Vol. 203 No. 4

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Science Visualized



More Stories from the February 25, 2023 issue

  1. An underwater photo of a juvenile dugong swimming in the Red Sea not too far from the surface.

    A new metric of extinction risk considers how cultures care for species

    Conservation efforts should consider relationships between cultural groups and the species important to them, researchers argue.

  2. An elderly male patient sits on a medical exam bed with his back to the camera and a medical professional holding a stethoscope to the patient's back.
    Health & Medicine

    The deadly VEXAS syndrome is more common than doctors thought

    The recently discovered inflammatory disease, VEXAS syndrome, typically occurs in men over 50, affecting nearly 1 in 4,000 in the United States.

  3. Two tabby cats play fighting on an apartment floor.

    Are your cats having fun or fighting? Here are some ways to tell

    Certain behaviors indicate if your cats’ interaction is friendly, aggressive or something in between, a new study finds.

  4. rows of pots and other vessels used in an Egyptian embalming workshop seen in an archaeological site

    Chemical residue reveals ancient Egyptians’ mummy-making mixtures

    Chemical clues in embalming vessels reveal previously unknown ingredients used to prepare bodies for mummification and their far-flung origins.

  5. A rendering of the Earth with a quarter section removed to show the inner workings of the core.

    Earth’s inner core may be reversing its rotation

    In the past 13 years, the rotation of the planet’s solid inner core may have temporarily stopped and then started to reverse direction.

  6. gallery of images showing a Lego-like figure liquifying to escape from a prison
    Materials Science

    These shape-shifting devices melt and re-form thanks to magnetic fields

    Miniature machines made of gallium embedded with magnetic particles can switch between solid and liquid states.

  7. A chain of craters on Enceladus looks like a Saturnian snowman.
    Planetary Science

    Enceladus is blanketed in a thick layer of snow

    Pits on the Saturnian moon reveal the surprising depth of the satellite’s snow, suggesting its plume was more active in the past.

  8. A metal vessel filled with ice and stainless steel balls

    Water is weird. A new type of ice could help us understand why

    A newfound type of amorphous ice with a density close to liquid water could help scientists make sense of water’s quirks.

  9. A wide photo of a valley on Ellesmere Island in Canada with mountains in the background.

    Fossils suggest early primates lived in a once-swampy Arctic

    Teeth and jawbones found on Ellesmere Island, Canada, suggest that two early primate species migrated there 52 million years ago.

  10. A photo of a small hand reaching out with an index finger to touch the long green leaf of a plant near the ground.

    How plant ‘muscles’ fold up a mimosa leaf fast

    A mimosa plant revs up tiny clumps of specially shaped cells that collapse its leaflets, though why isn’t clear.

  11. A woman representing procrastination as he slumps against a desk with her head in her hand and a pile of colored pencils in front of her.
    Health & Medicine

    Procrastination may harm your health. Here’s what you can do

    Scientists have tied procrastination to mental and physical health problems. But don't panic if you haven't started your New Year's resolutions yet.

  12. A close up photo of two prairie voles sitting next to each other on a white background.

    Prairie voles can find partners just fine without the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin

    Researchers knocked out prairie voles’ oxytocin detection system. They weren’t expecting what happened next.