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church worshippers

PRAY TELL  Religion in the United States displays a resilience and intensity not seen in other Western, historically Christian nations, researchers say. A new analysis suggests that the popularity of fervent forms of religion has held steady since 1989 while moderate types of worship have lost followers.

morpho dragonfly

BETTER BLUES  SN's article about the wings of this morpho dragonfly creating natural blue colors in a really complicated way was our top online story in 2017.

composite image of top science stories of 2017

Scientists witnessed gigantic events this year — a neutron star collision and a calving Antarctic iceberg — and also demonstrated the transformative power of more minuscule changes.

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