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Editor's Note

Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill discusses the many ways we watch, listen and learn about science.
By Elizabeth Quill | July 7, 2017
Magazine issue: Vol. 192 No. 1 , August 5, 2017 , p. 2

Features

perovskite diagram

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Perovskites are the latest hot materials in solar energy production.
illustration of seismic waves under a mountain

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Researchers monitor the power and location of underground nuclear weapons testing by North Korea.

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Editor's Note

Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill discusses the many ways we watch, listen and learn about science.

Features

illustration of seismic waves under a mountain
Researchers monitor the power and location of underground nuclear weapons testing by North Korea.
perovskite diagram
Perovskites are the latest hot materials in solar energy production.

News

Lipizzan horse
Genetics and horse pedigrees reveal all modern domestic stallions’ sires.
Sentinel-1 satellite image of Larsen C
An iceberg about the size of Delaware splintered from the Larsen C ice shelf in one of the largest calving events ever recorded.
wildflower
A new example of sexual conflict shows up in a plant with a troublesome pollinator.
kelp bed
Sounds reverberating through a kelp bed can be linked to environmental factors, suggesting a low-key way to monitor undersea communities.
moon false-color image
Heat from a glowing infant Earth could have vaporized the moon’s metals into an atmosphere as thick as Mars’, a new simulation shows.
petunias
Scent molecules hitch a ride on a particular protein to escape flowers.
Microneedle patches may make home-based vaccination a reality.
vesicle in the bacterium Halothiobacillus neapolitanus
New images reveal the inner workings of bacteria.
climate change economic map
Counties across the United States won’t all pay the same price for climate change, a new simulation predicts.
alpha-synuclein protein in nerve cells
The immune system recognizes parts of a protein linked to Parkinson’s disease as foreign, triggering an autoimmune response.
kid looking at marshmallow
Nso farmers in Cameroon groom kids for self-control that Western peers often lack.
moon snail
Killer snails and other ocean predators that drill through shells have grown bigger over evolutionary time.
illustration of Micius satellite
A satellite sent entangled particles to two Chinese cities 1,200 kilometers apart.
photosynthetic bacteria
Photosynthetic bacteria can produce oxygen to keep rat heart muscles healthy after a heart attack.
Denisovan fossil teeth
A Denisovan child’s fossil tooth dates to at least 100,000 years ago, researchers say.
illustration of new particle
First-of-its-kind subatomic particle is composed of two charm quarks and an up quark.
eggs
An analysis of nearly 50,000 bird eggs finds a link between a species’ egg shape and flight ability.

Notebook

tiny transistor
Tiniest transistor, made with carbon nanotubes, suggests computers aren’t done shrinking down.
rolling luggage
Physicists explain why roller suitcases rock back and forth as you dash through the terminal.
diabetic mice
Mice described in 1967 are still helping researchers understand diabetes.
balloon practice
Astrophysicist Angela Des Jardins is coordinating the first-ever livestream of a solar eclipse filmed from balloons.
synestia illustration
Newly proposed space objects called synestias are large, spinning hunks of mostly vaporized rock. They look like a jelly-filled doughnut.

Reviews & Previews

Allen Telescope Array
For decades, astronomer Jill Tarter led the hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence, as detailed in a new biography.
hubble image
For an accessible account of mostly pre-20th century science, check out The Oxford Illustrated History of Science.

Letters to the Editor

Readers sent feedback on hominid origins, fast cameras, slimy sea creatures and more.

Science Visualized

map of next 15 total solar eclipses
From 2017 to 2040, there will be 15 total solar eclipses. Here's a map of where to see them.