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Reporting on the current state of research allows readers to see beyond the single, sometimes conflicting public health messages that medical studies produce.
Coffee is earning a reputation as a health tonic, reducing risk for a long list of ailments and even lowering death rates.
Scientist Feng Zhang has developed a system to easily and precisely edit genomes.
Physicist Shinsei Ryu navigates the confusing border between the quantum and everyday realms.
Physicist Yasser Roudi does the math on how the brain and other complex systems process information.
Chemist Sarah Reisman is trying to find new ways to build complicated chemical compounds found in nature.
Neuroscientist Steve Ramirez is manipulating memories in mice to one day erase fearful memories of PTSD.
Neuroscientist Priya Rajasethupathy has discovered a tiny molecule that may turn off part of the genome to help the brain store long-term memories.
Isaac Kinde helped create a technology that can spot cancers early to give patients a better chance at survival.
M.D.-Ph.D. student Benyam Kinde studies how genetic changes affect brain cells’ activity in Rett syndrome.
MIT theoretical physicist William Detmold probes the fundamental bits of matter that combine to form the nuclei of atoms.
In a special report, Science News features 10 early-career scientists on their way to more widespread acclaim.
Cell biologist Gia Voeltz has changed our view of the endoplasmic reticulum.
A newly discovered dolphin fossil provides clues to the evolution of river dolphins in the Americas.
African apes show surprising resilience in face of forest destruction.
Two new microscopy techniques are helping scientists see smaller structures in living cells than ever glimpsed before.
Undated South African cave fossils may reveal a new species in the human genus.
Ultrathin sheets of carbon can conduct electrical current with no resistance at low temperatures.
Replacements for BPA called BPS and BPSIP may raise health risks for cashiers.
The first known exoplanets were discovered around pulsars — probably one of the least likely places to have been found, astronomers now say.
From lions to plankton, predators have about the same relationship to the amount of prey, a big-scale ecology study predicts.
Tropical songbirds are late bloomers, but that delayed development may give them an advantage after leaving the nest.
New Guinea pottery points to a key meeting of island natives and seafarers at least 3,000 years ago.
Farm dust prevents allergies by turning on an anti-inflammatory enzyme in the cells lining mice’s lungs.
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.
Light sliding along the boundary of a black hole encodes everything that ever fell inside, suggests Stephen Hawking in a new but incomplete proposal.
A female túngara frog may switch her choice between two prospective mates when presented with a third, least attractive option.
New views of early embryo development reveal differences between humans and mice.
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.
Less than half of psychology findings get reproduced on second tries, a study finds.
Names for 20 exoplanets are in the hands of a discerning online audience.
A jackpot of dissolved gold and silver discovered in reservoirs of hot water beneath New Zealand’s Taupo Volcanic Zone.
Slowpokes of the sea, frogfish and handfish creep along the ocean bottom.
Developing artificial hearts took longer than expected, and improved devices are still under investigation.
Global warming and other politically charged issues are prime targets for sabotage on Wikipedia.
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