Science

Feds Send Coronavirus Strike Force to Amarillo in Response to Outbreaks in Meatpacking Plants

Potter County has roughly four times the infection rate of Harris and Dallas counties.

The Challenge of Tracking COVID-19’s Stealthy Spread

New studies indicate just how difficult containment efforts are likely to be.

New Systems of Governance Are Needed to Address Climate Change

We must rethink the scope, scale, tools and partnerships of natural resource management.

The CDC and WHO Have Already Said Mosquitoes Don’t Spread Coronavirus. Now USDA Will Study It, Too.

An adviser for the American Mosquito Control Association says the possibility of mosquito transition of the coronavirus is “nil.”

Discovering the Brain’s Nightly 'Rinse Cycle'

The director of the National Institutes of Health explains why getting restful sleep is essential for your mental and physical health.

Experts: Here’s What We Know about the New Coronavirus

Two infectious disease experts have put together a "COVID-19 primer" that includes information on prevention, symptoms, and work toward a vaccine.

The Federal Government Should Go to War With the Coronavirus, Today

A bipartisan federal effort, leading to a military-style assault, is necessary to contain the virus that has the potential to infect 40%-70% of the world’s population within a year.  

The Legacy of a Hidden NASA Figure

The stories of black women at the space agency were once buried so deep that it felt like a revelation when they were brought to light.

Interior Whistleblower Reinstated and Promoted as Part of Settlement Agreement

The Office of Special Counsel found that department officials retaliated against an employee after he reported insufficient environmental studies of Alaskan drilling sites.

Career Employees Allege EPA Leaders Silenced Them on Key Deregulation Effort

Two offices will review the allegations for potential further investigation and discipline.

How Oil Companies Avoided Environmental Accountability After 10.8 Million Gallons Spilled

Louisiana still hasn’t finished investigating 540 oil spills after Hurricane Katrina. The state is likely leaving millions of dollars in remediation fines on the table — money that environmental groups say they need as storms get stronger.

NIH Works to Prevent Sexual Harassment Among Federally Funded Researchers 

Agency has already taken some recommended steps but others will take longer, director says.

USDA Continues Its Descent in Engagement Ratings

The Agriculture Department retained its position as second to worst large agency in the Partnership for Public Service’s annual rankings of Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.

China Has Increasing Sway in U.S. Science, JASON Report Says

Beijing is using better jobs at home, aggressive intelligence agencies, and a greater financial reach to influence American institutions.

Why When You Eat Might Be as Important as What You Eat

An NIH-funded study showed that participants who limited daily food intake to a 10-hour period lost on average 3 percent of their weight and about 3 percent of their abdominal fat.

Texas Chemical Plant Rocked by Multiple Explosions Was Declared High Priority Violator by EPA

The Southeast Texas chemical manufacturing plant, owned by Houston-based Texas Petroleum Chemical Group, has a long history of environmental violations and been out of compliance with federal clean air laws for years.