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Cannonball Jellyfish in the Gulf of California. Yazmin Flores for GCMP

Boom or bust in a jelly bloom market

In a changing climate, ocean populations sometimes rise and fall in unpredictable waves. Scientists, managers and fishers must make economically and ecologically sound decisions based on long-term outlooks.
Silver can be an effective antibacterial when treated in special ways. Silver image via www.shutterstock.com.

Silver shines as antibacterial for medical implants

Joint replacement surgery comes with a big risk of infection. New implant technology that can release silver ions inside the body could help – and without increasing antibiotic resistance.
Magnets have mysterious powers – now shown to influence heat and sound. Magnet image via www.shutterstock.com.

Magnetic fields can control heat and sound

Sound waves are made of particles called phonons. New research shows they're affected by magnetic fields, with researchers able to steer heat magnetically.
Smartphones mean games are always at hand – but are they crushing candy or learning a new language? Alpha

Gamification harnesses the power of games to motivate

We're hardwired to love finding patterns, solving puzzles, mastering challenges. Business, education, health, marketing and other fields tap into these drives via game elements to help us hit goals or change behavior.
A conceptual variable-rate fertilization system that would use sensors to determine how much fertilizer to apply in real-time. R Sui and J A Thomasson

Farmers of the future will utilize drones, robots and GPS

Precision agriculture harnesses technology to help farmers grow more food using less water, fertilizer, pesticide, fuel and labor.
Neil deGrasse Tyson is just one scientist celeb who already unofficially does the job of a science laureate. John Roling

Science celebrities are our de facto science laureates

A bill before congress would create a science laureate position akin to the poet laureate for poetry. But some science stars are already essentially doing the job now.
The 3 to 2 FCC vote favored Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposed net neutrality rules and will regulate broadband providers more heavily than in the past. Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Private networks and public speech: net neutrality in context

This open internet debate isn't the first time the government has wrestled with the question of how to apportion rights between private media owners and the public.