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Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute enthuses about three enterprise stories featured in this issue of Science News magazine.
By Nancy Shute | May 5, 2018
Magazine issue: Vol. 193, No. 8 , May 12, 2018 , p. 2

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Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute enthuses about three enterprise stories featured in this issue of Science News magazine.

Features

Lion Gate sculpture
A saw no one has seen may have built Bronze Age Greek palaces.
gemsbok fighting
Conflict resolution within species isn’t always deadly and often involves cost-benefit analyses.
exoplanet illustration
A new understanding of exoplanets and their stars is rewriting the recipes for planet formation.

News

Saniwa ensidens
A lizard that lived 50 million years ago had both a third and a fourth eye.
Acropora millepora
The latest research on coral reefs clarifies the devastation of heat waves and looks at how coral might be able to adapt to warming waters.
field experiment of CO2 levels
A 20-year experiment spots a reversal in the way two kinds of plants take up extra carbon from the atmosphere.
illustration of early solar system collisions
Bits of metal nestled inside diamonds suggest the space rock could have formed in a Mars-sized protoplanet in the early solar system.
swimming brine shrimp
Hoards of migrating shrimp and krill can cause large-scale turbulence in the ocean, a new study suggests.
harbor seal
Clawed pawlike forelimbs help true seals hunt like their land-dwelling ancestors.
missile defense system
Expanding missile defense capabilities could put the world on a slippery slope to space warfare.
ancient dogs
Dogs unearthed at sites in Illinois were older than originally thought.
sweet potatoes
Genetic analysis suggests that sweet potatoes were present in Polynesia over 100,000 years ago, and didn’t need help crossing the Pacific.
norovirus in mouse tissue
Norovirus targets a rare type of gut cell, a study in mice finds.
Finger fossil
A desert discovery suggests that Arabia was an ancient human destination.
plastic pollution
Compost is pinpointed as a source of plastic pollution, but environmental fate and effects unknown.
nerve cells in hippocampi
In humans, new neurons are still born in old brains, new research suggests.
bootlace worm
Bootlace worms can stretch up to 55 meters long and ooze toxins that can kill cockroaches and green crabs.
Bajau diver spear fishing
The Bajau people of Southeast Asia have a gene variant associated with larger spleens, boosting their oxygen while breath-hold diving, researchers say.
illustration of two atoms
This is the first time researchers have purposefully combined two specific atoms into a molecule.
Weicheng Zhong
New measurement of the fine-structure constant is the most precise yet.
hospital
A quantum dot–powered material could help reduce the number of hospital-acquired infections, including those with drug-resistant bacteria.
Abell 3827
Hints that a distant galactic collision knocked dark matter askew fizzled with new observations.
illustration of TESS telescpope
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will set the stage for the next chapter of exoplanet exploration.

Notebook

mouse breast tumor
Starving cancerous tumors of oxygen was proposed to help kill them. But the approach can make some cancer cells more aggressive.
kelp forest
Over the last 100 years, the world’s oceans have sweltered through a rising number of heat waves.

Reviews & Previews

krill
A new book makes the case that Antarctic krill and the dangers they face deserve your attention.
Tropical Storm Harvey
The book Weird Math attempts to make chaos theory, higher dimensions and other concepts more relatable.

Letters to the Editor

Readers had questions about neutrinoless double beta decay and the history of domesticated rabbits.

Science Visualized

bowhead whale
Bowhead whales display a huge range in their underwater melodies, but the drivers behind this diversity remain murky.