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Faster Evolution on a Warmer Earth

July 12, 2016

When life first emerged roughly 4 billion years ago, DNA may have been a much more malleable molecule.

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Hope That an Old Drug Might Treat Zika

July 11, 2016

Scientists are having a difficult time finding a treatment for the Zika virus in part because so few drugs are safe for pregnant women. But one antibiotic has shown promise.

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A Quasicrystal’s Shocking Origin

July 8, 2016

By blasting a stack of minerals with a four-meter-long gun, scientists have found a new clue about the backstory of a very strange rock.

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New Lizard Shows Evolution’s Predictability

June 29, 2016

A newly discovered anole on the island of Hispaniola confirms that the buildup of ecological communities can follow predictable patterns.

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Handicapping the 2018 Fields Medal

June 28, 2016

Peter Scholze is a favorite to win one of the highest honors in mathematics for his contributions in number theory and geometry.

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Rumors Cast Doubt on Diphoton Bump

June 24, 2016

Rampant rumors and a new analysis undercut hopes of a major discovery at the Large Hadron Collider.

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The Universe Is Not a Snowflake

June 22, 2016

Nature’s laws are beautiful because they strike a compromise between boring symmetry and confusing asymmetry, physicists say.

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How to Grow Metal-Eating Microbes

June 21, 2016

Metal-eating microbes get energy from rocks and could teach us about life on other worlds — but first scientists had to learn how to grow them in the lab.

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Interstellar Find Adds Life to Old Debate

June 20, 2016

Figuring out how these molecules form in the deep recesses of interstellar space might illuminate the origins of one of life’s distinguishing features.