Microscopic Mass Murderer
—Carrie Arnold
Read how microbes may have triggered the largest extinction on Earth in this PNAS study.

Know the Jargon
—Rachel Nuwer
Researchers have reexamined the physics of sneezes, as reported in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.

Fastest Animal on Land? A Mite
A southern Californian mite is the fastest animal on land—by body lengths per second, that is.

Graphene’s Dark Side
—Katherine Bourzac
Environmental Engineering Science predicts the possible risks of graphene in our water supply.

Hold Still
—Geoffrey Giller
Scientists have created a sophisticated technique to insert genes into a cell. Read their study in the Review of Scientific Instruments.

Census for the Birds
—Jason G. Goldman
Nature Conservation reported this innovative way of estimating seabird populations. (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group.)

By the Numbers
If this discouraging statistic didn’t ruffle your feathers too much, you can find more here.

A Moonlet is Born
—Ken Croswell
Look over the shoulders of astronomers as they observe an evolving Saturnian moon by reading about the discovery in Icarus.
The Brain’s Power to Avoid Diversions
—Ferris Jabr
Distract yourself with this fascinating study in The Journal of Neuroscience.

How to Curb an Epidemic
—Annie Sneed
The International Partnership for Microbicides, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations are creating the next generation of HIV prevention.

A Glimpse at the Unseen
—Clara Moskowitz
Enlighten your mind with this new dark matter finding published in Astrophysics.

What is it?
—Clara Moskowitz
This otherworldly image came from The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

The Circuit Made for Your Arm
—Joseph Bennington-Castro
Electronic skin isn’t science fiction; it could soon literally become part of who we are, as reported in Science.

Here to Stay
—Josh Fischman
Men won’t go extinct in the near—or distant—future, according to a recent study in Nature. Read the longer version of this story online.