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Covid-19 Kept Tourists Away. Why Did These Seabirds Miss Them?

When tourists come to Stora Karlso, a limestone-ledged nature reserve off the coast of Sweden, they keep a respectful distance from the many seabirds that call the island home. Like…

The Coronavirus Kills Mink. They May Get a Vaccine.

At least two American companies, as well as Russian researchers, are working on coronavirus vaccines for mink. The animals have grown sick and died in large numbers from the virus,…

Why Biden Inherited a Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Unlikely to Grow Before April

Johnson & Johnson is also in preliminary talks with Merck, a major American pharmaceutical company, about using its production lines, one of several ideas that federal health officials discussed with…

F.D.A. Approves Monthly Shots to Treat H.I.V.

It’s what many people with H.I.V. have long awaited: monthly injections to keep the virus in check, instead of the three drugs daily they now must take. The Food and…

Buttigieg’s Climate Promises: What Could He Actually Do?

WASHINGTON — Pete Buttigieg, President Biden’s choice to lead the Department of Transportation, vowed to make climate change a top priority during his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday. But that…

Biden Inherits a Vaccine Supply Unlikely to Grow Before April

As the Biden administration takes power with a pledge to tame the most dire public health crisis in a century, one pillar of its strategy is to significantly increase the…

Florida ‘Monkey Whisperer’ Is Charged With Illegal Animal Sales

Capuchin monkeys are small, boisterous and smelly. They “soak their hands and feet in urine to leave a scent,” according to the World Wildlife Federation. They are also smart. Researchers…

Biden, in a Burst of Climate Orders, Rejoins the Paris Agreement

WASHINGTON — President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday recommitted the United States to the Paris climate agreement, the international accord designed to avert catastrophic global warming, and ordered federal…

An Ancient Form of European Money: Bronze Rings, Ribs and Blades

The modern world runs on a constant flow of money that has its roots in simpler proto-currencies pioneered on regional levels by ancient peoples. A pair of archaeologists believe they…

Your Cat Isn’t Just Getting High Off Catnip

For a lesson in euphoria, look no further than a house cat twined around a twig of silver vine. When offered a snipping of the plant, which contains chemicals similar…