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Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute discusses 50 years of lunar science.
By Nancy Shute | July 6, 2019
Magazine issue: Vol. 195, No. 12 , July 6, 2019 , p. 2

Features

crescent moon

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Whether the moon was a timekeeper for early humans, as first argued during the Apollo missions, is still up for debate.
Lisa with moon rocks

Feature

NASA wouldn’t let our reporter touch the Apollo moon rocks. Here’s why that’s a good thing.
Apollo 15 lunar module

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Here’s what planetary scientists are learning from the remains of Apollo outposts, and how archeologists hope to preserve it.
Buzz Aldrin on the moon

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Science News’ coverage of the Apollo program stayed focused on the science but also framed the moon missions in the broader social and political context of the era.

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The moon’s light influences lion prey behavior, dung beetle navigation, fish growth, mass migrations and birdsong.

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Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute discusses 50 years of lunar science.

Features

Lisa with moon rocks
NASA wouldn’t let our reporter touch the Apollo moon rocks. Here’s why that’s a good thing.
Apollo 15 lunar module
Here’s what planetary scientists are learning from the remains of Apollo outposts, and how archeologists hope to preserve it.
Buzz Aldrin on the moon
Science News’ coverage of the Apollo program stayed focused on the science but also framed the moon missions in the broader social and political context of the era.
The moon’s light influences lion prey behavior, dung beetle navigation, fish growth, mass migrations and birdsong.

News

Ethiopia archaeological site
Contested finds point to a sharp shift in toolmaking by early members of the Homo genus.
compostable food containers
PFAS compounds from compostable food containers could end being absorbed by plants and later eaten by people, though the health effects are unclear.
dragonfish teeth
The teeth of deep-sea dragonfish are transparent because of nanoscale crystals and rods that let light pass through without being scattered.
A study projecting heat-related mortality in 15 U.S. cities illustrates urban risk from global warming.
chemical compound binding to enterovirus pocket
Researchers have discovered a potential new drug target in a family of viruses responsible for the common cold and more serious infections.
weather map
The United States has finally unveiled its new, highly touted weather prediction model, but some scientists worry that it’s not ready for prime time.
galaxy clusters Abell 0399 and Abell 0401
The discovery of magnetic fields in the gaseous filament between two galaxy clusters suggests that some large cosmic structures are magnetized.
khipus
Some knotted string devices point to crop levies imposed by the Incan empire, researchers say. But other khipus continue to evade description.
Grand Canyon
How plate tectonics got going is a mystery. Now scientists say they’ve found a key part of the story: massive piles of sediment dumped in the ocean.
center of Milky Way
The Milky Way's central black hole has a disk of gas and dust orbiting it, astronomers can finally say with confidence.
Two people born with six fingers on each hand can control the extra digit, using it to do tasks better than five-fingered hands, a study finds.
fish fossil
Analysis of a fossilized fish shoal suggests that animals may have evolved coordinated group movement around 50 million years ago.
bat
In the United States, bats are mostly to blame for rabies deaths, while rabies transmitted by overseas dogs comes in second.
microplastics
Floating trash patches scratch only the surface of the ocean microplastic pollution problem.
gene mutations
Even healthy tissues can build up mutations, some of which have been tied to cancer.
pentaquark illustration
The particles are made of up two smaller particles, stuck together like atoms in a molecule.

Notebook

two photos of fetal lambs in artificial wombs
Artificial wombs to support preemie babies are closer to reality.
Soprano pipistrelle bats
A new device for investigating bat migration suggests that the flying mammals orient themselves by the setting sun.

Reviews & Previews

an image showing several Apollo 11 anniversary books
New books about Apollo 11 and the mission to the moon offer something for everyone, from astronomy lovers to fans of graphic novels and self-improvement buffs.

Letters to the Editor

Readers had questions and comments about asteroids, lithium batteries, and pyroclastic flows.

Science Visualized

Astronomicum Caesareum moon image
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, here’s a collection of images that show how the moon has been visualized over the ages.