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Editor's Note

Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill discusses the unexpected nature of science.
By Elizabeth Quill | April 4, 2017
Magazine issue: Vol. 191 No. 8 , April 29, 2017 , p. 2

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fish

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Fish venom shows great diversity and is being studied to treat pain, cancer and other diseases.
proton illustration

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Researchers are puzzling over the proton's radius, spin and whether it decays.

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Editor's Note

Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill discusses the unexpected nature of science.

Features

proton illustration
Researchers are puzzling over the proton's radius, spin and whether it decays.
fish
Fish venom shows great diversity and is being studied to treat pain, cancer and other diseases.

News

girl with her head down on book
ADHD looks different in the cerebellums of girls and boys with the condition.
aerial image of palace
An ancient royal structure gets new life in southern Mexico.
phytoplankton blooms and diatoms
Arctic sea ice thinned by climate change increasingly produces conditions favorable for phytoplankton blooms in the waters below, new research suggests.
rapidly growing baby brains
The search for autism biomarkers, in the blood and the brain, is heating up.
childhood cancer
Inherited mutations, not only treatment, affect the chances that a childhood cancer survivor will develop a second cancer later in life.
reovirus
A common virus may turn the immune system against gluten, leading to the development of celiac disease.
MAVEN probe
Over the planet’s history, the Martian atmosphere has lost 66 percent of its argon and a majority of its carbon dioxide, according to data from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft.
Galaxy ZF-COSMOS-20115
A hefty red, dead galaxy may raise questions about how galaxies formed in the early universe.
cuttlefish
Editing RNA may give cephalopods smarts, but there’s a trade-off.
quasar 3C 186
Gravitational waves may have given a supermassive black hole a big kick, with enough energy to send it flying toward the edges of its host galaxy.
atoms
Scientists make advance in the quest to take quantum effects to larger scales.
Hun skull
Nomadic Huns and Roman farmers shared ways of life on the Roman Empire’s fifth century frontier.
New Zealand road
The Nov. 14, 2016, earthquake in New Zealand was much larger than thought possible at the time, prompting a rethink of hazard assessments.
CAR-T cell attacking a leukemia cell
Engineered immune cells can extend life for some leukemia patients.
cinnamon role
Sleep deprivation makes the brain more sensitive to food smells.
Cochranella granulosa glass frog
Brief but important maternal care may have evolved before the elaborate egg-tending of glass frog dads.
dengue antibody and dengue virus
Experiments in cells and mice suggest that a previous exposure to dengue or West Nile can make a Zika virus infection worse.

Notebook

tropical bedbugs in a pitfall trap
A study of bedbug traps and feet names finds that tropical bedbugs are much better at scaling slippery walls than common bedbugs.
Daspletosaurus horneri tyrannosaur
Tyrannosaurs may have had sensitive snouts that detected temperature and touch.
Hawk moth
Hawk moths use their sugary diet to make antioxidants that protect their muscles.
map of Earth
Half a century later, plate tectonics is well-established but still an active field of research.
Pluto
Astronomers can have their definition of a planet, but some planetary scientists plan to stick to the long-held meaning of the word.

Reviews & Previews

Geoffrey Rush as Einstein
Science takes a back seat in National Geographic’s series Genius, which focuses more on politics and Albert Einstein’s love life.

Letters to the Editor

Stinkbug hazards, Great Lakes invaders and more reader feedback.

Science Visualized

3-D images of cells
A new online explorer tool from the Allen Institute for Cell Science shows 3-D models of cell interiors.