Researchers win some, lose some in final U.S. tax bill

Shawn Clover/Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0) Researchers win some, lose some in final U.S. tax bill The U.S. research community experienced both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in lobbying congressional Republicans as they wrapped up a major overhaul of the natio...

These desert spiders put sandcastle builders to shame

Living in the Moroccan desert, the Cebrennus rechenbergi) faces a difficult challenge: building its burrow in dry sand.  R. Foelix et al., Journal of Arachnology, 45, 255 (2017) When researchers used electron microscopy to get a close look at the heads ...

Fracking’s harmful effect on babies and Afghanistan’s lost empires

(Left to right): REUTERS/Les Stone; DIGITALGLOBE, INC.; Andreas März/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) Fracking’s harmful effect on babies and Afghanistan’s lost empires Spy satellites are revealing Afghanistan’s lost empires For archaeologists, Afghanistan is virtually off-limits ...

Why human society isn’t more—or less—violent than in the past

As populations scale up, the proportion of people killed in battle scales down, suggesting we’re no more or less violent than our forebears who lived in smaller societies. Adam Cuerden/Wikimedia Commons Why human society isn’t more—or less—violent than in the past A...

Europe’s 5000-year-old frozen man gets his own movie—but don’t expect to understand what he says

A scene from the movie Iceman Martin Rattini/PortAuPrincePictures Europe’s 5000-year-old frozen man gets his own movie—but don’t expect to understand what he says Since his discovery by two hikers at the Austrian-Italian border in 1991, Ötzi has been a worldwide se...

NIH tweaks plan to award more grants to younger researchers

The National Institutes of Health is worried that middle-aged investigators are being crowded out of the research workforce. Cultura Creative (RF)/Alamy Stock Photo NIH tweaks plan to award more grants to younger researchers U.S. biomedical research leaders are pull...

Trump team puts controversial ‘red team’ challenge to climate science ‘on hold’

The White House The White House Trump team puts controversial ‘red team’ challenge to climate science ‘on hold’ Editor’s note: A nice scoop today from E&E News’ Robin Bravender on the status of a proposal to have a “red team” composed of climate science critics ...

Putting the breaks on driverless cars, and dolphins that can muffle their ears

Laura Wolf/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 Whales and dolphins have incredibly sensitive hearing and are known to be harmed by loud underwater noises. David Grimm talks with Sarah Crespi about new research on captive cetaceans suggesting that some species can naturally muffle such sounds—perhaps o...

Why some clownfish are boring

Andreas März/flickr (CC BY 2.0) Why some clownfish are boring Some clownfish are social and frisky, but others live placid and uneventful lives. To find out why, researchers set out cameras to record clownfish behaviors near North Solitary and Lord Howe islands along...

This new material heals—not cracks—under pressure

This new material heals—not cracks—under pressure What if you could reassemble your coffee cup like a LEGO set after it shattered on the floor? For years, researchers have been trying to develop healable polymers, but they’ve either been too soft to be practical, or they’ve require...
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