October 15, 2016
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Editor in chief Eva Emerson discusses scientific discoveries that resulted from failures large and small.
The race is on to find about 140 predicted carbon-based minerals in locations around the world. Map included.
The physical effects of interbreeding among animals may offer clues to Neandertals’ genetic mark on humans.
Cone cells in the retina see in black and white and color.
The dark red pole on Charon, the largest moon of Pluto, is probably gas that escaped from Pluto and was then transformed by sunlight.
Roughly 360 million years ago, young tetrapods may have schooled together during prolonged years as juveniles in the water.
A giant petri dish exposes the evolutionary dynamics behind antibiotic resistance.
New map of the galaxy provides unprecedented positions of over 1 billion stars and promises of a detailed 3-D atlas to come.
A group of scientists will formally propose the human-defined Anthropocene as a new epoch in Earth’s geologic history within a few years, probably pegging the start date to nuclear tests.
Genetics and climate studies differ on when modern humans left Africa.
Sugar industry has long, sweet history of influencing science.
The brain’s stiffness helps dictate how nerve cells grow, a study suggests.
The most recent common ancestor of today’s rattlesnakes had a huge set of toxin-producing genes. Modern rattlesnake species have independently ditched some of these genes.
South American society was first known to use complex dye process on fabrics.
A star that vanished in another galaxy might be the first confirmed case of a failed supernova — and the birth of a black hole.
Scientists are gearing up to create supersecure global quantum networks.
A 77-million-year-old flying reptile may be the smallest pterosaur of the Late Cretaceous.
A region of ocean off the coast of Cape Cod has become the first U.S. marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean.
Using Wi-Fi, computers could one day identify individual family members in a smart home.
Extreme bird nests of Southern Africa’s weaverbirds offer condo living in tough temperatures.
In 1966, scientists warned of the physical and psychological dangers of a louder world.
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