January 9, 2016
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The first issue of the new year features stories about what will, editor in chief Eva Emerson predicts, hold on as scientific newsmakers during 2016.
Advances in suicide research and treatment may depend on separating thoughts from acts.
High-tech instruments are helping researchers study how temperature can change the character — and danger — of an avalanche
When challenged with a tough visual task, people are less likely to perceive a tone, suggesting that perceptual overload can jump between senses.
A new X-ray analysis of inner ears is the latest to weigh in on whether modern snakes descended from a burrowing or a swimming reptile.
A new camera tracks objects hidden around a corner by detecting light echoes, similar to the way bats use sound to find prey.
German cockroaches may rely on gut bacteria to help attract fellow roaches.
Cells move in groups similarly to flocks of birds and schools of fish
The first comprehensive analyses of the recently restarted Large Hadron Collider yields no clear-cut discoveries but at least one intriguing hint of a new particle.
The Paris climate talks end with delegates from 195 nations releasing a hard-fought agreement to curb climate change and limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius.
The Japanese Space Agency’s Akatsuki spacecraft succeeded at a second attempt at orbiting Venus, five years after an engine failure prevented its intended mission.
Ebola’s spread and evolution in Liberia echoes patterns seen in Sierra Leone.
Gravitational tugs provide an unprecedented peek into the structure of Earth’s mantle and reveal a sudden increase in viscosity roughly 1,000 kilometers below ground.
Rising CO2 levels above central Antarctica cause cooling, not warming, new research suggests. The odd effect results from surface temperatures that are colder than the overlying stratosphere.
Physicists have measured quantum entanglement between several particles rather than just two.
Eating the same foods can produce very different reactions in people.
Constant production of stress hormone spurs fat growth.
Helper cells may give cancer a straight shot to spread through the body.
Bright spots on Ceres contain salts from a possible subsurface layer of ice while ammonia-rich minerals hint at building blocks incorporated from the far outer solar system.
People who smoke potent pot had signs of damage in a brain communication link.
Q-carbon might be the third form of solid carbon, but some scientists have doubts.
Azure coloring is surprisingly common in the spiders, though they themselves are colorblind.
Tiny grooves and an oily sheath prevent water droplets from freezing on the feathers of some penguins.
DMSO was promised to cure everything from headache to the common cold. But human testing stopped in 1965.
Humans’ global water footprint increases when accounting for water losses from water management practices.
Reviews & Previews
The American Museum of Natural History’s newest exhibit rehabilitates bacteria’s bad reputation and introduces visitors to the microbiome.
In ‘Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs,’ Lisa Randall finds connections between particle physics, cosmology, geology and paleontology.
Letters to the Editor
Readers offer their thoughts on how hominids heard, a biochemical switch for aging, one-way airflow in lungs and more from the October 31 issue.