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- The World Can Make More Water From the Sea, but at What Cost?by By Henry Fountain and Jamie McGregor Smith on October 22, 2019 at 9:00 am
As more places face a scarcity of fresh water, desalination is seen as a possible answer. But energy and financial requirements limit how widely it can be used.
- What Causes a Mysterious Paralysis in Children? Researchers Find Viral Cluesby By Pam Belluck on October 21, 2019 at 3:00 pm
In one study, nearly 70 percent of children with the disease had antibodies to common enteroviruses that usually produce mild effects but can sometimes cause neurological problems.
- $260 Million Opioid Settlement Reached at Last Minute With Big Drug Companiesby By Jan Hoffman on October 21, 2019 at 12:20 pm
The deal involves large pharmaceutical distributors and Teva, resolving cases that sought redress from the devastation caused by two decades of opioid abuse.
- Be Humble, and Proudly, Psychologists Sayby By Benedict Carey on October 21, 2019 at 9:00 am
Humility is not the boldest of personality traits, but it’s an important one, studies find. And it’s hard to fake.
- Steps to Prevent Dementia May Mean Taking Actual Stepsby By Austin Frakt on October 21, 2019 at 9:00 am
Brain-training apps can’t match the several ways that exercise benefits the mind, research shows.
- Dr. Bernard Fisher, Who Revolutionized Breast Cancer Treatment, Dies at 101by By Denise Gellene on October 19, 2019 at 10:26 pm
He brought an end to the routine use of the debilitating radical mastectomy. He later battled false allegations of scientific misconduct.
- Hikers Find Mystery Skeleton on Remote Mountain in Californiaby By Heather Murphy on October 19, 2019 at 9:30 am
The remnants of shoes and a belt found with the bones may offer investigators useful clues.
- The Secret World of Life (and Death) in Ireland’s Peat Bogsby By Emily Toner on October 19, 2019 at 9:00 am
A handful of museums and protected natural sites have made it easier for visitors to appreciate the cultural and ecological importance of Ireland’s mucky peatlands.
- New Energy Secretary Fits Trend: Cabinet Dominated by Lobbyistsby By Lisa Friedman on October 18, 2019 at 9:47 pm
President Trump said he would “drain the swamp,” but with the elevation of a former auto lobbyist to be energy secretary, he is sticking to the trend of filling his cabinet with Washington insiders.
- W.H.O. Continues Emergency Status for Ebola Outbreak in Congoby By Donald G. McNeil Jr on October 18, 2019 at 8:55 pm
New cases are down to 15 a week from a high of 128 in April, but outbreaks are still popping up in remote and dangerous mining areas.