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.
Tackling the scourge of mercury pollution with David Malakoff; Laurie Leshin discusses new findings from the Mars Curiosity rover; Sriram Kosuri breaks down the N-terminal codon bias in bacterial genes.
Alex John London breaks down the role of DNA identification in disaster zones; Michel Nussenzweig discusses a new tactic using antibodies to battle HIV; Richard Kerr reports on new data that may finally settle the debate surrounding Voyager.
Richard Stone surveys science diplomacy at the foot of a volatile North Korean volcano, Trent Dupuy discusses the link between the coldest brown dwarfs and gas giants planets, and Ben Harvey talks about new evidence for a numerosity map in the brain.
Thomas Mueller untangles the genetic and social learning aspect of bird migration, Zhigang Suo discusses new uses for improved stretchable and transparent ionic conductors; Jop de Vrieze talks about the promise of poop.
Andrew Ludlow unveils the world's most precise clock, Susan Baserga talks about the unsolved mystery of ribosomopathies, Robert Irion discusses the first privately funded mission to defend earth against asteroids, and more.