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Lakes worldwide are warming with consequences for every part of the food web, from algae, to walleye, to freshwater seals.
Even after decades of study, questions remain about statin safety.
Nitrogen bubbles may be the source of the “magic island” on Saturn’s moon Titan.
Penguin poop dumps data on how a Gentoo colony responded to ancient volcanic eruptions.
Most deaths caused by an asteroid impact would result from shock waves and winds generated from the blast, rather than effects such as earthquakes and tsunamis, new simulations show.
A set of particle decay measurements could be evidence for new physics.
The recent rise in atmospheric methane concentrations may have been caused by changes in atmospheric chemistry, not increased emissions from human activities, two new studies suggest.
Plasma from human umbilical cord blood refreshes aspects of learning and memory in mice.
An antineutrino anomaly seems due to problems with scientists’ predictions, not sterile neutrinos.
Ancient Americans invented a way to make spear points last on an unfamiliar continent.
Taking antidepressants during pregnancy does not increase the risk of autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, two new large studies suggest.
Taking artificial trans fats off the menu reduces hospitalizations for heart attack and stroke.
People naturally lacking certain genes give clues about drug safety and efficacy, a study in Pakistanis shows.
A previously unidentified dark mark on Jupiter has been dubbed the “Great Cold Spot” because of its temperature and resemblance to the planet’s Great Red Spot.
Late Stone Age hunter-gatherers scraped and coated away tooth decay.
Ocean currents dump plastic garbage from the North Atlantic into previously pristine Arctic waters, new research shows.
Urumin, a protein found in Indian frog mucus secretions, has a knack for taking down H1 flu viruses, a new study finds.
The underground ocean of Saturn’s moon Enceladus harbors an abundance of molecular hydrogen, which could be an important source of food if microbial life exists there.
A prototype device harvests moisture from dry air and separates it into drinkable water using only sunlight.
Windmill-powered pumps on buoys throughout the Arctic Ocean could help bring back shrinking sea ice, researchers say.
Asteroid shares Jupiter’s orbit around the sun but travels in the opposite direction as the planet.
New worm-snail species shoots snot to snag a snack.
Researchers boldly predicted mosquitoes’ demise 50 years ago. They never came close.
Large whirlwinds in northern Chile can carry gravel-sized gypsum crystals several kilometers before dumping them in mounds.
Reviews & Previews
How to Tame a Fox recounts a nearly 60-year experiment in Russia to domesticate silver foxes.
Three new books chronicle the science, history and cultural significance of total solar eclipses.
Letters to the Editor
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The mazelike patterns of the ocellated lizard’s skin follow a set of rules from computer science.