1. Earth

    The southern San Andreas has a smaller, neighboring fault to its west

    The newly-discovered Salton Trough Fault runs parallel to the southern San Andreas Fault in California, potentially affecting the region’s earthquake risk.

  2. Oceans

    First U.S. ocean monument named in the Atlantic

    A region of ocean off the coast of Cape Cod has become the first U.S. marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean, President Barack Obama announced.

  3. Life

    California’s goby is actually two different fish

    One fish, two fish: California’s tidewater goby is two species.

  4. Neuroscience

    GluMI cells are anything but

    GluMI cells are no downers in the retina.

  5. Paleontology

    T. rex look-alike unearthed in Patagonia

    A new dinosaur species discovered in Patagonia has the runty forearms of a Tyrannosaurus rex, but is not closely related to the gigantic predator.

  6. Animals

    Newly discovered big-headed ants use spines for support

    Two newly discovered ant species provide new insights into spiny evolution.

  7. Animals

    Two newly identified dinosaurs donned weird horns

    Two newly discovered relatives of Triceratops had unusual head adornments — even for horned dinosaurs.

  8. Plants

    Scary tomato appears to bleed

    A new species of Australian bush tomato bleeds when injured and turns bony in old age.

  9. Animals

    New species of hairy weevil named after Chewbacca

    A new weevil species,Trigonopterus chewbacca, joins the ranks of insects with a Star Wars moniker.

  10. Paleontology

    Beetle saved in amber had helicopter wings

    For the first time, scientists report the fossilized remains of two tiny Jacobson’s Beetles, preserved in amber for at least 37 million years.

  11. Microbes

    This microbe makes a meal of plastic

    A newly identified bacterium can break down plastic waste.

  12. Animals

    Ancient arthropod kept its brood close

    A newly discovered ancient arthropod may offer clues on the evolution of parenting styles.