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  • Feature

    The pressure is on to make metallic hydrogen

    In a few highly specialized laboratories, scientists bombard matter with the world’s most powerful electrical pulses or zap it with sophisticated lasers. Other labs squeeze heavy-duty diamonds together hard enough to crack them.

    All this is in pursuit of a priceless metal. It’s not gold, silver or platinum. The scientists’ quarry is hydrogen in its most elusive of forms.

    Several...

    08/10/2016 - 09:00 Physics, Materials, Condensed Matter
  • News

    Zika epidemic peaking in Latin America

    Zika should soon run its course in Latin America.

    Within the next couple of years, the epidemic that has battered the region since 2015 will largely be over, researchers estimate in a paper online July 14 in Science.

    “If we’re not past the peak already, we’re very close to it,” says study coauthor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London. After this outbreak winds down, it...

    07/14/2016 - 14:00 Health
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    Vaccines could counter addictive opioids

    By age 25, Patrick Schnur had cycled through a series of treatment programs, trying different medications to kick his heroin habit. But the drugs posed problems too: Vivitrol injections were painful and created intense heroin cravings as the drug wore off. Suboxone left him drowsy, depressed and unable to study or go running like he wanted to. Determined to resume the life he had before his...

    06/28/2016 - 12:00 Health, Neuroscience, Clinical Trials
  • Feature

    Juno is closing in on Jupiter

    Ancient stargazers chose well when they named the solar system’s largest planet, Jupiter, after the king of the Roman gods.

    With more than twice the mass of all the other planets combined, Jupiter reigns supreme. It’s the most influential member of our planetary family — after the sun. Jupiter might have hurled...

    06/16/2016 - 10:48 Planetary Science
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    Vaccines may offer defense against dengue, Zika and chikungunya

    Humans can’t easily protect themselves from the most dangerous species on Earth. The predator slips invisibly into homes, quietly stalks its prey and bites before a victim knows what happened. There’s little chance of escape.

    The attacker is Aedes aegypti, a mosquito that has, over time, developed a taste for people. It’s a city dweller that hovers in undisturbed crannies and...

    06/15/2016 - 08:00 Immune Science, Health, Clinical Trials
  • News

    Plate tectonics just a stage in Earth’s life cycle

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    Earth’s plate tectonics could be a passing phase. After simulating rock and heat flow throughout a planet’s lifetime, researchers have proposed that plate tectonics is just one stage of a planet’s life cycle.

    In the simulation, the Earth’s interior was too hot and runny at first to push around the giant chunks of crust, researchers report in the...

    05/31/2016 - 07:00 Earth, Planetary Science
  • News

    Hobbits died out earlier than thought

    Hobbits disappeared from their island home nearly 40,000 years earlier than previously thought, new evidence suggests.

    This revised timeline doesn’t erase uncertainty about the evolutionary origins of these controversial Indonesian hominids. Nor will the new evidence resolve a dispute about whether hobbits represent a new species, Homo floresiensis, or were small-bodied Homo...

    03/30/2016 - 13:00 Anthropology, Human Evolution
  • News in Brief

    Zika may have flown to Brazil in 2013

    The Zika virus may have hopped a ride on a 747 from Southeast Asia in 2013 to invade the Americas.

    Oliver Pybus, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Oxford, and his colleagues have retraced the virus’ steps in Brazil and pinpointed its introduction there to between May and December 2013. That coincides with a time when Brazil saw a significant increase in...

    03/24/2016 - 14:00 Genetics, Health, Science & Society
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    Antarctic history suggests ice sheet ‘danger’ threshold

    Assembling a detailed timeline surrounding the Antarctic ice sheet’s inception around 34 million years ago, scientists have identified a carbon dioxide “danger zone” for the ice sheet’s demise.

    Based on CO2 levels when the ice sheet formed, the researchers report that Antarctica’s ice will be “dramatically” more vulnerable to melting once...

    03/10/2016 - 14:00 Climate, Earth
  • The Science Life

    Prion disease gets personal

    Sonia Vallabh knows what will probably kill her.

    In 2011, the Boston-area law school graduate learned she carries the same genetic mutation that caused her mother’s death from a rare brain-wasting prion disease. Prions are twisted forms of normal brain proteins that clump together and destroy nerves. About 10 to 15 percent of prion diseases are caused by a mutation in the PRNP...

    02/22/2016 - 07:00 Genetics, Science & Society