May 30, 2015
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Gene therapy becomes more sophisticated, and the debate over the ethics of DNA tinkering grows.
The cutting-edge technology called optogenetics may offer a workaround to partially restore vision even after the retina’s light-sensing rods and cones die.
The typical American diet sends our good and bad gut microbes out of balance and can lead to inflammation and a host of problems.
Fossils of a bizarre-looking dinosaur found in Chile are challenging ideas about how dinosaurs adapted to their environments.
Scientists precisely capture thunder sound waves radiating from artificially triggered lightning.
A modified version of a landmark quantum physics experiment has shown that a single parcel of light can be a particle and a wave simultaneously.
The current rate of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere is unprecedented over at least the last 66 million years, new research shows.
Measles infection leaves kids vulnerable to other infectious diseases for much longer than scientists suspected.
Human bones show signs of ritual cannibalism in England 14,700 years ago.
New research upends what scientists know about a classic lab technique, called gram staining, used for more than a century to characterized and classify bacteria.
Human gene editing experiments raise scientific and societal questions.
Charged particles like the ones astronauts might encounter wallop the brain, mouse study suggests.
A new dino called Yi qi may have taken to the skies with wings akin to those of pterosaurs and flying squirrels.
Radio waves emitted by particles zipping through thunderstorms allow physicists to probe thunderclouds and, perhaps eventually, learn what triggers lightning strikes.
Millions of mini-explosions every second on the sun could solve the riddle of why the sun’s atmosphere is so much warmer than its surface.
U.S., British data raise bullying’s profile as a long-term mental health hazard for kids.
New phylum of sea-bottom archaea microbes could be closest living relatives yet found to the eukaryote domain of complex life that includes people.
Changes in the way that DNA is tightly packed in cells leads to mayhem that promotes the aging process.
Flagstaff, Echidna, Spock. Naming conventions for the landscapes of Pluto and its moons are proposed ahead of the arrival of the New Horizons probe.
The vampire squid again defies its sensationalist name with a life in the slow lane.
A tumor-produced protein that interferes with insulin causes wasting in fruit flies with cancer.
Early research asked whether cats dream; researchers still don’t know definitively.
Roughly 1 percent of tree species in the Amazon rainforest account for half of the jungle’s carbon storage.
Reviews & Previews
A new card game lets players brush up on chemistry by making compounds out of ions. Form some bonds and have fun in the process.
‘Dispatches from Dystopia’ chronicles adventures in modernist wastelands to recount tales of the invisible and the overlooked, the exiled and the dispossessed.
Spiky hawthorn trees have found many uses despite their unforgiving nature, Bill Vaughn writes in ‘Hawthorn.’
Letters to the Editor
Readers discuss the posture of an ancient reptile and why washing machines and nanoparticles don't mix.