May 14, 2016
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Our editor in chief discusses science's role in informing divisive political and social issues.
The world’s largest temple, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, was revealed by laser and radar studies to be part of a sprawling medieval metropolis.
Gun violence research is stifled by funding shortfalls and limitations on data access.
A new map of the sky from the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory charts the cosmic origins of high-energy photons.
Dinosaurs’ final days may have included both a giant asteroid and gradual species die outs. Two new studies paint an increasingly intricate picture of dinosaur’s demise.
Dirtier mice may better mimic human immune reactions.
Viking-era woman accompanied island’s early settlers as a child from Scandinavia or Britain.
Researchers defend Homo naledi as a new hominid species and debate how it reached an underground cave.
A new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revises the agency’s methane emission estimates upward by 3.4 million metric tons.
A rapidly spinning black hole would make a unique pattern of gravitational waves when it sucks in a smaller companion.
Quantum mechanics may be weird, but a new video game shows that human intuition can still best computers at quantum tasks.
People who should have genetic diseases but don’t may point to new treatments.
A sugar called cyclodextrin removes cholesterol from hardened arteries in mouse studies.
A rare event in an ancient galaxy left traces of heavy elements in its stars.
Bones in Central American cave suggest many Maya sacrificial victims were children.
Corals may soon lose their ability to withstand warming waters.
The longest known stellar eclipse hides a nearby star for nearly 3.5 years behind a thick clump of orbiting dust once every 69 years.
For the first time, scientists report the fossilized remains of two tiny Jacobson’s Beetles, preserved in amber for at least 37 million years.
Bacterial scourges lurk in warm recreational waters.
Microbiologist Rachel Dutton uses cheese rinds to study how microbes form communities.
Despite public health campaigns, the worldwide prevalence of obesity is on the rise, an analysis of BMI data suggest.
Reviews & Previews
‘#techstyle,’ an exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, considers how technological innovations such as 3-D printing are influencing fashion.
Letters to the Editor
Gravitational waves, the benefits of fat and more reader feedback.
Office equipment beats synchrotrons in showing how drought lets air bubbles kill the water-carrier network of veins in plant leaves.