Signs of the color blue have been found in a fossil for the first time

 Modern blue-colored birds and an ancient bird both have similar color-creating microstructures STUDY IN BLUE  This fossil of Eocoracias…

These fungi drug cicadas with psilocybin or amphetamine to make them mate nonstop

 The insects keep at it even if chunks of their abdomens fall off FREAKY FUNGUS  The cicada-infecting Massospora cicadina…

A new algorithm finds nearby stars that could host hidden worlds

 The computer program identified more than 350 objects for follow-up LOOK TO THE STARS  This giant planet orbiting the…

Dried Earth microbes could grow on Mars with just a little humidity

 In experiments, salt-loving bacteria revived and doubled their numbers after absorbing damp air MICROBE FIT FOR MARS Salt-loving bacteria…

3-D mammograms are popular, but are they better than 2-D?

In recent years, women getting a mammogram have had a new decision to make: 2-D or 3-D? Some breast-care centers…

Gut microbes might help elite athletes boost their physical performance

 Mice dosed with Veillonella bacteria from an athlete’s stool ran for longer on a treadmill BUFF BACTERIA  Bacteria that…

Capuchin monkeys’ stone-tool use has evolved over 3,000 years

 A Brazilian site shows the animals’ long history of selecting various types of pounding devices GRIPPING PAST  A Brazilian…

The highest-energy photons ever seen hail from the Crab Nebula

 Some of the supernova remnant’s gamma rays have more than 100 trillion electron volts of energy CRAB FISHING  Scientists…

New approaches may help solve the Lyme disease diagnosis dilemma

In 2005, Rachel Straub was a college student returning home from a three-week medical service mission in Central America. Soon…

Female rats face sex bias too

When researchers release a new finding about the brain, it’s often mice or rats who have run the mazes and…