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    Gravitational waves explained

    A century after Albert Einstein rewrote our understanding of space and time, physicists have confirmed one of the most elusive predictions of his general theory of relativity. In another galaxy, a billion or so light-years away, two black holes collided, shaking the fabric of spacetime. Here on Earth, two giant detectors on opposite sides of the United States quivered as gravitational waves...

    02/11/2016 - 10:30 Physics, Astronomy
  • News

    Don’t blame winter for that bleak mood

    Winter doesn’t deserve its dour reputation as the season of depression, scientists say.

    Rates of major depression, a psychiatric condition marked by intense sadness, hopelessness, insomnia and a general loss of interest or pleasure, don’t markedly change from one season to another among U.S. adults,...

    02/08/2016 - 07:00 Psychology, Mental Health
  • Science Ticker

    U.K. first to approve gene editing of human embryos for research

    Experiments involving gene editing of human embryos have been approved in the United Kingdom, researchers announced February 1.

    The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, a government agency that oversees reproductive research and fertility treatments,...

    02/01/2016 - 18:53 Genetics, Science & Society
  • Science Ticker

    Behavior, body size impact bats’ fight against white-nose syndrome

    Small bats, beware.

    Whether or not the deadly white-nose syndrome fungal disease hits some bats harder than others could depend on behavior and size, researchers report in the Jan. 29 Science Advances. The disease depletes bats’ winter fat reserves by waking them from hibernation.

    David Hayman of Massey...

    01/29/2016 - 14:31 Animals, Fungi, Conservation
  • Science Ticker

    CDC issues travel guidelines for pregnant women

    Pregnant women should consider postponing travel to much of Latin America and the Caribbean. That’s the advice issued January 15 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

    The goal is to prevent women from catching Zika virus, a mysterious mosquito-borne virus that has spread rapidly across Brazil in the last nine months. The number of infected people could be...

    01/15/2016 - 20:48 Health, Development
  • Wild Things

    Alien species fly on the wings of ducks and other waterbirds

    A few years ago, researchers in Wisconsin were trying to figure out how invasive species were spreading between lakes in the state. A survey of 450 lakes had turned up plenty of worrisome species, such as zebra mussels and spiny water fleas...

    01/14/2016 - 07:00 Animals, Plants, Conservation
  • Feature

    Mom’s weight during pregnancy shapes baby’s health

    When Elinor Sullivan was a postdoctoral fellow at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, she set out to explore the influence of food and exercise habits on obesity. In one experiment, she and her colleagues fed a troop of macaque monkeys regular chow. Other macaques dined American-style, with a hefty 32 percent of calories from fat and ready access to peanut butter treats. Over...

    01/12/2016 - 13:00 Health, Mental Health
  • Wild Things

    Animals get struck by lightning, too

    Lightning strikes about 100 times every second of the day, mainly in warmer regions of the world. About 240,000 people are injured by lightning every year, and 24,000 die after being struck. But humans aren’t the only victims of lightning — animals are, too, though reports of such deaths are far rarer than...

    01/07/2016 - 08:10 Animals, Conservation
  • Science Visualized

    Anatomy of the South Korean MERS outbreak

    In 2015, South Korea experienced an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS. Between May and July, 186 people contracted the MERS virus; 38 eventually died. This diagram shows how quickly the pathogen spread within and between hospitals via a handful of “superspreaders.” 

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    12/22/2015 - 15:00 Health, Microbiology
  • Feature

    Top stories of 2015: Pluto, gene editing, a new hominid and more

    It probably comes as no surprise that the New Horizons mission to Pluto takes the top spot in Science News’ list of 2015’s most important stories.

    Since New Horizons awoke last December, we’ve devoted more than two dozen stories in the magazine and on the website — upwards of 10,000 words — to this first-ever visit. No other science news this year garnered so many headlines....

    12/15/2015 - 07:06 Science & Society