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Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill discusses science's complexities.
Researchers are designing catalysts to move chemical reactions without using precious metals, or at least using less of them.
There may be ways to block tumors from adapting and outrunning the body’s defenses.
Zircon crystals from a long-gone continent called Mauritia may have resurfaced during volcanic eruptions on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.
Oxygen atoms originating from the upper atmosphere periodically bombard the moon’s surface, researchers propose.
Mice treated with a blend of antibodies survived even when treated days after exposure to ricin.
Genetic evidence alone may overestimate numbers of species, researchers warn.
Climate change overheating sea turtle nestlings may be a greater danger than temperature-induced shifts in their sex ratios.
Those who stay mentally healthy from childhood to middle age are exceptions to the rule.
The Great Oxidation Event that enabled the eventual evolution of complex life began 100 million years earlier than once thought, new dating of South African rock suggests.
Gravitational lensing has revealed extremely faint galaxies in the early universe, suggesting these tiny galaxies were responsible for cosmic reionization.
Ancient hunter-gatherers in East Asia are remarkably similar, genetically, to modern people living in the area. Unlike what happened in Western Europe, this region might not have seen waves of farmers take over.
Wealthy woman’s 2,600-year-old grave highlights Central Europe’s early Iron Age links to Mediterranean societies.
The magma fueling a Martian volcanic system remained largely unchanged for billions of years, analysis of a newfound meteorite suggests.
High rate of spin could indicate that black holes formed from previous mergers of black holes.
Here’s what puts the grip in a frog’s high-speed strike: quick-change saliva and a tongue softer than a marshmallow.
Updated experiments hope to resolve neutron lifetime discrepancy.
Chinese researchers used a CRISPR/Cas 9 gene editor to make cows more resistant to tuberculosis.
Unlike other aerial robots that use whirling rotor blades to fly, the Bat Bot relies on soft, silicone-based wings to glide, swoop and turn.
Intensely bright galaxies are the farthest blazars ever detected in gamma rays.
Quasar observations add to discrepancy in measurements of the universe’s expansion speed.
The newly discovered structure of a human serotonin receptor linked to LSD could reveal why the drug’s hallucinogenic effects last so long.
Collisions of gold ions create a fluid with more vorticity than any other known.
Spillback of Zika virus into monkeys may complicate eradication efforts.
Excess of X-rays could indicate decaying sterile neutrinos.
A new device uses cold plasma to kill foodborne pathogens.
Scientists are developing highly specific antibodies to detect Ebola sooner.
Increased runoff to the ocean due to climate change could raise neurotoxic mercury in coastal sea life by disrupting the base of the food web.
Four clouds of gas near the galactic center have roughly the right mass to be young stars, possibly with planets.
Regenerating pond animals called hydras inherit structural patterns from their original forms, researchers find.
Dozens of tiny fossils discovered in 540-million-year-old limestone represent the earliest known deuterostomes, a diverse group of animals that includes humans and sea cucumbers.
Coconut crabs use their surprisingly powerful claw for more than cracking coconuts.
New study reveals anatomical secrets of mysterious deep ocean fish.
Early versions of computer speech recognition relied on word sounds. Now, they add pattern recognition and a lot of statistics.
A tsunami’s ferocious force could be taken down a few notches with a pair of counter waves.
Reviews & Previews
New biographies highlight Enrico Fermi’s and Richard Garwin’s contributions to science and society.
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Quantum spookiness, shifting landmasses and more in reader feedback.
A cryo-electron microscopy map of immature Zika virus offers a never-before-seen glimpse of remodeling of the virus’s protein and RNA core.