Vol. 198 No. 6
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More Stories from the September 26, 2020 issue

  1. Health & Medicine

    50 years ago, an experimental drug hinted at serotonin’s many roles in the brain

     Excerpt from the October 3, 1970 issue of Science News

  2. Science & Society

    How COVID-19 worsened gender inequality in the U.S. workforce

    Compared with men, the pandemic disproportionately hurt working women, including mothers of young children.

  3. Astronomy

    Check out the first-ever map of the solar corona’s magnetic field

    Solar physicists watched waves in the sun’s corona to map the whole corona’s magnetic field. Future observers could use the same technique to predict solar eruptions.

  4. Life

    How two new fungus species got named after the COVID-19 pandemic

    Tiny fuzz on a beetle and fake leopard spots on palms now have Latin names that will forever nod to the new coronavirus.

  5. Physics

    Record-breaking gravitational waves reveal that midsize black holes do exist

    The biggest merger of two black holes so far raises questions about how the pair of objects came to be.

  6. Health & Medicine

    New treatments aim to treat COVID-19 early, before it gets serious

    Some new drugs that may stop the coronavirus from getting into cells, or from reproducing itself, may treat the illness as soon as it’s diagnosed.

  7. Microbes

    If bacteria band together, they can survive for years in space

    Tiny clumps of bacteria can survive at least three years in outer space, raising the prospect of interplanetary travel by microbial life.

  8. Earth

    Carbon dioxide from Earth’s mantle may trigger some Italian earthquakes

    In the central Apennines of Italy, spikes in natural carbon dioxide emissions line up with the biggest earthquakes.

  9. Planetary Science

    Earth’s building blocks may have had far more water than previously thought

    Space rocks and dust from the inner solar system could have delivered enough water to account for all the H2O in the planet’s mantle.

  10. Earth

    What’s behind August 2020’s extreme weather? Climate change and bad luck

    On top of a pandemic, the United States is having an epic weather year — a combination of bad luck and a stage set by a warming climate.

  11. Life

    This parasitic plant eavesdrops on its host to know when to flower

    Dodder plants have no leaves to sense when to bloom, so the parasites rely on a chemical cue from their hosts instead.

  12. Archaeology

    Stonehenge enhanced sounds like voices or music for people inside the monument

    Scientists created a scale model one-twelfth the size of the ancient stone circle to study its acoustics.