Creature Eats Stone. Sand Comes Out the Other End

Shipworms are known for boring into wood and digesting it, but scientists found a new species with a very different diet. | Continue reading | 7 hours ago

Deutsche Bank Faces Criminal Investigation for Potential Money-Laundering Lapses

Federal authorities are focused on whether the bank complied with anti-money-laundering laws, including in its review of transactions linked to Jared Kushner. | Continue reading | 7 hours ago

Does anyone deserve to have a billion dollars?

We asked the candidates whether anyone deserves to have a billion dollars. | Continue reading | 8 hours ago

Hit by Ransomware Attack, Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600k

Riviera Beach, Fla., authorized its insurer to pay a Bitcoin ransom to hackers who have paralyzed the city’s computer systems for three weeks. | Continue reading | 10 hours ago

Joy Harjo Named Poet Laureate

The Oklahoma-born writer, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, is the first Native American to hold the post. | Continue reading | 12 hours ago

A Beached Whale Needs Somewhere to Rot. How About Your Place?

So many gray whales have been washing up in Washington State this year that officials are short of places to put them, and are asking coastal landowners to volunteer. Some have said yes. | Continue reading | 13 hours ago

Four to Face Murder Charges in Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

Three of those charged have ties to Russian military and intelligence agencies, and the indictment also suggests the involvement of an aide to Vladimir V. Putin. | Continue reading | 13 hours ago

EPA Finalizes Its Plan to Replace Obama-Era Climate Rules

The new measure will very likely prompt a flurry of legal challenges. If upheld in court, it could tie the hands of future presidents on global warming. | Continue reading | 13 hours ago

Slack Wants to Replace Email. Is That What We Want?

As the office chat start-up prepares to go public, some of us are still figuring out how available we want to be — and whether it’s O.K. to ping the C.E.O. | Continue reading | 13 hours ago

Hypersonic Missiles Are Unstoppable. and They’re Starting a New Arms Race

The new weapons — which could travel at more than 15 times the speed of sound with terrifying accuracy — threaten to change the nature of warfare. | Continue reading | 13 hours ago


Trump 2020 may sound a lot like Trump 2016, but this time around the fusion of president and party is complete. | Continue reading | 15 hours ago

Harvard’s False Path to Wisdom

Sometimes sin is an opportunity for redemption. | Continue reading | 18 hours ago

New Zealand Man Gets 21 Months for Sharing Video of Christchurch Attacks

Philip Arps, who owns an insulation company that uses white supremacist symbols, also sent a copy of the video to be doctored to look like a first-person-shooter video game. | Continue reading | 18 hours ago

18 Questions. 21 Candidates. Here's What They Said.

We asked 21 Democratic candidates the same 18 questions. Watch their answers. | Continue reading | 19 hours ago

Experiments in Tyranny, Brought to You by Tech

Amazon says it’s not responsible if its creations are abused. | Continue reading | 21 hours ago

As Emotional Support Animals Proliferate, States Crack Down

More Americans are saying they need a variety of animals — dogs, ducks, even insects — for their mental health. But critics say many are really just pets that do not merit special status. | Continue reading | 23 hours ago

Facebook and Google Don’t Need Your Data to Make Lots of Money

The big ad-tech companies know how to sell ads without damaging privacy, but they choose not to. | Continue reading | 23 hours ago

California Today: Would You Pay $195 to Take a Helicopter to Work?

Friday: Commuters rise above traffic, Jessica Biel steps into the vaccination debate, Gavin Newsom’s first budget moves forward, and Silicon Valley takes on … death. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

The Improvisational Oncologist (2016)

In an era of rapidly proliferating, precisely targeted treatments, every cancer case has to be played by ear. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Cuttlefish Arms Are Not So Different from Yours

Cephalopods, flies and even humans share genes needed to develop limbs, perhaps provided by a common ancestor. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

In Japan, It’s a Riveting TV Plot: Can a Worker Go Home on Time?

On this show, a 30-something project manager in the famously overworked nation wants nothing more than to get out of the office and into her favorite bar for happy hour. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

New York to Approve One of the World’s Most Ambitious Climate Plans

The state would pledge to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, with all its electricity coming from carbon-free sources. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Cities Start to Question an American Ideal: A House with a Yard on Every Lot

Rising concerns about housing affordability, racial inequality and climate change are causing cities nationwide to re-examine their attachment to the detached house. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

By the Numbers: Vaccines Are Safe

Americans have received billions of doses of vaccines for everything from measles to the flu. In 30 years, very few injury claims have been filed with the federal government. | Continue reading | 1 day ago


What six years of deliberate and sustained cruelty tell us about Sisi’s Egypt. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Giant Buddhas Survived 1,500 Years. Fragments, Graffiti and a Hologram Remain

Visitors may end up finishing the job that the Taliban started. A crawl through the honeycombed caves around the destroyed Buddhas is sobering. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

The Boutique Fitness Boom

Can $40 exercise classes save the attenuated American mall? | Continue reading | 1 day ago

UNC Children’s Hospital Suspends Most Complex Heart Surgeries

The death rate among patients with the most serious heart conditions reached nearly 50 percent, newly released data show. State and federal regulators are investigating. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency

Despite skepticism and concern about Facebook’s reach, the company envisions an alternative financial system based on a new cryptocurrency called Libra. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Vaccine Injury Claims Are Few and Far Between

Data from a federal program designed to compensate people harmed by vaccines shows how rare it is for someone to claim they were hurt after getting vaccinated. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Racist Comments Cost Conservative Parkland Student a Place at Harvard

The student, Kyle Kashuv, a recent graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, had repeatedly used racial slurs in a written chat with classmates when he was 16. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

What Galls a Hacker Most? The Metrocard (1997)

Computer hackers, led by renegade New York City Transit Authority token clerk, hold convention in SoHo to discuss new transit Metrocard and $700 million Transit Authority computer that makes it work; say they are really concerned about privacy and not free rides, since card allow … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Soaring Temperatures Speed Up Spring Thaw on Greenland's Ice Sheet

Temperatures in Greenland have been as much as 40 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, helping fuel a pulse of melting across much of the ice sheet surface. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Democracy in Crisis

Larry Diamond’s “Ill Winds” warns that American freedom is threatened from both inside and out. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

These Influencers Aren’t Flesh and Blood, yet Millions Follow Them

From Calvin Klein to KFC, the rise of the computer-generated influencer on social media. | Continue reading | 2 days ago


A look back at three decades worth of No. 2 picks, and how, outside of the 1990s, they have mostly resulted in disappointment. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

We Must Prepare for the Next Pandemic

We’ll have to battle both the disease and the fake news. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Grow Faster, Grow Stronger: Speed-Breeding Crops to Feed the Future

Plant breeders are fast-tracking genetic improvements in food crops to keep pace with global warming and a growing human population. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Scooter Madness

Cities are swarming with electric scooters. But this is not the ‘micro-mobility revolution’ we need. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

How New York’s Skyline Is Changing to Give the Wealthy a Better View

New Yorkers are witnessing a boom of luxury residential buildings, which some see as a sign of the city’s wealth gap. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

California Tests a Digital ‘Fire Alarm’ for Mental Distress

The state is teaming up with Silicon Valley to make mental health services more available. Promises abound, and so do potential problems. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

How Data Can Help You Win in the Winner-Take-All Economy

The business unit was doing well, but the employees were sad. Could data offer a clue? | Continue reading | 2 days ago

The Intersection of Race and Blood

Blood can be racially or ethnically specific, so having more blood donors in certain groups can be crucial for saving the lives of patients who share their backgrounds. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

One of the World’s Greatest Art Collections Hides Behind This Fence (2016)

The superrich have stashed millions of works in tax-free storage. So what does that mean for the art? | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Food App Couriers Exploit Migrants Desperate for Work in France

Some contractors are dealing with rate cuts by leasing their accounts to immigrants, many of them underage or in the country illegally, and taking part of their pay. | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Marijuana Damages Young Brains

States that legalize it should set a minimum age of 25 or older. | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Target Is Hit with Register Trouble Two Days in a Row

On Saturday, registers at the retail chain were down for two hours. The next day, there were more checkout problems. | Continue reading | 3 days ago

On the Doorstep With a Plea: Will You Support Medicare for All?

The nation’s largest nurses’ union is pushing Medicare for all from door to door to door in swing House districts. But the campaign for a single-payer health system is slow going. | Continue reading | 3 days ago