Vol. 191 No. 5
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More Stories from the March 18, 2017 issue

  1. Life

    Malaria molecule makes blood extra-alluring to mosquitoes

    Scientists have identified a molecule that draws mosquitoes to malaria-infected blood.

  2. Psychology

    Physically abused kids learn to fail at social rules for success

    What physically abused kids learn about rewards at home can lead to misbehavior elsewhere.

  3. Paleontology

    Fossil shows that ancient reptile gave live birth

    A new fossil shows that a prehistoric reptile may have given birth to live young, unlike its egg-laying descendants, birds and crocodiles.

  4. Genetics

    Human gene editing therapies are OK in certain cases, panel advises

    A panel of experts says clinical gene editing to correct and prevent human disease should move forward, but enhancements should not be allowed.

  5. Animals

    Too many stinkbugs spoil the wine

    Stinkbugs can ruin wine if enough are accidentally processed alive with the grapes. Three or fewer stinkbugs per grape cluster don’t have a noticeable effect on red wine.

  6. Ecosystems

    Seagrasses boost ecosystem health by fighting bad bacteria

    Seagrasses might reduce bacteria levels in ocean water.

  7. Planetary Science

    Ceres harbors homegrown organic compounds

    NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has detected organic matter — the building blocks of life — on the dwarf planet Ceres, a new study suggests.

  8. Chemistry

    Helium’s inertness defied by high-pressure compound

    At pressures over a million atmospheres, helium reacts with sodium.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Common fungus may raise asthma risk

    The presence of a fungus in the infant gut can signal development of asthma by age 5.

  10. Microbes

    Microbes survived inside giant cave crystals for up to 50,000 years

    Microbes trapped in crystals in Mexico's Naica mine may represent some of the most distinct life-forms found in Earth so far.

  11. Life

    New imaging technique catches DNA ‘blinking’ on

    Dye-free imaging technique zooms in below 10-nanometer threshold, allowing new cellular views.

  12. Plants

    Enzymes aid rice plants’ arsenic defenses

    Rice plant roots have natural defenses against arsenic.

  13. Life

    Howler monkeys may owe their color vision to leaf hue

    Better color vision gives howler monkeys an edge at finding food.

  14. Earth

    Newly identified continent Zealandia faces a battle for recognition

    Geologists make the case for a new continent, dubbed Zealandia, found largely submerged beneath the southwestern Pacific Ocean.

  15. Animals

    Coral reef crab named after Harry Potter characters

    Bizarre rubble-dwelling crab named after critter collector and Harry Potter characters.

  16. Health & Medicine

    DNA may offer rapid road to Zika vaccine

    Researchers are pursuing multiple vaccine strategies for blocking Zika infection.

  17. Life

    Origin of photosynthesis may go further back than estimates from 50 years ago

    Analyzing ancient rocks has helped push back the date when photosynthetic organisms first emerged by nearly a billion years.

  18. Anthropology

    ‘Monkeytalk’ invites readers into the complex social world of monkeys

    In Monkeytalk, a primatologist evaluates what’s known about monkeys’ complex social lives in the wild.