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Making Vaccines About Science, Not Politics

In the wake of political turmoil and widespread misinformation around Dengvaxia in the Philippines, public confidence in vaccines has plummeted sharply, says a new study. What can be done to hold back the slide?

Looking Before You Quantum Leap

Although qubit-crunching machines are still some years away from widespread use, industry players are already planning ahead for the era of quantum computing.

Once Eaten By Birds, Stick Insects Get The Ride Of Their Lives

For stick insects, becoming bird food isn’t the end of the road, but may be the start of a long-distance journey.

This Fungus Borrowed From Bacteria To Break The Mold

A common fungus developed the ability to sense gravity by remodeling a gene it acquired from bacteria.

Growing The Model Organism Menagerie

Yeast, flies and worms may be mainstays in biology laboratories, but non-traditional model organisms like salamanders, giant protists and tardigrades are fast becoming easier to study.

Road Trip Realities

Road tripping humans, rejoice. You’re still in the driver’s seat—for now.

When Writers Take On Numbers

Science writers, don’t be afraid to question the statistical interpretations you read in scientific journal articles—researchers are as intimidated by them as you are.

Wanted, Alive: Microbes

Unlike mammals, microbes don’t have pulses; determining whether they are alive or dead takes some scientific creativity.

When Science Spoils Spoilers

Surprise! Spoilers aren’t so bad after all.

When Space Goes Small

Space tech startups are pushing us a little closer to the final frontier.