NYT's Science and Environment (Video)

NYT's Science and Environment (Video)


New York Times video reports about health and science.


Recording What Polar Bears Do  

Scientists observe polar bears’ behavior in their natural environment by fitting them with collars that have cameras.

Enlisting Mosquitoes to Fight Zika  

Scientists in California are testing the use of bacteria-infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to reduce their numbers and prevent the spread of the Zika virus.

ScienceTake | Looking Into a Fly’s Brain  

Scientists have developed a new method for peeking into the brain of a freely walking fruit fly — by peeling back its head.

A New Home on Rattlesnake Island  

The timber rattlesnake's population has been decimated, but biologists are hoping it will thrive on an uninhabited island in Massachusetts.

Will Your Cellphone Give You Cancer?  

Recent research has been interpreted as suggesting that cellphones cause cancer. But Gina Kolata explains that the overwhelming evidence suggests that there is no link between the devices and the disease.

Open Season on Lionfish  

Florida has started its annual competition designed to rid its waters of the invasive lionfish.

Tiny Robot Can Fly and, Amazingly, Rest  

The RoboBee, which weighs a few thousandths of an ounce, uses an electrostatic patch to perch on just about anything.

ScienceTake | Meet the Humanoid Mer-Bot  

A submersible robot in human form, developed at Stanford University, completed its first dive, recovering a 17th-century vase.

Why It's Hard to Keep the Pounds Off  

Rebecca Wright and her husband, Daniel Wright, have gained back a lot of the weight they lost six years ago on Season 8 of "The Biggest Loser." A study of the contestants helps explain why.

The Scorpions Are Out Early This Year  

Hungry and disoriented because of an unseasonably warm winter, some unwanted creatures are invading backyards in Arizona. Look out for scorpions.

ScienceTake | Shake a Tail Feather  

Peacocks not only show their spectacular tails, or trains, they rattle them, and scientists are nailing down the physics of feather vibration.

Parrots: The Highlight Reel  

We asked readers to show us why parrots are more than just a pretty bird. Out of hundreds of submissions, these are some of our favorites.

Debunking the Viper’s Strike  

Rattlesnakes are part of the venomous viper family, thought to have the fastest strikes of any snakes. That is, until researchers decided to run a few experiments.

ScienceTake | A Crayfish in Trouble  

The Murray crayfish, the world’s second largest, is sensitive to changes in habitat. But populations can come back from current declines.

ScienceTake | Wings That Sing  

Male African broadbills use their wings, not their voices, to make sounds that attract females.

ScienceTake | Itching to Be Popular  

Researchers interested in the costs and benefits of social behavior studied Japanese macaques, looking for ties between social contacts and lice.

Of Spider Bondage, and Cannibalism  

Male nursery web spiders tie up females with spider silk before mating to avoid being killed and eaten.

ScienceTake | Surfing Beetles  

The lily pad beetle moves across the surface of the water in a kind of self-powered windsurfing.

Turning Oil Rigs Into Reefs  

Environmentalists disagree over whether outdated oil rigs off the coast of Long Beach, Calif., can become an addition to the marine ecosystem.

ScienceTake | Flight of the Sea Snail  

A tiny marine mollusk no bigger than a peppercorn flies through the water with the same wing motion as a fruit fly.

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