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Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute enthuses about learning how ancient plans may have helped make Earth muddy.
By Nancy Shute | March 3, 2018
Magazine issue: Vol. 193, No. 6 , March 31, 2018 , p. 2

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Editor in Chief Nancy Shute enthuses about learning how ancient plans may have helped make Earth muddy.

Features

wolf pup
A mass oral vaccination program in Ethiopian wolves could pave the way for other endangered species and help humans, too.
illustration of hand with syringe
Powerful opioids affect many parts of the body, but the drugs’ most deadly effects are on breathing.

News

photon
One photon can transmit information in two directions at once.
Przewalski’s horses
The ancestor of today’s domesticated horses remains a mystery after a new analysis of ancient horse DNA.
72-cubit chip
Google’s 72-qubit quantum chip may eventually perform a task beyond the ability of traditional computers.
brain wave illustration
Not just by-products of busy nerve cells, brain waves may be key to how the brain operates.
people looking at Twitter on their phones
An analysis of more than 4.5 million tweets discussing false and true stories reveals that in the Twittersphere, fake news gets more views.
meteorite
Scientists find materials that conduct electricity without resistance in two meteorites.
graphene
When graphene layers are twisted to a “magic angle,” the material superconducts.
ring-tailed lemurs
Short, REM-heavy sleep bouts separate humans from other primates, scientists find. Sleeping on the ground may have a lot to do with it.
Jupiter's south pole
Polar cyclones, surprisingly deep atmosphere and a fluid mass spinning as a rigid body are among the latest discoveries at Jupiter.
bryophyte
New research suggests early land plants called bryophytes, which include modern mosses, helped shape Earth’s surface by creating clay-rich river deposits.
Mastotermes darwiniensis termite
On their latest master list of arthropods, U.S. entomologists have finally declared termites to be a kind of cockroach.
Staphylococcus epidermidis petri dish
Strains of a bacteria that live on human skin make a compound that suppressed tumor growth in mice.
illustration of early stars
The first stars lit the cosmos by 180 million years after the Big Bang, radio observations suggest.
Atacama Desert
Microbial life in Chile’s Atacama Desert bursts into bloom when moisture is available.
H3N2 flu viruses
Mice infected with influenza had memory problems a month later, a result that hints at a link between infections and brain performance.
seagrass
Regulations that have reduced nitrogen runoff into the Chesapeake Bay are driving the recovery of underwater vegetation.
eye diagram
Artificial intelligence could help diagnose blinding eye diseases and other illnesses, speeding up medical care in areas where specialists might be scarce.

Notebook

SECCO 1
Weird loner clumps of gas that have wandered for 1 billion years may have been stripped from a trio of larger galaxies.
tardigrade egg
These elegant eggs hint that a tardigrade found in a Japanese parking lot is a new species.
goatfish
Pack hunting among goatfish is really about self-interest.
Suez shipping canal
Hundreds of Red Sea species used the Suez Canal to migrate to the Mediterranean Sea, leading to the decline of some native species.
Structurally complex coral reefs can defend coasts against waves, even as sea levels rise.

Reviews & Previews

Sumatra earthquake
In The Big Ones, seismologist Lucy Jones examines the science behind some of the most catastrophic natural disasters in human history.

Letters to the Editor

Readers had questions about children’s fantasy play, lasers creating 3-D images and dust storms on Mars.

Science Visualized

viruses
For decades, all viruses were thought to be small and simple. But the discovery of more and more giant viruses shows that’s not the case.