Mysterious fast radio bursts come in two distinct flavours
A trove of new detections suggests that the bursts could be the result of at least two separate astrophysical phenomena.
Landmark Alzheimer’s drug approval confounds research community
Many scientists say there is not enough evidence that Biogen’s aducanumab is an effective therapy for the disease.
Hunting the strongest accelerators in our Galaxy
Twelve candidates for the most powerful astrophysical particle accelerators in the Milky Way have been detected. This advance will help to uncover the nature of these exotic objects.
How did Neanderthals and other ancient humans learn to count?
Archaeological finds suggest that people developed numbers tens of thousands of years ago. Scholars are now exploring the first detailed hypotheses about this life-changing invention.
Hundreds of gibberish papers still lurk in the scientific literature
The nonsensical computer-generated articles, spotted years after the problem was first seen, could lead to a wave of retractions.
Limit on lab-grown human embryos dropped by stem-cell body
The International Society for Stem Cell Research relaxed the famous 14-day rule on culturing human embryos in its latest research guidelines.
Injection of light-sensitive proteins restores blind man’s vision
The first successful clinical test of a technique called optogenetics has allowed a person to see for the first time in decades, with the help of image-enhancing goggles.
The mysterious microbes that gave rise to complex life
As scientists learn more about enigmatic archaea, they’re finding clues about the evolution of the complex cells that make up people, plants and more.
First nuclear detonation created ‘impossible’ quasicrystals
Their structures were once controversial. Now researchers have discovered quasicrystals in the aftermath of a 1945 bomb test.
The myriad ways sewage surveillance is helping fight COVID around the world
Wastewater tracking was used before the pandemic to monitor for polio and illicit drug use, but interest in the field and its applications has now ballooned.