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How salamanders can regrow nearly complete tails but lizards can’t
SCIENCE-NEWS Differences in stem cells in the spinal cord explain the amphibians’ ability. 3 days
Cheese found in an Egyptian tomb is at least 3,200 years old
SCIENCE-NEWS Solid cheese preserved in an ancient Egyptian tomb may be the world’s oldest. 3 days
A galaxy 11.3 billion light-years away appears filled with dark matter
SCIENCE-NEWS The “Cosmic Seagull,” a distant galaxy magnified by a gravitational lens, seems chock-full of dark matter, in contrast with other galaxies almost as far away. 3 days
Here’s what robots could learn from fire ants
SCIENCE-NEWS VIDEO Fire ants’ secret to success is prioritizing efficiency over fairness. Robot teams could use that strategy to work more efficiently in tight, crowded quarters. 3 days
A filter that turns saltwater into freshwater just got an upgrade
SCIENCE-NEWS Smoothing out a material used in desalination filters could help combat worldwide water shortages. 3 days
In 1968, scientists tried taming hurricanes
SCIENCE-NEWS For over 20 years, the U.S. government tried to subdue hurricanes through cloud seeding, with mixed results. 4 days
More than 2 billion people lack safe drinking water. That number will only grow.
SCIENCE-NEWS By 2050, half the world’s population may no longer have safe water to drink or grow food. What then? 4 days
Cancer drugs may help the liver recover from common painkiller overdoses
SCIENCE-NEWS Experimental anticancer drugs may help the liver recover after acetaminophen poisoning. 4 days
Children may be especially vulnerable to peer pressure from robots
SCIENCE-NEWS Elementary school children often endorsed unanimous but inaccurate judgments made by small groups of robots. 4 days
Viruses may help phytoplankton make clouds — by tearing the algae apart
SCIENCE-NEWS Sick phytoplankton shed their calcium carbonate plates more easily than their healthy counterparts, which could play a role in forming clouds. 5 days
As waters rise, coastal megacities like Mumbai face catastrophe
SCIENCE-NEWS For coastal megacities like Mumbai, rising seas and weather chaos linked with climate change threaten economic and social disaster. 5 days
Why sea level rise varies from place to place
SCIENCE-NEWS The impact of global sea level rise varies regionally, thanks to these factors. 5 days
A resurrected gene may protect elephants from cancer
SCIENCE-NEWS Researchers have found another gene that may play a role in explaining elephants’ cancer resistance. 5 days
A new computer program generates eerily realistic fake videos
SCIENCE-NEWS It’s getting harder to tell fact from fiction — even on camera. 6 days
Scientists-turned-students guide viewers through ‘The Most Unknown’
SCIENCE-NEWS VIDEO In The Most Unknown, a film on Netflix, a research round robin leads to fascinating discussions about scientific questions. 6 days
Tiny bits of RNA can trigger pain and itchiness
SCIENCE-NEWS Two microRNAs may shed light on the causes of nerve pain and itch. 6 days
Strange brains offer a glimpse into the mind
SCIENCE-NEWS A close look at unusual brains offers a way to understand how the human mind is constructed, two new books argue. 7 days
In the animal kingdom, what does it mean to be promiscuous?
SCIENCE-NEWS A review of hundreds of scientific studies finds that the label “promiscuous” is applied to a surprisingly wide range of mating behaviors in animals. 7 days
The Parker Solar Probe has launched and is on its way to explore the sun
SCIENCE-NEWS VIDEO The Parker Solar Probe just took off to become the first spacecraft to visit the sun. 1 week
The first gene-silencing drug wins FDA approval
SCIENCE-NEWS The FDA just approved the first drug that works via RNA interference. 1 week
With launch looming, the Parker Solar Probe is ready for its star turn
SCIENCE-NEWS VIDEO The Parker Solar Probe is scheduled to launch on August 11 to become the first spacecraft to touch the sun. 1 week
What ‘The Meg’ gets wrong — and right — about megalodon sharks
SCIENCE-NEWS VIDEO A paleobiologist helps Science News separate shark fact from fiction in the new Jason Statham film The Meg. 1 week
A faint glow found between galaxies could be a beacon for dark matter
SCIENCE-NEWS Intracluster light may help reveal where dark matter resides within galaxy clusters. 1 week
Pregnant women’s use of opioids is on the rise
SCIENCE-NEWS The rate of opioid use during pregnancy more than quadrupled in 28 U.S. states, prompting physicians to call for increased screening. 1 week
Here’s how fast cell death can strike
SCIENCE-NEWS Scientists have measured how quickly the signal to commit form of cellular suicide called apoptosis travels. 1 week
A ghost gene leaves ocean mammals vulnerable to some pesticides
SCIENCE-NEWS Manatees, dolphins and other warm-blooded marine animals can't break down organophosphates due to genetic mutations that occurred long ago. 1 week
A newly approved drug could be a boon for treating malaria
SCIENCE-NEWS Tafenoquine could help prevent the recurring form of malaria, but the drug may also be dangerous for people who have a certain genetic mutation. 2 weeks
New Horizons may have seen a glow at the solar system’s edge
SCIENCE-NEWS New Horizons may have seen a hydrogen wall just past the edge of the solar system, where the solar wind meets the stuff of... 2 weeks
Researchers say CRISPR edits to a human embryo worked. But critics still doubt it
SCIENCE-NEWS Researchers say that they have confirmed CRISPR/Cas9 edits of a heart disease–causing version of a gene, but critics still have... 2 weeks
The debate over people’s pathway into the Americas heats up
SCIENCE-NEWS Defenders of an ice-free inland passage for early Americans make their case. 2 weeks
Global dimming may mitigate warming, but could hurt crop yields
SCIENCE-NEWS Injecting a veil of tiny particles into the atmosphere might reduce global warming, but it could also lower crop yields. 2 weeks
Nasty stomach viruses can travel in packs
SCIENCE-NEWS Contained clusters of rotavirus and norovirus caused more severe infections in mice than the same viruses working solo. 2 weeks
Zika may harm nearly 1 in 7 babies exposed to the virus in the womb
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Football and hockey players aren’t doomed to suffer brain damage
SCIENCE-NEWS A comprehensive look at the brains and behavior of retired professional football players and retired hockey players finds no signs of early dementia. 2 weeks
Astronomers saw the first mass eruption from a star that’s not the sun
SCIENCE-NEWS The first coronal mass ejection observed fleeing another star was as massive as scientists expected, but carried less energy. 2 weeks
For popularity on Twitter, partisanship pays
SCIENCE-NEWS Pundits claim that we’re all living in political echo chambers. A new study shows that, on Twitter at least, they’re right. 2 weeks
This killifish can go from egg to sex in two weeks
SCIENCE-NEWS VIDEO The fastest known maturing vertebrate in the lab is even faster in the wild. 2 weeks
The first detailed map of red foxes’ DNA may reveal domestication secrets
SCIENCE-NEWS Thanks to a newly deciphered genome of red foxes, researchers have pinpointed regions in the animals’ DNA linked to taming them. 2 weeks
Hopes dim that gamma rays can reveal dark matter
SCIENCE-NEWS A mysterious glow of gamma rays coming from the center of the Milky Way probably isn’t a sign of dark matter. 2 weeks
Strange metals are even weirder than scientists thought
SCIENCE-NEWS Some strange metals are odd in more ways than one, and that could help scientists understand high-temperature superconductors. 2 weeks
This Silicon Valley car tech firm is bringing secret weapon to the streets of Sacramento
The plastic waste crisis is an opportunity for the U.S. to get serious about recycling at home
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NASA water vapor data shows a 'patchy' Sub-Tropical Storm Ernesto
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Here’s what robots could learn from fire ants
Why X-rays could become a lot more personal
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Oort clouds around other stars should be visible in the cosmic microwave background
Oort clouds around other stars should be visible in the cosmic microwave background
Donald Trump's Space Force plans analysed by a sci-fi expert
Bio-based plastics can reduce waste, but only if we invest in both making and getting rid of them
How virtual reality is giving the world's roller coasters a new twist
Aboriginal traditions describe the complex motions of planets, the 'wandering stars' of the sky