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Editor in Chief Nancy Shute discusses the search for the island of stability and the future of the periodic table.
The hunt for the next elements on the periodic table might turn up superheavy atoms that flaunt the rules of chemistry.
Varicella zoster virus, which causes chickenpox and shingles, may instigate several other problems.
Scientists debate a controversial hypothesis that suggests that massive crumbling ice cliffs could speed up future sea level rise.
Kids with recurrent strep throat appear to have a defective immune response to the bacteria that cause the infections, a study finds.
Fractals show up in cauliflower, seashells and now — lasers.
AI systems struggle to know what they don’t know. Now scientists have created a way to help autonomous machines recognize their blind spots.
A bacteria-fighting protein also lulls fruit flies to sleep, suggesting links between sleep and the immune system.
Saturn’s moon Titan might get some of its hazy atmosphere by baking organic molecules in a warm core.
Communication in noisy environments or dangerous situations could one day rely on lasers.
Giant pandas may have switched to an exclusive bamboo diet some 5,000 years ago, not 2 million years ago as previously thought.
Artificial intelligence is learning how to take things not so literally.
Mysterious ancient hominids called Denisovans and their Neandertal cousins periodically occupied the same cave starting around 200,000 years ago.
Earth’s inner core began to solidify sometime after 565 million years ago — just in time to prevent the collapse of the planet’s magnetic field, a study finds.
People sleep better when their beds are gently rocked, a small study finds.
High-tech pills equipped with medicinal needles could administer painless shots inside the body.
When gorging together, fly larvae create a living fountain that whooshes slowpokes up and away.
Clues in Saturn’s rings divulge the planet’s rotation rate: 10 hours, 33 minutes, 38 seconds.
In the 1960s, people blamed monosodium glutamate in Chinese food for making them sick, but the claim hasn't stood up to time or science.
Growing only in the U.S. Southwest, wild Joshua trees evolved a rare, fussy pollination scheme.
A sporting event with replica weapons suggests that Neandertals’ spears may have been made for throwing, not just stabbing.
An ancient oddball marine reptile had teeny-tiny eyes, suggesting it probably used senses other than sight to catch food.
Reviews & Previews
In ‘Mama’s Last Hug,’ Frans de Waal argues that emotions occur throughout the animal world.
In ‘The Second Kind of Impossible,’ physicist Paul Steinhardt recounts his journey to find quasicrystals in nature.
Letters to the Editor
Readers had questions about mitochondrial DNA, Neandertal diets, deep ocean corals and more.
Most elements on the periodic table have at least one stable form. But some don’t. Here’s how long those unstable members endure.