News in Brief
3-D printed flowers reveal a hidden conflict between a hawk moth and the flowers it pollinates.
Unusually intense storms could explain why Antarctic sea ice shrank to its smallest observed extent this year.
The number of planets in the habitable zone of dim red suns, known as M dwarfs, is growing. They’re a good place to look for life.
Certain bacteria will destroy other bacteria without harming humans. They may be an answer to antibiotic-resistant infections.
A Google Earth-based estimate of dryland forests adds serious leafage to Earth’s total tree count.
Reviews & Previews
In 'Caesar’s Last Breath', best-selling author Sam Kean tells vivid stories about the gases we can’t see.
A newly discovered glass frog species has skin so clear that it reveals most of the animal’s internal organs, including the heart.
An analysis of nearly 50,000 bird eggs finds a link between a species’ egg shape and flight ability.
Bones send out hormone signals that chat with other parts of the body, studies in mice show. What influence these hormones have in people, though, remain a mystery.
The immune system recognizes parts of a protein linked to Parkinson’s disease as foreign, triggering an autoimmune response.
A large genetic analysis points to a protein made by the fetus that may trigger preeclampsia in the mom.
For Daily Use
Physicists explain why roller suitcases rock back and forth as you dash through the terminal.
A new polymer offers a better way to pull fluorine-containing pollutants out of drinking water.
The final catalog from the Kepler space telescope splits Earthlike exoplanets into two groups and pinpoints 10 new rocky planets in the habitable zone.
A serendipitous eruption during a solar eclipse showed relatively cool blobs of plasma, wrapped in a million-degree flame, streaming from the sun.
Once every 53 days, NASA’s Juno spacecraft zooms past Jupiter’s cloud tops. A new sequence of images reveals the encounter from Juno’s viewpoint.
Killer snails and other ocean predators that drill through shells have grown bigger over evolutionary time.