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June 13, 2015

Editor's Note

Chemistry's quantum revolution opens the door for limitless new compounds, and the scientific community scrambles to counteract the spread of a vicious disease.
By Eva Emerson | June 3, 2015
Magazine issue: Vol. 187, No. 12 , June 13, 2015 , p. 2

Features

Map of chikungunya outbreaks and mosquito ranges

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The chikungunya virus, which wreaks havoc on joints, has spread via mosquitoes in tropical regions. Now it has found a way to hijack a second mosquito, posing a threat to people in Europe, North America and China.
Sifting molecules

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Quantum chemistry could launch a manufacturing revolution, helping to identify materials for improved solar cells, better batteries or more effective medicines.

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Editor's Note

Chemistry's quantum revolution opens the door for limitless new compounds, and the scientific community scrambles to counteract the spread of a vicious disease.

Features

Sifting molecules
Quantum chemistry could launch a manufacturing revolution, helping to identify materials for improved solar cells, better batteries or more effective medicines.
Map of chikungunya outbreaks and mosquito ranges
The chikungunya virus, which wreaks havoc on joints, has spread via mosquitoes in tropical regions. Now it has found a way to hijack a second mosquito, posing a threat to people in Europe, North America and China.

News

cabbage moths
Artificial lighting at night can trick female moths into releasing skimpy, odd-smelling sex pheromones.
tameness genes
Taming affects common genes in multiple species.
Neandertals and humans interbred in Europe until shortly before Neandertals went extinct.
wolf fossil jaw
DNA extracted from the fossil of an ancient wolf indicates dogs and wolves diverged longer ago than previously thought.
Andromeda galaxy
The Andromeda galaxy is enveloped in a wispy halo of gas that extends halfway to the Milky Way.
opening brain vessel
A new device threaded up to the brain via catheter can unblock vessels in cerebral arteries, studies show.
Europa
Salt deposits on Jupiter’s moon Europa might be responsible for brown stripes on the icy satellite’s surface.
stone tool
East African discoveries suggest stone-tool making started at least 3.3 million years ago.
opah
The opah, a deep-diving fish, can keep much of its body warmer than its surroundings, making it similar to warm-blooded birds and mammals.
fruit fly
Studying flies’ responses to an ominous shadow may lead to a deeper understanding of humans’ emotions.
microRNA and radiation
MicroRNAs in the blood may indicate radiation damage, a study of mice finds.
Electrons have been found pairing up for the first time in a solid that is not in a superconducting state.
Spider
Spiders sprayed with carbon nanotubes spin supertough strands of silk.
Giant asteroid impacts may have boiled Earth’s oceans around 3.3 billion years ago, snuffing out near-surface life.

Notebook

Nancy Kanwisher’s newly shaved head
In her online videos, Nancy Kanwisher goes where few other neuroscientists go.
Tampons soaked in polluted water glow under UV light, revealing detergent-filled wastewater in rivers.
Illustration of exoplanet 55 Cancri e
Temperatures fluctuate wildly on a nearby exoplanet, and volcanoes might be the culprit.
fruit ripening
In 1965, scientists realized ethylene was the molecule that ripens fruit.
common frog
Rana temporaria froglets start all female in one region of Europe; in another region, new froglets of the same species have gonads of either sex.

Reviews & Previews

Omo I skull
'First Peoples' dispels old ideas about human evolution and tells an updated tale of how Homo sapiens came to dominate the world.
Manatee near Crystal River, Fla.
Manatees hang out in Florida’s Crystal River; tourists can choose a mindful visit or a harmful one
Mammoth calf mummy
An evolutionary biologist explains the obstacles scientists must overcome to revive extinct species.

Letters to the Editor

Science Visualized

Abell 2744
A map of galaxy cluster Abell 2744 unveils how gravity magnifies and smears images of far more distant galaxies.