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Readers often praise Science News for its brevity. But some ideas need more space, writes acting editor in chief Elizabeth Quill.
By Elizabeth Quill | July 7, 2017
Magazine issue: Vol. 191, No. 13 , July 8, 2017 , p. 2

Features

human skull and Neandertal skull

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Prior to taming other species, humans selected for more docile traits among fellow Homo sapiens, a slew of recent studies suggest.
dog portrait

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DNA studies are rewriting the how-we-met stories of domestication.
qubit representation

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The invention of the qubit a quarter century ago enabled the quantum information revolution.
IBM quantum computer

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Qubit-based machines are gearing up to solve problems that are out of reach for even the most powerful supercomputers.

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Editor's Note

Readers often praise Science News for its brevity. But some ideas need more space, writes acting editor in chief Elizabeth Quill.

Features

IBM quantum computer
Qubit-based machines are gearing up to solve problems that are out of reach for even the most powerful supercomputers.
human skull and Neandertal skull
Prior to taming other species, humans selected for more docile traits among fellow Homo sapiens, a slew of recent studies suggest.
dog portrait
DNA studies are rewriting the how-we-met stories of domestication.

News

faces
Cells in monkey brains build up faces by coding for different characteristics.
types of bread
Gut microbes determine how people’s blood sugar levels respond to breads.
mouse skeleton x-ray
Bones send out hormone signals that chat with other parts of the body, studies in mice show. What influence these hormones have in people, though, remain a mystery.
New Zealand volcano
Ancient zircon crystals provide clues about the magma that fuels volcanic eruptions.
illustration of a straight-tusked elephant
DNA from straight-tusked elephant fossils is forcing scientists to reconsider the history of elephant evolution.
Common murres
Seabirds in poor condition may communicate this information to their partner by delaying or withholding preening.
Jupiter
Jupiter formed within the first million years of the solar system, according to meteorite measurements.
ripples off a vortex
Water waves scattering off a vortex can exhibit rotational superradiance, an effect predicted to appear in black holes.
skin cream
A drug for activating melanin production without using ultraviolet radiation works in human skin samples.
Keytruda
Genetic tests help identify cancer patients who will benefit from immune therapy.
corn earworm
Rising temperatures may allow pests to eat corn that is genetically modified to produce an insect-killing toxin.
ancient lower jaw
Moroccan fossils proposed as oldest known H. sapiens, from around 300,000 years ago.
solar eclipse
A measurement so precise Einstein thought it couldn't be done has demonstrated his most famous theory on a star outside the solar system for the first time.
girl sneezing
Mice noses have specialty immune cells with long memories.
applicator
Vaginal bacteria affect how well microbicide gels used to prevent HIV work.
particles
Quasiparticles present in a solid material break the rules of particle physics.

Notebook

KELT 9b
KELT 9b’s sun blasts it with so much radiation that the planet’s dayside is hotter than most stars and its atmosphere is being stripped away.
Hyalinobatrachium yaku glass frog
A newly discovered glass frog species has skin so clear that it reveals most of the animal’s internal organs, including the heart.
morpho dragonfly
The wings of adult morpho dragonflies show tiny respiratory channels that may support a complex of nanostructures that shine blue.
computer simulation of an ultraclold cloud of atoms
Today, scientists have reached temperatures less than a billionth of a degree above absolute zero.
open baobab forest in Senegal
A Google Earth-based estimate of dryland forests adds serious leafage to Earth’s total tree count.

Reviews & Previews

painting of Caesar’s last moments
In 'Caesar’s Last Breath', best-selling author Sam Kean tells vivid stories about the gases we can’t see.

Letters to the Editor

Readers sent feedback on the Red Planet's formation, jumping genes and more

Science Visualized

SEM images of fish lips
A new imaging study reveals how tubelip wrasses manage to munch on stinging corals.