Vol. 205 No. 11
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More Stories from the June 15, 2024 issue

  1. Animals

    This orangutan used a medicinal plant on his face wound

    Rakus the orangutan appeared to be treating a cut to his face with a plant that’s also used in traditional human medicine.

  2. Health & Medicine

    Burning the stomach lining reduces the ‘hunger hormone’ and cuts weight 

    An experimental weight loss procedure blasts the stomach lining with heat to curb hunger and cut pounds.

  3. Cosmology

    The universe may have a complex geometry — like a doughnut

    Physicists haven’t yet ruled out the possibility that the universe has a complicated topology in which space loops back around on itself.

  4. Animals

    Getting wild mosquitoes back to the lab alive takes a custom backpack

    The new low-tech transportation method could help scientists in Africa assess if malaria-carrying mosquitoes are resistant to a common insecticide.

  5. Paleontology

    How did an ancient shark parasite end up fossilized in tree resin?

    A worm preserved in 99-million-year-old amber resembles modern flatworms in shark intestines. The rare finding has scientists stumped.

  6. Quantum Physics

    Two real-world tests of quantum memories bring a quantum internet closer to reality

    Scientists successfully entangled quantum memories linked by telecommunications fibers across two different urban environments.

  7. Archaeology

    One of the world’s earliest farming villages housed surprisingly few people

    Hundreds, not thousands, occupied the Turkish site of Çatalhöyük nearly 9,000 years ago, undermining arguments for a Neolithic social revolution.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Extreme heat will put millions more older adults at risk in the future

    By 2050, as many as an additional 246 million adults 69 and older could experience temperature extremes that exceed 37.5° Celsius.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Human body lice could harbor the plague and spread it through biting 

    Rats and fleas previously got all the blame, but humans’ own parasites could be involved.

  10. Animals

    This snake goes to extremes to play dead — and it appears to pay off

    When dice snakes fake their death to avoid predators, those that use a combination of blood, poop and musk spend less time pretending to be dead.

  11. Animals

    Tiger beetles may weaponize ultrasound against bats

    In response to recordings of echolocating bats, tiger beetles emit noises that mimic toxic moths that bats avoid.

  12. Particle Physics

    The neutrino’s quantum fuzziness is beginning to come into focus

    An experiment studying the neutrino’s “wave packet” sets a limit on the uncertainty of the subatomic particle’s position.

  13. Planetary Science

    Our picture of habitability on Europa, a top contender for hosting life, is changing

    The moon of Jupiter is considered one of the most promising places to look for life, but its subsurface ocean may be less habitable than once thought.

  14. Space

    NASA’s budget woes put ambitious space research at risk

    Mars Sample Return and missions to study other planets and celestial bodies, including lunar efforts, face big cuts and delays.

  15. Science & Society

    ‘After 1177 B.C.’ describes how societies fared when the Bronze Age ended

    Archaeologist Eric H. Cline’s new book reconstructs ancient examples of societal resilience and fragility that have modern-day relevance.

  16. Earth

    50 years ago, the sun’s influence on Earth’s lightning was revealed

    The solar wind and sunspots seem to give lightning a boost. But exactly how solar activity stimulates strikes is an enduring mystery.