May 28, 2016
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Editor in chief Eva Emerson discusses new insights into the brain's role in mental illness, sleep, and ancient rituals.
An 18th century math theory may offer new ways to understand schizophrenia, autism, anxiety and depression.
Purple urchins, aka crawling eyeballs, are just one of several bizarre visual systems broadening scientists’ view of what makes an eye.
A plant protein has passed lab tests for prionlike powers as molecular memory.
Clusters of cancer cells squeeze through thin blood vessels by aligning single file.
Ketamine’s breakdown product, not the drug itself, eases depression, a mouse study suggests.
Three nearby exoplanets might be good spots to go looking for signs of alien life.
The ongoing El Niño, one of the strongest on record, got a heat boost from a 2014 event that failed due to unfavorable winds.
Experiments yield conflicting results about whether vulnerable nerve cells have too much or too little iron.
Babies of one species of titanosaur resembled mini-versions of full-grown adults, and probably acted like them, too.
Hints of a potential new particle at the LHC have scientists excited, and theoretical physicists are beginning to converge on explanations.
Some ancient skull surgeries hinged on ritual, not on medical treatment.
The recipe for sleep and wake may depend on ions.
A beak-size gene helped determine whether Darwin’s finches survived a drought.
Part of the left hemisphere stands sentry while the rest of the brain and body snooze.
A thermodynamic principle says that deleting information generates heat, and now, scientists say that goes for quantum systems, too.
Lead contamination in drinking water can be much higher during summer than winter, new research suggests.
Hubble Space Telescope images from April 2015 show that the dwarf planet Makemake has a tiny moon.
Some lizards may sleep in the same way as mammals and birds, a new brain wave study finds.
Language isn’t just confined to one region of the brain: The meaning of words spark activity all over the cerebral cortex.
A rediscovered bear bone puts humans in Ireland at least 12,600 years ago.
A pair of hyperfast stars hurtling through a remote region of the Milky Way might have been orphaned after a long-ago galactic collision, a new study suggests.
By reordering nearby water molecules, Pseudomonas syringae bacteria can make ice.
In 1966, researchers reported the complete chemical structure of human growth hormone. Today synthetic growth hormone is used to treat growth hormone deficiency.
The vast majority of U.S. states ban sales or distribution of e-cigarette products to minors. Still, it’s no sweat for teens to buy them online.
Reviews & Previews
Ordinary people wrestle with big questions in science and philosophy in Genius, a new television series hosted by Stephen Hawking.
In "The Seven Pillars of Statistics Wisdom," Stephen Stigler lays out the basic principles of statistics.
America’s Snake looks past timber rattlesnake’s fearsome reputation and delves into the fascinating biology of this iconic serpent.
Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to the April 2, 2016, issue of Science News with thoughts on Zika virus, planetary science, microbes in mental health and more.