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  1. Genetics

    Adapting to life in the north may have been a real headache

    A cold-sensing protein has adapted to different local climates, also affecting risk of migraine.

  2. Tech

    This self-driving car could one day take you on a real road trip

    Most autonomous cars are city drivers. This one’s made for cross-country road trips.

  3. Astronomy

    New ideas about how stars die help solve a decades-old mystery

    New ideas about stellar evolution help explain why astronomers see so many bright planetary nebulae where they ought not be.

  4. Artificial Intelligence

    This AI uses the same kind of brain wiring as mammals to navigate

    This AI creates mental maps of its environment much like mammals do.

  5. Earth

    Satellite data backs theory of North Korean nuclear site collapse

    After North Korea’s most recent nuclear test, two underground cave-ins occurred, possibly rendering the facility unusable, a new study suggests.

  6. Life

    There’s a genetic explanation for why warmer nests turn turtles female

    Scientists have found a temperature-responsive gene that controls young turtles’ sex fate.

  7. Astronomy

    First 3-D map of a gas cloud in space shows it’s flat like a pancake

    An interstellar gas cloud dubbed the Dark Doodad Nebula looks like a wispy, thin cylinder. But it’s actually a flat sheet.

  8. Animals

    A deadly frog-killing fungus probably originated in East Asia

    The disastrous form of Bd chytrid fungus could have popped up just 50 to 120 years ago.

  9. Humans

    The window for learning a language may stay open surprisingly long

    A crucial period for language learning may extend well into teen years, a new study suggests.

  10. Planetary Science

    Another hint of Europa’s watery plumes found in 20-year-old Galileo data

    A fresh look at old data suggests that NASA’s Galileo spacecraft may have seen a plume from Jupiter’s icy moon Europa in 1997.

  11. Neuroscience

    RNA injected from one sea slug into another may transfer memories

    Long-term memories might be encoded in RNA, a controversial study in sea slugs suggests.

  12. Cosmology

    These stars may have been born only 250 million years after the Big Bang

    Scientists find evidence that stars were forming just 250 million years after the universe was born.

  13. Particle Physics

    The inside of a proton endures more pressure than anything else we’ve seen

    For the first time, scientists used experimental data to estimate the pressure inside a proton.

  14. Animals

    Green blood in lizards probably evolved four times

    Pigment buildups that would cause jaundice in people are normal for some New Guinea skinks.

  15. Life

    Your blood type might make you more likely to get traveler’s diarrhea

    People with type A blood are more likely to develop severe diarrhea from E. coli infections.

  16. Anthropology

    Ancient Chinese farmers sowed literal seeds of change in Southeast Asia

    Two waves of ancient migration from China to Southeast Asia spread farming and languages.

  17. Life

    Skeletons come in many shapes and sizes

    In Skeletons, two paleobiologists recount how and why skeletons evolved, as well as the variety of forms they take and the many purposes they serve.

  18. Health & Medicine

    ‘Outbreak’ puts the life cycle of an epidemic on display

    At the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the exhibit “Outbreak” highlights how infectious diseases shape our world.

  19. Tech

    50 years ago, NASA astronauts prepared to return to space

    Apollo 7 crewmembers underwent their first major tests 50 years ago. Today, U.S. astronauts struggle to get into space.