Prehistoric homicide

Researchers have found evidence of a 430,000-year-old murder, the earliest yet. While studying ancient hominid remains recovered from a Spanish cave, the scientists discovered a skull with two gaping head wounds that imply foul play. Learn more in my story for Science News (it was also picked up by the Washington Post, no subscription necessary)

Facing (and Fixing) Our Plastic Problem

Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute has devoted his life to studying the staggering quantity of plastic that floats in the world’s oceans. He’s also trying to get the world to pay attention to it–sometimes in surprising ways. Learn more about Eriksen’s work in my profile for Science News.