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  1. Plants

    This weird fern is the first known plant that turns its dead leaves into new roots

    Cyathea rojasiana tree ferns seem to thrive in Panama’s Quebrada Chorro forest by turning dead leaves into roots that seek out nutrient-rich soil.

  2. Ecosystems

    A new road map shows how to prevent pandemics

    Past viral spillover events underscore the importance of protecting wildlife habitats.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Aimee Grant investigates the needs of autistic people

    The public health researcher focuses on what kinds of support people with autism need rather than on treating the condition as a disease to cure.

  4. Seeking the elements that make modern life possible

    Editor in chief Nancy Shute discusses the importance of rare earth elements to society.

  5. Physics

    Advanced nuclear reactors need a different type of uranium. Here’s 4 things to know 

    The nuclear fuel of the future may be HALEU, high-assay low-enriched uranium. But questions about the material remain.

  6. Readers discuss grassland conservation and a hummingbird flight trick

  7. Planetary Science

    Bacteria that can make humans sick could survive on Mars

    Experiments suggest that common illness-causing microbes could not only survive on the Red Planet but also might be able to thrive.

  8. Oceans

    Ocean heat waves often lurk out of sight

    About 1 in 3 marine heat waves occur below the surface, a new study reports, suggesting these harmful events are more common than previously thought.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Newly identified stem cells can lure breast cancer to the spine

    A new type of stem cell discovered in mice and humans might explain why cancer that spreads to other body parts preferentially targets the spine.

  10. Health & Medicine

    Pelvic exams at hospitals require written consent, new U.S. guidelines say 

    Hospitals must now get written consent to perform pelvic, breast, prostate and rectal exams on sedated patients or risk losing federal funding.

  11. Physics

    50 years ago, scientists dreamed of lasers that could kick off nuclear fusion

    In the 1970s, lasers that could initiate nuclear fusion were a distant dream. Now, scientists are using such lasers to achieve fusion “ignition.”

  12. Planetary Science

    A toxic gas that could help spawn life has been found on Enceladus

    Cassini data indicate that hydrogen cyanide, a key building block for life, exists on Saturn’s icy moon. A snakelike NASA robot might test for sure.