her third

Touching the Sun

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will fly through the punishing heat of the sun’s outer atmosphere.
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Is Named for Him. 60 Years Ago, No One Believed His Ideas About the Sun.

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Is Named for Him. 60 Years Ago, No One Believed His Ideas About the Sun.

Eugene N. Parker, second right, visiting the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in October in Laurel, Md., where NASA's Parker Solar Probe was being assembled.
E.P.A. Staff Objected to Agency’s New Rules on Asbestos Use, Internal Emails Show

E.P.A. Staff Objected to Agency’s New Rules on Asbestos Use, Internal Emails Show

Workers removed asbestos debris from the site of a home destroyed by a wildfire in Coffey Park, Calif., in December. The E.P.A. has proposed new rules governing use of the material.
Meet Iceland’s Whaling Magnate. He Makes No Apologies.

Meet Iceland’s Whaling Magnate. He Makes No Apologies.

A fin whale was carved up last month at Iceland’s only whaling station, in a fjord north of the capital, Reykjavik.
Court Orders E.P.A. to Ban Chlorpyrifos, Pesticide Tied to Children’s Health Problems

Court Orders E.P.A. to Ban Chlorpyrifos, Pesticide Tied to Children’s Health Problems

Scott Pruitt, just a month after he was confirmed as the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, rejected a petition by health and environmental groups to ban chlorpyrifos.