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  • Letters to the Editor

    Zika, psychobiotics and more in reader feedback

    Zapping Zika

    As Zika virus spreads, researchers are racing to find Zika-carrying mosquitoes’ Achilles’ heel, Susan Milius reported in “Science versus mosquito” (SN: 4/2/16, p. 30). Some approaches include genetic...

    05/18/2016 - 10:00 Health, Planetary Science, Climate
  • Feature

    Some animals ‘see’ the world through oddball eyes

    It sounds like a riddling trick: How can an animal with no eyes still see? But it’s a serious scientific question — the trickiest kind of riddle.

    Sea urchins don’t have anything that people recognize as an eye, says Sönke Johnsen of Duke University. Urchin bodies are mobile...

    05/18/2016 - 07:00 Animals, Evolution
  • Letters to the Editor

    Readers ponder gravity wave physics

    Gaga for gravity waves

    With a single chirp, scientists confirmed the existence of gravitational waves created by the collision of two black holes. Science News’ special report (...

    05/04/2016 - 16:13 Particle Physics, Health
  • Essay

    Humans have pondered aliens since medieval times

    For beings that are supposedly alien to human culture, extraterrestrials are pretty darn common. You can find them in all sorts of cultural contexts, from comic books, sci-fi novels and conspiracy theories to Hollywood films and old television reruns. There’s Superman and Doctor Who, E.T. and Mindy’s friend Mork, Mr. Spock, Alf, Kang and Kodos and My Favorite Martian. Of course, there’s just...

    04/20/2016 - 10:30 History of Science, Astronomy, Science & Society
  • News

    EPA underestimates methane emissions

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a methane problem — and that could misinform the country’s carbon-cutting plans. Recent studies suggest that the agency’s reports fail to capture the full scope of U.S. methane emissions, including “super emitters” that contribute a disproportionate share of methane release. Those EPA reports influence the country’s actions to combat climate change...

    04/14/2016 - 10:00 Pollution, Climate
  • Letters to the Editor

    Readers question ocean health

    Ocean outlook

    Earth’s oceans are a hot mess. They absorb heat at twice the rate that they did nearly 20 years ago, Thomas Sumner reported in “Ocean heating doubles” (...

    04/08/2016 - 10:45 Oceans, Animals, Materials
  • The –est

    Earth’s hurricanes have nothing on this quasar

    When visiting the center of a galaxy nicknamed J0230, pack a sturdy windproof jacket. There, you will encounter a galactic hurricane with winds whipping at about 200 million kilometers per hour. At that speed, nearly 20 percent of the speed of light, a trip around Earth would take just 0.7 seconds. These are the fastest...

    03/29/2016 - 15:02 Astronomy
  • News

    Cancer killers send signal of success

    New cancer-fighting nanoparticles deliver results — and status reports.    

    Tiny biochemical bundles carry chemotherapy drugs into tumors and light up when surrounding cancer cells start dying. Future iterations of these lab-made particles could allow doctors to monitor the effects of cancer treatment in real time...

    03/28/2016 - 15:00 Cancer, Biomedicine
  • News

    Australian fairy circles first to be found outside Africa

    Beyond the small mining town of Newman in Western Australia lie the first fairy circles scientists have described outside of Africa.

    These patches of bare soil dot outback grasslands in almost regular polka-dot patterns, just like the puzzling circle landscapes known from Namibia, says ecologist Stephan Getzin of the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research-UFZ in Leipzig, Germany. He...

    03/15/2016 - 14:44 Ecosystems, Plants
  • Wild Things

    Snake fungal disease spreading in eastern United States

    There’s a deadly fungus spreading among snakes in the United States. But don’t cheer. As much as snakes might frighten us, they’re important players in the ecosystem, and we really don’t want to lose them.

    In 2006, scientists discovered some odd skin infections among snakes in declining populations in New Hampshire. Soon after, fungal infections were found in...

    03/15/2016 - 09:00 Animals