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Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute discusses how a news story makes it into Science News magazine.
By Nancy Shute | March 7, 2019
Magazine issue: Vol. 195, No. 5 , March 16, 2019 , p. 2

Features

a camera sitting on a melt pond

Feature

Record-low sea ice in 2018 sent ripples through the Bering Sea’s entire ecosystem. Will this be the region’s new normal?
nanosponge

Feature

Nanoparticles coated with blood cell membranes can move through the body to clean up toxins or heal tissues — without instigating an immune reaction.

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Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute discusses how a news story makes it into Science News magazine.

Features

nanosponge
Nanoparticles coated with blood cell membranes can move through the body to clean up toxins or heal tissues — without instigating an immune reaction.
a camera sitting on a melt pond
Record-low sea ice in 2018 sent ripples through the Bering Sea’s entire ecosystem. Will this be the region’s new normal?

News

Ardipithecus ramidus ankle bone
New Ardipithecus ramidus fossils reveal how hominids were shifting toward humanlike walking more than 4 million years ago.
fried chicken
New Yorkers’ levels of artificial trans fats dropped, especially in people who ate out the most, after a citywide ban on the fats in restaurant foods.
honeybee and Wallace's giant bee
Researchers rediscovered the world’s largest bee living in the forests of an island of Indonesia.
Moros intrepidus
A newly found dinosaur called Moros intrepidus fills a hole in the evolutionary history of tyrannosaurs, helping narrow when the group sized up.
vinyl flooring
Children from homes with all vinyl floors and flame-retardant sofas show higher levels of some synthetic chemicals in their bodies than other kids.
Mars ice caps
If a lake under Martian ice is real, there must be a subsurface magma pool to keep conditions warm enough for water to remain liquid, scientists say.
oil painting
Tiny protrusions are from chemical reactions in the paint, say scientists who developed an imaging method that could help curators track the knobs.
scientists working on LIGO
Quantum squeezing of light will help scientists make better gravitational wave detectors.
thunderstorm
Particle physics sheds new light on the electric potential of thunderstorms.
professor in lecture room
Seeing intelligence as fixed can result in lower grades, especially for certain minorities
shadow of Opportunity rover on Mars
After 15 years of exploring Mars, a dust storm led to the demise of NASA’s longest-lived rover.
ebola poster
The first multidrug clinical trial of Ebola treatments is underway amid an outbreak in Congo.
stone megalith in Sardinia
Megaliths spread across the continent due to seafarers’ influence, researcher says.
illustration of brain activity
Newly described patterns of brain activity may help reveal the level of awareness in people with brain injuries.
rat eating
A select group of brain cells responds to both flavor and location, a specialty that may help an animal find the next good meal.
yaks in Mongolia
The hardened plaque on teeth is helping scientists trace the history of dairying in Mongolia.
drinking water
A newly designed material uses only light to speedily remove 99.9999 percent of microbes from water.
Greenland ice sheet
There may be yet another large crater buried beneath Greenland’s ice sheet. But it’s probably not related to the first one found last year.
ultima thule
Scientists are rethinking the shape of the space rock, once thought to be a snowman.
insulator
Extreme heat and temperature swings are no match for this lightweight insulator.

Notebook

Pappochelys rosinae
A 240-million-year-old fossil reveals the oldest known case of bone cancer in an amniote, a group that includes mammals, birds and reptiles.
breathable fabric
A yarn-based textile can switch from breathable to insulating and back again, depending on how much you sweat.
doctor carrying donor organ
Fifty years ago, surgeons’ supply of heart donations was woefully low.
red wolves
Mystery canids on Texas’ Galveston Island carry red wolf DNA, thought to be extinct in the wild for 40 years.
eel catfish
North America’s fox squirrel, the venomous striped eel catfish and 64 other species are now considered invasive in the European Union.

Reviews & Previews

King Richard III’s bones
From fish to dinosaurs to King Richard III, ‘Skeleton Keys’ surveys the scientific and cultural history of bones.

Letters to the Editor

Readers had comments and questions about Ultima Thule, photosynthesis and more.

Science Visualized

pollen shapes
These pollen patterns can all be explained by one simple trick of physics: phase separation.