Vol. 194 No. 9
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More Stories from the November 10, 2018 issue

  1. Planetary Science

    Spiky ice spires may stud the equator of Jupiter’s moon Europa

    Fields of jagged ice spires, if they exist, could affect where future spacecraft land on the Jovian moon.

  2. Neuroscience

    How your brain is like a film editor

    A brain structure called the hippocampus may slice our continuous existence into discrete chunks that can be stored as memories.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Nearly 2 million U.S. adult nonsmokers vape

    A new study finds that an estimated 1.9 million U.S. adult nonsmokers use e-cigarettes, highlighting worries that the devices are addictive.

  4. Animals

    What bees did during the Great American Eclipse

    A rare study of bees during a total solar eclipse finds that the insects buzzed around as usual — until totality.

  5. Astronomy

    The first observed wimpy supernova may have birthed a neutron star duo

    Scientists have spotted a faint, fast supernova for the first time, possibly explaining how pairs of dense stellar corpses called neutron stars form.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Hundreds of dietary supplements are tainted with potentially harmful drugs

    Most dietary supplements tainted with pharmaceutical drugs were marketed for sexual enhancement, weight loss or muscle building.

  7. Animals

    How nectar bats fly nowhere

    Exquisitely sensitive tech makes first direct measurements of the forces of bat wingbeats.

  8. Agriculture

    Add beer to the list of foods threatened by climate change

    Barley crops around the world will be threatened by drought and heat.

  9. Animals

    In cadaver caves, baby beetles grow better with parental goo

    A dead mouse — with the right microbial treatment from beetle parents — becomes a much better nursery than your average carcass.

  10. Neuroscience

    People who have a good sense of smell are also good navigators

    A sense of smell and a sense of direction are tangled in the brain, a new study finds.

  11. Archaeology

    An ancient child’s ‘vampire burial’ included steps to prevent resurrection

    A 10-year-old skeleton in a Roman cemetery had a stone placed in its mouth to prevent the youngster from rising from the dead, researchers say.

  12. Earth

    These ancient mounds may not be the earliest fossils on Earth after all

    A new analysis suggests that tectonics, not microbes, formed cone-shaped structures in 3.7-billion-year-old rock.

  13. Particle Physics

    What the electron’s near-perfect roundness means for new physics

    The electron remains stubbornly round, meaning we may need to build beyond the Large Hadron Collider to find physics outside of the standard model.

  14. Archaeology

    The water system that helped Angkor rise may have also brought its fall

    A complex water system magnified flooding’s disruption of the medieval Cambodian city of Angkor.

  15. Genetics

    DNA differences are linked to having same-sex sexual partners

    Genetic differences are associated with choosing same-sex partners in both men and women.

  16. Paleontology

    In a first, scientists spot what may be lungs in an ancient bird fossil

    Possible traces of lungs preserved with a 120-million-year-old bird fossil could represent a respiratory system similar to that of modern birds.

  17. Paleontology

    T. rex pulverized bones with an incredible amount of force

    Tyrannosaurus rex’s powerful bite and remarkably strong teeth helped the dinosaur crush bones.

  18. Climate

    ‘18 Miles’ is full of interesting tales about Earth’s atmosphere

    The new book ‘18 Miles’ takes readers on a journey through the atmosphere and the history of understanding climate and weather.

  19. Animals

    If you want to believe your home’s bug free, don’t read this book

    ‘Never Home Alone’ reveals the hidden world living in human-made spaces.