New York Times : Science (43)

A Total Solar Eclipse Leaves a Nation in Awe

A total eclipse that crossed the sky from Oregon to South Carolina brought out throngs of spectators, who exulted in seeing the midday sky go briefly dark.

Eclipse Briefing: The Solar Eclipse: Highlights From Its Path Across the United States

For the first time since 1918, an eclipse traveled across the entire United States. Where the weather cooperated, those in the path took in a remarkable show.

Out There: A Reverie for the Voyager Probes, Humanity’s Calling Cards

Launched 40 years ago, the spacecraft have sailed beyond the solar system, artifacts of a civilization that may be gone before they’re found.

Stitching Together Forests Can Help Save Species, Study Finds

As the world’s forests are carved up by roads and farms, the animals in them are vanishing. A simple fix may help.

$417 Million Awarded in Suit Tying Johnson’s Baby Powder to Cancer

A Los Angeles jury voted the damages for a medical receptionist who developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s talc for decades.

Experience Eclipse Totality

Squeeze in among the crowds and witness the first total solar eclipse to cross the entire continental United States since 1918. An exclusive video by The New York Times in partnership with NOVA/PBS.

Perspectives on the Eclipse

The 2017 solar eclipse seen from up above and down below.

Pictures From the Great American Eclipse

Visual highlights from Times photographers’ work on the eclipse from across the United States.

Q&A: Do Animals Overeat in the Wild?

Gluttony can be a survival strategy for some species, scientists say.

Take a Number: Hospitals Are Clogged With Patients Struggling With Opioids

As President Trump declares a national emergency, new data indicates hospitalizations for problems linked to prescription and illicit opioid abuse have risen sharply.

Coal Mining Health Study Is Halted by Interior Department

The study, begun under the Obama administration, was examining the health and environmental impacts of mountaintop-removal coal mining in Appalachia.

Missed the Solar Eclipse? You’ll Have Another Chance in 7 Years

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will traverse the United States from Texas to Maine. After that, your next shot won’t be until 2045.

How Deep Sea Creatures Emit Their Own Light

The depths of the ocean are a lot brighter than you might think. New research from the Monterey Bay Aquarium shows that nearly three quarters of deep sea creatures emit their own light using bioluminescence.

No, Seriously, Don’t Look at the Sun During the Eclipse Without Special Glasses

Here’s how to ensure the eyeglasses you obtained will offer adequate protection before you look at the solar eclipse.

Photos: The Eclipse Is Coming. Are You Ready?

On Monday, the moon will blot out the sun. Here’s what people are doing to prepare.

By Degrees: Should You Trust Climate Science? Maybe the Eclipse Is a Clue

Many Americans will follow the solar eclipse on Monday because of a scientific prediction. But we seem to take some forecasts more seriously than others.

Eclipse Briefing: The Solar Eclipse: What to Expect

For the first time since 1918, an eclipse will travel across the entire United States. Here’s a map of the eclipse’s path, how to view it and why it matters so much to scientists.

Before a Solar Eclipse Crosses 14 States, a Great American Road Trip

Traffic and a run on Moon Pies were anticipated in some places as Americans prepared for Monday’s eclipse, the first to move coast to coast in nearly a century.

Trilobites: Taking Photos Won’t Take You Out of the Moment, Study Suggests

Tempted to grab that once-in-a-lifetime eclipse snapshot? Feel free: Taking pictures helps people engage with and remember experiences more deeply, according to new research.

Matter: A Speedier Way to Catalog Human Cells

Many types of cells remain unknown, but researchers have discovered a faster way to group cells by function, paving the way for a complete census.

Trilobites: Researchers Offer Solution to Puzzle of Sea Snakes With Jet-Black Skin

Turtle-headed sea snakes that live closer to humans develop darker skin, which may be like a pollution trap that they shed.

Why Some Say the Eclipse Is Best Experienced in a Crowd

Human behavior researchers offer four reasons why it's worth experiencing totality in a large group, even if the toilets overflow.

An Eclipse Chaser’s Guide to Your First Eclipse

The coming solar eclipse will be a wondrous sight — if you get into viewing position in time, the clouds cooperate and you’re ready to have your mind blown.

Out There: During an Eclipse, Darkness Falls and Wonder Rises

A total solar eclipse brings tears, screams, even reverence to those in its path.

Scientists to Take Flight for Longer Views of the Eclipse

Specialized jets will be used to grab data about the sun that cannot be collected from the ground during the Great American Eclipse.

Why Some Say the Eclipse Is Best Experienced in a Massive Crowd

Human behavior researchers offer four reasons why it's worth experiencing totality in a large group, even if the toilets overflow.

The Illuminating Power of Eclipses

With the sun obscured, eclipses can be revelatory: Starting at least over 2,000 years ago, they have been fodder for significant discoveries.

Earth in Suspension

A total solar eclipse is not just the momentary theft of day. It is a profound interruption of the world as we know it.

More Than 500,000 Infected With Cholera in Yemen

The outbreak, spreading rapidly since it began in April, has killed about 2,000 Yemenis, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

Your Playlist for the Solar Eclipse

Eclipses provoke strong feelings that make us reckon with the awesomeness of space. Here are some songs that might give you the feeling of totality.

Take a Number: Why Is the Eclipse Longer in Some Places Than in Others?

The moon will completely block the sun for two minutes and 41 seconds above one Illinois town — longer than anywhere else in the country.

How to Watch the Eclipse Online if You’re Stuck Indoors

Whether you live somewhere you won’t see it or the weather is terrible, here’s how to see the eclipse online — and when to tune in.

How A.I. Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art

Project Magenta, a team at Google, is crossbreeding sounds from different instruments based on neural networks and building networks that can draw.

Eclipsing the Sun

On August 21, the moon will paint a swath of North America in darkness. The Great American Eclipse.

Experience a Zero-Gravity Flight

Experience zero gravity in 360. If you ever wished to become an astronaut, this is your first step.

Trilobites: We Need to Talk Some More About Your Dirty Sponges

A study of the bacteria that proliferate in kitchen sponges alarmed many readers. But do not despair, there are some simple solutions.

Gene Editing Spurs Hope for Transplanting Pig Organs Into Humans

Geneticists have created piglets free of retroviruses, an important step toward creating a new supply of organs for transplant patients.

Trilobites: Bone’s Marks Suggest a Cannibal Ritual in Ancient Britain

Researchers have found a zigzag pattern on a human arm bone that might have been engraved as part of a cannibalistic funeral ritual 15,000 years ago.

Matter: When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, Mammals Took to the Skies

New fossil discoveries show that prehistoric 'squirrels' glided through forests at least 160 million years ago, long before scientists had thought.

Chasing Shadows for a Glimpse of a Tiny World Beyond Pluto

From just five blinks of starlight, scientists now know more about the next destination of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft.

Why Do Bees Buzz?

Jim Gorman, science reporter for The New York Times, finds out why bumblebees make all that racket.

Essay: With Snowflakes and Unicorns, Marina Ratner and Maryam Mirzakhani Explored a Universe in Motion

The legacies and achievements of two great mathematicians will dazzle and intrigue scholars for decades.

The Serial Killer Test: Biases Against Atheists Emerge in Study

Most people around the world, whether religious or not, presume that serial killers are more likely to be atheists than believers in any god, a new study suggests.