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Sacklers Directed Efforts to Mislead Public About OxyContin, New Documents Indicate

Purdue Pharma’s headquarters in Stamford, Conn. The Sacklers, who own Purdue Pharma, became one of the wealthiest families in the United States in part because of sales of O...

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Keep Your Crop Circles, Iowa: This Huge Ice Disk in a Maine River Is Churning Up Theories

Despite all the speculation, it’s not a landing zone for aliens. Scientists say the ice disks are an unusual but entirely natural phenomenon...

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Trilobites: When Fungi Fight Back

Coprinopsis cinerea, or the gray shag mushroom, growing in California...

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Giant Ice Disk Spins in Maine River

Residents rushed to catch a glimpse of the ice disk. One woman captured the scene in a drone video. And scientists said the ice disks are an unusual — but entirely natural ...

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Here’s How the Shutdown Is Delaying Climate Data and Undercutting Scientists

Locked doors this month at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association headquarters in Silver Spring, Md...

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Nonfiction: Tracing the Rise of a Guardian Hacker

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North Korea’s Less-Known Military Threat: Biological Weapons

North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, center, touring the Pyongyang Bio-Technical Institute, in a photo released in June 2015 by the North Korean news agency...

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Trilobites: In an Ancient Nun’s Teeth, Blue Paint — and Clues to Medieval Life

Blue flecks of lapis lazuli in the tartar of a 10th-century nun. She likely was an accomplished painter and manuscript illuminator, who used her (unbrushed) teeth to shape her...

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F.D.A. Says It Will Resume Inspecting Some High-Risk Foods

The federal government shutdown had halted most food safety inspections, including many considered “high risk,” like soft cheeses, seafood, custard-filled bakery products,...

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Elias M. Stein, Mathematician of Fluctuations, Is Dead at 87

Elias M. Stein in his office at Princeton University in 2017. After fleeing war-torn Europe, he seized on mathematics in high school in New York. “He had this great vision o...

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Calculator: Opioids, Car Crashes and Falling: The Odds of Dying in the U.S.

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The Strange Marketplace for Diabetes Test Strips

Near St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, flyers offer money for unused diabetes test strips. Buyers are often uninsured and cannot afford to pay retail prices...

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Take a Number: You’re Not Getting Much Taller, America. But You Are Getting Bigger.

A spin class in Silver Spring, Md...

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Rise of the Golden Jackal

A golden jackal in Croatia. Native to the Middle East and Asia, jackals are now spreading rapidly through Europe...

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Global Health: A Silver Bullet Against the Brain-Eating Amoeba?

A colored transmission electron micrograph showing inflammation of the brain by the Naegleria fowleri amoeba, shown in orange. In pink, running from lower right to the center,...

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The New Health Care: The Reasonable Way to View Marijuana’s Risks

No one should be under the impression that marijuana is harmless, but it's safer than alcohol and tobacco...

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