The violent battle to save the world’s last 22 vaquitas

Environmentalists, backed by Mexican forces, facing off with fishermen chasing an illegal prize, but saving the world’s rarest porpoise will take more Read More

A second case of someone probably cured of HIV has been reported

The treatment tailors stem-cell transplants intended for leukaemia Read More

A look at the the company behind Facebook’s latest scandal

Few Americans may have heard of the company, but it’s an important player in moderating what goes online Read More

Facebook to link Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp

Mark Zuckerberg says the social network will emphasize private communications and encrypted messages Read More

Engineered microbe may be key to producing plastic from plants

With a few genetic tweaks, a type of soil bacteria with an appetite for hydrocarbons shows promise as a biological factory for converting a renewable — but frustratingly untapped — bounty into a replacement for ubiquitous plastics. Read More

Elegant interplay of coloration strategies is discovered in squid’s smart skin

In the blink of an eye, the squid’s skin changes color and pattern for the purpose of camouflage or sexual signaling, a virtuosic display that has long fascinated scientists. Now, collaborators report a paradigm-shifting discovery in how specialized organs in squid skin, called chromatophores, contribute to the feat via an…

Improving molecular imaging using a deep learning approach

Generating comprehensive molecular images of organs and tumors in living organisms can be performed at ultra-fast speed using a new deep learning approach to image reconstruction. Read More

How 10 years of applying to be an astronaut prepared Peggy Whitson to make history

Whitson spent 665 days in space – more time than any other American Read More

1 + 1 does not equal 2 for graphene-like 2D materials

Physicists have discovered that when two atomically thin graphene-like materials are placed on top of each other their properties change, and a material with novel hybrid properties emerges, paving the way for design of new materials and nano-devices. Read More

Can entangled qubits be used to probe black holes?

Information escapes from black holes via Hawking radiation, so it should be possible to capture it and use it to reconstruct what fell in: if given time longer than the age of the universe. However, if information is scrambled rapidly when it falls in, it may be possible to resurrect…