African effort to sequence continent’s biodiversity seeks $1 billion over 10 years | Science

When ThankGod Echezona Ebenezer left southeast Nigeria to start a biochemistry Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in 2013, he soon realized little information on the genomes of plants and animals from Africa were in existing global sequencing databases. To help protect the continent’s biodiversity and aid its agriculture, he and colleagues founded the African … Read more

Detector designed for gravitational waves seeks signal from dark matter | Science

In a feat of scientific repurposing, a team of physicists has used a detector designed to sense gravitational waves—fleeting ripples in space and time set off by, for example, the collisions of two black holes—to search for something even more elusive, dark matter. Although researchers found no sign of the particular hypothetical particles they sought, … Read more