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23 Jul 2015
Vol. 349 #6246
Web billionaire bankrolls search for alien signals
Yuri Milner hopes that $100 million can answer one of humanity's most enduring questions.
New life for old bones
After a stormy adolescence, the field of ancient DNA enters its golden era.
Revolution in human evolution
As it smashes disciplinary boundaries, ancient DNA is rewriting much of human prehistory.
Lost worlds found
Sugar cubes of buried soil reveal how ecosystems warmed after the last ice age.
Prospecting for genetic gold
Taking advantage of fossils exposed by miners, an evolutionary biologist probes the adaptations of ancient mammals.
Breaking a tropical taboo
Most ancient DNA comes from frigid environs. Can new methods sample hot and humid locales?
Paleoproteomics hustles to catch up with its more developed cousin.
Scientists ponder an improbably active Pluto
New Horizons delights researchers with stark vistas and perplexing puzzles.
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