Science brawls, explained by a scientist

Here's what scientists are feuding about online this week

Dan Samorodnitsky



Can corals be saved? The key may be in their microbes

Biologists are studying corals with techniques designed for humans

Maite Ghazaleh Bucher

Environmental Health

University of Georgia

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What fish fins can teach us about how humans move

Studying fins could have surprising applications for medicine, engineering, and robotics

Kelsey Lucas

Physiology, Marine Biology, and Ecology

Harvard University


Empathy and bias are more intertwined than we often think

Studying empathy can sometimes seem like a look at how self-involved we are

Prabarna Ganguly


Northeastern University

Creationism helped push climate skepticism into classrooms

Science education has become a political issue, but civic engagement can still work wonders

Julia York

Polar Science

University of Texas at Austin


Four facts about Marie Tharp, the woman whose art mapped the bottom of the sea

She discovered the Earth's 'backbone' even though men wouldn't let her on a ship for 17 years

Cassie Freund


Wake Forest University


BRCA genes are more complicated than most people think

Genes long considered risk factors are about much more than cancer: they help DNA repair

Rachel Aronoff

Molecular Microbiology


Your mom is right: you probably need more sleep

Burning the midnight oil is likely burning you out, more and more science suggests

Jack Barton

Cognitive Neuroscience

University of Manchester


Low doses of contaminants, long ignored, can have vast consequences

Scientists found cocaine โ€“ and a lot of other chemicals โ€“ in Minnesota snow

Anna Robuck

Marine Science

University of Rhode Island

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To predict the future of Southern California's seas, scientists are looking to the past

The west's dramatic coastlines have masked rising tides, but that doesnโ€™t mean the future is dry

Elisa Bonnin


University of Washington


Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin, an inspiration to scientists

Le Guin was a testament to how fiction reveals truth, empathy, and the beauty of knowledge


How paper towels could revolutionize DNA analysis

A new method could make it more affordable to diagnose diseases

Jennifer Tsang


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Chameleons do more than change color โ€“ their bones glow in the dark

Famous for camouflage, their visual communication turns out to run even deeper

Brittney Borowiec

Environmental Physiology

McMaster University

Evolution is a lot messier than we thought

Cells evolved haphazardly, not in one overall arc

Melanie Silvis

Molecular Microbiology

UC San Francisco

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