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  • Feature

    Jeremy Freeman seeks to simplify complex brain science

    Jeremy Freeman, 30NeuroscientistHoward Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus

    Jeremy Freeman loves clean, simple lines. To see his bent toward aesthetic minimalism, you need look no further than his spare, calm website that slowly shifts colors.

    In the past, this fixation with style has occasionally veered toward the extreme. In graduate school at New York University, “...

    09/21/2016 - 11:05 Neuroscience, Cells, Computing
  • Letters to the Editor

    A cosmic quandary, risks of hatching early and more reader feedback

    Cosmic mismatch

    Researchers used supernovas, cosmic microwave background radiation and patterns of galaxy clusters to measure the Hubble constant — the rate at which the universe expands — but their results were mismatched, Emily Conover reported in “Debate persists on cosmic expansion” (SN: 8/6/16, p. 10).

    Reader J.R. Kennedy thought that light-dimming space dust and debris might explain...

    09/21/2016 - 06:31 Cosmology, Animals, Science & Society
  • News

    Mixing Pokémon Go and driving isn’t safe

    Don’t drive and play Pokémon Go.

    Catching Pokémon — by flicking cartoon balls at cartoon creatures on the screen of a mobile device — while behind the wheel isn’t safe, a new study suggests. That conclusion is hardly surprising. “Most people would say it’s not a good idea,” says David Strayer, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City not involved in the...

    09/16/2016 - 11:00 Health, Science & Society
  • Letters to the Editor

    Readers contemplate aging research

    Live long and prosper

    In Science News’ special report on a­ging (SN: 7/23/16, p. 16), writers Laura Sanders, Tina Hesman Saey and Susan Milius explored the latest research — from the evolution of aging in the animal kingdom to scientists’ quest to delay the process in humans’ bodies and minds.

    “I would very much like to know how research into aging may benefit people who are middle-aged...

    09/07/2016 - 16:30 Health, Paleontology, Astronomy
  • Letters to the Editor

    Readers respond to terrorism's roots

    Rooting out terrorism

    Anthropologists have moved to the front lines to determine what drives people to join terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State. New research shows that the most committed ISIS fighters revere Islamic law and identify closely with a small group of comrades, Bruce Bower reported in “Deadly devotion” (SN: 7/9/16, p. 18).

    Some readers noted similarities between...

    08/24/2016 - 15:17 Networks, Psychology, Science & Society
  • Experiences

    Darwin’s Dogs wants your dog’s DNA

    Going for walks, playing fetch and now participating in genetic research are just a few things people and their dogs can do together.

    Darwin’s Dogs, a citizen science project headquartered at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, is looking for good — and bad — dogs to donate DNA. The project aims to uncover genes that govern behavior, including those involved in...

    08/21/2016 - 08:00 Genetics, Animals
  • Letters to the Editor

    General relativity has readers feeling upside down

    It’s all relative

    In “Earth is young at heart” (SN: 6/25/16, p. 5), Emily Conover reported that Earth’s core is more than two years younger than the planet’s surface, according to new calculations. Thanks to the effect of gravity on the passage of time, a clock placed at Earth’s core will tick fractions of a second slower than a clock at the surface. After 4.5 billion years, all of that...

    08/10/2016 - 15:36 Earth, Animals, Quantum Physics
  • Feature

    New desalination tech could help quench global thirst

    The world is on the verge of a water crisis.

    Rainfall shifts caused by climate change plus the escalating water demands of a growing world population threaten society’s ability to meet its mounting needs. By 2025, the United Nations predicts, 2.4 billion people will live in regions of intense water scarcity, which may force as many as 700 million people from their homes in search of...

    08/09/2016 - 16:00 Sustainability, Agriculture, Materials
  • Letters to the Editor

    Readers ponder animal flight

    Flightless perks

    Galápagos cormorants are the only cormorant species with wings too small to fly, and broken cellular antennae that transmit garbled developmental messages are probably to blame, Tina Hesman Saey reportedin “How a Galápagos bird got tiny wings” (SN: 6/11/16, p. 11).

    Online reader Mark S. wondered if the inability to fly conveyed any advantages to the cormorants.


    07/27/2016 - 16:14 Animals, Biophysics, Health
  • Letters to the Editor

    Readers mesmerized by 'Strange visions'

    Oddball eyes

    The visual systems of sea urchins, mantis shrimp and other creatures are broadening scientists’ understanding of what qualifies as an eye, Susan Milius reported in “Strange visions” (SN: 5/28/16, p. 22).

    “The article … may be the best written and most fascinating article I have read in Science News, covering several decades,” wrote Patrick Roache. Reader RME76048 added: “...

    07/13/2016 - 10:45 Animals, Microbes, Neuroscience