Fungi Physics: How Those Spores Launch Just Right
To spread forth and multiply, fungi — including the familiar button, portobello and shiitake mushrooms — shoot their spores into wafting breezes.
Maryam Mirzakhani, Only Woman to Win a Fields Medal, Dies at 40
Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician who was the only woman ever to win a Fields Medal, the most prestigious honor in mathematics, died on Saturday. She was 40.
In the Deep, Dark Sea, Corals Create Their Own Sunshine
Corals that live up to hundreds of feet below the ocean’s surface have worked out a special arrangement with algae that’s mutually beneficial for the two.
They Were Shorter and at Risk for Arthritis, but They Survived an Ice Age
As early humans migrated into colder northern climates, a genetic mutation that knocks about a centimeter off height and increases the risk of osteoarthritis by up to 80 percent may have helped some of them survive the most recent ice age.
In Neanderthal DNA, Signs of a Mysterious Human Migration
A new genetic analysis finds that ancient Africans walked into Europe 270,000 years ago, much earlier than previously known, and interbred with Neanderthals.
This Beautiful Parasitic Bird Could Soon Turn Up in Your Yard
Scientists developed a model to predict the spread of pin-tailed whydahs, and found they could strain native bird species in California, Texas and elsewhere.
Why Do Bird Eggs Have Different Shapes? Look to the Wings
In the most comprehensive study of egg shapes to date, scientists say that the best predictor of long or pointy eggs is a bird’s flying ability.
Yearning for New Physics at CERN, in a Post-Higgs Way
Physicists monitoring the Large Hadron Collider are seeking clues to a theory that will answer deeper questions about the cosmos. But the silence from the frontier has been ominous.
How Pasteur’s Artistic Insight Changed Chemistry
Pasteur was an artist. And without his early creative explorations, he may not have made one of his most monumental, but least talked about, discoveries in science, one with far-reaching implications.
Glass Eels: See-Through, Slippery and Guided by Magnetism and Tides
A study published Friday in Science Advances shows, for the first time, that European eels might link magnetic cues with the tides to navigate. Studying juveniles during the crucial stage when they move toward land from open ocean, the authors found that eels faced different directions based on whether the tide was flowing in (flood tide) or out (ebb tide).