science

Mother and son laying on bed behind mosquito net (© AP Images)

Calls to a hotline can predict, and potentially stop, dengue outbreaks

With a call, researchers from the U.S. and Pakistan can predict diseases on the brink of an outbreak, which allows public health officials to manage them.
Crab walking on beach (Shutterstock)

Why should we care if shore crabs can’t smell?

Greenhouse gases are altering ocean chemistry. The acidification is damaging marine creatures and their ability to avoid predators and find food and mates.
Bird flying near iceberg in Antarctica (© AP Images)

Bright spot: Antarctica’s ozone hole is starting to shrink

Years of polluting the atmosphere with chlorine caused a hole in the ozone layer. But thanks to international efforts, the ozone hole is starting to heal.
Soybean harvest in Brazil (© AP Images)

Nobel scientists: Genetically modified foods save lives

An open letter signed by 109 Nobel Prize winners calls on governments around the world to approve genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Four winners of 2016 World Food Prize (World Food Prize Foundation)

African scientists, U.S. economists share 2016 World Food Prize

This year's winners have worked to treat vitamin and mineral deficiencies by developing fortified crops and convincing people to plant and eat them.
Light casting shadow of mosquito (© AP Images)

First potential Zika vaccine cleared for human trials

Inovio Pharmaceuticals has created a potential vaccine for the mosquito-transmitted virus Zika, which has become an epidemic.
Katherine Johnson at desk (NASA)

Before computers, she calculated NASA’s greatest achievements

Katherine Johnson's brilliant mathematical mind took her from small-town West Virginia to NASA, where she helped land a man on the moon without a computer.
Student writing on plastic cup (© AP Images)

Teenage scientists enlisted to fight Zika

By crowdsourcing data collected by teenage students across the country, scientists are better able to understand and fight Zika.
Earth seen from space (NASA)

NASA tech brings climate science down to Earth

More than 160 satellites beam data to scientists studying climate worldwide. Political leaders can base climate decisions on science rather than theory.