Deep in Human DNA, a Gift From the Neanderthals
Long ago, Neanderthals probably infected modern humans with viruses, perhaps even an ancient form of H.I.V. But our extinct relatives also gave us genetic defenses.
Decoding Pandas’ Come-Hither Calls
During mating season, the solitary mammals bleat important information to each other through their dense bamboo habitat.
What 13,000 Patents Involving the DNA of Sea Life Tell Us About the Future
BASF calls itself “the largest chemical producer in the world.” The German company has acquired nearly half of the 13,000 patents derived from 862 marine organisms genetic sequences.
Microwave Weapons Are Prime Suspect in Ills of U.S. Embassy Workers
Doctors and scientists say microwave strikes may have caused sonic delusions and very real brain damage among embassy staff and family members.
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Is Named for Him. 60 Years Ago, No One Believed His Ideas About the Sun.
Eugene N. Parker predicted the existence of solar wind in 1958. The NASA spacecraft is the first named for a living person.
Anti-Vaccine Activists Have Taken Vaccine Science Hostage
As a science journalist, I’ve written several articles to quell vaccine angst and encourage immunization. But lately, I’ve noticed that the cloud of fear surrounding vaccines is having another nefarious effect: It is eroding the integrity of vaccine science.
California’s Birds Are Testing New Survival Tactics on a Vast Scale
Retracing the steps of a century-old wildlife survey, ecologists find that birds are making remarkable adaptations to climate change.
Many Genes Play a Role in Educational Attainment, Enormous Genetic Study Finds
More than a thousand variations in DNA were involved in how long people stayed in school, but the effect of each gene was weak, and the data did not predict educational attainment for individuals.
Secrets of Citrus Micro-Jets
Among the many sub-disciplines of physics are quantum mechanics, cosmology and the physics of fruit.
How Long Can We Live? The Limit Hasn’t Been Reached, Study Finds
The mortality rate flattens among the oldest of the old, a study of elderly Italians concludes, suggesting that the oldest humans have not yet reached the limits of life span.