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May 14, 2016

Editor's Note

Our editor in chief discusses science's role in informing divisive political and social issues.
By Eva Emerson | May 5, 2016
Magazine issue: Vol. 189, No. 10 , May 14, 2016 , p. 2

Features

Handguns at a gun show in Las Vegas

Feature

Gun violence research is stifled by funding shortfalls and limitations on data access.
Angkor Wat

Feature

The world’s largest temple, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, was revealed by laser and radar studies to be part of a sprawling medieval metropolis.

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Editor's Note

Our editor in chief discusses science's role in informing divisive political and social issues.

Features

Angkor Wat
The world’s largest temple, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, was revealed by laser and radar studies to be part of a sprawling medieval metropolis.
Handguns at a gun show in Las Vegas
Gun violence research is stifled by funding shortfalls and limitations on data access.

News

gamma ray map
A new map of the sky from the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory charts the cosmic origins of high-energy photons.
illustration of maniraptorans
Dinosaurs’ final days may have included both a giant asteroid and gradual species die outs. Two new studies paint an increasingly intricate picture of dinosaur’s demise.
Wild mice and pet-store mice
Dirtier mice may better mimic human immune reactions.
Viking-era brooches
Viking-era woman accompanied island’s early settlers as a child from Scandinavia or Britain.
Dinaledi Chamber
Researchers defend Homo naledi as a new hominid species and debate how it reached an underground cave.
A new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revises the agency’s methane emission estimates upward by 3.4 million metric tons.
illustration of a black hole's accretion disk
A rapidly spinning black hole would make a unique pattern of gravitational waves when it sucks in a smaller companion.
someone playing the Quantum Moves game
Quantum mechanics may be weird, but a new video game shows that human intuition can still best computers at quantum tasks.
genetic superhero
People who should have genetic diseases but don’t may point to new treatments.
 cholesterol crystals in mouse arteries
A sugar called cyclodextrin removes cholesterol from hardened arteries in mouse studies.
Dwarf galaxy Reticulum II
A rare event in an ancient galaxy left traces of heavy elements in its stars.
Belize’s Midnight Terror Cave
Bones in Central American cave suggest many Maya sacrificial victims were children.
corals
Corals may soon lose their ability to withstand warming waters.

Notebook

eclipse illustration
The longest known stellar eclipse hides a nearby star for nearly 3.5 years behind a thick clump of orbiting dust once every 69 years.
beetle preserved in amber
For the first time, scientists report the fossilized remains of two tiny Jacobson’s Beetles, preserved in amber for at least 37 million years.
swimming hole in Oregon
Bacterial scourges lurk in warm recreational waters.
selection of cheeses
Microbiologist Rachel Dutton uses cheese rinds to study how microbes form communities.
obesity graph
Despite public health campaigns, the worldwide prevalence of obesity is on the rise, an analysis of BMI data suggest.

Reviews & Previews

#techstyle fashion exhibit space
‘#techstyle,’ an exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, considers how technological innovations such as 3-D printing are influencing fashion.

Letters to the Editor

Gravitational waves, the benefits of fat and more reader feedback.

Science Visualized

lab images of embolisms in leaf veins
Office equipment beats synchrotrons in showing how drought lets air bubbles kill the water-carrier network of veins in plant leaves.