Many scientists citing two scandalous Covid-19 papers ignore their retractions

Globally discredited hospital data from the company Surgisphere continues to live as reliable evidence—even in leading journals | Continue reading | 7 hours ago

New coronavirus variants could cause more reinfections, require updated vaccines

Scientists worry mutations found in Brazil and South Africa could help SARS-CoV-2 evade human antibodies | Continue reading | 20 hours ago

How the famed Arecibo telescope fell–and how it might rise again

Engineering failures and a harsh climate conspired in telescope’s sudden collapse | Continue reading | 1 day ago

World’s first dwarf giraffes spotted in Uganda and Namibia – Science – AAAS

This kind of condition is rare among wild animals | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Twitter shuts down account of Sci-Hub, the pirated-papers website

Move comes as publishers sue in India to block public access | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Sensitive WHO mission to study pandemic origins is on its way to China

International team hopes to meet Chinese scientists and visit sites in Wuhan after 2 weeks in quarantine | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Brazil scales back efficacy claims for Covid-19 vaccine from China

Lower efficacy for Sinovac's vaccine still meets recognized threshold for emergency use, but barely | Continue reading | 3 days ago

New mandate highlights tradeoffs of making all scientific articles free to read

As funders’ Plan S requirements begin, the open-access movement shows progress and faces questions | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Antlions engineer deadly sand traps

Funnel-shaped pits capture prey when antlions add some extra sand | Continue reading | 17 days ago

Suspicions grow that nanoparticles in Pfizer vaccine trigger allergic reactions

Life-threatening responses seen in at least eight people could be linked to polyethylene glycol, known to trigger reactions to some drugs | Continue reading | 25 days ago

Mutant coronavirus in the UK sets off alarms but its importance remains unclear

European countries impose travel bans as scientists probe if new strain spreads faster or causes more severe COVID-19 | Continue reading | 26 days ago

When sound science meets imperfect grammar

Scientists shouldn’t be grammar tyrants, our Experimental Error columnist argues | Continue reading | 28 days ago

DNA links elephant tusks from a 487-year-old shipwreck to their living relatives

With some genetic sleuthing, researchers have determined where the ivory originated | Continue reading | 29 days ago

Watch a swarm of drones fly through heavy forest–while staying in formation

Approach could speed up search and rescue missions and forest surveys | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The coronavirus may sometimes slip its genetic material into human chromosomes

Unexpected evidence that SARS-CoV-2 can integrate its genetic material could explain puzzling diagnostic tests in recovered COVID-19 patients | Continue reading | 1 month ago

How many scientists are LGBTQ? Federal survey delays frustrate researchers

Scientists call for National Science Foundation’s workforce surveys to tally sexual and gender minorities | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Covid-19 is 10 times deadlier for people with Down syndrome

Extra chromosome carries key genes that may work against them | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Human ‘stuff’ now outweighs all life on Earth

The mass of buildings and other infrastructure exceeds that of all trees, shrubs, and animals on the planet | Continue reading | 1 month ago

U.S. physicists rally around ambitious plan to build fusion power plant

Plan calls for a subtle but crucial shift toward applied research in Department of Energy fusion program | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Etruscan shrew can shrink and regrow their brains

Brain shrinkage during the winter could help these tiny animals conserve energy | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Innovative universal flu vaccine shows promise in first clinical test

Vaccine aims to elicit broadly protective antibodies against the “stalk” of a surface protein on influenza viruses | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Salty soil is no problem for these tomatoes: microbial helpers (2019)

Root fungus helps plants thrive even with the added sodium | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Ants store short and long term of their memory on different sides of their brain

Pavlovian experiment reveals first evidence of brain lateralization in ants | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Common tire chemical implicated in mysterious deaths of at-risk salmon

Coho salmon in urban streams have been dying in the U.S. Pacific Northwest | Continue reading | 1 month ago

How Cats Get Their Stripes

Newly uncovered developmental mechanism may pattern the coats of other mammals, too | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Biotech will ask FDA for emergency approval as final results from efficacy trial back up initial claim of vaccine success | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Precise maps of millions of bright quasars show our place in the cosmos

Celestial reference frames built from Gaia star-mapping satellite promise better planetary navigation and telescope pointing | Continue reading | 1 month ago

For €9500, Nature journals will now make your paper free to read

Prominent family of highly selective journals expands open-access option | Continue reading | 1 month ago

With global push for Covid-19 vaccines, China aims to win friends and cut deals

Its version of Warp Speed aims not just to stem the COVID-19 pandemic, but to build diplomatic and trade ties | Continue reading | 1 month ago

With more data on its Covid vaccine, Russia has new evidence of success

Sputnik V vaccine still has more than 90% efficacy in second interim analysis | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Laser fusion reactor approaches ‘burning plasma’ milestone

After a decade, National Ignition Facility nears a self-heated, sustained reaction, though net energy gain is still elusive | Continue reading | 1 month ago

After critiques of study on gender and mentorship, journal is reviewing the work

Nature Communications paper claims female mentors are bad for early-career female scientists | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Pigeons spot cancer as well as human experts (2015)

But pigeons as medical pathologists probably won't fly | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Space is filled with unexplained light

A probe billions of kilometers from Earth has measured visible light unattributable to known stars and galaxies | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Scientists divided over faculty requiring proof of efforts to promote diversity

Hundreds choose sides, with each position counting numerical data to support their view | Continue reading | 1 month ago

To explain away dark matter, gravity would have to be weird, cosmologists say

Analysis of early cosmic evolution points to dark matter’s importance and casts doubt on modified theories of gravity | Continue reading | 1 month ago

‘Exceptional’ cancer patients yield clues to better drug treatments

Mutations and other changes in tumors appear to explain rare success stories | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Twisted graphene could power a new generation of superconducting electronics

Stacked carbon sheets used to make switches that some quantum computers rely on | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Famed Arecibo telescope, on the brink of collapse, will be dismantled

National Science Foundation decides to decommission iconic radio observatory | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Potential signs of life on Venus are fading

Amid mounting criticism, researchers find far lower levels of mysterious phosphine in reanalysis of telescope data | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Heat is killing more people than ever

Along with hot weather, exertion and ill health can heighten danger | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Mutant Coronaviruses Found in Mink

Scientists worry changes in the viral genome could make future COVID-19 vaccines less effective | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Leprosy, ancient scourge of humans, found to assail wild chimpanzees

Genetic sequencing suggests apes caught pathogen from an unknown reservoir | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Gene therapy for autism-linked condition weakened legs

Temporary side effect leads to hold on clinical trial as scientists explore different dosing strategies | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Proponent of using IQ tests to screen immigrants named to senior NIST post

Work by Jason Richwine has generated controversy | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Second cable breaks at Puerto Rico’s Arecibo telescope

Researchers worried for future of iconic radio telescope after second cable tears through its dish | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Several U.S. utilities back out of deal to build NuScale nuclear plant

Even with infusion of federal cash, plan to build NuScale plant too pricey for some | Continue reading | 2 months ago

‘Landmark’ study resolves a major mystery of how genes govern human height

Nearly 10,000 common gene variants influence how tall a person becomes | Continue reading | 2 months ago