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Puff adders appear ‘invisible’ to noses

Puff adders are so difficult to detect by scent that trained snake-finding dogs can walk over a live adder without noticing.<p>“The puff adders wouldn’t …

13 of the best best science books of 2015

To help sort through 2015's books, the <i>Science News</i> staff offers its must-read picks, many of which have been previously reviewed in the magazine.<p>Read those reviews at the links below or in our Editor's Pick: Favorite books of 2015.

Books

Second contagious form of cancer found in Tasmanian devils

Transmissible cancers—cancers which can spread between individuals by the transfer of living cancer cells—are believed to arise extremely rarely in …

Cancer

Tales of the bedbug, one of the world’s most reviled insects

<i>Brooke Borel</i><p><i>Univ. of Chicago Press, $26</i><p>Bedbugs sure get around. From housing projects, hostels and cheap hotels (and some that aren’t so cheap), the …

This sensor-stuffed surfboard fin could help scientists understand Earth’s oceans

There are thousands of buoys and autonomous vehicles spread across the vast oceans and seas of this planet, continuously feeding data on the health …