In the October 1 SN: Meet the SN 10 — up-and-coming scientists exploring big questions, Tasmanian devils resist an epidemic of cancer, the ebb and flow of one man’s microbiome, oldest fossils, Juno’s first closeups of Jupiter and more.
each week, a scientist takes a stroll on the barren upper slopes
of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa
volcano, a basketball-sized glass sphere in hand. At some point, the researcher
faces the wind, takes a deep breath, holds it and strides forward while
twisting open a stopcock. With a whoosh lasting no more than a few seconds, 5
liters of the most pristine air on the planet replaces the vacuum inside the