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Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute muses on the risks many medical advances pose in their infancy.
By Nancy Shute | June 6, 2018
Magazine issue: Vol. 194, No. 1 , July 7, 2018 , p. 2

Features

car-t cell

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CAR-T cell therapy was approved by the FDA in late 2017. Now, scientists are working to tame the cancer treatment’s side effects.
illustration of bison and mammoths

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Critics are still unconvinced that a comet caused a mysterious cold snap 12,800 years ago.

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Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute muses on the risks many medical advances pose in their infancy.

Features

illustration of bison and mammoths
Critics are still unconvinced that a comet caused a mysterious cold snap 12,800 years ago.
car-t cell
CAR-T cell therapy was approved by the FDA in late 2017. Now, scientists are working to tame the cancer treatment’s side effects.

News

Nobelium element abbreviation
Three nobelium isotopes have oblong nuclei, and some sport a ‘bubble’ center.
3-D printed wireless light-up device on a hand
A new 3-D printer that tracks and compensates for your slightest twitch can precisely print simple electronic devices onto your skin.
suicide prevention event
Suicide rates increased sharply in nearly all 50 states from 1999 to 2016, according to a new government report.
hospital staff
The recent U.S. flu season was classified as highly severe overall, the third time since 2003 that the seasonal outbreak has earned that designation.
depressed woman
Researchers are using smartphones to tap into the ups and downs of suicidal thinking that occur over hours and days, hoping to help prevent suicides.
a baobab tree
Scientists aren’t sure what’s killing the oldest African baobabs, nine of which have lost big chunks or died in the last 13 years.
researchers with a narwhal
Scientists eavesdropped while narwhals clicked and buzzed. The work could help pinpoint how the whales may react to more human noise in the Arctic.
people at a cocktail party
The artificial intelligence can ignore background noise in videos and focus on what a particular person is saying.
oil spill
Sunlight created oxygen-rich oil by-products that are still hanging around eight years after the Deepwater Horizon spill.
Easter Island statues
A small workforce may have put huge stones on the heads of Easter Island statues.
Antarctic iceberg
Antarctica’s rate of ice loss has sped up since 1992 — mostly in the last five years, raising global sea level by almost 8 millimeters on average.
two northern quolls
After 13 generations isolated from predators, the endangered northern quoll lost its fear of them.
Satellite image of Hurricane Harvey
Tropical cyclones are moving 10 percent slower, on average, than they did in the mid-20th century, potentially making them more dangerous.
dark matter illustration
Fusing dark matter particles might explain why galaxy cores have evenly distributed dark matter.
food shopping
A new study calculates the bonus for the planet of choosing more foods from plants.
dog
Dogs in China carry a wider variety of flu viruses than previously thought, and may be capable of passing the flu to humans.
artist's illustration of an infant planet
A new technique pinpointed three planets forming around a young star about 330 light-years from Earth.
honeybee experiment
Honeybees can pass a test of ranking ‘nothing’ as less than one.
Curiosity rover
The Curiosity rover found seasonally changing methane in Mars’ atmosphere and more signs of organic molecules in an ancient lake bed.

Notebook

interior of a car
A car’s interior can get lethally hot on summer days, even when it’s parked in the shade.
amber
Trapped in amber, 99-million-year-old frog fossils reveal the amphibians lived in a wet, tropical climate.
lightning at Jupiter's pole
After almost 40 years, scientists have discovered that Jupiter has lightning that is similar to lightning on Earth — it just happens in a different place.
a superconducting magnetic-levitation train in Japan
50 years ago, a Japanese engineer tried rocket boosters on a train. Today, high-speed trains propelled by superconducting magnets are being tested.

Reviews & Previews

Yale medical school library brain samples
The new book "Aroused" demystifies hormones, the chemicals that put the zing into life.
baleen whale
"Spying on Whales" retraces the evolution of cetaceans, explaining how they came to be some of Earth’s largest creatures.
London’s Bethlem Hospital illustration
‘Genetics in the Madhouse’ reveals how human heredity research began as a statistical science in 19th century insane asylums.

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Fuego volcano
Scientists gathered data on nearly 280,000 global volcano deaths from 1500 to 2017 and sorted fatalities by cause of death, such as lava flows or gas.