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In marine mammals’ battle of the sexes, vaginal folds can make the difference
December 15th, 2017, 04:33 PM
Patrica Brennan and colleagues found certain female ocean mammals have vaginal folds that give them an advantage in mating
Even brain images can be biased
December 15th, 2017, 04:33 PM
Brain scan studies that are drawn from rich and well-educated groups could lead to biased ideas of how our brains develop.
AI has found an 8-planet system like ours in Kepler data
December 14th, 2017, 04:33 PM
An AI spotted an eighth planet circling a distant star, unseating the solar system as the sole record-holder for most known planets.
These weather events turned extreme thanks to human-driven climate change
December 14th, 2017, 04:33 PM
Ruling out natural variability, scientists say several of 2016’s extreme weather events wouldn’t have happened without human-caused climate change.
Saturn’s rings are surprisingly young and may be from shredded moons
December 14th, 2017, 04:33 PM
Final data from the Cassini spacecraft put a date and a mass on the gas giant’s iconic rings.
U.S. religion is increasingly polarized
December 14th, 2017, 04:33 PM
Organized religion in the United States increasingly belongs to fervent believers, a new study finds.
In a tally of nerve cells in the outer wrinkles of the brain, a dog wins
December 14th, 2017, 04:33 PM
Among some carnivores, golden retrievers rate at the top for numbers of nerve cells, study finds.
An abundance of toys can curb kids’ creativity and focus
December 14th, 2017, 04:33 PM
Too many toys may lead to more shallow play for toddlers, a new study suggests.
Fracking linked to low birth weight in Pennsylvania babies
December 13th, 2017, 04:33 PM
Babies born to moms living within one kilometer of a hydraulic fracturing site were more likely to be born underweight, researchers say.
Federal maps underestimate flood risk for tens of millions of people, scientists warn
December 13th, 2017, 04:33 PM
New flood maps suggest that the U.S. government underestimates how many people live in floodplains.
Electric eels provide a zap of inspiration for a new kind of power source
December 13th, 2017, 04:33 PM
Battery-like devices inspired by electric eels could someday power wearable and implantable tech or soft robots.
These are the most-read
December 13th, 2017, 04:33 PM
From Cassini and eclipses to ladybugs and dolphins, Science News online readers had a wide variety of favorite stories on our website.
2017 delivered humility, and proved our potential
December 13th, 2017, 04:33 PM
Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill reflects on some of the top scientific stories of 2017.
Colliding neutron stars, gene editing, human origins and more top stories of 2017
December 13th, 2017, 04:33 PM
A gravitational wave discovery is the year's biggest science story — again.
This year’s neutron star collision unlocks cosmic mysteries
December 13th, 2017, 04:33 PM
A rare and long-awaited astronomical event united thousands of astronomers in a frenzy of observations.
CRISPR gene editing moved into new territory in 2017
December 13th, 2017, 04:33 PM
Scientists edited viable human embryos with CRISPR/Cas9 this year.
The Larsen C ice shelf break has sparked groundbreaking research
December 13th, 2017, 04:33 PM
The hubbub over the iceberg that broke off Larsen C may have died down, but scientists are just getting warmed up to study the aftermath.
The story of humans’ origins got a revision in 2017
December 13th, 2017, 04:33 PM
Human evolution may have involved the gradual assembly of scattered skeletal traits, fossils of Homo naledi and other species show.
Seven Earth-sized planets entered the spotlight this year
December 13th, 2017, 04:33 PM
The discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single cool star fuels a debate over what counts as good news in the search for life outside the solar system.
A quantum communications satellite proved its potential in 2017
December 13th, 2017, 04:33 PM
Quantum communication through space is now possible, putting the quantum internet within closer reach.