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McKenzie Prillaman

Parrots can move along thin branches using ‘beakiation’

McKenzie Prillaman was the Spring 2023 science writing intern at Science News. She holds a bachelor’s...

Human footprints in New Mexico really may be surprisingly ancient, new dating shows

McKenzie Prillaman was the Spring 2023 science writing intern at Science News. She holds a bachelor’s...

These transparent fish turn rainbow with white light. Now, we know why

The ghost catfish transforms from glassy to glam when white light passes through its mostly transparent body....

Two scientists’ trek showed how people of Chaco Canyon may have hauled logs

As the morning sun peeked through the trees, Rodger Kram readied himself for the coming marathon. But...

Scientists have mapped an insect brain in greater detail than ever before

The wiring of one insect’s brain no longer contains much uncharted territory. All of the nerve cells...

The Yamnaya may have been the world’s earliest known horseback riders

WASHINGTON — The tale of the first horseback riders may be written on the bones of the...

Medicated eye drops may delay nearsightedness in children

An eye drop a day could keep myopia at bay — at least temporarily. Using nightly eye...

Psychedelics may improve mental health by getting inside nerve cells

Psychedelics go beneath the cell surface to unleash their potentially therapeutic effects. These drugs are showing promise...