October 1, 2016
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Editor in chief Eva Emerson discusses 10 up-and-coming researchers who will be answering science's biggest questions in the decades to come.
Theoretical computer scientist Shayan Oveis Gharan has identified connections between unrelated fields to tackle the traveling salesman problem.
Astronomer Anna Frebel has discovered record-breaking stars, including the most pristine in the galaxy.
As a group leader at the Janelia Research Campus, Jeremy Freeman is equal parts neuroscientist, computer coder and data visualization whiz.
Computational biologist Lawrence David regularly opens himself to new scientific challenges, including tracking his own microbiome.
Cognitive neuroscientist Jessica Cantlon wants to find out how humans understand numbers and where that understanding comes from.
Materials scientist Qian Chen is coaxing nanomaterials to self-assemble in new and unexpected ways.
Evolutionary geneticist Aneil Agrawal is equally at home with real and hypothetical fruit flies.
Chemist Phil Baran draws on artistry and creativity to efficiently synthesize molecules that could improve people's lives.
Science News spotlights 10 rising scientists who will transform their research fields over the coming decades.
Laser physicist Tenio Popmintchev has created a Swiss-army-knife tool made of light.
Drawn to the water early, oceanographer Melissa Omand now leads research cruises studying how carbon and nutrients move through the seas.
A gene involved in caffeine processing may control coffee consumption.
Recommendations for President Barack Obama’s Cancer Moonshot include improved data sharing, focus on immunotherapy and commitment to patient engagement.
Accelerator experiments find no evidence to support popular particle physics theory known as supersymmetry.
A plastic material like kitchen cling wrap may be the next big thing in high-tech clothing. The fabric lets heat pass through, but blocks visible light, making it opaque enough to wear.
A much-anticipated Alzheimer’s drug shows promise in a new trial, but experts temper hope with caution.
Dogs understand what we say separately from how we say it.
Vaginal bacteria may cause stillbirth by deploying tiny weapons
Cesium atoms with high-energy electrons pair up to form giant molecules.
A rare type of deep-Earth tremor called an S wave generated by a rapidly strengthening storm could help scientists map the planet’s mantle and core.
Tasmanian devils are evolving resistance to a deadly contagious cancer.
Missing since November 2014, the Philae comet lander has been found lurking in the shadows on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Bonobos demonstrate their overlooked nut-cracking skills in an African sanctuary.
Hurricane-like clouds spiral over Jupiter’s poles, new photos taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft reveal.
Findings from the Dawn spacecraft turn up cryovolcanoes, ice patches and hydrated minerals on Ceres, supporting the idea that water helped shape the dwarf planet.
Dating to 3.7 billion years ago, mounds of sediment called stromatolites found in Greenland may be the oldest fossilized evidence of life on Earth.
Bagpipes’ moist interiors may be the perfect breeding ground for yeasts and molds.
To weigh themselves, astronauts still use technology invented about 50 years ago.
To collect DNA from four cormorant species, this scientist called in bird scientists far and wide.
About 99.999% of the light that creates a suntan comes from the sun; the rest comes from the Big Bang and galaxies throughout the universe.
Reviews & Previews
The Long, Long Life of Trees explores the scientific, historical and cultural significance of apple, birch, elm and 14 other kinds of trees.
Letters to the Editor
The cosmos, tadpole escape artists, vehicle collisions and more in reader feedback.
Computational biologist Lawrence David chronicled changes in his gut microbes for a year.