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Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill discusses the value of observational science.
We rely on our digital devices to connect with others and for memory and navigation shortcuts. What is that doing to our brains?
Tumors have surface sugars that persuade the body’s defenses to look the other way. New therapies are being devised to break the trance.
Scientists have created five more synthetic yeast chromosomes.
Differing activity of human and Neandertal versions of genes may help explain health risks.
Climate change could aggravate hidden hunger by sapping micronutrients from soils and plants, reducing nutrition in wheat, rice and other crops.
New measurements suggest soils below 15 centimeters deep could play a sizable role in boosting carbon emissions as the planet warms.
Six weeks of training turned average people into memory masters, a skill reflected in their brains.
Volcanoes that spew hydrogen could increase the number of potentially habitable planets in the universe.
Ancient Amazonians partly or fully domesticated fruit and nut trees that still dominate some forests.
The first stardust ever generated in the universe may have been spotted in a distant galaxy, seen as it was 600 million years after the Big Bang.
Among mammals, wild elephants may need the least amount of sleep, new measurements suggest.
A new claim for the oldest microfossils on Earth suggests that life may have originated in hydrothermal vents, but some scientists have doubts.
Two genes in Wolbachia bacteria could be used to sterilize mosquitoes that transmit Zika.
For men with low testosterone, the pros and cons of taking hormone replacement therapy are mixed.
Outranked chimpanzees trigger spread of useful new behaviors among their comrades.
Poker-playing computers beat professional players at heads-up no-limit Texas Hold’em.
Earth’s mantle is warmer than previously thought, suggests a new experiment that better accounts for water content in rocks.
A supermassive black hole about 1.8 billion light-years away has been gorging on the same star for a record-breaking decade.
A new species of gecko evades predators by shedding its scaly armor.
A wasp that forces oaks to grow a gall gets tricked into digging an escape tunnel for its killers.
Claims that the hallucinogenic drug damaged DNA were quickly rejected. But questions remain about how LSD works.
Colorectal cancer rates in the United States have increased in people younger than 50.
Reviews & Previews
Where the River Flows unites physics and environmental science to explain Earth’s waterways.
In The Zoo, Isobel Charman pens a gripping narrative of the London Zoo’s early days, when workers had a hard time keeping animals alive.
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