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Editor in Chief Nancy Shute discusses how scientists are devising better diagnostic tools to detect diseases.
Chitin and chitosan from crustacean shells could put a dent in the world’s plastic waste problem.
Lyme disease is hard to detect, but scientists are investigating new diagnostic approaches.
In microgravity, flames are sphere-shaped. Tests of fire on the International Space Station are helping show how gases flow within flames.
For the first time, scientists have identified the chemical fingerprint of red pigment in a fossil.
A new survey of interactions between microbes and medications suggests that gut bacteria play a crucial role in how the body processes drugs.
Planetary scientists found ammonia-rich ice near cracks on Pluto, suggesting the dwarf planet had recent icy volcanoes.
A lab-made black hole that traps sound, not light, emits radiation at a certain temperature, as Stephen Hawking first predicted.
A pump protein can keep bacteria alive long enough for the microbes to develop antibiotic resistance.
More than half of the fish flesh that predators in coral reefs eat comes from tiny, hard-to-spot species.
A new study advances one strategy in the quest to solve the notoriously difficult problem, which is still stumping researchers after 160 years.
Scientists have worked out the chemistry of dark chocolate’s smell and reconstructed the aroma.
Astronomers have found dozens of surprisingly massive black holes far from the centers of their host dwarf galaxies.
Since 2013, eastern China has increased its annual emissions of a banned chlorofluorocarbon by about 7,000 metric tons, a study finds.
A large study of U.S. bilingual children didn’t turn up obvious benefits in abilities to ignore distractions or switch quickly between tasks.
Ravens may pick up and share their compatriots’ negativity, a study on the social intelligence of these animals suggests.
After years of preparation, new definitions for the basic units of mass, temperature and more have now gone into effect.
A new computer analysis shows how Mussaurus patagonicus' center of gravity changed as the dinosaur grew.
A study of fossilized teeth shifts the age of the last common ancestor between Neandertals and humans.
The mini Kibble balance will measure 10 grams to an accuracy of a few ten-thousandths of a percent.
A mass die-off of puffins and other seabirds in the Bering Sea is probably linked to climate change, scientists say.
Two Smilodon fossil skulls from Argentina have puncture holes likely left by the teeth of rival cats.
A seminal, 212-year-old diagram of Andean plants by German explorer Alexander von Humboldt is still groundbreaking — but outdated, researchers say.
Shrubs in mountainous areas of Brazil have specialized roots that secrete chemicals to extract phosphorus from rock.
New research suggests that the Nazis had enough uranium to make a working nuclear reactor.
Frantic parenting demands after eggs hatch curtail male black coucals’ philandering excursions the most, a study finds.
In 1969, bulletproof armor used boron carbide fibers. Fifty years later, bulletproof armor is drastically lighter and made from myriad materials.
Reviews & Previews
The new book ‘Slime’ makes the case that algae deserve to be celebrated.
Letters to the Editor
Readers had questions about the first image of a black hole and a chytrid fungus.
By manipulating light with tiny structures, patches on peacock spiders appear superblack, helping accentuate the arachnids’ bright colors.