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Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute reflects on the 150th anniversary of the invention of the periodic table by Dmitrii Mendeleev.
By Nancy Shute | January 8, 2019
Magazine issue: Vol. 195, No. 1 , January 19, 2019 , p. 2

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Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-REx

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A pair of daredevil spacecraft that aim to bring asteroid dust back to Earth have reached their targets and are scouting for the best sampling spots.
Dmitrii Mendeleev

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150 years ago, Russian chemist Dmitrii Mendeleev created the periodic table of the elements, revolutionizing chemistry.
periodic table

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The organized rows and columns of the Periodic Table hide a rich and twisting history.

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Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-REx
A pair of daredevil spacecraft that aim to bring asteroid dust back to Earth have reached their targets and are scouting for the best sampling spots.
periodic table
The organized rows and columns of the Periodic Table hide a rich and twisting history.

News

asteroid bennu
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft found signs of water and lots of boulders on the asteroid Bennu.
tornado in Oklahoma
New data on the birth of tornadoes suggest that the twisters don’t form from the top down.
food shortages in Somalia
The tally of extreme weather events linked to climate change continues to grow, with new studies outlining links to more than a dozen events in 2017.
sun's plasma
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe survived its first encounter with the sun and is sending data back to Earth.
scientists with hybrid rice plants
New research has created self-cloning hybrid rice, raising hopes of higher food production.
liver cell microscope image
Data from three families suggest that in rare cases children can inherit mitochondria from their fathers.
mini tumor
Growing mini tumors in a lab dish, researchers can screen compounds to find promising combinations for treating rare cancers.
milking snake venom
Milking snakes for venom may soon no longer be needed to make antidotes for bites.
goose bumps
The same nerves and muscles that create goose bumps may make hair grow.
COSINE-100 dark matter detector
Two dark matter experiments disagree despite using the same type of detector material.
baby
Infants born dependent on opioids had heads that were smaller than babies whose moms didn’t use the drugs during pregnancy.
Lab-grown brain organoids
The first wave of data from the PsychENCODE project holds new clues to how and when psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia emerge.
Ron Clarke
Long-awaited analyses of the Little Foot skeleton have researchers disagreeing over resurrecting a defunct species name.
mass grave
DNA from an ancient strain of the plague-causing bacterium could help uncover the origins of the deadly disease.
black holes
The biggest black hole merger yet seen created one set of the spacetime ripples.
metamaterial unit cells
Scientists can dial the stiffness of a bizarre new type of synthetic material up or down using magnets.
glassy-winged sharpshooter
Sharpshooters hurl their pee with structure called a stylus, which sends droplets flying at 20 times the acceleration of Earth’s gravity.

Notebook

killer whale
The study of killer whales has come a long way since the capture of seven in 1968 allowed scientists to study the animals in their habitat.
a composite photo showing steak before and after rotting
This scientist is studying how meat changes as it rots to figure out what Neandertals might have eaten.
person lying in bed and a smartphone
A survey suggests that nearly one-third of American adults are sleeping fewer than 6 hours a night, and minority groups are most affected.
divers in a deep reef near Australia
There are more coral species lurking in the deep ocean that previously thought. That could be good news for their shallow water counterparts.

Reviews & Previews

quantum wave function
The books ‘Beyond Weird’ and ‘What is Real?’ have different perspectives on what quantum physics says about reality.

Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute reflects on the 150th anniversary of the invention of the periodic table by Dmitrii Mendeleev.

Letters to the Editor

Readers had questions about electrons’ roundness, a camera that measures light intensity in decibels and more.