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The 1987 explosion of a star near the Milky Way 30 years ago set off years of fascinating findings.
Scientists hope to detect neutrinos and gravitational waves from a nearby supernova.
A robotic sleeve that slips around the heart mimics the heart’s natural movement, squeezing and twisting to pump blood in pigs. If it works in humans, it could buy time for heart failure patients awaiting a transplant.
To stifle battery fires, scientists create component with heat-release flame retardant.
Alternate antibody may indicate whether someone is susceptible to severe dengue disease.
Sleep plays out differently across cultures, but a consistent cycle of z’s and activity appears crucial.
Combining taste tests with genetics suggests what makes heirloom varieties tastier than mass-market tomatoes.
Scientists report transforming hydrogen into a metal at high pressure, but some experts dispute the claim.
Mixing cells of two species produces pig and cattle embryos with some human cells.
A longstanding puzzle about gold’s properties has been solved with more complex theoretical calculations.
Science seeks inspiration in earwax for dreams of self-cleaning machinery.
Replications of cancer studies fail to reproduce some results.
Spurred by climate change and heat from a strong El Niño, 2016 was the hottest year on record.
Odd bare spots called fairy circles in African grasslands might be caused by both termites and plants.
The knot is woven from 192 atoms of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen and forms a triple braid with eight crossing points.
Messages from the brain’s amygdala help mice chase and kill prey.
Tiny devices shuttle fluid around using reconfigurable Lego-like bricks.
Fossils unearthed in China reveal a newly discovered, now-extinct species of otter that lived some 6.2 million years ago.
Impacts from asteroid debris probably didn’t trigger the boom in marine animal diversity around 471 million years ago during the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event.
Desert ants appear to use a combination of visual memory and celestial cues to make it back to the nest walking butt-first, researchers find.
Sea surface temperatures today are comparable to those around 125,000 years ago, a time when sea levels were 6 to 9 meters higher, new research suggests.
The ancient Sahara Desert sprouted trees and lakes for thousands of years thanks to intense rainfall.
Coastal waters contained enough oxygen to support complex life-forms including some animals hundreds of millions of years before fossils of such life first appear.
The 11-year cycle of solar activity may have been around for at least 290 million years, ancient tree rings suggest.
Shining light on incubating eggs leads to calmer adult chickens, a study suggests.
Weekend warriors shove all their weekly activity into just one or two days, and it’s still enough to reduce mortality risk.
A 10,000-kilometer-long gravity wave arched across the upper atmosphere of Venus. The feature may have been the largest of its kind in the solar system.
Having pushed silicon to its limit, engineers are turning back to germanium.
Even after a long migration, male pectoral sandpipers keep flying, adding 3,000 extra kilometers on quest for mates.
Reviews & Previews
In "The Perpetual Now", journalist Michael Lemonick looks at what an artist’s memory loss can teach neuroscientists about the brain.
In "Cannibalism", a zoologist explores a grisly topic that scientists have only recently begun to study seriously.
The new book "Why Time Flies" is an exploration of how the body perceives time.
Letters to the Editor
Allergic overreactions, the possibility of silicon-based life and more in reader feedback.