Transmission electron tomography of monkeypox virus
US Case Adds to Unusual Monkeypox Outbreak
Experts are scrambling to understand clusters of the normally rare disease that have been reported in Europe and North America in the last month.
ABOVE: CDC/Cynthia S. Goldsmith
US Case Adds to Unusual Monkeypox Outbreak
US Case Adds to Unusual Monkeypox Outbreak

Experts are scrambling to understand clusters of the normally rare disease that have been reported in Europe and North America in the last month.

Experts are scrambling to understand clusters of the normally rare disease that have been reported in Europe and North America in the last month.

ABOVE: CDC/Cynthia S. Goldsmith

Africa

A mosquito sucks blood from human skin
Malaria Mosquitoes Bite More During the Day Than Previously Thought
Andy Carstens | May 17, 2022
While malaria control strategies have focused on mosquitoes’ nocturnal activity, almost one-third of bites occur while the sun is up, a new study estimates.
smiling woman against a backdrop of bookshelves
WHO Scientist Mwele Malecela Dies at 59
Pradip Chatterjee | Mar 4, 2022
Her achievements included developing a roadmap to tackle neglected tropical diseases.
rock formation rising out of a plain
Ancient DNA Sheds New Light on Africa’s Stone Age
Sophie Fessl | Feb 23, 2022
The oldest DNA yet isolated from humans in Africa reveals long-range migrations around 50,000 years ago, which likely played a role in the Middle to Later Stone Age transition.
man in suit
Paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey Dies at Age 77
Chloe Tenn | Jan 3, 2022
The Kenyan fossil finder is known for his discoveries of various Stone Age artifacts and ancient human skulls and skeletons.
two quails
Chromosomal Rearrangement Linked to Less Mobile Quail
Chloe Tenn | Dec 7, 2021
The Scientist interviews evolutionary biologist Carles Vilà about how a large genomic inversion detected in common quail affects the birds’ physical characteristics and migratory behaviors.
The lungfish has a beige face and grey spotted body with a darker tail fin, as well as four long, spindly appendages. It is on a white background.
Lungfish Cocoons Are Alive, Sort Of
Abby Olena | Nov 17, 2021
Researchers find that the protective outer layer that lungfish make to survive extended dry periods—once thought to be a simple mucus shell—contains immune cells that trap bacteria and protect the animals from infection.
Fossils of African Fauna
African, Arabian Mammals Didn’t Escape Grande Coupure Extinction
Chloe Tenn | Nov 8, 2021
More than two-thirds of mammals in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula went extinct during the Eocene-Oligocene transition some 30 million years ago, a study finds.
view from below of hundreds of silver sardines swimming in the same direction
Famous South African Sardine Run Doesn’t Benefit Sardines: Study
Alex Billow | Oct 19, 2021
An analysis suggests that a commercially important mass migration of fish may have no real adaptive value.
Colored 3D rendered image SEM view of Ebola virus
New Ebola Case Confirmed in DRC Months After Previous Outbreak
Chloe Tenn | Oct 11, 2021
Ebola virus was detected in samples from a child who died last week, the World Health Organization and Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ministry of Health announce.
photo of Abidjan skyline, which includes skyscrapers near a shoreline and white clouds against a blue sky
Ivory Coast Confirms First Ebola Case Since 1994
Annie Melchor | Aug 16, 2021
Officials say it’s not yet clear whether this case is linked to an outbreak in Guinea earlier this summer.
Women looks at computer screen in a lab coat and mask
Quest for Research Freedom Fuels African Biotech Boom
Linda Nordling | Jul 1, 2021
Tired of dancing to the tunes of international funders, and doubtful that long-promised national grants will come, a handful of African biomedical scientists have turned to private investors to bankroll their dreams of autonomy in the lab.
A reticulated giraffe in Samburu National Park, Kenya
Whole-Genome Data Point to Four Species of Giraffe
Ruth Williams | May 6, 2021
The genome sequences of 51 giraffes from all over Africa contribute to the latest attempt in an ongoing pursuit to pin down a species number.
New Malaria Vaccine Shows Most Efficacy of Any to Date: Small Trial
Catherine Offord | Apr 26, 2021
Immunization had up to 77 percent efficacy in a Phase 2 clinical study of 450 children in Burkina Faso.
Wildfire Overtakes University of Cape Town Campus
Lisa Winter | Apr 19, 2021
Priceless collections of books, manuscripts, and personal papers have been lost.
Early Humans’ Brains Were More Apelike than Modern
Abby Olena | Apr 8, 2021
Impressions that ancient brains left in fossilized skulls reveal that the first human ancestors to migrate out of Africa had much more primitive brains than previously thought.
Democratized Discovery
Bob Grant | Mar 1, 2021
In a triumph for science, COVID-19 statistics are finally trending favorably in the US. We must make sure the rest of the world is not left behind.
Second Person Dies in Latest Ebola Outbreak in DRC
Catherine Offord | Feb 11, 2021
The woman may have had a link to another person, who was married to an Ebola survivor and who died a few days previously in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Introducing Inoculation, 1721
Max Kozlov | Jan 1, 2021
As a deadly smallpox outbreak ravaged Boston, one of the city’s leaders advocated for a preventive measure he’d learned about from Onesimus, an enslaved man.
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The Biggest Science News of 2020
Kerry Grens | Dec 23, 2020
Neanderthal DNA surprises in modern humans, the first blood test for Alzheimer’s, a discovery of new human salivary glands, and, oh yeah, a pandemic