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Editor in Chief Nancy Shute discusses the scientific process and the often contradictory research about Alzheimer's disease.
An invisible cloak called the circumgalactic medium controls a galaxy’s life and death.
Sleep deprivation may speed up development of Alzheimer’s disease.
The seafloor cables that ferry internet traffic across oceans may soon find another use: detecting underwater earthquakes.
Scientists have made the most precise test of Einstein’s theory of gravity at great distances.
Coffee’s heart-healthy effects rely on boosting cells’ energy production, a study in mice suggests.
The Parker Solar Probe is about to make a historic voyage to touch the sun.
Long-term use of opioids such as heroin is linked to having more brain cells that release a chemical that regulates wakefulness and arousal.
The closest look yet at Zika virus may reveal some vulnerabilities.
A genetically modified poliovirus appears to help fight brain cancer, a small, early-stage clinical study suggests.
The Martian crust had solidified within 20 million years of the solar system’s formation.
Researchers have discovered a new gibbon species in an ancient royal Chinese tomb. It's already extinct.
Giving robots instructions via brain waves and hand gestures could help the machines operate more safely and efficiently.
Scientists made a map of the magnetic field within the Pillars of Creation, a star-forming area depicted in an iconic Hubble Space Telescope image.
About 40 percent of high school students are having sex, the lowest amount in the last three decades.
Researchers saw higher levels of herpesvirus in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, which may contribute to plaque formation.
Clusters of proteins transiently work together to turn on genes, new microscopy studies of live cells suggest.
Painted ladies migrate the farthest of any butterfly.
Some plants have compounds that, after exposure to sunlight, produce streaky or spotty burns.
Old boring clam research is upended after 82 years.
In the last half-century, neutrino detectors have spotted particles cast out by the sun, supernova 1987A and a supermassive black hole.
Reviews & Previews
Thor Hanson, the author of Buzz, explains the vital role bees play in our world.
A new book examines how lead ended up in Flint’s water and resulted in a prolonged public health disaster.
Letters to the Editor
Readers had questions about the pressure inside a proton, wearable tech safety and the effects of global warming on insects.
Chemists used a synchrotron to peek beneath 150 years of grime on damaged daguerreotype images, revealing hidden portraits.