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Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute discusses the recent global measles outbreak and the history of the spread of pathogens.
By Nancy Shute | May 29, 2019
Magazine issue: Vol. 195, No. 10 , June 8, 2019 , p. 2

Features

1 year old girl getting MMR vaccine

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Physicians are examining whether discussing shared health goals can bring vaccine-hesitant parents on board.
measles infection

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The measles virus can usher in other infections for months, or even years.
border station

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Measles is a global health threat. Snapshots of several countries show how stopping its spread depends on local conditions and beliefs.
southern ocean in Antarctica

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The Southern Ocean’s ability to suck up much of the carbon that humans pump into the atmosphere is in question.

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Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute discusses the recent global measles outbreak and the history of the spread of pathogens.

Features

1 year old girl getting MMR vaccine
Physicians are examining whether discussing shared health goals can bring vaccine-hesitant parents on board.
measles infection
The measles virus can usher in other infections for months, or even years.
border station
Measles is a global health threat. Snapshots of several countries show how stopping its spread depends on local conditions and beliefs.
southern ocean in Antarctica
The Southern Ocean’s ability to suck up much of the carbon that humans pump into the atmosphere is in question.

News

jaw bone
A Denisovan jaw is the earliest evidence of hominids on the Tibetan Plateau, and the first fossil outside of Siberia from the mysterious human lineage.
farside of the moon
The Chang’e-4 mission spotted material on the lunar surface that appears to contain bits originating from the moon’s interior.
Apollo mission
Moonquakes recorded decades ago suggest the moon is tectonically active. Knowing more about that activity could help scientists identify where to land future spacecraft.
pond snails
The first gene-edited snails confirm which gene is responsible for the direction of the shell’s spiral.
kilonova over NYC
Physicists imagined what we’d see in the sky if two neutron stars collided just 1,000 light-years from Earth.
older person with dementia
An underappreciated form of dementia that causes memory trouble in older people gets a name: LATE.
gamma ray burst
Spinning stars that collapse into black holes could help explain the origins of heavy elements such as gold and silver.
tube-eye fish
An unexpected abundance of proteins for catching dim light evolved independently in three groups of weird deep-sea fishes.
bats hibernating
Researchers are developing an oral vaccine that helps little brown bats survive the fungal disease white nose syndrome.
Coco River in Brazil
Mapping millions of kilometers of waterways shows that just 37 percent of rivers longer than 1,000 kilometers remain unchained by human activities.
Norwich terrier
Norwich terriers don’t have flat snouts, but can suffer the same wheezing as bulldogs. It turns out that a gene mutation tied to swelling could be to blame.
Researchers examine why war’s emotional wounds run deep in some youngsters, not others.
fox snout pouch
South American shamans in the Andes Mountains carried mind-altering ingredients 1,000 years ago, a study finds.
double-slit experiment illustration
A new variation of the classic double-slit experiment confirms that antimatter, like normal matter, has wave-particle duality.
neurons
Art created by an artificial intelligence exacts unprecedented control over nerve cells tied to vision in monkey brains, and could lead to new neuroscience experiments.

Notebook

solar satellite
In 1969, scientists proposed building solar panels on the moon to convert the sun’s energy into electricity that can be used on Earth.
STEVE
Amateur astronomer images and satellite data are revealing what causes the strange atmospheric glow called STEVE.
golden toad
One million of the world’s plant and animal species are now under threat of extinction, a new report finds.
Leghorn chicken
To learn where mosquitoes are transmitting certain viruses, Florida officials deploy chickens and test them for antibodies to the pathogens.
Suskityrannus hazelae
A newly identified dinosaur species called Suskityrannus hazelae fills a gap in tyrannosaur lineage.

Reviews & Previews

calcite crystals
In Symphony in C, geophysicist Robert Hazen explores carbon’s ancient origins, its role in life and its importance in the modern world.
Diplodocus in Smithsonian fossil hall
The Smithsonian’s renovated fossil hall puts ancient dinosaurs and other creatures in context.

Letters to the Editor

Readers had questions about solar storms, a robotic gripper, slingshot spiders and more.

Science Visualized

child scratching measles rash
The basic reproduction number, or "R naught," of measles shows how contagious the disease is compared with other pathogens.