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 She Helped Crack the Golden State Killer Case. Here’s What She’s Going to Do Next.

She Helped Crack the Golden State Killer Case. Here’s What She’s Going to Do Next.

“I am a retired patent attorney,” said Barbara Rae-Venter. “None of this is a planned event.”

Yes, They’ve Cloned Monkeys in China. That Doesn’t Mean You’re Next.

Yes, They’ve Cloned Monkeys in China. That Doesn’t Mean You’re Next.

Zhong Zhong, one of two cloned monkeys at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai. They are the first primates cloned by transferring DNA into fetal cells.

Ice on the Surface of the Moon? Almost Certainly, New Research Shows

Ice on the Surface of the Moon? Almost Certainly, New Research Shows

New research suggests there is ice water up there, in craters at the poles where it’s dark and cold.

Review: In ‘The End of Average,’ Cheers for Individual Complexity

Review: In ‘The End of Average,’ Cheers for Individual Complexity

The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness By Todd Rose. HarperOne. 256 pages, $27.99

Newly Discovered ‘Limb Pit’ Reveals Civil War Surgeons’ Bitter Choices

Newly Discovered ‘Limb Pit’ Reveals Civil War Surgeons’ Bitter Choices

A field technician excavating the remains of an amputated limb at Manassas National Battlefield Park in October 2015. The discovery of two nearly complete sets of soldiers’ remains, 11 partial limbs and other artifacts appeared to date to the Second Battle of Bull Run, which ended Aug. 30, 1862.

Emperor Penguins: Good Dads, but Less Dedicated Than You May Have Thought

Emperor Penguins: Good Dads, but Less Dedicated Than You May Have Thought

Adult emperor penguins and their chicks near a research station in Terre Adélie, Antarctica. Researchers found that male penguins from one colony often slipped out to hunt during breeding season.

Largest King Penguin Colony in the World Drops by 90%

Largest King Penguin Colony in the World Drops by 90%

The colony of king penguins on the Île aux Cochons, or Pig Island, in 1982, when researchers last counted its population.

SpaceX’s Secret Satellite Mission May Have Failed. What Happened?

SpaceX’s Secret Satellite Mission May Have Failed. What Happened?

The Falcon 9 rocket launched at Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sunday, for the satellite mission known as Zuma.

Gaia’s Map of 1.3 Billion Stars Makes for a Milky Way in a Bottle

Gaia’s Map of 1.3 Billion Stars Makes for a Milky Way in a Bottle

A view of the Milky Way and neighboring galaxies, containing more than a billion stars, released by the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission.

Clues to a Very Old Extinction and Pizza for War Zones

Clues to a Very Old Extinction and Pizza for War Zones

Fossils of extinct squidlike creatures called ammonites located in a rock layer very close to the boundary between the Permian and Triassic periods.

Hints of Human Evolution in Chimpanzees That Endure a Savanna’s Heat

Hints of Human Evolution in Chimpanzees That Endure a Savanna’s Heat

A male chimpanzee drinking at a waterhole in Fongoli, a Senegalese savanna. Temperatures at Fongoli can reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit or more.

Eske Willerslev Is Rewriting History With DNA

Eske Willerslev Is Rewriting History With DNA

Dr. Eske Willerslev, director of the Center for GeoGenetics at the University of Copenhagen, earlier this month.

These Whales Are Serenaders of the Seas. It’s Quite a Racket.

These Whales Are Serenaders of the Seas. It’s Quite a Racket.

A juvenile male humpback whale in waters off Sri Lanka. The males may be singing certain tunes to attract mates, although scientists listening to the songs suspect there may also be other reasons for the music shared among these giants, even when they are miles and miles apart.

Ships Unearthed in Virginia Offer Glimpse of Colonial Era

Ships Unearthed in Virginia Offer Glimpse of Colonial Era

An 18th-century ship was discovered last month in Old Town Alexandria, Va., the fourth discovered in recent years within a two-block radius.

A Cold War Fought by Women

A Cold War Fought by Women

One of these outfits worn in Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt's study on female aggression provoked a sort of "mean girl" form of indirect aggression. The other attracted little notice at all.

Give Thanks for the Winter Solstice. You Might Not Be Here Without It.

Give Thanks for the Winter Solstice. You Might Not Be Here Without It.

A view from space of how the sun falls on Earth during solstices and equinoxes captured by EUMETSAT's Meteosat-9.


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