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For dudes who don't dance: Zumba Strong

Dance has always been fitness program Zumba’s stock in trade, getting people all over the country to salsa, shimmy and sweat off the pounds. Now it’s making a play for the dudes who don’t dance and prefer bootcamp to boogie. Enter Strong, a 60-minute, high intensity interval training (HIIT) class...

Willful Ignorance

Anti-vaxxers are a lot like the climate denial crowd, but with two differences. First, there hasn’t been any corporate money fomenting skepticism about vaccines, unlike climate denial. Second, anti-vaxxers are sprinkled across the ideological spectrum. Show More Summary

Watch live: Rick Perry's confirmation hearing

Trump will crack down on immigration right after inauguration Jan. 19, 2017, 6:49 a.m. This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's transition and the outgoing Obama administration: Trump plans to move quickly on immigration Reports say former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is Trump's pick for...

As soon as he is inaugurated, Trump will move to clamp down on immigration

Trump will crack down on immigration right after inauguration Jan. 19, 2017, 6:26 a.m. This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's transition and the outgoing Obama administration: Trump plans to move quickly on immigration Reports say former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is Trump's pick for...

Donald Trump has barely said a word about America's longest war. Should Afghanistan be worried?

Trump will crack down on immigration right after inauguration Jan. 19, 2017, 6:26 a.m. This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's transition and the outgoing Obama administration: Trump plans to move quickly on immigration Reports say former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is Trump's pick for...

Research recommends composting as a viable option for solid waste management in Sri Lanka

Solid waste management is growing as a major problem in urban Sri Lanka with a rising population and rapid urbanization. The present system of open dumping has caused environmental and public health hazards, a research study has found. Show More Summary

Advanced biomass cookstoves provide benefits in field settings, but less than expected from lab testing

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine have found that while advanced wood-burning cookstoves can provide benefits to the environment and climate, these benefits are less than expected due to higher emissions measured in the field compared to laboratory settings. Show More Summary

How anthropogenic forest fires may have impacted Earth's climate over 10 000 years ago

Recently paleoclimatologist William Ruddiman suggested that humans may have had a significant impact on the Earth's climate already thousands of years ago—through carbon and methane emissions originating from biomass burning and deforestation associated with early agriculture. The EARLYHUMANIMPACT project set out to verify this hypothesis.

Rooftop observatory tracks hurricane rain and winter snow

On Friday night, while most of North Carolina braced against the biting sleet and snow with hot cocoa and Netflix, a suite of research instruments stood tall above Duke's campus, quietly gathering data on the the storm.

When to make a federal case out of the police

The U.S. Department of Justice’s report finding unconstitutional police practices in Chicago was scathing yet unsurprising, coming as it did amid months of tension following the fatal 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white police officer and the much-delayed release of video...

Why calling a climate scientist a fraud crosses a line on defamation

To the editor: National Review editor Rich Lowry does a grave disservice by misleading readers about our libel suit against his organization. Never mind that he fails to disclose that my research with other scientists that yielded the “hockey stick” curve (see “The Hockey Stick and the Climate...

Even Trump voters are getting tired of his antics

To the editor: I was one of many citizens who helped President-elect Donald Trump acquire his next job, and I influenced a lot of people to vote like me. I gave Trump my vote for several reasons, with one being that he says what’s on his mind instead of sanitizing and politically correcting everything...

As senators grilled Trump's climate change skeptic EPA nominee, scientists said 2016 was warmest on record

Unsurprisingly, 2016 was the hottest year on record — the third straight year in which worldwide temperatures have reached record levels. Ironically, Scott Pruitt, the climate change skeptic whom Donald Trump has chosen to run the Environmental Protection Agency, just happened to be testifying...

Why Snowden should not expect the same treatment as Manning

To the editor: Precise terminology can enlighten a reader on both an event and the relevant process. In The Times’ article on former U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning, the two distinct methods a president can use to bestow clemency, either by pardon or commutation, are less than clear. (“Obama commutes...

Argentine scientists in Antarctica tally toll of climate change

CARLINI BASE, Antarctica (Reuters) - On King George Island in Antarctica, the thunderous sound of ice sliding off the Fourcade Glacier and crashing into the icy water bordering Argentina's Carlini research base serves as a daily reminder of a warming climate.

Hospitals aren't the source of America's opioid epidemic

To the editor: Johann Hari understates the risks of prescription opioids, including addiction, which the best data available suggest develops in up to 10% of patients with chronic pain. Chronic pain is the dominant reason for the surfeit of prescription opioids in North America, not treatment of...

Betsy DeVos embarrassed herself and should be rejected by the Senate

Betsy DeVos’ love of private school vouchers didn’t disqualify her for the role of U.S. Education secretary, even though vouchers are a bad idea. Nor did her lack of experience in public schools.  What did render her unacceptable was her abysmal performance at her confirmation hearing Tuesday,...

Today: Trump Makes a Run for the Border. Hustle and Snow at Sundance.

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. TOP STORIES Trump Makes a Run for the Border Donald Trump’s aides say they are wasting no time on an issue that helped propel him to the White House: transforming the immigration...

Listen to the Earth smash another global temperature record

Federal science agencies announced Wednesday that 2016 was the warmest year on record, beating the previous record of global temperature set in 2015, which had beat the previous record set in 2014.

U.S. cities move to curb lead poisoning following Reuters report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cities and towns across the United States are taking action after a Reuters report identified thousands of communities where children tested with lead poisoning at higher rates than in Flint, Michigan.

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