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Could a global ‘observatory’ of blood help stop the next pandemic?

Science’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center. Michael Mina is out for blood–millions of samples, which a...

Nanoscale nutrients can protect plants from fungal diseases

Chances are, most — if not all — of the produce in your kitchen is threatened by fungal diseases. The threat looms...

Your dog’s brain doesn’t care about your face

Lots of dog owners love to gaze at their pups’ faces. But that fascination may be a one-way street, at least in...

Why African-Americans may be especially vulnerable to COVID-19

COVID-19 was called the great equalizer. Nobody was immune; anybody could succumb. But the virus’ spread across the United States is exposing...

Bright yellow spots help some orb weaver spiders lure their next meal

Many orb weaver spiders sport yellowish stripes or spots on their undersides, and for a good reason. That color yellow tempts bees...

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This cow’s antibodies could be the newest weapon against COVID-19

Science’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center. The latest recruits in the fight against COVID-19 are munching...

Bringing sea otters back to the Pacific coast pays off, but not for everyone

Sea otters are staging a comeback along Canada’s North Pacific coast, but not everyone is happy about it. The...

Sea turtles may confuse the smell of ocean plastic with food

To a sea turtle, plastic debris might smell like dinner. As the plastic detritus of modern human life washes...

Black hole plasma jets are shaped like bell-bottoms

Jets of high-energy plasma shooting away from supermassive black holes resemble bell-bottom pants — starting out narrow but ending with a flare....

Planets with hydrogen-rich atmospheres could harbor life

Microbes can live and grow in an atmosphere of pure hydrogen, lab experiments show. The finding could widen the range of environments...