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Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute discusses the future of water and global issues associated with water scarcity and rising sea levels.
By Nancy Shute | August 8, 2018
Magazine issue: Vol. 194, No. 4 , August 18, 2018 , p. 2

Features

Everglades from above

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Saltwater is winning in the Everglades as sea levels rise and years of redirecting freshwater flow to support agriculture and population growth
child drinking

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By 2050, half the world’s population may no longer have safe water to drink or grow food. What then?
wave on Mumbai seaside promenade

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For coastal megacities like Mumbai, rising seas and weather chaos linked with climate change threaten economic and social disaster.

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Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute discusses the future of water and global issues associated with water scarcity and rising sea levels.

Features

wave on Mumbai seaside promenade
For coastal megacities like Mumbai, rising seas and weather chaos linked with climate change threaten economic and social disaster.
child drinking
By 2050, half the world’s population may no longer have safe water to drink or grow food. What then?
Everglades from above
Saltwater is winning in the Everglades as sea levels rise and years of redirecting freshwater flow to support agriculture and population growth

News

baby snake preserved in amber
Amber preserves the delicate bone structure of a 99 million year old baby snake.
lone star tick
Having antibodies to a sugar tied to red-meat allergy is associated with more plaque in the artery walls, a small study shows.
amoeba
Social amoebas that farm bacteria for food use proteins to preserve the crop for their offspring.
supermassive black hole illustration
For the first time, general relativity has been confirmed in the region near a supermassive black hole.
human mouth
Wounds in the mouth heal speedily thanks to some master regulators of immune reactions.
Neptune
A new strategy at the Very Large Telescope lets astronomers take space telescope–quality pictures from the ground.
taking blood pressure
Aggressively treating high blood pressure had a modest positive effect on the development of an early form of memory loss.
electronic spray illustration
For the first time, researchers have built circuits on microscopic chips that can be mixed into an aerosol spray.
Mars' southern polar ice sheets
A 15-year-old Mars orbiter has spotted signs of a salty lake beneath the Red Planet’s south polar ice sheets.
Jupiter moons
Astronomers found a dozen previously unknown moons of Jupiter, and one may be a remnant of a larger moon that was all but ground to dust.
wildfire
America’s air is getting cleaner — except in places that are prone to wildfires.
a child playing with blocks on the floor
Replacing missing gut microbes improves autism symptoms in children even two years later.
large circular semiconductor
Strange entities called collexons hint at undiscovered physics among interacting subatomic particles in a semiconductor.
leech
A bacteria found in leeches becomes drug resistant after only a small exposure to common antibiotics.
Larsen C
A year ago, an iceberg calved off of the Larsen C ice shelf. The hunk of ice hasn’t moved much since, and that has scientists keeping an eye on it.
an illustration of a neutron being blasted from a blazar
Neutrinos and light travel at essentially the same speed, as predicted.
robot catching a cephalopod
A machine that gently catches and releases animals underwater could help researchers take a more detailed census of the deep sea.

Notebook

Southern pig-tail macaques
Pig-tail macaques are seen as a menace on Malaysian palm oil plantations, but may be helping to reduce rodent populations.
hurricane eye
For over 20 years, the U.S. government tried to subdue hurricanes through cloud seeding, with mixed results.
Algeria
The newly defined Meghalayan Age began at the same time as a global, climate-driven event that led to human upheavals.

Reviews & Previews

Jennifer Macalady & Laurie Santos
In The Most Unknown, a film on Netflix, a research round robin leads to fascinating discussions about scientific questions.
illustration of two brains
A close look at unusual brains offers a way to understand how the human mind is constructed, two new books argue.

Letters to the Editor

Readers had questions about Antarctic ice melting, dark fusion and greenhouse gas emissions.

Science Visualized

fruit fly brain map
Scientists compiled 21 million images to craft the highest-resolution view yet of the fruit fly brain.