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The partial government shutdown is taking many U.S. scientists out of commission and putting up hurdles to their research.
An autonomous drill originally designed for work on Mars has its first mission in Antarctica.
Blobs of worms flow like a fluid, plop like a solid and fascinate scientists.
The organized rows and columns of the Periodic Table hide a rich and twisting history.
In some forms of autism, nerve cells develop faster than normal, possibly setting the stage for the disorder, a study finds.
150 years ago, Russian chemist Dmitrii Mendeleev created the periodic table of the elements, revolutionizing chemistry.
Novel use of poisoned toilet paper rolls and teabags led to discovery that termites help tropical forests resist droughts.
Seabirds idly drifting with ocean currents provide a novel way to track and understand how these flows change with time and location.
The study of killer whales has come a long way since the capture of seven in 1968 allowed scientists to study the animals in their habitat.
An ancient skeleton dubbed Little Foot points to the piecemeal evolution of various humanlike traits in hominids, two studies suggest.
Infertile women with endometriosis have a reduced amount of a protein found to be important for establishing pregnancy in mice, a study finds.
A smartphone app called Second Chance could help save opioid users who shoot up alone.
Tooth tartar unveils an expert female manuscript painter buried at a German monastery.
Astronomers have spotted a second repeating fast radio burst, and it looks a lot like the first.
Scientists have coined a new term — “in fimo” — to describe studies focused on feces.
The TESS exoplanet hunter has spotted eight confirmed worlds in its first four months, and several of them are really weird.
A newly discovered protein found exclusively in mosquitoes may one day help control their numbers.
Zirconium-88 captures neutrons with extreme efficiency, and scientists don’t yet know why.
Some dragonflies do a north-south annual migration that takes at least three generations.
The books ‘Beyond Weird’ and ‘What is Real?’ have different perspectives on what quantum physics says about reality.
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.