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Childhood Obesity Is a Major Problem. Research Isn’t Helping.

Something is missing with many study methods.

It’s Fish vs. Dams, and the Dams Are Winning

Thousands of dams across New York, many abandoned, are blocking fish migrations. A movement to remove them is growing.

SpaceX’s Explosive Test May Launch Year of Renewed Human Spaceflight

A NASA program could be ready to launch astronauts to orbit once again, and the number of people traveling to space could surge.

SpaceX says 'picture perfect' test paves way for human mission

Elon Musk's SpaceX simulated a successful emergency landing on Sunday in a dramatic test of a crucial abort system on an unmanned astronaut capsule, a big step its mission to fly NASA astronauts for the first time as soon as this spring.

SpaceX completes emergency crew capsule escape

The US company demonstrates how it would rescue astronauts during a failing rocket launch.

SpaceX Launch Updates: Awaiting Test That Will Destroy Rocket

To prove it is safe for astronauts, the company will test its Crew Dragon capsule’s rescue system.

Musk's SpaceX to simulate rocket failure in final astronaut capsule test

Elon Musk's SpaceX is gearing up to destroy one of its own rockets on Saturday to test a crucial emergency abort system on an unmanned astronaut capsule, the company's final milestone test before flying NASA astronauts from U.S. soil.

SpaceX to practise emergency crew capsule escape

A final technology demonstration from the California company should clear the way to fly astronauts.

'Dancing dragon' shows feathers grew differently on dinosaurs and birds

An exquisite fossil of a fierce little Chinese dinosaur dubbed the "dancing dragon" that lived 120 million years ago - an older cousin of the Velociraptor - is showing scientists that feathers grew differently on dinosaurs than on birds.

SpaceX Prepares to Destroy Rocket for NASA in Safety Test

A successful test on Saturday morning might set up a flight in March with astronauts aboard the company’s Crew Dragon capsule.

W.H.O. Warns That Pipeline for New Antibiotics Is Running Dry

In two new reports, the global health agency says only government intervention can fix the broken market for new antimicrobial drugs.

Court Quashes Youth Climate Change Case Against Government

Two of three judges on the panel said that climate change was an issue for lawmakers, not the courts.

At the Bottom of the Sea, They Wait to Feast on Alligators

Usually the large reptiles feed on other creatures. But scientists found a surprise at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

'Resistant' trees planted in Hampshire in ash dieback fight

Scientists have identified 3,000 ash trees with suspected resistance to a deadly disease.

Dinosaur extinction: 'Asteroid strike was real culprit'

A team of scientists discounts the idea that large-scale volcanism drove the demise of the dinosaurs.

It’s a Topsy-Turvy World. Can We Make Some Money From That?

Bad news used to spook the markets. Now it seems to lift them. How weird is that?

Despite Faulty Bloodstain Analysis, No Relief for a 79-Year-Old Convicted of Killing His Wife

Joe Bryan has maintained his innocence since his sentencing for the 1985 murder. The highest criminal court in Texas this week denied a last-ditch effort to obtain a new trial.

Australia fires: 'Apocalypse' comes to Kangaroo Island

Australia's Kangaroo Island has been likened to Noah's Ark - but its unique wildlife is under threat.

Climate change: Citizens' jury prepares to tackle climate change

UK panel will tackle some of the dilemmas around global warming.

Climate change: Can Glasgow go carbon neutral?

As more cities declare climate emergencies, we look at how Glasgow aims to cancel out its carbon footprint.

New maps reveal Scotland's seabird breeding hotspots

Conservationists mapped the most critical areas of Scotland for endangered birds like the kittiwake.

Meteorite or Volcano? New Clues to the Dinosaurs’ Demise

Twin calamities marked the end of the Cretaceous period, and scientists are presenting new evidence of which drove one of Earth’s great extinctions.

What Wolf Pups That Play Fetch Reveal About Your Dog

If wolf pups will retrieve a ball for a stranger, no training necessary, maybe dogs’ wild ancestors were also ready for human games.

'Rosalind Franklin' Mars rover edges closer to launch

Europe's six-wheeled robot completes more key tests ahead of its planned summer launch.

The Overlooked History of Women at Work

A Grolier Club exhibition explores 500 years of women as scientists, midwives, writers, activists, undertakers and more.

How Anti-Vaccine Activists Defeated a Bill to End Religious Exemptions

Protests by parents, opposition from an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group and support from anti-vaccine celebrities coalesced to doom the New Jersey effort.

Sir David Attenborough blasts inaction on climate change

The naturalist and broadcaster has warned that "the moment of crisis has come".

Our Planet Matters: What is climate change?

It's been linked to a year of extremes – from bushfires to torrential rains – but what is it?

Sir David Attenborough warns of climate 'crisis moment'

We're at a pivotal point in efforts to tackle climate change, the naturalist and broadcaster warns.

Agriculture Bill: Soil at heart of UK farm grant revolution

Soil protection will be a core issue as the Agriculture Bill returns to Parliament later.