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MARCH 2019

What's words of the year say about us 

The northern and southern lights are different. Here’s why

Diet pills make mosquitoes skip meals, potentially reducing the spread of disease

A report about Plan S’s potential effects on journals marks a busy week for the open-access movement

New pill shows early promise for blocking many strains of flu

Rain is melting Greenland’s ice, even in winter, raising fears about sea level rise

Does a ‘dark triad’ of personality traits make you more successful?

Brain differences in ADHD

First genetic map of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Movement impairments in autism could be reversible

Meta-analysis highlights important challenges in cognitive processing for adults with ASD

More than just memories: A new role for the hippocampus during learning

Babies who hear two languages at home develop advantages in attention

Multitasking increases in online courses compared to face-toface

Sociologists study the impact religion has on child development




Traffic may be making your allergies worse

Scientists uncover massive, diverse ecosystem deep beneath Earth’s surface

Immune system ‘negotiations’ stop mom’s body from attacking her fetus

How many live mosquitoes can fit into a syringe? 240

Brain stimulation could let some blind people ‘see’ shapes made of light

CRISPR bombshell: Chinese researcher claims to have created gene-edited twins

Climate change poses major threat to United States, new government report concludes

In biblical city of Armageddon, signs of early vanilla and elaborate medical care

Artificial intelligence helps predict volcanic eruptions

Will the world embrace Plan S, the radical proposal to mandate open access to science papers?

Will a radical open-access proposal catch on, and quantifying the most deadly period of the Holocaust

Once considered outlandish, the idea that plants help their relatives is taking root

Artificial intelligence turns brain activity into speech

‘Megalibraries’ of nanomaterials could speed clean energy and other grand challenge targets

‘Nanoscavengers’ could protect people from sarin gas, other nerve agents

Listen to this piano-playing robot hit all the right notes

Discovery of recent Antarctic ice sheet collapse raises fears of a new global flood

Dolphins discovered ‘timesharing’ the sea for the first time



Five Dead Sea Scroll fragments at the Museum of the Bible are fakes

What a massive database of retracted papers reveals about science publishing’s ‘death penalty’

Virtual reality could show others what autism feels like—and lead to potential treatments

The average person can recognize 5000 faces

How 30 days with an in-home robot could help children with autism

Generous’ approach to replication confirms many high-profile social science findings

Mysterious new brain cell found in people

Making the right connections

Insufficient sleep associated with risky behavior in teens 

How the appendix could hold the keys to Parkinson’s disease, and materials scientists mimic nature

Three paralyzed people walk after nerve stimulation

A revolutionary treatment for allergies to peanuts and other foods is going mainstream—but do the benefits outweigh the risks?

An elusive molecule that sparks multiple sclerosis may have been found



JULY 2018

Artificial intelligence can predict how you’ll look decades from now

Seafloor cables that carry the world’s internet traffic can also detect earthquakes

Can science-based video games help kids with autism?

Male scientists are far more likely to be referred to by their last names, impacting status and awards

Hundreds of new genes may underlie intelligence—but also autism and depression

Synapse-specific plasticity governs the identity of overlapping memory traces

Miles Davis is not Mozart: The brains of jazz and classical pianists work differently

Firm that tallies controversial journal impact scores moves to provide more context

New ‘light-eating’ protein discovered in the Sea of Galilee

This chip can quickly identify the microbes living in your body

Why some people get dizzy when hearing certain sounds 

Are these dots purple or blue? Your answer might not be as reliable as you think

How stimulant treatments for ADHD work

Link found between resilience to dyslexia and gray matter in the frontal brain

Scientists ID more than 1,200 genes linked to educational attainment


JUNE 2018

A first look at the earliest decisions that shape a human embryo

Brain's window for language learning open until adulthood

How minority viewpoints become majority ones

How success breeds success in the sciences

Making grad school work for STEM students

Smarter brains run on sparsely connected neurons

New parts of the brain become active after students learn physics

What’s really behind ‘gluten sensitivity

Tourism is four times worse for the planet than previously believed

Posttraumatic stress affects academics

The secret to honing kids' language and literacy

Social media posts may signal whether a protest will become violent

Gauging language proficiency through eye movement

Why some people resist authority

Brains of young people with severe behavioral problems are 'wired differently'

Here's How Much Caffeine You Need, and When, for Peak Alertness


APRIL 2018

Attention deficit disorders could stem from impaired brain coordination

False News Spreads Faster and Wider

Google Researchers Are Learning How Machines Learn

New blood test useful to detect people at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease

Older adults grow just as many new brain cells as young people

The hidden side to your personality

The secret world of babies

When kids' autistic brains can't calm down

Israel develops pocket-size device to test for heart attacks

Could artificial intelligence get depressed and have hallucinations?

Want to sound like someone people can trust? This new software could help

Dying for the group: What motivates the ultimate sacrifice?

South Korean university’s AI work for defense contractor draws boycott

Which education systems are best? Look past the superficial numbers

A tiny sensor on your tooth could help keep you healthy

Meet Your Interstitium, A Newfound 'Organ'



Nearly 100 scientists spent 2 months on Google Docs to redefine the p-value. Here’s what they came up with

The world’s largest set of brain scans are helping reveal the workings of the mind and how diseases ravage the brain

Tell your boss: When U.S. workers stay home, they save 2 billion billion joules per year

Two psychologists followed 1000 New Zealanders for decades. Here’s what they found about how childhood shapes later life

Online tool calculates reproducibility scores of PubMed papers

Watch this wearable electronic skin control virtual objects

You could soon be manufacturing your own drugs—thanks to 3D printing

'Liquid biopsy' promises early detection for cancer

Artificial intelligence can ‘evolve’ to solve problems

This ‘mind-reading’ algorithm can decode the pictures in your head

Alzheimer’s protein may spread like an infection, human brain scans suggest

Make replication studies ‘a normal and essential part of science,’ Dutch science academy says

Out-of-sync brain waves may explain why we get forgetful as we age

Being bilingual may help autistic children, says new study

Pregnancy really does cause 'baby brain', new research finds 

Study Reveals How The Creative Brain Is Wired



A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens

China Just Unveiled The Most Futuristic Library Ever

3 in 10 Parents Say Their Child Has an Internet-Connected Toy

New Research Finds Tablet Device a Potential Risk for Young Children

The "Healthier" Version Of Smoking Is More Harmful To Youthful Users Than It Seems

What makes a happy song? Chances are it has more seventh chords

Scientists are learning to predict psychosis years in advance—and possibly prevent it

Why do people die fighting for a cause?

Small news outlets influence us more than we think

Gene therapy’s new hope: A neuron-targeting virus is saving infant lives

The 105 questions that could predict PTSD risk

What artificial brains can teach us about how our real brains learn

A new study is changing how scientists think about Alzheimer’s disease

Children of legally protected immigrants less likely to suffer mental illness

This robot made of algae can swim through your body—thanks to magnets