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The Science Behind a Frog’s Leap

A frog’s leap is a study in power and accuracy. So how do frogs do it, and what can humans learn from its mechanics?
New U.N. Climate Report Says Put a High Price on Carbon

New U.N. Climate Report Says Put a High Price on Carbon

The Tesoro Los Angeles oil refinery in California. Economists have long been enthusiastic about carbon pricing because of the idea’s simplicity.
A Mysterious Fossil Points to the Origins of Lizards and Snakes

A Mysterious Fossil Points to the Origins of Lizards and Snakes

The fossil of Megachirella, a 240 million-year-old lizard found in the Italian Alps.
Hubble Telescope, Disoriented by Mechanical Failure, Takes a Nap to Reboot

Hubble Telescope, Disoriented by Mechanical Failure, Takes a Nap to Reboot

Repairs being made on the Hubble Space Telescope in 1993. The telescope carries a total of six gyroscopes, but only three were active when it began experiencing problems on Friday.
Profiles in Science: How Do You Find an Alien Ocean? Margaret Kivelson Figured It Out

Profiles in Science: How Do You Find an Alien Ocean? Margaret Kivelson Figured It Out

Margaret Kivelson in her office at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been an active part of almost every major NASA mission beyond the asteroid belt.
Your Dog May Be Smart, but She’s Not Exceptional

Your Dog May Be Smart, but She’s Not Exceptional

Douglas Moreira, a dog walker, and his charges in Central Park this summer. A new study on dog intelligence says they are smart, but not “exceptional.”
Australia’s Other Great (and Threatened) Coral Reefs

Australia’s Other Great (and Threatened) Coral Reefs

Every one of Australia’s coral reefs, including Ningaloo Reef, above, is threatened by climate change, potentially devastating not just the country’s ecosystems but its economy as well.
As Storms Keep Coming, FEMA Spends Billions in ‘Cycle’ of Damage and Repair

As Storms Keep Coming, FEMA Spends Billions in ‘Cycle’ of Damage and Repair

The Plaquemines Parish Detention Center was rebuilt for $105 million in a Louisiana marsh that had been ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040

Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040

Harry Taylor, 6, played with the bones of dead livestock on his family’s farm in New South Wales, Australia, an area that has faced severe drought.
Flashy Science Hub and Vaping Parties Fail to Win Friends at W.H.O. Tobacco Talks

Flashy Science Hub and Vaping Parties Fail to Win Friends at W.H.O. Tobacco Talks

A display promoting heat-not-burn devices at a “Science Hub” set up by the tobacco giant Philip Morris International, next to the World Health Organization’s tobacco treaty conference in Geneva.
There Are Fat Bears in Alaska, and You Can Vote on Your Favorite

There Are Fat Bears in Alaska, and You Can Vote on Your Favorite

A bear catching a fish in Katmai National Park in southern Alaska in 2015. Brown bears can lose a third of their body mass during hibernation, so they bulk up first.
Drunk Birds? How a Small Minnesota City Stumbled Into the Spotlight

Drunk Birds? How a Small Minnesota City Stumbled Into the Spotlight

A robin (who was probably not drunk) eating a crabapple in Vancouver, British Columbia.
domains: Who Is Neri Oxman?

domains: Who Is Neri Oxman?

Designing woman: Ms. Oxman is the rare tenured professor to land in the tabloids.
Trilobites: An Ancient Ant-Bacteria Partnership to Protect Fungus

Trilobites: An Ancient Ant-Bacteria Partnership to Protect Fungus

"It’s kind of like the ants are walking pharmaceutical factories,” said Cameron Currie, a microbial ecologist and an expert on ants' symbiotic relationships.
8-Year-Old Girl Pulls Pre-Viking Sword From Lake in Sweden

8-Year-Old Girl Pulls Pre-Viking Sword From Lake in Sweden

The sword found by Saga Vanecek, 8. A museum has dated it to the 5th or 6th century, before the time of the Vikings.
HPV Vaccine Expanded for People Ages 27 to 45

HPV Vaccine Expanded for People Ages 27 to 45

About 14 million women and men become infected with the human papillomavirus each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Trilobites: Taming the Groundcherry: With Crispr, a Fussy Fruit Inches Toward the Supermarket

Trilobites: Taming the Groundcherry: With Crispr, a Fussy Fruit Inches Toward the Supermarket

The fruit of unaltered groundcherries, left, and gene-edited groundcherries. With Crispr, scientists have altered the plant so that it flowers more quickly and in greater profusion and produces bigger
How a Seafloor Blob Became Mexico’s ‘Black Gold’

How a Seafloor Blob Became Mexico’s ‘Black Gold’

Local fishermen hang out and wait for a turn for their boats to be serviced in front of one of the fishing cooperatives in Rio Lagartos during a break from the rain.