Best of luck to everyone participating in the A-Z Challenge this year! I'm sitting this year's challenge out. I considered using my Season Avatars series as a theme, but I think it makes sense to wait until more books are out. Hopefully by next April, the series will be finished.
As tempting as it is to make up some science news stories for you this week, the following stories are all real:
An ancient killer: ancestral malaria organisms traced to age of dinosaurs
Biological mechanism passes on long-term epigenetic "memories"
GI tract bacteria help decrease stroke
"Siberian unicorn" went extinct much later than we thought
Saving sunshine for a rainy day
Not all mind wandering is created equal
(proof that not all who wander are lost)
Study explores carb-loading's effect on the heart
one crop breeding cycle from starvation
early-stage embryos with abnormalities may still develop into healthy babies