Spider genes put a new spin on arachnids’ potent venoms, stunning silks, and surprising history

Spider genes put a new spin on arachnids’ potent venoms, stunning silks, and surprising history For a display of nature’s diabolical inventiveness, it’s hard to beat spiders. Take the reclusive ogre-faced spider, with its large fangs and bulging, oversized middle eyes. Thr...

How gut bacteria saved ‘dirty mice’ from death

Gut microbes from wild mice help make lab mice healthier. blickwinkel/Alamy Stock Photo How gut bacteria saved ‘dirty mice’ from death Even if you’re a clean freak, it’s hard to escape a decade of discoveries that some of the microbes naturally residing in your body...

Rand Paul takes a poke at U.S. peer-review panels

Senator Rand Paul (R–KY) Gage Skidmore/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) Rand Paul takes a poke at U.S. peer-review panels Senate Republicans have launched a new attack on peer review by proposing changes to how the U.S. government funds basic research. New legislation int...

Patients are partners in the fight against cancer

ROBERT NEUBECKER Patients are partners in the fight against cancer When we started graduate school 5 years ago, we were determined to learn everything we could about cancer. We spent all our time in the lab developing an arsenal of experimental techniques. However, i...

Proposal to ban EPA grantees from agency science advisory boards stirs controversy

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt Gage Skidmore/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) Proposal to ban EPA grantees from agency science advisory boards stirs controversy Originally published by E&E News U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administ...

NIH emails reveal divisions over renewal of gun research program

Customers examine sporting rifles at The Bullet Hole, a gun shop in Sarasota, Florida, in January 2013. BRIAN BLANCO/REUTERS NIH emails reveal divisions over renewal of gun research program For weeks, questions have swirled around the U.S. National Institutes of Hea...

Germany’s insects are disappearing

Entomologischer Verein Krefeld Germany’s insects are disappearing In just 3 decades, insect populations in German nature reserves have plummeted by more than 75%, according to a new study. The reasons for the decline aren’t clear, but the pattern is consistent over a...

How sponges ‘spike’ themselves with glass

How sponges ‘spike’ themselves with glass Sponges are, for lack of a better term, weird. Aside from being some of the most ancient animals on Earth, these marine invertebrates maintain their shape and stiffness with a matrix of glass. Their spiny silica-based spicules grow and bran...

Team Trump warns Congress it will take billions more to run the 2020 census

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross testified last week before a House of Representatives panel that oversees the 2020 census. Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/AP Images Team Trump warns Congress it will take billions more to run the 2020 census For years, Congress has told ...

This computer program can beat humans at Go—with no human instruction

Mastering the game of Go with self-teaching artificial intelligence opens a universe of possibilities. DeepMind This computer program can beat humans at Go—with no human instruction The artificial intelligence (AI) program that 2 years ago smacked down the best huma...
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