Vol. 191 No. 11
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More Stories from the June 10, 2017 issue

  1. Neuroscience

    A baby’s pain registers in the brain

    EEG recordings can help indicate whether a newborn baby is in pain, a preliminary study suggests.

  2. Animals

    Sea creatures’ sticky ‘mucus houses’ catch ocean carbon really fast

    A new deepwater laser tool measures the carbon-filtering power of snot nets created by little-known sea animals called giant larvaceans.

  3. Environment

    Peace and quiet is becoming more elusive in U.S. wild areas

    Human noise stretches into the wilderness.

  4. Animals

    In Florida, they’re fighting mosquitoes by meddling with their sex lives

    As an alternative to genetically modified mosquitoes, Florida skeeter police are testing one of two strategies that use bacteria to meddle with insect sex lives.

  5. Planetary Science

    Oxygen on comet 67P might not be ancient after all

    Molecular oxygen detected around comet 67P may not be a relic of the solar system’s birth. Instead, it may be generated by interactions of water, the solar wind and the comet’s surface.

  6. Anthropology

    Homo naledi may have lived at around same time as early humans

    South African species Homo naledi is much younger than previously thought.

  7. Paleontology

    ‘Baby Louie’ dinosaur identified as a new species

    A fossil embryo known as Baby Louie has been identified as a new species of dinosaur called Beibeilong sinensis.

  8. Health & Medicine

    ‘Exercise pill’ turns couch potato mice into marathoners

    An experimental "exercise in a pill" increases running endurance in mice before they step foot on a treadmill.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Breast cancer cells spread in an already-armed mob

    Source tumors may already contain the mutations that drive aggressive cancer spread.

  10. Tech

    New pelvic exoskeleton stops people from taking tumbles

    A new exoskeleton helps people prone to falling stay on their feet.

  11. Paleontology

    Ancient whale tells tale of when baleen whales had teeth

    A 36 million-year-old whale fossil bridges the gap between ancient toothy predators and modern filter-feeding baleen whales.

  12. Planetary Science

    Watery exoplanet’s skies suggest unexpected origin story

    Compared with Neptune, HAT-P-26b’s atmosphere has few heavy elements, suggesting it formed differently than the ice giants in Earth’s solar system.

  13. Particle Physics

    Antiproton count hints at dark matter annihilation

    Antimatter in cosmic rays could be a sign of dark matter.

  14. Physics

    Naked singularity might evade cosmic censor

    Physicists demonstrate the possibility of a “naked” singularity in curved space.

  15. Planetary Science

    Why you can hear and see meteors at the same time

    People can see and hear meteors simultaneously because of radio waves produced by the descending space rocks.

  16. Health & Medicine

    50 years ago, antibiotic resistance alarms went unheeded

    Scientists have worried about antibiotic resistance for decades.

  17. Health & Medicine

    Researchers stumble onto a new role for breast cancer drug

    At first, ophthalmologist Xu Wang thought her experiment had failed. But instead, she revealed a new role for the breast cancer drug tamoxifen — protection from eye injury.