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More Stories from the June 1, 2024 issue

  1. Animals

    Belugas may communicate by warping a blob of forehead fat

    Jiggling the “melon” like Jell-O seems to be associated with sexual behaviors, scientists say.

  2. Animals

    Glowing octocorals have been around for at least 540 million years

    Genetic and fossil analyses shine a light on how long the invertebrates have had bioluminescence — a trait thought to be volatile.

  3. Neuroscience

    Rat cells grew in mice brains, and helped sniff out cookies

    When implanted into mouse embryos, stem cells from rats grew into forebrains and structures that handle smells.

  4. Health & Medicine

    A new U.S. tool maps where heat will be dangerous for your health

    The daily updated HeatRisk map uses color coding to show where the health threat from heat is highest and offers tips on how to stay safe.

  5. Materials Science

    Scientists developed a sheet of gold that’s just one atom thick

    Ultrathin goldene sheets could reduce the amount of gold needed for electronics and certain chemical reactions.

  6. Physics

    Newfound ‘altermagnets’ shatter the magnetic status quo 

    The newly discovered type of magnetic material could improve existing tech, including making better and faster hard drives.

  7. Climate

    Three reasons why the ocean’s record-breaking hot streak is devastating

    Ocean warming enhances hurricane activity, bleaches coral reefs and melts Antarctic sea ice. That warming has been off the charts for the past year.

  8. Neuroscience

    Lampreys have ‘fight or flight’ cells, challenging ideas about nervous system evolution

    The discovery of sympathetic nervous system cells in lampreys draws a closer tie between the animal and complex vertebrates — such as humans.

  9. Neuroscience

    How smart was T. rex?

    A debate over how to count neurons in dinosaurs is raising questions about how to understand extinct animals’ behavior.

  10. Ecosystems

    Noise pollution can harm birds even before they hatch

    Exposing zebra finch eggs and hatchlings to traffic sounds had lifelong health impacts, raising concerns about increased anthropogenic noise.

  11. Archaeology

    These Stone Age humans were more gatherer than hunter

    Though not completely vegetarian, the Iberomaurusian hunter-gatherers from North Africa relied heavily on plants such as acorns, pistachios and oats.

  12. Space

    Scientists are getting closer to understanding the sun’s ‘campfire’ flares

    The detection of cool plasma before the tiny outbursts on the sun is helping researchers make connections between campfire flares and other solar eruptions.

  13. Health & Medicine

    Malaria parasites can evade rapid tests, threatening eradication goals

    Genetic mutations are making Plasmodium falciparum, parasites that cause malaria, invisible to rapid tests. New, more sensitive tests could help.

  14. Neuroscience

    These windpipe cells trigger coughs to keep water out of the lungs

    Neuroendocrine cells can sense substances on the way to the lungs and prompt reactions such as coughing and swallowing, experiments in mice show.

  15. Genetics

    50 years ago, chimeras gave a glimpse of gene editing’s future

    Advances in gene editing technology have led to the first successful transplant of a pig kidney into a human.