April 30, 2016
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Editor in Chief discusses the search for life beyond Earth.
Desert varnish and certain minerals hint that life — here and elsewhere — may defy current criteria.
Researchers are coming up with creative ways to pick up biosignatures in far-away planetary atmospheres.
Geoscientists imagine the unearthly mechanisms that could keep alien planets habitable.
Why did ancient Assyrians bury their dead with turtles? The reptiles may have served as symbolic protectors of the dead.
An exploding star in another galaxy might have been pushed over the edge by a stellar companion.
A new report from the U.S. Geological Survey shows an increased earthquake hazard from human activities such as the disposal of fracking wastewater.
Most diamonds form from fluids deep inside Earth’s interior that contain carbonate compounds, new research suggests.
Sugar that forms backbone of cell machinery can form on icy grains blasted by ultraviolet light from young stars.
Sea level rise from Antarctica’s melting ice could accelerate faster and sooner than previously thought.
The hippocampus is a multitalented mapmaker.
In a few years, LIGO could detect hints of faint gravitational waves from black holes too far away to be seen directly.
Nerve cell connections may be trimmed too much in early stages of Alzheimer’s.
A white dwarf that has been stripped of its hydrogen and helium provides a rare peek inside the core of a dead massive star.
Tiny Indonesian hominids disappeared earlier than thought, around 50,000 years ago.
The newly solved structure of Zika offers scientists clues on how to combat the virus.
A study on rare patients suggests that fear can take many paths through the brain.
While raising their young, burying beetle mothers produce a chemical compound that limits their male partner’s desire to mate.
Lipreading prompts activity in the brain’s listening area.
It can take more work to forget something than to remember it.
Ants use their antennae to identify nest-mates and potential invaders. But antennae also produce the key compounds that ants use to tell friend from foe.
Long-term, heavy pot smoking linked to financial troubles by age 38.
For the first time, the bat-killing white-nose syndrome shows up west of the Rockies.
A new drug-making system rapidly produces a variety of medications on demand.
Scientists have reconstructed the skin coloration of a fossilized snake that’s about 10 million years old.
Shorter snow seasons push climate change ahead of direct habitat loss as menace for Wisconsin snowshoe hares.
Newly designed nanoparticles deliver anticancer drugs and updates on tumor death.
In a remote galaxy, a cosmic hurricane around a supermassive black hole is driving winds at nearly 20 percent of the speed of light.
Something’s funny in the family tree of pale, slinky cave salamanders.
The identity of a 300-million-year-old enigmatic creature known as the “Tully monster” is a mystery no longer.
Bacillus thuringiensis bacteria have provided pest-fighting toxins for over 50 years.
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