The Science Life

  1. Gun sounds
    Physics

    Sounds from gunshots may help solve crimes

    Sound wave analysis may help forensic scientists figure out what types of guns were fired at a crime scene.

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  2. movie audience
    Chemistry

    Movie viewers’ exhaled chemicals tell if scene is funny, scary

    Changes in trace gases exhaled by movie audiences could point the way to a subtle form of human communication.

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  3. Kate Rubins
    Science & Society

    Biologist Kate Rubins’ big dream takes her to the space station

    Molecular biologist Kate Rubins led a 14-person virology lab before becoming an astronaut. She heads to the International Space Station on June 24.

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  4. selection of cheeses
    Life

    Studying cheese reveals how microbes interact

    Microbiologist Rachel Dutton uses cheese rinds to study how microbes form communities.

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  5. Eric Minikel and Sonia Vallabh
    Genetics

    Prion disease gets personal

    Diagnosis of a brain-wasting disease drove a married couple into science.

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  6. SOFIA test flight
    Planetary Science

    120 seconds in Pluto’s shadow

    A 747 outfitted with a telescope worked with New Horizons to reveal details about Pluto’s atmosphere.

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  7. microsnail
    Animals

    The fine art of hunting microsnails

    Flotation, tact and limestone all prove vital to the quest for microsnails.

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  8. Scientists on dunes
    Physics

    Uncovering the science of sand dune ‘booms’

    Mechanical engineer and geophysicist Nathalie Vriend explores noises in the desert that are triggered by sand sliding down dunes.

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  9. red howler monkey
    Animals

    Inside the roaring sex lives of howler monkeys

    Listening to the intense roars of howler monkeys in Mexico inspired scientists to decipher how and why calls differ among species.

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  10. Physics

    In retirement, Nobelist takes up moon bouncing

    A lifelong amateur radio enthusiast, Joseph Taylor sends signals via the moon.

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  11. Nancy Kanwisher’s newly shaved head
    Neuroscience

    Brain on display

    In her online videos, Nancy Kanwisher goes where few other neuroscientists go.

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  12. Astronomy

    The art of astronomy

    Astronomer Zoltan Levay uses the Hubble Space Telescope to create stunning images of cosmic landscapes.

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