In the Oct. 14 SN: 2017’s scientists to watch, duel over a real-life Brienne of Tarth, the origin of ultrahigh energy cosmic rays, long-lasting spheres of color, watermelon snow’s downside, support for the Unruh effect, polite robots and more.
DEEP-SEA STAR This fuzzy white sponge — identified as a new species, thanks in part to star-shaped skeletal parts — encrusts metal-filled rocks that could be a target for deep-sea mining.
S.-C. Lim et al/Systematics and Biodiversity 2017, published by Taylor & Francis
STOWAWAYS Pelagic gooseneck barnacles cling to a boat that got washed out to sea after the 2011 tsunami in Japan and floated to the U.S. coast. A new study catalogs hundreds of species that have made this ocean crossing.
Engineer Jon Sinnreich of the University of Florida and colleagues work on a portable tower used to measure wind speeds during Hurricane Irma. Scientific data from hurricanes and other natural disasters help inform efforts to prepare for future crises.