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You Are Shaped by the Genes You Inherit. And Maybe by Those You Don’t.

You Are Shaped by the Genes You Inherit. And Maybe by Those You Don’t.

Graduation at City College in New York in 2016. A study in Iceland focusing on education suggests that parental genes may help determine how long children stay in school.

Friendly Foxes’ Genes Offer Hints to How Dogs Became Domesticated

Friendly Foxes’ Genes Offer Hints to How Dogs Became Domesticated

“The domestic dog is selected for so many different things,” said one researcher conducting the experiment. The fox is only selected for friendliness.

How a Church Deacon Found the Biggest Prime Number Yet (It Wasn’t as Hard as You Think)

How a Church Deacon Found the Biggest Prime Number Yet (It Wasn’t as Hard as You Think)

Jon Pace is the discoverer of the largest known prime number, 23.2 million digits long.

An Incubator for Innovation

An Incubator for Innovation

From left, Daniel Riley, Etosha Cave, Ilan Gur and Steven Kaye of the Cyclotron Road program at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which has enrolled scientists who are starting energy-related research.

Lanternflies Eat Everything in Sight. The U.S. Is Looking Delicious.

Lanternflies Eat Everything in Sight. The U.S. Is Looking Delicious.

The spotted lanternfly can lay eggs on almost any surface and feeds on a broad range of plants, including many commercial crops.

Wild and Craggy, Just Like Thoreau

Wild and Craggy, Just Like Thoreau

The view from the summit of "Mount Thoreau" looking south toward the Palisades and the Northern boundary of Kings Canyon National Park.

Bodies Remodeled for a Life at Sea

Bodies Remodeled for a Life at Sea

A Bajau diver spearfishes in Sulawesi. A study suggests these sea-dwelling people have evolved adaptations to deep diving.

Climate Change Is Altering Lakes and Streams, Study Suggests

Climate Change Is Altering Lakes and Streams, Study Suggests

The Sorpe reservoir in northwest Germany, one of four freshwater reservoirs observed in a recent study that found that carbon dioxide absorbed in lakes, rivers and streams can affect entire ecosystems.

Jennifer Doudna, a Pioneer Who Helped Simplify Genome Editing

Jennifer Doudna, a Pioneer Who Helped Simplify Genome Editing

Dr. Jennifer A. Doudna. Three years ago, she helped make one of the most monumental discoveries in biology.

Ice on the Surface of the Moon? Almost Certainly, New Research Shows

Ice on the Surface of the Moon? Almost Certainly, New Research Shows

New research suggests there is ice water up there, in craters at the poles where it’s dark and cold.

Hints of Human Evolution in Chimpanzees That Endure a Savanna’s Heat

Hints of Human Evolution in Chimpanzees That Endure a Savanna’s Heat

A male chimpanzee drinking at a waterhole in Fongoli, a Senegalese savanna. Temperatures at Fongoli can reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit or more.

The Famine Ended 70 Years Ago, but Dutch Genes Still Bear Scars

The Famine Ended 70 Years Ago, but Dutch Genes Still Bear Scars

A victim of starvation during the Dutch famine of 1944-45. Women pregnant during the period gave birth to babies who were affected by health problems throughout their lives.

Bird’s Extinction Is Tied to the Arrival of Humans

Bird’s Extinction Is Tied to the Arrival of Humans

There were nine species of the flightless birds called the moa.

Hundreds of Reindeer Died by Lightning. Their Carcasses Became a Laboratory.

Hundreds of Reindeer Died by Lightning. Their Carcasses Became a Laboratory.

The carcasses of 300 reindeer on a plateau in Norway may help engender new plant diversity, according to scientists.

Sea Turtles Use Magnetic Fields to Find Their Birthplace Beach

Sea Turtles Use Magnetic Fields to Find Their Birthplace Beach

Loggerhead turtles are known to use the earth’s magnetic fields to nest on Florida’s Gulf beaches within about 40 to 50 miles of where they were born decades earlier.


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