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  • Feature

    These 2016 stories could be really big — if they're true

    These findings would have rocked the scientific world, if only the evidence had been more convincing.

    New Planet 9 clues

    A giant planet lurking at the outskirts of the solar system could explain the odd orbits of far-flung hunks of icy debris (SN: 2/20/16, p. 6). If the planet exists, its average distance from the sun would be between 500 and 600 times Earth’s distance (SN: 7/23/16, p. 7...

    12/23/2016 - 10:00 Astronomy, Cells, Evolution
  • Feature

    Tales of creatures large and small made news this year

    Scientists filled in the details of some famous evolutionary tales in 2016 — and discovered a few surprises about creatures large and small.

    Venom repertoire

    By studying a gene family important for toxin production, researchers found that modern rattlesnakes have pared down their venom arsenal over time (SN: 10/15/16, p. 9). Rattlers now have a smaller repertoire of toxins, perhaps more...

    12/22/2016 - 07:00 Animals, Evolution, Genetics
  • Feature

    The Flint water crisis and other public health woes from 2016

    Drug use continued to threaten the health and safety of the American public in 2016, while a hidden menace in drinking water remained a major worry for the people of Flint, Mich.

    Teen vaping

    Vaping has surpassed cigarette smoking among U.S. high school students, according to a report released in 2016 from the National Youth Tobacco Survey. Estimates suggest that some 2.39 million U.S....

    12/20/2016 - 13:00 Health, Science & Society
  • Feature

    What’s ahead for science in 2017?

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    As science journalists look back on the top stories of the year, scientists push on, asking the next questions and chasing fresh data. What big discoveries might they deliver in 2017? Science News writers reveal what they are watching for — and hoping for — in the year ahead. 

    Bruce BowerBehavioral Sciences

    “I look forward to seeing where the reproducibility...

    12/20/2016 - 09:00 Science & Society
  • Reviews & Previews

    Science News’ favorite books of 2016

    Once again, Science News writers and editors have reviewed the stacks of science books published this year to pick their favorites. Most of the books listed here have been reviewed previously in the magazine. Read those reviews at the links below or in our Editor's pick: Favorite books of 2016.

    Lab GirlHope Jahren

    In this engrossing memoir, a geomicrobiologist...

    12/18/2016 - 05:30 Science & Society
  • 50 years ago, alcohol use was linked to several gene variants

    A case for genetic drinking

    Whether one drinks at all, how much and how often are partly due to heredity, [according to a Finnish study of 902 male twins].… A genetic element in alcoholism “seems highly plausible,” [researchers] said.… Surprisingly, genes also have much to do with creating an abstainer. Lack of control — which should resemble alcoholism — is no single gene, but a...

    12/15/2016 - 15:30 Genetics
  • Editor's Note

    The year of gravitational waves, Zika and more

    There’s no bow or festive wrap, but I hope that you will consider this issue a gift of sorts. That is how the staff of Science News thinks of it, our year-end recap of the top science stories. In these pages, you’ll find the stories that continued to resonate well after we first covered them and many that we expect will resonate for years to come — all collected in one easy-to-read,...
    12/14/2016 - 09:00 Science & Society
  • Feature

    Top 10 science stories of 2016: Gravitational waves, Zika, Proxima b and more

    At first glance, the stories taking the top two spots in Science News’ review of 2016 have little in common. Scientists began searching decades ago for gravitational waves. Discussions of these subtle signals from dramatic and distant phenomena appear dozens of times in the SN archive starting as early as the 1950s. Their long-awaited discovery, our No. 1 story of the year, touched off...

    12/14/2016 - 07:42 Science & Society
  • Feature

    Year in review: Gravitational waves offer new cosmic views

    The secrets gleaned from the universe’s most mysterious giants are incongruously subtle when witnessed at Earth: Detectors budge by a tiny fraction of a proton’s breadth, outputting a feeble, birdlike chirp.

    For centuries, astronomers have peered out into the universe almost exclusively by observing its light. But 2016’s announcement of the first detection of gravitational waves,...

    12/14/2016 - 07:41 Physics, Astronomy
  • Feature

    Year in review: Zika virus devastates Brazil and spreads fear across Americas

    A Brazilian mother cradles her baby girl under a bruised purple sky. The baby’s face is scrunched up, mouth open wide — like any other crying child. But her head is smaller than normal, as if her skull has collapsed above her eyebrows.

    A week earlier, not far away, a doctor wrapped a measuring tape around the forehead of a 1-month-old boy, held in the arms of his grandmother. This...

    12/14/2016 - 07:40 Health, Human Development