A New Blood Test Helps Predict the Onset of Menopause

Periods are painful, messy and downright annoying. But hopefully, a new test might be a better way to estimate when you’re done menstruating for the rest of your life. Blood tests for an ovarian hormone could help predict when an individual will enter menopause, and it’s particularly effective for people in their late 40s and […]

Get Out, Do Science, Make a Difference: The Field Guide to Citizen Science

The Field Guide to Citizen Science recently appeared on Discover’s 2020 reading list. Darlene Cavalier, Catherine Hoffman and Caren Cooper, all citizen science experts from SciStarter, walk readers through how to get started with citizen science — real scientific research anyone can do. In addition to providing an overview and brief history of the field, […]

As Coastal Cities Flood, Here’s Where US Climate Refugees Might End Up

Coastal living, once idealized in the U.S., could soon become a precarious proposition as the climate warms. Rising sea levels are threatening, and will continue to threaten, those who’ve made their residences on the imperiled boundary between land and ocean. Estimates of sea level rise put metropolises like New York City, Miami and Los Angeles […]

These Lab-Grown Snake Organoids Produce Real Venom

Friday afternoons are reserved for free-for-all experiments in Hans Clevers’ lab. He lets his students at the Hubrecht Institute in the Netherland test out their fun ideas — which is why no one told him about the poison-producing snake glands until after they were alive and well in the lab petri dishes.  Called organoids, the […]

Astronomers Find a New Explanation for a Super-Bright Supernova

Many stars end their lives as bright explosions called supernovas. Some of these explosions are much brighter than typical and give off up to 100 times more energy. Astronomers call these “superluminous supernovas,” and they don’t yet understand exactly what makes them super-bright.  Now, a team of researchers has proposed an origin story for one […]

Researchers Discover 15 New Parasitic Wasps That Mind Control Spiders

Polysphincta wasps might be pretty if they weren’t so brutal. Native to the Americas, the larvae of these parasitic insects eat their host spiders while simultaneously controlling their minds, inducing the spiders to spin a cocoon the wasps will use to pupate into adults. Researchers used to think that one group of these wasps, the […]

Snakes Could Be the Source of the Coronavirus Outbreak in China

Snakes – the Chinese krait and the Chinese cobra – may be the original source of the newly discovered coronavirus that has triggered an outbreak of a deadly infectious respiratory illness in China this winter. The illness was first reported in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a major city in central China, and has been […]

A Skin Cream Could Protect Against Diseases Like Zika and Dengue

Bzzzzzz. There’s nothing peskier than mosquitos buzzing around, especially when they decide to pepper your skin with itchy welts. Except, of course, when the winged insects happen to be carrying a potentially deadly virus like Zika or dengue fever. In recent years, mosquito-borne illnesses have been on the rise — and they pose an increasing […]

Scientists Finally Pin Down Why Stress Turns Our Hair Gray

It’s a well-burnished saying: Stress makes your hair turn gray. But is there actually a correlation between stress and losing the natural color of your locks? According to a study published today in Nature, there is, in fact, a direct link between stress and graying. Over the past two decades, researchers have found preliminary evidence […]