Astronomy

A new map exhibit documents evolving views of Earth’s interior

“Beneath Our Feet” puts maps on display to show how people have envisioned and explored Earth’s subsurface.

Fluorescence could help diagnose sick corals

Diseased corals fluoresce less than healthy corals, and a new analysis technique can help spot the reduced glow.

The key to breaking down plastic may be in caterpillars’ guts

Caterpillars that feast on plastic have different gut microbes than those that eat a grain-based diet.

Skeletons could provide clues to who wrote or protected the Dead Sea Scrolls

Skeletons suggest a group of celibate men inhabited Dead Sea Scrolls site.

The Arecibo Observatory will remain open, NSF says

The iconic Arecibo radio telescope has survived Hurricane Maria and dodged deep funding cuts.