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By Elizabeth Quill | June 6, 2017
Magazine issue: Vol. 191, No. 12 , June 24, 2017 , p. 2

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Features

Bdellovibrio bacteria
Certain bacteria will destroy other bacteria without harming humans. They may be an answer to antibiotic-resistant infections.
illustration of trappist system
The number of planets in the habitable zone of dim red suns, known as M dwarfs, is growing. They’re a good place to look for life.

News

TRAPPIST 1 system
Follow-up observations of TRAPPIST-1 and its seven planets reveals details about the outermost one.
illustration of gravitational waves
Two black holes stirred up the third set of gravitational waves ever detected.
Jupiter
NASA’s Juno spacecraft has sent back unexpected details about Jupiter, giving scientists their first intimate look at the giant planet.
Sumatra quake
The 2004 Indonesian quake was surprisingly strong because of dried-out, brittle minerals far below.
Sperm freeze-dried and sent into space for months of exposure to high levels of solar radiation later produced healthy baby mice.
flamingos
Flamingos’ built-in tricks for balance might have a thing or two to teach standing robots or prosthesis makers someday.
Graecopithecus jaw
With new analyses of Graecopithecus fossils from Greece and Bulgaria, researchers argue for possible hominid origins in Europe, not Africa.
Zika virus
Zika spread undetected into Brazil and Florida, a genetic study suggests.
double-slit experiment
The wavelike behavior of quantum particles could be harnessed to move atoms.
Germline stem cells
Sterile mice that received transplanted egg-making stem cells were able to have healthy babies.
Trees in Berlin
During a heat wave, trees and shrubs can sharply raise ozone levels, a new study shows.
baby orangutan
Weaning in orangutans has been tricky to see in the wild, so researchers turned to dental tests to reveal long nursing period.
C. elegans nematode
Crossing wild Hawaiian C. elegans with the familiar lab strain reveals genes that benefit themselves by making mother worms poison offspring who haven’t inherited the right stuff.
human brain
A study of nearly 80,000 people turns up 40 genes that may have a role in making brains smarter.

Notebook

frames of particles of light
A new camera’s record-breaking speed offers researchers a window into never-before-seen phenomena, such as combustion reactions.
Zuul dino skull and illustration
The most complete skeleton of an ankylosaur shows an armored, club-tailed dinosaur with a head like a Ghostbusters demon.
map of countries
Health care quality and availability improved worldwide from 1990 to 2015, but the gap between countries with the lowest and highest levels of care widened.
baby light exposure
Researchers discovered how to use light to treat babies with jaundice 50 years ago. But questions remain about the technique’s effectiveness in some cases.
ladybug with clear wing case
Ladybug wings could lead to new foldable technologies.

Reviews & Previews

Stephen Hawking
CuriosityStream, an online streaming service, offers viewers a plethora of science documentaries, including originals from Stephen Hawking and David Attenborough.

Letters to the Editor

Warming lakes, windmills for the Arctic, mosquito control and more in reader feedback.

Science Visualized

Jupiter tropical zone
Once every 53 days, NASA’s Juno spacecraft zooms past Jupiter’s cloud tops. A new sequence of images reveals the encounter from Juno’s viewpoint.