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April 2, 2016

Editor's Note

In the latest issue of Science News, Editor in Chief Eva Emerson talks Zika virus, microbes, nutrition and mental health.
By Eva Emerson | March 3, 2016
Magazine issue: Vol. 189, No. 7 , April 2, 2016 , p. 2

Features

brain illustration

Feature

Our bodies are having a conversation with our microbiome that may be affecting our mental health — for better or worse.
aedes aegypti mosquito

Feature

Tracing Zika’s path and its potential links to microcephaly in babies and Guillain-Barré syndrome has scientists planning a new war on mosquitoes.
baby with microcephaly

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New evidence in human cells strengthens the case against Zika in Brazil's microcephaly surge, but more definitive proof could come this summer from Colombia.

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Editor's Note

In the latest issue of Science News, Editor in Chief Eva Emerson talks Zika virus, microbes, nutrition and mental health.

Features

Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae
The major mosquito that is spreading Zika virus has quirks that make it one of the toughest to fight.
baby with microcephaly
New evidence in human cells strengthens the case against Zika in Brazil's microcephaly surge, but more definitive proof could come this summer from Colombia.
aedes aegypti mosquito
Tracing Zika’s path and its potential links to microcephaly in babies and Guillain-Barré syndrome has scientists planning a new war on mosquitoes.
brain illustration
Our bodies are having a conversation with our microbiome that may be affecting our mental health — for better or worse.

News

Charon's surface
A subsurface ocean on Charon, Pluto’s largest moon, might have once frozen and cracked the moon’s surface, creating some of the ridges and valleys seen today.
Jupiter
If Jupiter formed close to the sun and then wandered out, that might explain why there are no planets interior to Mercury’s orbit.
Matusevich Glacier
Carbon dioxide levels during the Antarctic ice sheet’s formation 34 million years ago suggest that Earth could soon enter “danger zone” for ice sheet’s demise.
MRSA
Molecules made in a lab can foil antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
East Coast Beach
Sea levels rose more rapidly in the 1900s than during any other century in at least 2,800 years, with global warming causing at least half that rise.
Lord Ashburton
Atlantic hurricane activity fell around 75 percent when the sun dimmed from 1645 to 1715, a new analysis of shipwrecks and tree rings suggests.
psychologists conducting a study
Controversy flares again about whether psychology studies survive further scrutiny.
A diet that included raw, sliced meat changed the face of early Homo evolution, scientists say.
A patient with Guillain-Barré syndrome in Colombia
The link between the Zika virus and Guillain-Barré syndrome is growing stronger.
chert
Extensive new evidence from South Africa suggests that 3.5 billion years ago, Earth was locked in a cold spell, with isolated blasts of hydrothermal heat that may have helped incubate life.
rock ants
When rock ants start influencing each other with one-on-one social contact, a colony’s collective decisions can change.
mice and microbes
The right mix of gut microbes could prevent kids from succumbing to malnutrition.
Biden with doctors
Details are trickling out for the president’s proposed “cancer moonshot,” but plan for launch is still months off.
lizard in amber
Amber-encased lizard remains that date to 99 million years ago may shed light on the evolution of geckos and chameleons.
Humans have ways to make up for missing genes, study suggests.
pendant
Stone artifact with design etched on it comes from a transitional time in England 11,000 years ago.
Arecibo Observatory
Until now, ephemeral blasts of radio waves from other galaxies have never repeated; this one erupted 10 times last year.

Notebook

Henry VIII
Researchers say Henry VIII suffered several traumatic brain injuries that may explain his explosive outbursts and memory problems.
CT scans of leech
Novelist Amy Tan answers a lingering question about celebrities honored in scientific names of new species — her namesake is a leech.
Quasar
Astronomers now know quasars live around black holes in remote galaxies, but 50 years ago, one researcher argued they were much closer.
tailored Egyptian dress
A pleated dress found in an ancient Egyptian cemetery called Tarkhan was cut, fitted and tailored between 5,400 and 5,100 years ago.
Life expectancy graph
U.S. men’s lives are two years shorter than men in other rich countries for three reasons: guns, drugs and cars.

Reviews & Previews

a coral reef in French Polynesia
New and upcoming exhibits celebrate biodiversity, birds’ dinosaur origins, opulence in ancient Rome, and more.
A hairy situation
'Hair: A Human History' details the surprising role hair has played in human history.

Letters to the Editor

Genetically-modified food, nuclear fusion, black holes and more reader feedback.

Science Visualized

Recolorization of van Gogh's 'The Bedroom'
Art and science converge in a visualization of the original colors of Vincent van Gogh’s “The Bedroom.”