1. a photo of a hot spring

    Life on Earth may have begun in hostile hot springs

    What researchers learn at hot springs and seafloor vents may guide the search for life on icy moons and Mars.

  2. Pit viper

    Cheap, innovative venom treatments could save tens of thousands of snakebite victims

    Momentum is building to finally tackle a neglected health problem that strikes poor, rural communities.

  3. New Zealand wine grape field

    How does a crop’s environment shape a food’s smell and taste?

    Scientific explorations of terroir — the soil, climate and orientation in which crops grow — hint at influences on flavors and aromas.

  4. gerrymandering protesters

    How next-gen computer generated maps detect partisan gerrymandering

    The U.S. census will trigger a new round of redistricting beginning in 2021. Researchers have developed numerous tests to identify gerrymandering.

  5. an illustration of a girl erasing a scary shadow looming over a sitting girl

    Puberty can repair the brain’s stress responses after hardship early in life

    Puberty may erase the shadow of trauma for children who had a difficult start.

  6. Typhoon Kammuri

    Improved three-week weather forecasts could save lives from disaster

    Meteorologists are pushing to make forecasts good enough to fill the gap between short-term and seasonal.

  7. Woman at graduation

    Why do we miss the rituals put on hold by the COVID-19 pandemic?

    Even solitary rituals bind us to our groups and help calm anxieties. What happens when those traditions are upended?

  8. Kid hanging upside down on a jungle gym

    Better playground design could help kids get more exercise

    Playgrounds designed for imaginative play can make a difference in how much kids move

  9. Mussels in a yellow bag

    To save Appalachia’s endangered mussels, scientists hatched a bold plan

    Biologists have just begun to learn whether their bold plan worked to save the golden riffleshell, a freshwater mussel teetering on the brink of extinction.

  10. Image of the Perseverance rover
    Planetary Science

    NASA’s Perseverance rover will seek signs of past life on Mars

    NASA’s Perseverance rover will collect rocks and search for past life on Mars using lasers and zoomable cameras among other instruments.

  11. Kate Rubins on the ISS

    What will astronauts need to survive the dangerous journey to Mars?

    Going to Mars, astronauts will need protections from microgravity and radiation, plus miniature medical devices to diagnose problems and help handle emergencies.

  12. Dust storm on Mars
    Planetary Science

    How upcoming missions to Mars will help predict its wild dust storms

    Predicting the weather on Mars is essential for landing and keeping rovers — or astronauts — safe on the surface. The next Mars missions will give forecasts a boost.