The List

  1. Animals

    Scientists name 66 species as potential biodiversity threats to EU

    North America’s fox squirrel, the venomous striped eel catfish and 64 other species are now considered invasive in the European Union.

  2. Artificial Intelligence

    Ask AI: How not to kill online conversations

    Tips on not being a conversation-killer, courtesy of an AI that studied over 60,000 Reddit threads.

  3. Health & Medicine

    For Ebola patients, a few signs mean treatment’s needed — stat

    A few criteria may help identify Ebola patients who need the most care.

  4. Planetary Science

    Get your Pluto trivia down cold

    Eight months after visiting Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft has delivered a wealth of details about the dwarf planet and its family of moons.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Cow bites and spacecraft injuries enliven new medical diagnostic codes

    The 10th edition of International Classification of Diseases went into effect in 2015, and it included some interesting additions.

  6. Climate

    Report card shows which states are best prepared for climate change

    A preparedness report card shows that some states aren’t ready for the extreme heat, droughts, wildfires and flooding that may come with climate change.

  7. Planetary Science

    The sad magnetic state of the solar system’s rocky worlds

    While a strong magnetic shield protects Earth from the sun’s occasional outbursts, the solar system’s other rocky planets are mostly defenseless.

  8. Animals

    Unusual new species names of 2013

    Here are five species with tongue-twister titles.

  9. Genetics

    Top genomes of 2013

    Scientists continue to decode the genetic blueprints of the planet’s myriad flora and fauna.

  10. Astronomy

    Top exoplanet finds of 2013

    Here are some of the year’s most notable finds.

  11. Environment

    World’s worst polluted

    A new report by Green Cross Switzerland and the Blacksmith Institute lists places posing the greatest risk to human health.

  12. Science & Society

    Science states