Vol. 189 No. 12
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More Stories from the June 11, 2016 issue

  1. Anthropology

    Asian primates hit hard by ancient climate change

    Chinese fossils suggest primates diverged in Asia and Africa around 34 million years ago.

  2. Life

    Some Crohn’s genes make cells deaf to messages from good gut bacteria

    Genes linked to Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease, might make people’s immune cells miss out on helpful messages sent by friendly gut bacteria.

  3. Planetary Science

    Long-running lunar mission reveals moon’s surprises

    Seven years into its mission, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is still going strong and finding surprises on the moon.

  4. Planetary Science

    Mercury’s stunning landscape mapped

    First complete topographic map of Mercury reveals plains, craters and both the highest and lowest points on the planet.

  5. Astronomy

    Kepler telescope doubles its count of known exoplanets

    NASA’s Kepler space telescope adds 1,284 planets to the roster of worlds known to orbit other stars in our galaxy.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Heartburn drugs can damage cells that line blood vessels

    A type of heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors may damage cells that line the blood vessels. The results, though controversial, hint at an explanation for PPI’s link to serious side effects, including risk of dementia and heart attack.

  7. Quantum Physics

    Physicists smash particle imitators

    A new quasiparticle collider smashes together the faux-particles that appear in solid materials.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Healthiest weight just might be ‘overweight’

    The body mass index tied to lowest risk of death has risen since the 1970s. It now falls squarely in the “overweight” category.

  9. Life

    Gut microbe may challenge textbook on complex cells

    Science may finally have found a complex eukaryote cell that has lost all of its mitochondria.

  10. Earth

    Remnants from Earth’s birth linger 4.5 billion years later

    Shaken, not stirred: Tungsten isotopes reveal that mantle convection has left some remnants of ancient Earth untouched for 4.5 billion years.

  11. Neuroscience

    Brain waves in REM sleep help store memories

    Mice with disturbed REM sleep show memory trouble.

  12. Anthropology

    ‘Slam-dunk’ find puts hunter-gatherers in Florida 14,500 years ago

    Finds at an underwater site put people in Florida a surprisingly long time ago.

  13. Genetics

    Faulty gene can turn colds deadly for babies, toddlers

    Children with a faulty virus-sensing gene may land in intensive care after a cold.

  14. Life

    Giraffe’s long neck linked to its genetic profile

    Giraffes’ genes may reveal how their necks grew long and hearts got strong.

  15. Life

    How the Galápagos cormorant got its tiny wings

    Galápagos cormorants’ tiny wings may be due to altered reception in cellular antennas.

  16. Science & Society

    Biologist Kate Rubins’ big dream takes her to the space station

    Molecular biologist Kate Rubins led a 14-person virology lab before becoming an astronaut. She heads to the International Space Station on June 24.

  17. Animals

    Pandas have ultrasonic hearing

    Giant pandas hear very high frequencies. Scientists still don’t know why.

  18. Health & Medicine

    Mouse studies link Zika virus infection to microcephaly

    Three new studies in mice shore up the link between microcephaly and Zika virus infection.

  19. Animals

    Male giant water bugs win females by babysitting

    Female giant water bugs prefer males already caring for eggs, an evolutionary force for maintaining parental care.