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Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute discusses scientists who are asking important questions for society.
By Nancy Shute | May 11, 2019
Magazine issue: Vol. 195, No. 9 , May 11, 2019 , p. 2

Features

Artificial intelligence gaming illustration

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By playing StarCraft and Minecraft, artificial intelligence is learning how to collaborate and adapt.
flamingo lagoon

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Futuristic clean-energy visions of electric vehicles are driving the hunt for lithium.
Chiasson, Ricci and Snorkel

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Entrepreneurs are bringing automation and data analysis to insect agriculture to build a profitable business that helps feed the planet.

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Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute discusses scientists who are asking important questions for society.

Features

Chiasson, Ricci and Snorkel
Entrepreneurs are bringing automation and data analysis to insect agriculture to build a profitable business that helps feed the planet.
flamingo lagoon
Futuristic clean-energy visions of electric vehicles are driving the hunt for lithium.
Artificial intelligence gaming illustration
By playing StarCraft and Minecraft, artificial intelligence is learning how to collaborate and adapt.

News

Peregocetus pacificus
A newly discovered species of ancient whale unearthed in Peru split time between land and sea.
spider
Lab-altered bacteria have made a copy of a spider’s strongest silk strands, which could one day be used to make more sturdy materials.
woman stretching
A genetic score predicts who is at risk of severe obesity, but experts say lifestyle matters more than genes.
pig brain cells
Four hours after pigs died, the animals’ brain cell activity was restored by a sophisticated artificial system.
a stressed out young lady
Those coping with psychological trauma have a greater risk for cardiovascular disease, a large-scale study that goes beyond men and veterans finds.
moon
Meteorites release water from the moon’s soil, hinting that the moon has water buried all across its surface.
a photo of the Pyrenees Mountains
Airborne bits of plastic that originated in cities ended up in pristine mountains at least 95 kilometers away, a study finds.
a photo of a low-income neighborhood
Levels of violence, incarceration and lead exposure in a neighborhood can predict a low-income child’s future earnings and outcome, a study suggests.
orange cat
A new study suggests that cats can tell their names apart from other spoken words.
Philippines cave
Cave fossils found in the Philippines come from a newly discovered member of the human lineage, researchers say.
Kelly twins
Ten research groups studying the twin astronauts found long-term spaceflight can alter a person’s physiology and gene activity.
multiplication
A new theoretical method for multiplying enormous figures appears to achieve a speed first predicted decades ago.
emu
Changes in regulatory DNA, rather than mutations to genes themselves, grounded some birds, a study finds.
planetesimal
A small, sturdy piece of planet survived the collapse of its sun and now orbits the dead star.
asteroid cross-section illustration
Two groups of scientists introduce the idea of “ferrovolcanism,” or iron volcanoes, that could have occurred on metal asteroids like Psyche.
a photo of a Cherokee inscription on the wall of a cave
Cherokee inscriptions highlight the tribe’s rituals nearly 200 years ago in what’s now a tourist cave in Alabama.
mosaic image of Titan
Three lakes on Saturn’s moon Titan have pulled a vanishing act, a study finds.
tenofovir
Newly discovered genetic variants could explain why an anti-HIV medication doesn’t protect everyone.
graphene-based foam
Researchers have now made a material that is superelastic even at extremely cold temperatures, which could be helpful in space.
crackers
A food preservative may impair the ability to fight the flu, a study in mice suggests.
Pyroclastic flow in an eruption
Mixtures of hot volcanic rock and gas called pyroclastic flows travel so far by gliding on air, a new study suggests.

Notebook

happy couple
Studying individual brains may not be the way to figure out the human mind, a social neuroscientist argues.
eye profile
In 1969, a doctor tried and failed to restore a 54-year-old man’s vision. Fifty years later, scientists are still struggling to make eye transplants work.

Reviews & Previews

LabEscape glasses
Quantum physicist Paul Kwiat reveals what it takes do well in LabEscape, his science-themed escape room.

Letters to the Editor

Readers had questions and comments about icebergs and climate change, CBD and NASA’s search for E.T.

Science Visualized

Antarctica
Wind-induced melting that occurred during the Antarctic autumn may be accelerating the Larsen C ice shelf’s collapse, which could raise sea levels.