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Fracking well

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE Babies born to moms living within one kilometer of fracking sites are more likely to be underweight than those born to moms living three kilometers or farther away, a new study suggests.

football players colliding

HARD KNOCKS  By studying the brains of former football players, researchers are finding clues about how a neurodegenerative disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, progresses, with the hopes of one day preventing it.

1-month-old baby with microcephaly

ZIKA'S IMPRINT  Zika’s spread through the Americas, with the associated birth defects and other maladies, was one of the top stories last year. It remained an important science story in 2017.

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