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Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill explores the history of memory and scientists' search for its physical trace in our brains.
Smartphones’ powers of perception make them more user-friendly and efficient. But they also open new opportunities for privacy invasions.
New technology and new ideas spur the hunt for the physical basis of memory.
Immune reactions could shut down CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing.
The case has never been fully closed for colony collapse disorder, and now bees face bigger problems.
A cosmic test fails to topple the strong equivalence principle.
Add-on genes in some bacteria shape the way strains interact with the immune system.
A repeating fast radio burst has twisted waves, suggesting its home has an unusually strong magnetic field.
Corals are now bleaching more frequently and severely than they were in the early 1980s.
Using data from particle accelerators and dead stars, scientists eliminate some possible masses for magnetic monopoles.
The first map of the internal composition of a white dwarf star shows these stellar corpses contain more oxygen than expected, challenging stellar evolution theories.
One of the key ingredients in this artificial cartilage is a nanoversion of the synthetic fiber in body armor.
In mice, activating a key component of the body’s antiviral machinery in response to a Zika infection can cause harm to developing fetuses.
Unlike people, these apes gravitate toward those who are unhelpful.
Ultrasound can help keep tabs on genetically modified bacteria to better fight disease inside the body.
The subduction of an ancient tectonic plate may be the driving force behind Yellowstone’s volcanic eruptions.
Timing signals from five pulsars allowed scientists to pinpoint an experiment’s place in space.
Increased levels of one protein in old blood may contribute to its aging effects on the brain, a mouse study suggests.
Personal air conditioning the blowfly way: Dangle a droplet of saliva and then reswallow.
Tips on not being a conversation-killer, courtesy of an AI that studied over 60,000 Reddit threads.
Tests with a robot snailfish reveal why the deep-sea fish has mysterious goo in its body.
50 year ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared intrauterine devices safe and effective, though officials didn’t know how the IUDs worked.
Jazz musicians’ creativity linked to brain dexterity.
Reviews & Previews
New documentary shows how an ancient teen and an infant have illuminated scientists’ understanding of the peopling of the Americas.
Letters to the Editor
Readers had questions about the universe's accelerating expansion, a hidden void in the Great Pyramid of Giza and what happens to human waste in space.
Birds of paradise have superblack feathers because of tilted, spiky microscopic features in their feathers.