July 9, 2016
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New studies are examining the "will to fight" in ISIS soldiers and their opponents.
Scientists turn to vaccines to curb the growing opioid epidemic.
Four elements officially recognized in December, highlighted in yellow, now have names that honor Japan, Moscow, Tennessee and physicist Yuri Oganessian.
Lingering radiation levels from nuclear bomb tests on Bikini Atoll are far higher than previously estimated.
An early report out of Colombia finds no microcephaly in babies born to a group of pregnant women infected with Zika virus during the third trimester.
LIGO has spotted a second set of ripples in the fabric of spacetime.
A pilot program in Iceland that injected carbon dioxide into basaltic lava rocks turned more than 95 percent of the greenhouse gas into stone within two years.
The most abundant photosynthesizers on Earth stop storing carbon when they catch a virus.
Autism-related genes are important for touch perception, a sense that may help the brain develop normally, a study of mice suggests.
The LISA Pathfinder mission has demonstrated that future observatories in space could detect gravitational waves.
Jaw, tooth fossils put new spin on evolution of Homo floresiensis.
Acetate made by gut microbes stimulates weight gain, research in rodents suggests.
New radio observations reveal how ammonia moves about beneath Jupiter’s clouds and provide a sneak peek at what NASA’s Juno mission will learn later this year.
Clues to Stone Age fire making surface in a Spanish cave.
Instead of busting pain, morphine lengthened the duration of pain in rats with a nerve injury.
On planets orbiting rapidly rotating stars, the seasons can get a little strange.
Propylene oxide in an interstellar cloud sets up a testing ground for understanding why life chooses one type of mirror-image molecule over another.
Great tits raised in urban nests have shorter protective caps on their chromosomes than those raised in rural nests.
Debris from a shredded planet points to a world that was once covered in calcium carbonate.
Glass squid camouflage their eyes with wonderfully inefficient bioluminescence.
Genetic analysis of an ancient Irish mutt reveals complicated history of dog domestication.
A new chemical analysis uncovers the earliest known wine making in Europe.
Two newly discovered relatives of Triceratops had unusual head adornments — even for horned dinosaurs.
A jelly found in sharks and skates, which helps them sense electric fields, is a strong proton conductor.
Shock waves might have formed the oldest solid fragments in the solar system, though interplanetary lightning isn’t entirely off the table.
Sound wave analysis may help forensic scientists figure out what types of guns were fired at a crime scene.
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In Lab Girl, geobiologist Hope Jahren reveals secret lives of plants — and scientists.
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Light pollution conceals the Milky Way’s star-spangled core from more than a third of Earth’s population, a global atlas of artificial sky luminance reveals.