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Editor's Note

Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill discusses the mission of science journalists.
By Elizabeth Quill | March 3, 2017
Magazine issue: Vol. 191 No. 5 , March 18, 2017 , p. 2

Features

Nudge

Feature

Steering people’s decisions with simple nudges, such as e-mail reminders or opt-out programs, can come with a downside.
Resident Evil 7 screen capture

Feature

Virtual reality games and experiences can make some people sick, and women are more susceptible.

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Editor's Note

Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill discusses the mission of science journalists.

Features

Resident Evil 7 screen capture
Virtual reality games and experiences can make some people sick, and women are more susceptible.
Nudge
Steering people’s decisions with simple nudges, such as e-mail reminders or opt-out programs, can come with a downside.

News

Zika DNA vaccine
Researchers are pursuing multiple vaccine strategies for blocking Zika infection.
Earth from space
Geologists make the case for a new continent, dubbed Zealandia, found largely submerged beneath the southwestern Pacific Ocean.
illustration of a seven planet solar system
A planetary system called TRAPPIST-1 has seven Earth-sized planets, three in the habitable zone, researchers report.
plants
Rice plant roots have natural defenses against arsenic.
Naica mine in Chihuahua, Mexico
Microbes trapped in crystals in Mexico's Naica mine may represent some of the most distinct life-forms found in Earth so far.
helium sodium compound
At pressures over a million atmospheres, helium reacts with sodium.
Ceres
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has detected organic matter — the building blocks of life — on the dwarf planet Ceres, a new study suggests.
Pichia fungus
The presence of a fungus in the infant gut can signal development of asthma by age 5.
bubble boy
A panel of experts says clinical gene editing to correct and prevent human disease should move forward, but enhancements should not be allowed.
Dinocephalosaurus
A new fossil shows that a prehistoric reptile may have given birth to live young, unlike its egg-laying descendants, birds and crocodiles.
child defending himself
What physically abused kids learn about rewards at home can lead to misbehavior elsewhere.
mosquito and malaria parasite
Scientists have identified a molecule that draws mosquitoes to malaria-infected blood.
howler monkey
Better color vision gives howler monkeys an edge at finding food.
fluorescing dna
Dye-free imaging technique zooms in below 10-nanometer threshold, allowing new cellular views.
seagrass
Seagrasses might reduce bacteria levels in ocean water.

Notebook

illustration of a pollinator drone in action
Chemist Eijiro Miyako turned a lab failure into a way to rethink artificial pollination.
A stinkbug on a grape
Stinkbugs can ruin wine if enough are accidentally processed alive with the grapes. Three or fewer stinkbugs per grape cluster don’t have a noticeable effect on red wine.
cyanobacteria
Analyzing ancient rocks has helped push back the date when photosynthetic organisms first emerged by nearly a billion years.
Harryplax severus
Bizarre rubble-dwelling crab named after critter collector and Harry Potter characters.
Ebola scorecard
A few criteria may help identify Ebola patients who need the most care.

Reviews & Previews

zebra mussels
In The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, a journalist chronicles the lakes’ downward spiral and slow revival.
Barbary macaques
In Monkeytalk, a primatologist evaluates what’s known about monkeys’ complex social lives in the wild.

Letters to the Editor

Volcanic eruptions, fast-freezing water, starfish physics and more in reader feedback.

Science Visualized

images of Peruvian tropical forest
Aircraft analysis of tree chemicals reveals new biodiversity in the Peruvian rainforest.