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April 16, 2016

Editor's Note

In the latest issue of Science News, Editor in Chief Eva Emerson talks climate change, mouth microbes, and synthetic life.
By Eva Emerson | April 8, 2016
Magazine issue: Vol. 189, No. 8 , April 16, 2016 , p. 2

Features

scientists on Arctic ice

Feature

In the 10 years since "An Inconvenient Truth," climate researchers have made progress in predicting how rising temperatures will affect sea level, weather patterns and polar ice.
illustration of bacteria between teeth and gums

Feature

Researchers are getting to the root of gum disease's implications for other diseases.

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Editor's Note

In the latest issue of Science News, Editor in Chief Eva Emerson talks climate change, mouth microbes, and synthetic life.

Features

illustration of bacteria between teeth and gums
Researchers are getting to the root of gum disease's implications for other diseases.
scientists on Arctic ice
In the 10 years since "An Inconvenient Truth," climate researchers have made progress in predicting how rising temperatures will affect sea level, weather patterns and polar ice.

News

Hydrogen reactions diagram
A substance that can switch states might make an efficient catalyst for extracting hydrogen from water.
Ice blocks
Researchers discover new process for making durable ice-phobic materials.
flock of birds
Studies of sperm show that they swim in groups because of the elasticity of the mucus they travel through.
T. rex and bone
A “pregnancy” test for tyrannosaurs relies on chemical analyses of medullary bone, a reproductive tissue found in female birds.
syn3.0
Minimal genome organism reveals how much scientists don’t know about biology.
wine grapes
Wine quality could suffer as climate change desynchronizes warm temperatures and droughts, preventing grape growers from harvesting at the optimum time.
Geyser
Carbon dioxide helps fuel eruptions of Spouter Geyser, and perhaps other features, in Yellowstone National Park, new research suggests.
prairie dogs
Female prairie dogs killing babies of another species might keep competitors off the grass.
mouse nerve cells
Using light, scientists coaxed a forgotten memory from the brains of mice with Alzheimer’s-like symptoms.
fairy circle in Australia
Strange patterns of grassland bald spots called fairy circles show up in Western Australia.
 Timurlengia euotica
Horse-sized Timurlengia euotica had a brain and ears like its bigger relative Tyrannosaurus rex, which lived millions of years later.
Drought can do more damage to seagrass meadows if their partnership with clams break down.
Airplane landing in Rio
The brand of Zika currently floating around the Americas traces its origins to Asia and may have arrived in Brazil by air as early as 2013.
prime numbers
Consecutive prime numbers don’t behave as randomly as mathematicians assumed.
Paolo Celli playing with LEGOs
Legos show promise as a low-cost method to assist scientists in developing novel metamaterials.

Notebook

PET bottles
A newly identified bacterium can break down plastic waste.
Frog and tadpole
Tadpoles beg so frantically among mimic poison frogs that researchers check to see whether they’re just scamming.
Crater on Mercury
Graphite from Mercury’s primordial crust might be responsible for making the innermost planet darker than the moon.
sunlight
50 years ago, scientists reported a possible connection between the environment and multiple sclerosis risk.
Shanghai
Airborne black carbon lowers an atmospheric boundary, trapping pollution around major cities and worsening air quality, researchers propose.

Reviews & Previews

Wildlife overpass in Banff National Park
The TV documentary 'Wild Ways' shows how wildlife corridors bridge the gap between isolated populations of animals.
Gigantopithecus in The Jungle Book
Disney’s latest version of ‘The Jungle Book’ features Gigantopithecus, the largest known ape ever to have lived.

Letters to the Editor

Ocean plastics, ant behavior, pollution solutions and more in reader feedback.

Science Visualized

moon poles
Ancient deposits of lunar water ice mark where the moon’s poles used to be.
ATLASGAL map of Milky Way
A new map of the galaxy as seen in submillimeter light reveals intricate details from nearby nebulas to the far-flung galactic center.