AJ Impact

US opioid crisis: new legal strategy aims to protect communities

Proposed plan gives local governments the right to vote on settlements with drug companies implicated in the epidemic.

US opioid crisis: new legal strategy aims to protect communities

AJ Impact

Possible fight between Trump, California has automakers worried

At issue are Obama-era standards requiring annual decreases of vehicle emissions.

Possible fight between Trump, California has automakers worried

Health

Game-changing heart patches set for human trials

The patch could one day cure heart failure, which is on the rise as more people survive heart attacks, scientists say.

Game-changing heart patches set for human trials

Space

The very first picture of a black hole is here, finally

The highly anticipated photo shows a dark core, encircled by a bright orange halo of white-hot gas and plasma.

Climate SOS

Europe set to suffer as climate change brings mosquito threat

Millions more people could be exposed to mosquito-borne diseases in coming years amid global warming, experts say.

Europe set to suffer as climate change brings mosquito threat

Health

Unhealthy diet linked to 11 million deaths: Study

Eleven million deaths in 2017 linked to poor diets high in sugar, salt and processed meat, experts say.

One in five deaths worldwide linked to poor diet: Study

Science & Technology

Mosquito scent discovery could change a billion lives

US researchers genetically modify mosquitoes making females less likely to spread diseases like dengue and Zika fever.

Mosquito scent discovery could change a billion lives

Inside Story

Can human genome editing be regulated?

Scientists have gathered in Geneva to better regulate research into human genome editing.

Inside Story

Are we close to commercial space travel?

The first commercial capsule capable of carrying humans has docked with the International Space Station.

United States

Lab strips DNA pioneer James Watson of honours for racist views

James Watson won a Nobel for his work on DNA, but held debunked ideas on the relationship between race and genetics.

Lab strips DNA pioneer James Watson of honours for racist views

Environment

More than half of Earth's land critically endangered: report

Only five percent of land has not been modified by humans, according to new report.

More than half of Earth's land critically endangered: report

Science

Criticism after claims ancient Hindus invented stem cell research

Organisers distance themselves from speakers who claimed Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton were wrong.

Criticism after claims ancient Hindus invented stem cell research

China

'Extremely abominable': Chinese gene-editing scientist faces law

China condemns the work of He Jiankui as institutions distance themselves from the academic who gene-edited twin girls.

'Extremely abominable': Chinese gene-editing scientist faces law

Space

NASA's Insight Mission: When will it land and why should we care?

InSight Lander is the US space agency's first craft dedicated to peer beneath Mars' surface and study its interior.

NASA's Insight Mission: When will it land and why should we care?

Science & Technology

Stephen Hawking's final book entreats readers: 'Shape the future'

Seven months after his death, Stephen Hawking makes waves with the release of his final thoughts in the book, Brief Answers to Big Questions.