June 25, 2016
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Mosquitoes carry several harmful viruses—dengue, Zika, chikungunya. Vaccines may be the best means of defense.
After 5 years of travel, Juno will soon reach Jupiter and begin its up close investigations of the giant planet.
DNA from an ancient woman suggests some humans trekked back to Africa.
Sri Lankan pygmy blue whales are tweaking their calls — making one part deeper and keeping another part the same — but scientists can’t say why. The finding injects a new wrinkle in theories about blue whale calls.
A single gene is behind some of the most famous examples of natural selection.
Plate tectonics is just a phase in a planet’s lifetime between conditions that are too hot or too cold for the planet-churning mechanism, new simulations suggest.
A new technique makes it easier for computers to roll the dice.
The living-dead feline has been split in two, using a system of microwaves inside superconducting cavities.
Ancient human relatives built circular stalagmite structures inside a French cave.
A notorious Alzheimer’s villain may help bust microbes.
Ancient tsunamis generated by meteorite impacts may have reshaped ocean coastlines on Mars.
Researchers have linked microplastics to feeding behavior changes and development issues in Baltic Sea perch.
Crashing an empty rocket fuel tank into the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, could help scientists figure out the thickness of the ice.
Enzymes can break down bacterial biofilm’s sugary walls.
A tiny aerial robot nicknamed RoboBee uses static electricity to perch on surfaces midflight. The landing device could one day help robots conserve energy during search and rescue missions.
Antibiotics that wiped out gut bacteria curbed brain cell production in mice, a new study finds.
Super solar flares may have provided early Earth with planet-warming and life-building molecules.
Resurgent mitochondria could spell trouble for disease therapy.
Giant sperm, about 20 times a male fruit fly’s body length, could make the insects the champs of supersized sexual ornaments.
A new species of Australian bush tomato bleeds when injured and turns bony in old age.
Psychological troubles in childhood are no longer considered a part of normal development.
Changes in trace gases exhaled by movie audiences could point the way to a subtle form of human communication.
Einstein’s general theory of relativity predicts the center of the Earth is two years younger than the crust.
Reviews & Previews
A new citizen science project called Microscopy Masters aims to improve how scientists build three-dimensional models of proteins.
In a new book, a firefly researcher explores why scientists and kids alike are captivated by lightning bugs.
Letters to the Editor
With the arrival of Juno, nine spacecraft will have flown past or orbited Jupiter over the last 43 years.