Discussing the origin of transcriptional noise with Alvaro Sanchez; examining results from a drilling expedition at the Tohoku-oki fault; and looking at the potential benefits of snake venom with Kai Kupferschmidt.
The minimum requirements for a Y chromosome with Monika Ward; Eliot Marshall checks in on U.S.'s missile interception program 30 years later; Sylvia Zhu breaks down observations from the brightest gamma-ray burst.
The origin of dog domestication in Europe with Robert Wayne; Richard Lenski tracks the adaptation of bacteria over 50,000 generations; Robert Services describes the prospects of a new contender in solar technology.
Neural predispositions to music and speech learning with Robert Zatorre; Jonas Frisén spotlights the role of scar formation following spinal cord injury; Emily Underwood traces the neural circuitry underlying depression.
Ashlee Rowe discusses how grasshopper mice are insensitive to a scorpion's stings; Thomas Russell describes how to distort the shape of liquid droplets; Michael Balter traces the origin of the first Americans.
Louise Rollins-Smith dissects a deadly frog fungus; Alan Cooper discusses distribution of Denisovan DNA in modern human population; Jeffrey Mervis talks about the recent U.S. government shutdown’s impact on data collection.
The gaps in evidence for newborn screening with Bridget Wilcken, Daniel Clery discusses new theories on the formation of the moon; Jacques Finlay describes the unintended consequences of current strategies to reduce nutrient pollution in lakes.
Our special issue on science communication: an open-access sting by John Bohannon; Jon Cohen on mysterious conferences; Jennifer Couzin-Frankel discusses negative results; Dan Kahan outlines the failures of communication in vaccine promotion.