Top stories: Chimps versus drones, vampire squirrels, and how to avoid a cold
(Left to right) Kim Aaen/Nature Eyes; J. Mathai/HOSCAP Borneo; Evi Numen (2011)/The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia

Top stories: Chimps versus drones, vampire squirrels, and how to avoid a cold

The surprising reason some people’s muscles suddenly turn into bone

A rare disease called fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva can suddenly turn a person’s tissues and muscles into bone, permanently immobilizing parts of their bodies. Now, scientists have finally figured out why that happens—and found a promising new treatment.

‘Vampire’ squirrel caught on film

Scientists have captured what may be the first video of the remarkable and rare “vampire” squirrel! The little creature is twice the size of most tree squirrels, reputedly has a taste for blood, and has the bushiest tail of any mammal compared with its body size.

Lack of sleep puts you at higher risk for colds, first experimental study finds

Moms have stressed the importance of solid shuteye for years, especially when it comes to fighting off colds. Now, they've got science on their side. A new study reveals that sleep-deprived people are more than four times likelier to catch a cold than their well-rested counterparts.

PubPeer’s secret is out: Founder of controversial website reveals himself

After 3 years in the shadows, the anonymous founder of the popular—and controversial—website PubPeer has revealed himself. 41-year-old neuroscientist Brandon Stell set up the site for users to critique published research. He’s going public in the hopes of raising funding to improve and expand the site.

Chimps destroy documentary drone with twig tools

Move over, King Kong! Tushi, a chimp living in a Netherlands zoo, recently knocked a filmmaker’s drone clear out of the sky using long stick. Scientists say the action shows planned, deliberate tool use and that chimps can think ahead and be creative in their toolmaking.

Tiny ant takes on pesticide industry

Want an alternative to pesticides? Try ants. A new study reveals that in many situations, weaver ants are both better and cheaper than chemical sprays at keeping pests away.