Female mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus can pass the infection to the next generation, lab tests show.
Among Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, thought to be the main species spreading Zika in the Americas, at least...
In a macabre twist, the hominid evolutionary tree’s most famous fossil star, Lucy, tumbled to her death from high up in a tree, a controversial new study suggests.
Some of the damage to Lucy’s 3.2-million-year-old partial skeleton most likely occurred when she fell from a height of 13 meters or more, say paleoanthropologist John Kappelman of the...
Despite its name, the newly identified GluMI cell (pronounced “gloomy”) is no downer.
It’s a nerve cell, spied in a mouse retina, that looks like one type of cell but behaves like another. Like neighboring retina nerve cells that subdue, or deaden, activity of other nerve cells, GluMI cells have a single arm extending from their body. But unlike those cells, GluMI cells actually seem to...
Scientists have created giant molecules — the size of bacteria — that may be useful in future quantum computers.
The molecules of unusual size are formed from pairs of Rydberg atoms — atoms with an electron that has been boosted into a high-energy state. Such electrons orbit far from their atom’s nucleus and, as a result, can feel the influence of faraway atoms.
To create the...
Over the last several years, spacecraft have beamed back images from all across the solar system, revealing a complex tapestry of landscapes. Dust shapes the scenery on comet 67P, whereas ice rules on Pluto and the moons of Saturn.
At first glance, many of these terrains seem the same — mountains, craters and canyons show up everywhere. But...
Venus might have once been prime real estate. New computer simulations suggest that the hellish planet next door could have been habitable in the not-too-distant past, with moderate temperatures, plenty of seaside locales and even a few spots for skiing.
Modern Venus is harsh: sulfuric acid rain, crushing atmospheric pressure and a surface temperature around 460° Celsius. But if Venus...
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An inflammatory lung disease caused by regular inhalation of fungi living inside bagpipes.
In 2014, a 61-year-old man died after seven years of a mysterious illness that left him breathless, with a dry cough.
Doctors diagnosed him with hypersensitivity pneumonitis, a rare disease caused by breathing in particles that...
If you’d like to vacation at the newly found planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, you might want to reconsider. It’s nearby astronomically — a mere 4.2 light-years away — but still too far away for any plausible transportation technology to reach within the current millennium.
In fact, it’s a pretty safe bet the Chicago Cubs will win the World Series before any human steps foot on Earth’s...
Scientists have identified the “refrigerator” nerve cells that hum along in the brains of mice and keep the body cool. These cells kick on to drastically cool mice’s bodies and may prevent high fevers, scientists report online August 25 in Science.
How the seafloor quivers under an intense storm called a “weather bomb” could help reveal Earth’s innermost secrets.
Using a network of seismic sensors, researchers in Japan detected a rare type of deep-Earth tremor originating from a rapidly strengthening cyclone over the North Atlantic Ocean. Tracking how these...