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Editor in chief Eva Emerson discusses big lessons we can learn from some of Earth's smallest organisms.
Neuroscience tools failed to reveal much about a simple microprocessor. What can they really tell us about the brain?
CRISPR/Cas9 has been a rockstar gene-editing tool for just four years and it’s already being tweaked to do more things better.
New genetic analysis suggests gliding mammals called colugos are actually sisters to modern primates.
Three vaccines can protect rhesus monkeys from infection with Zika. One of them fended off viral strains from both Brazil and Puerto Rico.
Hints of a new particle at the LHC have disappeared.
Stars that cool faster than expected can be explained by hypothetical particles called axions.
The ability of fentanyl, an opioid, to freeze chest muscles within minutes may be to blame for some overdoses, a new autopsy study shows.
Promiscuous enzymes can step in when bacteria lose genes they need to function.
Scientists are carefully measuring the Higgs boson’s properties.
New Piltdown Man study pegs infamous ‘ape-man’ skull forgery on one well-informed culprit.
For the first time scientists can see where molecular tags known as epigenetic marks are placed in the brain.
Tiny crystals can detect electrical signals in nerves and muscles of rats.
Two analyses indicate that LIGO could have detected black holes that formed just after the Big Bang.
The intense monsoon winds that carry torrential rain to India each year first started blowing around 12.9 million years ago, new research suggests.
Dawn spacecraft reveals that the dwarf planet Ceres hides a core of solid rock beneath an outer crust of minerals, salts and ices.
A massive survey of indoor spiders and insects in town finds dozens of different scientific families in homes, more in high-income neighborhoods.
Running doesn’t seem to wipe out old memories in rats, concludes a new study that contradicts earlier reports suggesting that exercise does actually help old memories fade and new memories form — in other rodents.
Bony growths on fossils may push origins of this disease way back in the Stone Age.
Red and eastern wolves might be gray wolf/coyote blends instead of distinct species
Bacteria stuck when alone on a dry surface get moving — and get faster — when they evolve together.
Cholera bacteria stabbing each other can encourage the evolution of cooperation.
Before the Hitomi satellite broke apart, it captured data that cast further doubt on evidence of X-rays from dark matter particles in a galaxy cluster.
Heavy-drinking rats are giving scientists new genetic clues to alcoholism.
Folktales of an ancient flood that helped kick off Chinese civilization may reference a nearly 4,000-year-old deluge.
Women receiving a corneal transplant do better when their donors are female, new research finds.
Two newly discovered ant species provide new insights into spiny evolution.
Tomatoes can foil a dodder plant attack by getting scared and scabbing over.
Surgeons harnessed computers in 1966 to pinpoint source of epilepsy in the brain.
Climate change caused hundreds of fatalities in London and Paris during the 2003 European heat wave, simulations suggest.
Reviews & Previews
The Darwin’s Dogs citizen science project is collecting canine DNA to better understand dog genetics and behavior.
In Seven Skeletons, Lydia Pyne explores the cultural histories of the most iconic fossil figures in human evolution.
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Readers respond to the July 9, 2016, issue of Science News with questions on terrorism, dog evolution and more.
The latest generation of interplanetary spacecraft have revealed diverse landscapes on planets, asteroids and comets throughout the solar system.