A Newfound Neuron Might Help Keep the Brain's Cells in Sync

A Newfound Neuron Might Help Keep the Brain's Cells in Sync

For Vikaas Sohal, a neuroscientist at UC San Francisco, who was not involved in the work, the discovery of these cells might help the field move away from conflicts about gamma rhythms. If they really are clock-like cells, he says, then signs of their timekeeping should show up in the rhythm of the local field potential.

This Summer's Weird Weather Is the Death of Predictability

This Summer's Weird Weather Is the Death of Predictability

And I forget what they were now—a whole bunch of events like this, storms, floods, heat waves,” says Frances Moore, an environmental scientist at UC Davis who earlier this year published a paper on how quickly people forget what’s normal about changes in weather patterns.

Now Ocean Plastics Could Be Killing Oxygen-Making Bacteria

Now Ocean Plastics Could Be Killing Oxygen-Making Bacteria

The specks materializing even in human feces .Now scientists have exposed a potential new consequence of the plastic menace: The toxins the material leaches into seawater inhibit the growth and photosynthetic efficiency of the bacteria Prochlorococcus , which is responsible for producing an estimated 20 percent of the oxygen we breathe.

The Meteoric Rise of Family Tree Forensics to Fight Crimes

The Meteoric Rise of Family Tree Forensics to Fight Crimes

In the year since, the method has been used to solve more than 50 additional cold cases, spawning a lucrative new forensic science industry, spurring the creation of dedicated family tree-building police units, and raising a host of genetic privacy concerns.

How Zello Became a Lifeline for Venezuelans Under Maduro

How Zello Became a Lifeline for Venezuelans Under Maduro

Thousands of them come together in Venezuela Hasta Los Tuétanos (Venezuela to the Marrow, or to the Bone), a channel Maria runs on the popular voice chat app Zello.

Your Weather Tweets Are Showing Your Climate Amnesia

Your Weather Tweets Are Showing Your Climate Amnesia

People who understood that human activities were warming the planet were more likely to perceive weather events as being related to climate change.

The Future of Crime-Fighting Is Family Tree Forensics

The Future of Crime-Fighting Is Family Tree Forensics

The month before, the genetic genealogist had been hired by a forensic DNA company in Virginia called Parabon, to lead its new division devoted to long-range familial searching.

The Infinite Lifespan of Memes

The Infinite Lifespan of Memes

One of the more famous reworks—with over 50 million loops—features one young Vine user volleying the question to his grandmother, to which she deadpans: "They are my Crocs." In February of this year, the meme reached peak zeitgeist when the line was featured in Black Panther.