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Physicists begin the search for a new kind of neutrino

Photo of ICARUS detector

Physicists are trying to find an elusive new type of particle called sterile neutrinos. But it's hard, because the particles only interact with other matter through gravitational force, the weakest of all known forces: Since their masses would be so tiny, their gravitational effects would be impossible to observe.

New “mini-brain” could complement, replace animal models

Photo of mini-brain

Tiny brains made cookie-cutter style could speed discoveries and complement — or some say, replace — mouse models now routinely used in laboratory research on neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

How history shaped the study of gravitation

Photo of Einstein and colleagues

World wars and complicated collaborations formed the backdrop of Einstein’s general relativity theory

Opening SESAME: Middle East research center approaches completion

One cell of the main storage ring of SESAME

New multidisciplinary research facilities in Jordan could help reduce the Middle East’s brain drain.

What we need to know to combat epidemics

Christopher Dye

Taking lessons from the 2014 Ebola crisis, global health officials must increase engagement among countries and communities to better address emerging epidemics such as Zika, public health experts say.

Bounty still out: Scientists seek dark matter through varied techniques

Bullet cluster

By Maria Temming

WASHINGTON — Scientists and others were abuzz last week over the long-awaited detection of gravitational waves, but the cosmological community awaits an even more monumental detection: that of the enigmatic substance called dark matter.

Believing is seeing: How everyday experience determines what you see

Hiker and Redfish Canyon from Alpine Lake Trail in Sawtooth Wilderness

By Rachael Lallensack

WASHINGTON — Scientists have confirmed what every backpacker already knows: the heavier the pack, the steeper the hill. Or at least, the steeper it appears.

It turns out that hikers are not the only ones who are seeing the world subjectively.