A Billion Pixels and the Search for India’s Crashed Moon Lander

On Nov. 19, Mark S. Robinson opened an email with the subject line, “Vikram Lander’s final resting place (Images with Proof).” Dr. Robinson is the principal investigator for the sharp-eyed camera aboard Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a NASA spacecraft that has been mapping the moon for a decade, and he had received a lot of these emails since an Indian robotic …

Denmark Raises Antibiotic-Free Pigs. Why Can’t the U.S.?

BILLUND, Denmark — How many rounds of antibiotics does it take to raise a Danish pig? If it is one of the 35,000 piglets raised each year on Soren Sondergaard’s sprawling farm, odds are the animal will get just a single course before it goes to slaughter. In fact, at least a quarter of his swine arrive at the abattoir …

NASA Finds India’s Vikram Moon Lander Crash Site, With Amateur’s Help

NASA has found pieces of Vikram, a small spacecraft that India attempted to land on the moon in September. They did it with the help of an engineer from India who scoured the lunar surface in his spare time. Vikram was part of India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission to the moon, which launched in July. If the spacecraft had reached the surface …

‘When Lambs Become Lions’ Review: An Ivory Poacher’s Perspective

Ivory poaching is a practice no one could possibly approve of: To further endanger the elephant species by killing individual animals is immoral. Some will tell you this isn’t just conventional wisdom; it’s a bedrock truth. Maddeningly, the ivory trade exists nevertheless. So the documentarian Jon Kasbe gave himself a particularly daunting challenge when he set out to make “When …

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Is Unlocking the Sun’s Mysteries

Since it launched last year, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has made three dives toward the sun as it reached the fastest speed ever clocked by a human-built vehicle. Scientists released the mission’s first batch of findings on Wednesday, revealing that the dynamics of our star are even weirder than once imagined. Four papers published in the journal Nature describe what …

Hospitals Sue Trump Over Price Disclosure Rule

The nation’s hospital groups sued the Trump administration on Wednesday over a new federal rule that would require them to disclose the discounted prices they give insurers for all sorts of procedures. The hospitals, including the American Hospital Association, argued in a lawsuit filed in United States District Court in Washington that the new rule “is unlawful, several times over.” …

Why Are These Foxes Tame? Maybe They Weren’t So Wild to Begin With

In the 1950s, Dmitri K. Belyaev began one of the most famous experiments in animal domestication. Dr. Belyaev, a geneticist at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics in Novosibirsk, Russia, selectively bred foxes that he had acquired from a fur farm, concentrating only on reducing their fear of humans. Within 10 generations, he wrote in 1979, “Like dogs, these foxes …

Trump Is Giving In To The Vaping Industry On A Flavor Ban, Lawmakers Say

A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers called on President Donald Trump to go ahead with a ban on flavored e-cigarettes on Monday, following the president’s decision to hold off on a sweeping ban he first announced in September. “Our children should not be used as guinea pigs by the tobacco industry,” said the letter from the Senate and House chairs of …

John Kerry Launches Star-Studded Climate Coalition

Mr. Kerry said while individual members might personally promote specific climate policy proposals, like a tax on carbon dioxide pollution, or the Green New Deal, the coalition is not aimed at promoting any particular plan. “We’re not going to be divided going down a rabbit hole for one plan or another,” he said. The Green New Deal envisions addressing climate …