Lead pollution in ancient ice cores may track the rise and fall of medieval kings | Science

In medieval times, the attractive area around Peveril Castle in the U.K.’s Peak District was a center of lead mining and an “industrial landscape.” Robjem/iStock In the Peak District... Read more »

Top stories: Francis Collins’ decade, the upside of melting Arctic ice, and ‘ethical’ eggs | Science

(LEFT TO RIGHT) STEPHEN VOSS; NYXOLYNO CANGEMI/U.S. COAST GUARD; SELEGGT For a decade, Francis Collins has shielded NIH—while making waves of his own This month marks geneticist Francis Collins’s... Read more »

Q&A: On a Bering Sea island, disappearing ice threatens a way of life | Science

Brendan Smith/North Pacific Research Study Board Over the previous 2 winter seasons, ice cover in the Bering Sea in between Alaska and Russia has fallen to the lowest levels... Read more »

Newly drilled sediment cores could reveal how fast the Antarctic ice sheet will melt | Science

Scientist aboard the JOIDES Resolution analyze a newly drilled sediment core that records the history of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Vivien Cumming (IODP/ECORD) VIENNA—Braving a raft of icebergs,... Read more »

Ancient Japanese wolf may be rare remnant of ice age wolves | Science

Geoff A Howard/AlamyStock Photo JENA, GERMANY–On the island of Honsh ū in Japan, farmers long valued a little gray wolf as a guardian of their crops due to the... Read more »