An uneasy transition to digital mammograms
Tom Uhlman for The New York Times
Nurse Nancy Liber standing with a digital mammogram machine at the Barrets Cancer Center in Cincinnati.
At many U.S. clinics, nerve-racking recalls after a scan for breast cancer are on the rise, at least temporarily - the price of progress as more and more radiologists switch from traditional X-ray film to digital.
Increasing obesity in U.S. requires new ambulance equipment
As obesity rates increase, fire departments and emergency medical workers are purchasing more expensive ambulances that can carry heavier patients.
Cognitive dissonance turned on its head?
An economist, M. Keith Chen, has challenged research into cognitive dissonance, including the 1956 experiment that first identified a remarkable ability of people to rationalize their choices.
What's making that noise? Surprisingly, it may be fish
Naturalists as far back as Aristotle have known that fish make sounds but scientists are now starting to try to record and understand the wide variety of noises.
Breech delivery is inherited
The tendency to have a breech delivery is inherited, a study suggests, and the tendency is passed on by either parent.
CasesMy daughters are fine, but I'll never be the same
A child's close call with death reverberates through the rest of a parent's life.
Hurricane forecaster predicts bad year for Atlantic
A noted hurricane researcher predicted Wednesday that rising water temperatures in the Atlantic would bring a storm season "well above average" this year, including four major storms. The forecast by William Gray's team at Colorado State University is for a storm season "well above average," with 15 named storms in the Atlantic.
Personal HealthPotential for harm in dietary supplements
Large doses and combinations of dietary substances can be hazardous.
Vanished: A pueblo mystery in Colorado
Scientists what to know why, in the late 13th century, a people called the Anasazi abandoned magnificent settlements of the Colorado Plateau and move south into Arizona and New Mexico?
A disease that allowed torrents of creativity
Some patients with FTD develop artistic abilities when frontal brain areas decline and posterior regions take over.
WellKeeping priorities straight, even at the end
One man's recipe for a happy life and achieving dreams turns into an Internet hit.
Soyuz capsule launches with first Korean astronaut on board
A Russian capsule carrying two cosmonauts and Korea's first astronaut has blasted off en route to the international space station.
Climate debate shifts as many say emissions caps are not enough
More economists, scientists and students of energy policy are pushing for the development of advanced low-carbon technologies.
Studies point to new understanding of phantom noises in the ear
Tinnitus is becoming an increasingly common complaint, particularly among soldiers returning from combat, users of portable music players, and aging baby boomers reared on rock 'n' roll. There is no cure, but researchers say they have never had a better understanding of the physiological and psychological mechanisms responsible for it.
With or without training, CPR can save lives
The American Heart Association urges everyone, trained or not, to begin chest compressions immediately if they see someone collapse from heart failure.
Wedded bliss linked to lower blood pressure
Happily married people tend to have lower blood pressure than their single peers, but being single may be healthier than being unhappily married, a new study suggests.
European supply ship is cleared for space station mission
Managers of the International Space Station on Wednesday cleared Europe's new Jules Verne cargo ship for its first docking with the orbiting research outpost.
Blind to change, even as it stares us in the face
Our visual system's inability to detect alterations to something staring us straight in the face is known as change blindness.
Logos offer a guide to secret military research
In patches decorated with rockets, bombs and dragons, a photographer and author, Trevor Paglen, finds a coded guide to a secret world of military research.
April fool! The purpose of pranks
Seeking alternatives to animal-derived drugs
Try this headline: Black Hole Eats Earth
Personal Best: Yes, running can make you high
Doubt cast on 2 drugs used to lower cholesterol
From Harlem to Antarctica for science, and for students
Researchers find song recorded before Edison's phonograph
Study ties genetic variations to schizophrenia
Space shuttle Endeavour completes 16-day mission, and lands
Exercise test: Truth or myth?
Spanish cave yields remains of a human ancestor
California utility to install solar panels
Alaska settles suit against Eli Lilly
Experimenting with makeup: What puts the 'ick' in lipstick?
Recall spurs research into replacements for animal-derived drugs
Chile under fire for results of intensive salmon fish farms
Trade in mammoth ivory, helped by global thaw, flourishes in Russia
To feminists, beauty is not a weighty issue
Runaway ice chunk in Antarctica worries scientists
The Pour: Teenage drinking: Can sips at home prevent binges?
U.S. regulators approve copper alloys as a germ killer
Café culture redefining U.S. senior centers
Cigarette company paid for lung cancer study in U.S.
Books: 'The Lives They Left Behind': From a hospital attic, glimpses of lost lives
Breakfast benefits: Skip cereal and eggs, and risk packing on pounds