A Last-Minute Science Dash to an Erupting Volcano
A Last-Minute Science Dash to an Erupting Volcano
Researchers plan an oceanographic expedition to understand why a phytoplankton bloom developed as molten lava flowed into the sea east of Hawaii's Big Island.
A Last-Minute Science Dash to an Erupting Volcano
A Last-Minute Science Dash to an Erupting Volcano

Researchers plan an oceanographic expedition to understand why a phytoplankton bloom developed as molten lava flowed into the sea east of Hawaii's Big Island.

Researchers plan an oceanographic expedition to understand why a phytoplankton bloom developed as molten lava flowed into the sea east of Hawaii's Big Island.

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Dramatic Temperature Spikes Inside Cells Draw Interest, Skepticism
Dramatic Temperature Spikes Inside Cells Draw Interest, Skepticism
Shawna Williams | Dec 1, 2019
Using a tiny thermometer, researchers record fluctuations of more than 7 Kelvin in sea slug neurons when a heat-generating mitochondrial process is switched on.
Sleep Study in Antarctica Explores Role of Cultural Differences
Sleep Study in Antarctica Explores Role of Cultural Differences
Alejandra Manjarrez | Dec 1, 2019
Habits such as napping might influence how humans cope with extreme environments, such as those at a polar research facility in winter.
Life Rides the Wind in the Desert
Life Rides the Wind in the Desert
Ashley Yeager | Dec 1, 2019
As the afternoon breezes blow harder in the Atacama Desert—a place so desolate it’s used as a model of Mars—more microbes move into its driest regions.
Secrets in the Brains of People Who Have Committed Murder
Secrets in the Brains of People Who Have Committed Murder
Nicoletta Lanese | Nov 1, 2019
MRI scans from more than 800 incarcerated men pinpoint distinct structural features of people who have committed homicide, compared with those who carried out other crimes.
Bottlenose Dolphin Adopts Whale Calf of Another Species
Bottlenose Dolphin Adopts Whale Calf of Another Species
Jef Akst | Nov 1, 2019
Interspecies adoptions are rare, but it’s not the first time this population of dolphins in French Polynesia has attempted it.
Eavesdropping on Soil Insects Could Aid Pest Management
Eavesdropping on Soil Insects Could Aid Pest Management
Michael Graw | Nov 1, 2019
Insects in the soil are difficult to monitor, but listening in on the noises they make could help farmers detect pest infestations and improve estimates of biodiversity.
Warming Permafrost Morphs Microbes into Greenhouse Gas Emitters
Warming Permafrost Morphs Microbes into Greenhouse Gas Emitters
Ashley Yeager | Nov 1, 2019
Insulating tundra soil with snow increased the abundance of microbial species involved in carbon dioxide and methane release.
The Narluga: New Insights from Old Bones
The Narluga: New Insights from Old Bones
Ashley Yeager | Oct 1, 2019
DNA analysis of a bizarre, 30-year-old whale skull serves as a reminder of the secrets that museum specimens keep about the natural world.
Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease Linked to Highly Active Brains
Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease Linked to Highly Active Brains
Diana Kwon | Oct 1, 2019
A growing body of evidence supports the theory that neural hyperactivity and hyperconnectivity precede the pathological changes that lead to neurodegeneration.