Vol 339, Issue 6118
This Week in Science
Products & Materials
News of the Week
In science news around the world this week, an economic stimulus package pushes Japan's science spending to a record level, the European Food Safety Authority says pesticides threaten bees, delegates from 140 countries agreed to limit mercury pollution, and more.
U.S. Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt announced that she is leaving her post and three rheumatologists have won the Crafoord Prize in Polyarthritis for the discovery of a DNA sequence that, when combined with smoking, dramatically increases the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
A distant nebula bears a startling resemblance to Earth's humble manatee, researchers report an "increased sense of well-being" in Magh Mela festival attendees, this week's numbers report a record low number of global guinea worm cases, and join us for a live chat on the science of gun violence.
News & Analysis
The administration moves to get a better understanding of the root causes of gun violence, declaring the roughly 30,000 firearm-related homicides and suicides each year "a public health crisis."
A new plan to allow users to create their own university rankings using criteria on dozens of provided measures is having trouble attracting universities and fans.
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Essays on Science and Society
A precision spectroscopic measurement of the proton radius indicates a growing discrepancy with respect to scattering results.
A model of neurotransmitter release explains why two proteins not needed for membrane fusion in vitro are needed in vivo.
- Synchronous X-ray and Radio Mode Switches: A Rapid Global Transformation of the Pulsar Magnetosphere
The detection of synchronized switches in the radio and x-ray pulse properties of a pulsar challenges pulsar emission theories.
Rare loci that escape epigenetic reprogramming in mammalian germ cells may underlie transgenerational epigenetic inheritance.
Superresolution microscopy reveals a membrane cytoskeleton in neurons comprising rings of actin separated by spectrin.
The analysis of two bat genomes suggests that adaptations to flight involved changes in DNA repair and innate immunity.
A yeast protein transforms stress signals into distinct dynamic responses according to the timing and strength of inputs.