New York Times : Science (31)

Trilobites: Ticks Trapped in Amber Were Likely Sucking Dinosaur Blood

It is rare to find parasites with their hosts in the fossil record, and the discovery is the first direct evidence of the pests feeding on dinosaur blood.

Matter: Ancient Penguins Were Giant Waddling Predators

Scientists have discovered an fossilized penguin as big as a human, and with a long, spear-like beak.

Trilobites: How Layers in a Latte Form

A retired engineer’s accident while making a coffee drink spurred fluid dynamics researchers to study how espresso and milk arrange themselves in a glass.

A Tinier Moon May Orbit the Tiny Distant Object That NASA Will Soon Visit

When the New Horizons spacecraft that passed Pluto in 2015 completes its flyby of 2014 MU69 at the solar system’s edge, it may find a moon.

A Glimpse of Oumuamua

Astronomers have discovered a passing rock from another star — the first interstellar asteroid.

Trilobites: 99-Million-Year-Old Amber Suggests Ticks Sucked Dinosaur Blood

It is rare to find parasites with their hosts in the fossil record, and the discovery is the first direct evidence of the pests feeding on dinosaur blood.

Basics: Precious Gems Bear Messages From Earth’s Molten Heart

We may covet gemstones for their beauty, but their real value lies in what they tell scientists about the extreme forces at work deep underground.

Trilobites: New Pacific Island Could Resemble Ancient Martian Volcanoes

An explosive volcanic eruption in 2014 resulted in a new addition to the Tonga Islands. Its shifting landscape could help scientists studying Mars.

Trump Announces That the Moon Is Astronauts’ Next Destination

The presidential directive called for partnership with other nations and commercial companies but did not offer details about schedule or cost.

With Climate Change, Tree Die-Offs May Spread in the West

Forests will be decimated as trees become less resilient to drought and higher temperatures, new data suggest.

Trilobites: Actually, You Do Want to Know How This Sausage Gets Made

Starter bacteria used in salami made by industrial manufacturers are safer, but result in less flavorful dried sausage than the artisanal process.

Trilobites: Why We ‘Hear’ Some Silent GIFs

There are no audio tracks with these looping images, but some people really do 'hear' them, neuroscientists say.

Trilobites: Actually, You Do Want to Know How This Sausage Gets Made

Starter bacteria used in salami made by industrial manufacturers is safer, but results in less flavorful dried sausage than the artisanal process.

Matter: Scientists ‘Inject’ Information Into Monkeys’ Brains

In an experiment with science fiction implications, neurologists say they taught monkeys to play a game by stimulating their brains with electrodes.

Trilobites: You Should Think of Hummingbirds as Bees With Feathers

Scientists say it will be easier to understand hummingbirds in some cases if we use insights gained from the study of bees.

What We Learned in 2017

Developments in science, medicine and health that we’re still thinking about at year’s end.

Trilobites: This Duck-Like Dinosaur Could Swim. That Isn’t the Strangest Thing About it.

With a swan-like neck and flippers, this raptor’s hodgepodge of features left paleontologists working to confirm that this fossil was a fraud.

Trilobites: What Happens When You Microwave a Boiled Egg

Tasked with determining whether an exploding egg could damage a man’s hearing, acoustics experts learned more about the temperatures inside a microwaved yolk.

Trilobites: To See the Best Christmas Trees, You’ll Need Scuba Gear

Known as Christmas tree worms, these sea creatures’ bright fir-like cones can be spotted while diving around reefs in tropical waters.

Trilobites: Sometimes Seeing More Endangered Tigers Isn’t a Good Sign

The concentration of Sumatran tigers in Indonesia’s protected forests has gone up, a researcher says, but probably because they are fleeing deforestation elsewhere.

Hunt Elephants to Save Them? Some Countries See No Other Choice

In some African nations, trophy hunting has provided funds needed to preserve endangered species. In other countries, the business has decimated animal populations.

Trilobites: How Dwarf Mongooses Respond to New Immigrants

Dwarf mongoose groups take a few months before they put full confidence in the sentinel calls of new arrivals.

Trilobites: Stress Hormones Soar in Whales Trapped by Fishing Lines

A new study examining whale scat found very high hormone levels for stress in North Atlantic right whales that became entangled in comparison to healthy animals.

Matter: The Scallop Sees With Space-Age Eyes — Hundreds of Them

Each scallop eye is built something like the gigantic telescopes that peer into deep space, researchers reported on Thursday.

Trilobites: Hundreds of Fossilized Pterosaur Eggs Uncovered in China

The discovery of more than 200 of the eggs laid by the flying reptiles that lived during the dinosaur era could contribute to understanding of their early lives.

Trilobites: How a Giant Tortoise Gets Off Its Back

The shells of tumble-prone saddlebacks on the Galápagos Islands may not do them any favors, according to a new study.

Jerry A. Fodor, Philosopher Who Plumbed the Mind’s Depths, Dies at 82

Dr. Fodor brought the workings of 20th-century computer technology to bear on ancient questions about the structure of human cognition.

Trilobites: Shy Elk and Bold Birds Become Partners in the Wilderness

Magpies will eat ticks that drain the blood from elks, but a scientist found it takes the right mix of elk-magpie personality for the relationship to work.

Trilobites: Seeking the Source of the Vanishing Great Salt Lake

Human consumption — not seasonal fluctuations or climate change — is primarily to blame for the Great Salt Lake’s desiccation, according to a recent analysis.

Trilobites: Things Looked Bleak Until These Birds Rapidly Evolved Bigger Beaks

Scientists thought that invasive large snails spelled doom for endangered North American snail kites, until some of the birds started eating them.

Gene Therapy Hits a Peculiar Roadblock: A Virus Shortage

Revolutionary new treatments depend on tailor-made viruses, but laboratories cannot make them fast enough.