Vol. 191 No. 8
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More Stories from the April 29, 2017 issue

  1. Earth

    Deadly New Zealand quake hopscotched across faults

    The Nov. 14, 2016, earthquake in New Zealand was much larger than thought possible at the time, prompting a rethink of hazard assessments.

  2. Archaeology

    Ancient Romans may have been cozier with Huns than they let on

    Nomadic Huns and Roman farmers shared ways of life on the Roman Empire’s fifth century frontier.

  3. Quantum Physics

    Millions of atoms entangled in record-breaking quantum tests

    Scientists make advance in the quest to take quantum effects to larger scales.

  4. Archaeology

    Palace remains in Mexico point to ancient rise of centralized power

    An ancient royal structure gets new life in southern Mexico.

  5. Astronomy

    Supermassive black hole gets kicked to the galactic curb

    Gravitational waves may have given a supermassive black hole a big kick, with enough energy to send it flying toward the edges of its host galaxy.

  6. Oceans

    Thinning ice creates undersea Arctic greenhouses

    Arctic sea ice thinned by climate change increasingly produces conditions favorable for phytoplankton blooms in the waters below, new research suggests.

  7. Ecosystems

    Hawk moths convert nectar into antioxidants

    Hawk moths use their sugary diet to make antioxidants that protect their muscles.

  8. Planetary Science

    Extreme gas loss dried out Mars, MAVEN data suggest

    Over the planet’s history, the Martian atmosphere has lost 66 percent of its argon and a majority of its carbon dioxide, according to data from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Getting dengue first may make Zika infection much worse

    Experiments in cells and mice suggest that a previous exposure to dengue or West Nile can make a Zika virus infection worse.

  10. Animals

    For glass frogs, moms matter after all

    Brief but important maternal care may have evolved before the elaborate egg-tending of glass frog dads.

  11. Neuroscience

    More brain differences seen between girls, boys with ADHD

    ADHD looks different in the cerebellums of girls and boys with the condition.

  12. Neuroscience

    Food odors are more enticing to sleep-deprived brains

    Sleep deprivation makes the brain more sensitive to food smells.

  13. Health & Medicine

    Engineered immune cells boost leukemia survival for some

    Engineered immune cells can extend life for some leukemia patients.

  14. Astronomy

    Massive red, dead galaxy spotted in young universe

    A hefty red, dead galaxy may raise questions about how galaxies formed in the early universe.

  15. Health & Medicine

    Common virus may be celiac disease culprit

    A common virus may turn the immune system against gluten, leading to the development of celiac disease.

  16. Health & Medicine

    Genetic risk of getting second cancer tallied for pediatric survivors

    Inherited mutations, not only treatment, affect the chances that a childhood cancer survivor will develop a second cancer later in life.

  17. Humans

    Scientists seek early signs of autism

    The search for autism biomarkers, in the blood and the brain, is heating up.

  18. Earth

    50 years ago, continental drift began to gain acceptance

    Half a century later, plate tectonics is well-established but still an active field of research.

  19. Animals

    Tropical bedbugs outclimb common species

    A study of bedbug traps and feet names finds that tropical bedbugs are much better at scaling slippery walls than common bedbugs.