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Imaging scans show where symbols turn to letters in the brain  SCIENCE-NEWS · 4 days
Scientists watched brain activity in a region where reading takes root, and saw a hierarchy of areas that give symbols both sound and meaning. more
Electrodes show a glimpse of memories emerging in a brain  SCIENCE-NEWS · 5 days
Nerve cells in an important memory center in the brain sync their firing and create fast ripples of activity seconds before a recollection resurfaces. more
Climate misinformation may be thriving on YouTube, a social scientist warns  SCIENCE-NEWS · 5 days
Analyzing 200 climate-related videos on YouTube shows that a majority challenge widely accepted views about climate change and climate engineering. more
Alzheimer’s targets brain cells that help people stay awake  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 week
Nerve cells in the brain that are tied to wakefulness are destroyed in people with Alzheimer’s, a finding that may refocus dementia research. more
A new FDA-approved drug takes aim at a deadly form of tuberculosis  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 week
The antibiotic could help tackle extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, which kills tens of thousands each year. more
We’re closing down our comment section  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 week
Science News’ forthcoming website won’t feature comment sections on stories, but instead will invite e-mail feedback so readers can make their voices heard. more
Chemists have created and imaged a new form of carbon  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 week
A new molecule takes its place among buckyballs, carbon nanotubes and other odd forms of carbon. more
Fluid in superdeep diamonds may be from some of Earth's oldest unchanged material  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 week
Primordial rock deep in the mantle and dating to just after Earth’s formation could yield insights about the planet’s formation and evolution more
New cloaking devices could hide objects from water waves and currents  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 week
Specially designed materials could help prevent boats from rocking too violently in harbors, researchers say. more
The first chlamydia vaccine has passed a major test  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 week
A clinical trial for a vaccine against the sexually transmitted disease found that the product provoked an immune response. more
Astronomers just quintupled the number of known repeating fast radio bursts  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 week
A Canadian telescope spotted eight more repeating fast radio bursts. What causes these cryptic flashes of radio waves from deep space remains unclear. more
A planetary body may have smashed into Jupiter, creating its weird core  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 week
A planetary body smashing into Jupiter may have jostled the gas giant’s insides during its formative years, creating the strange interior seen today. more
CRISPR enters its first human clinical trials  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 week
The gene editor will be used in lab dishes in cancer and blood disorder trials, and to directly edit a gene in human eyes in a blindness therapy test. more
Engraved bones reveal that symbolism had ancient roots in East Asia  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 week
Denisovans might have etched line patterns on two animal bone fragments more than 100,000 years ago in what’s now northern China. more
A mussel poop diet could fuel invasive carp’s spread across Lake Michigan  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 week
Asian carp, just a human-made waterway away from reaching Lake Michigan, could live in much more of the lake than previously thought. more
Two of four Ebola treatments prove highly effective in a clinical trial  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
An Ebola field trial in Congo is shifting its focus toward treatments that preliminary data suggest can help prevent death from the disease. more
Even without concussions, just one football season may damage players’ brains  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
A group of college football players underwent brain scans after a season of play. The results suggest the sport could impact neural signaling. more
Plants don’t have feelings and aren’t conscious, a biologist argues  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
The rise of the field of “plant neurobiology” has this scientist and his colleagues pushing back. more
Are researchers asking the right questions to prevent mass shootings?  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
Understanding how to thwart these violent events may be more effective than analyzing perpetrators’ backgrounds. more
How these tiny insect larvae leap without legs  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
High-speed filming reveals how a blob of an insect can leap more efficiently than it crawls. more
The worst wildfires can send smoke high enough to affect the ozone layer  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
The first direct observations of wildfire smoke in the stratosphere confirm what could happen in a “nuclear winter,” a study finds. more
50 years ago, Fermilab turned to bubbles  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
The National Accelerator Laboratory, now called Fermilab, used to have a bubble chamber to study particles. Today, most bubble chambers have gone flat. more
One in 4 people live in places at high risk of running out of water  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
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Mercury levels in fish are rising despite reduced emissions  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
Climate change and overfishing can increase how much mercury accumulates in fish, counteracting efforts to reduce human-caused emissions. more
Why people with celiac disease suffer so soon after eating gluten  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
In people with celiac disease, some T cells release immune chemicals within hours of encountering gluten, triggering the fast onset of symptoms. more
Giant, active galaxies from the early universe may have finally been found  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
Overlooked galaxies from when the universe was younger than 2 billion years old could be the ancestors of other ancient and modern monster galaxies. more
Readers respond to Lyme disease, fossil teeth and a Tesseract look-alike  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
Readers had questions and comments on Lyme disease prevention, speciation, and a mysterious uranium cube. more
Why this warmer world is not just a passing phase  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
Editor in Chief Nancy Shute discusses climate change and the uncertainty of science. more
How pieces of live human brain are helping scientists map nerve cells  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
Experiments on live nerve cells — donated from patients undergoing brain surgery — may turn up clues about how the human brain works. more
Racist words and acts, like the El Paso shooting, harm children’s health  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
Racism can take a lifelong toll on children’s and adolescents’ health. U.S. pediatricians are tackling the problem. more
A fungus makes a chemical that neutralizes the stench of skunk spray  SCIENCE-NEWS · 2 weeks
A compound produced by fungi reacts with skunk spray to form residues that aren’t offensive to the nose and can be more easily washed... more
How the 5 riskiest U.S. cities for coastal flooding are preparing for rising tides  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 weeks
The five U.S. cities most at risk of coastal flooding from rising sea levels are in various stages of preparedness. more
With nowhere to hide from rising seas, Boston prepares for a wetter future  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 weeks
Boston has armed itself with a science-driven master plan to protect itself from increasingly inevitable storm surges and rising seas. more
Ancient Maya warfare flared up surprisingly early  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 weeks
Extreme conflicts broke out well before the decline of the Maya civilization, researchers say. more
A new map is the best view yet of how fast Antarctica is shedding ice  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 weeks
Stitching together data from several satellite missions allowed scientists to create the most comprehensive map of Antarctic ice... more
Decades of dumping acid suggest acid rain may make trees thirstier  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 weeks
Acidified soil loses calcium, which can affect trees’ ability to hang on to water. more
Satellites are transforming how archaeologists study the past  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 weeks
In ‘Archaeology from Space,’ Sarah Parcak takes readers on a lively tour of the past, and archaeology of the 21st century. more
The Arctic is burning and Greenland is melting, thanks to record heat  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 weeks
A heat wave is melting Greenland’s ice and fueling blazes across the Arctic that are pumping record amounts of carbon dioxide into the air. more
Hospitalizations highlight potential dangers of e-cigs to teens’ lungs  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 weeks
E-cigarette use can harm the lungs, and eight Wisconsin teens who developed severe lung injuries after vaping may be the latest victims. more
Public trust that scientists work for the good of society is growing  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 weeks
More Americans trust the motives of scientists than of journalists or politicians. more
Stars may keep spinning fast, long into old age  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 weeks
NASA’s TESS telescope has spotted an old star that spins too fast for theory to explain, suggesting that stars may have a magnetic midlife crisis. more
There’s more to pufferfish than that goofy spiked balloon  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 weeks
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Monkeys can use basic logic to decipher the order of items in a list  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 weeks
Rhesus macaque monkeys don’t need rewards to learn and remember how items are ranked in a list, a mental feat... more
A new study challenges the idea that the placenta has a microbiome  SCIENCE-NEWS · 3 weeks
A large study of more than 500 women finds little evidence of microbes in the placenta, contrary to previous reports on the placental microbiome. more
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