In the Dec. 10 SN: Star-starved galaxies, animal math, Parkinson’s roots in the gut, supersolid success, Celebrex’s controversial heart risk, a prionlike memory protein, yo-yo dieting’s downside, blue begonias 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