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Here are three approaches to reducing ocean pollution that might be more effective than a controversial plan to fish trash out of the Pacific.
To fire a rubber band flawlessly, use a wide band and don’t pull too hard, physicists suggest.
There’s a more accurate way to estimate ammonia emissions.
New technology for analyzing genetic data quickly in the field guided how Nigeria dealt with an outbreak of Lassa fever in 2018.
A new liquid-inspired theory can predict the movements of marathoners lining up for a race.
A new chemical road map for a process called photorespiration in plant cells could reduce energy waste to increase plant productivity.
China’s Chang’e-4 lander and rover just became the first spacecraft to land on the farside of the moon.
Ultima Thule’s snowmanlike shape shows the New Horizons target was probably two space rocks that got stuck together.
Experiments in rats show that a new soft device could help alleviate frequent, sudden urges to urinate.
This scientist is studying how meat changes as it rots to figure out what Neandertals might have eaten.
Astronomer Nancy Roman, the “mother of Hubble,” has died.
Japanese monkeys take turns while communicating. Adjusting response times while chattering, macaques intentionally pause like humans do when chatting.
The New Horizons spacecraft is ready for the most distant close flyby of a rocky object in the solar system, a rocky body called MU69 or Ultima Thule.
From male birth control to wombat poop, Science News online readers had a wide variety of favorite stories on our website.
From black hole insights to the future of self-driving cars to figuring out what it means to be human, 2019 will be a big year in science.
In 2018, AI bested humans at following fauna, diagnosing disease, mapping the moon and more.
Apollo 8 launched on December 21, 1968, with three astronauts on board, making 10 revolutions around the moon — the first manned lunar orbits.
This year, some missions started exploring the cosmos, while others were winding down.
A survey suggests that nearly one-third of American adults are sleeping fewer than 6 hours a night, and minority groups are most affected.
Discoveries about fossils, the Big Bang and more could shake up the scientific world – if they turn out to be true.
A study takes a stab at quantifying Christmas-related mishaps.
A new study provides evidence of plumelike structures in ancient flying reptiles.
Fossil plants from Jordan reveal more plant lineages that made it through the Great Dying roughly 252 million years ago.
In the #MeToo era, the scientific community is confronting its own sexual harassment problems and looking to research for solutions.
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