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Editor in chief Eva Emerson discusses the value of science communication for students.
Nanoparticles that find and destroy waxy plaques in blood vessels could be the next big treatment for heart disease.
To learn how today’s proteins evolved, scientists are reconstructing ancient molecules.
Galápagos cormorants’ tiny wings may be due to altered reception in cellular antennas.
Giraffes’ genes may reveal how their necks grew long and hearts got strong.
Finds at an underwater site put people in Florida a surprisingly long time ago.
Shaken, not stirred: Tungsten isotopes reveal that mantle convection has left some remnants of ancient Earth untouched for 4.5 billion years.
Science may finally have found a complex eukaryote cell that has lost all of its mitochondria.
The body mass index tied to lowest risk of death has risen since the 1970s. It now falls squarely in the “overweight” category.
A new quasiparticle collider smashes together the faux-particles that appear in solid materials.
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.
Seven years into its mission, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is still going strong and finding surprises on the moon.
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.
Chinese fossils suggest primates diverged in Asia and Africa around 34 million years ago.
Children with a faulty virus-sensing gene may land in intensive care after a cold.
Mice with disturbed REM sleep show memory trouble.
Three new studies in mice shore up the link between microcephaly and Zika virus infection.
NASA’s Kepler space telescope adds 1,284 planets to the roster of worlds known to orbit other stars in our galaxy.
First complete topographic map of Mercury reveals plains, craters and both the highest and lowest points on the planet.
Female giant water bugs prefer males already caring for eggs, an evolutionary force for maintaining parental care.
Molecular biologist Kate Rubins led a 14-person virology lab before becoming an astronaut. She heads to the International Space Station on June 24.
Giant pandas hear very high frequencies. Scientists still don’t know why.
A new weevil species,Trigonopterus chewbacca, joins the ranks of insects with a Star Wars moniker.
Reviews & Previews
The life of geophysicist Marion King Hubbert, creator of the “peak oil” prediction, was intertwined with the politics and science of the oil industry.
Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to the April 16, 2016, issue of Science News with thoughts on climate change, prairie dogs and more.