Vol. 188 No. 7
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More Stories from the October 3, 2015 issue

  1. Science & Society

    Contentious science topics on Wikipedia subject to editing mischief

    Global warming and other politically charged issues are prime targets for sabotage on Wikipedia.

  2. Earth

    Millions of dollars’ worth of gold and silver found beneath volcanoes

    A jackpot of dissolved gold and silver discovered in reservoirs of hot water beneath New Zealand’s Taupo Volcanic Zone.

  3. Climate

    Hurricane’s tiny earthquakes could help forecasters

    Hurricane Sandy set off small earthquakes under its eye as it moved up the U.S. East Coast in 2012. The tiny tremors could help researchers track the behavior of future storms, researchers propose.

  4. Physics

    Hawking proposes solution to black hole problem

    Light sliding along the boundary of a black hole encodes everything that ever fell inside, suggests Stephen Hawking in a new but incomplete proposal.

  5. Animals

    Decoy switches frogs’ mating call preference

    A female túngara frog may switch her choice between two prospective mates when presented with a third, least attractive option.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Vaccinated man excretes live poliovirus for nearly 3 decades

    For almost 30 years, a man with an immune deficiency has been shedding poliovirus strains that have evolved from the version he received in a vaccine.

  7. Psychology

    Psychology results evaporate upon further review

    Less than half of psychology findings get reproduced on second tries, a study finds.

  8. Anthropology

    Ancient pottery maps route to South Pacific

    New Guinea pottery points to a key meeting of island natives and seafarers at least 3,000 years ago.

  9. Health & Medicine

    How farm life can prevent allergies

    Farm dust prevents allergies by turning on an anti-inflammatory enzyme in the cells lining mice’s lungs.

  10. Animals

    Same math describes relationship between diverse predators and prey

    From lions to plankton, predators have about the same relationship to the amount of prey, a big-scale ecology study predicts.

  11. Astronomy

    First known exoplanets have few counterparts

    The first known exoplanets were discovered around pulsars — probably one of the least likely places to have been found, astronomers now say.

  12. Environment

    Latest BPA replacement seeps into people’s blood and urine

    Replacements for BPA called BPS and BPSIP may raise health risks for cashiers.

  13. Materials Science

    Graphene shows signs of superconductivity

    Ultrathin sheets of carbon can conduct electrical current with no resistance at low temperatures.

  14. Life

    Small number of genes trigger embryo development

    New views of early embryo development reveal differences between humans and mice.

  15. Anthropology

    Fossils suggest new species from human genus

    Undated South African cave fossils may reveal a new species in the human genus.

  16. Animals

    These fish would rather walk

    Slowpokes of the sea, frogfish and handfish creep along the ocean bottom.

  17. Genetics

    Benyam Kinde: Gene expression and Rett syndrome

    M.D.-Ph.D. student Benyam Kinde studies how genetic changes affect brain cells’ activity in Rett syndrome.

  18. Neuroscience

    Priya Rajasethupathy: Memories mark DNA

    Neuroscientist Priya Rajasethupathy has discovered a tiny molecule that may turn off part of the genome to help the brain store long-term memories.

  19. Life

    Gia Voeltz: Redrawing the cell’s floor plan

    Cell biologist Gia Voeltz has changed our view of the endoplasmic reticulum.

  20. Quantum Physics

    Shinsei Ryu: Error-free quantum calculations

    Physicist Shinsei Ryu navigates the confusing border between the quantum and everyday realms.

  21. Particle Physics

    William Detmold: Looking deep into atoms’ hearts

    MIT theoretical physicist William Detmold probes the fundamental bits of matter that combine to form the nuclei of atoms.

  22. Chemistry

    Sarah Reisman: Better synthesis of natural compounds

    Chemist Sarah Reisman is trying to find new ways to build complicated chemical compounds found in nature.

  23. Neuroscience

    Yasser Roudi: Creating maps in the brain

    Physicist Yasser Roudi does the math on how the brain and other complex systems process information.

  24. Science & Society

    Meet 10 scientists who are making their mark

    In a special report, Science News features 10 early-career scientists on their way to more widespread acclaim.

  25. Paleontology

    New dolphin fossil makes a splash

    A newly discovered dolphin fossil provides clues to the evolution of river dolphins in the Americas.

  26. Animals

    Tropical songbirds get their growth spurt late

    Tropical songbirds are late bloomers, but that delayed development may give them an advantage after leaving the nest.

  27. Animals

    Chimps keep numbers high as forest losses mount

    African apes show surprising resilience in face of forest destruction.

  28. Life

    New microscope techniques give deepest view yet of living cells

    Two new microscopy techniques are helping scientists see smaller structures in living cells than ever glimpsed before.

  29. Health & Medicine

    In 1965, hopes were high for artificial hearts

    Developing artificial hearts took longer than expected, and improved devices are still under investigation.

  30. Health & Medicine

    Coffee reveals itself as an unlikely elixir

    Coffee is earning a reputation as a health tonic, reducing risk for a long list of ailments and even lowering death rates.