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May 2, 2015

Editor's Note

Discovery is driven by curiosity, on Mars and closer to home.
By Eva Emerson | April 22, 2015
Magazine issue: Vol. 187 No. 9 , May 2, 2015 , p. 2

Features

Curiosity rover

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Curiosity has explored Mars for over two and a half years. What if NASA's rover kept a scrapbook?
tornado

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The public’s response to the widest tornado ever recorded suggests earlier warnings need to be done right.
A storm brewing

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Meteorologists are throwing new technology at the problem of weather forecasting to provide faster and more precise predictions of the coming weather.

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Editor's Note

Discovery is driven by curiosity, on Mars and closer to home.

Features

A storm brewing
Meteorologists are throwing new technology at the problem of weather forecasting to provide faster and more precise predictions of the coming weather.
tornado
The public’s response to the widest tornado ever recorded suggests earlier warnings need to be done right.
Curiosity rover
Curiosity has explored Mars for over two and a half years. What if NASA's rover kept a scrapbook?

News

Prenatal Test
A test to detect genetic problems such as Down syndrome examines a baby’s DNA in the mother’s blood and may limit the need for more invasive screening.
Americas map
Volcanic crystals thought to have formed in Panama and found in an ancient Colombian streambed hint that North and South America may have met up roughly 10 million years earlier than once thought.
A planet-forming disk around a star
Abundances of cyanide compounds around a young star match those found in comets in our solar system.
Owl Butterfly
Contrary to recent studies, the old notion that butterfly wing eyespots evoke predator eyes may not be so old-fashioned after all.
Siglec genes
Inflammation-dampening genes fight oxidants and promote longer life spans.
Brontosaurus
Brontosaurus belongs in a genus separate from Apatosaurus, a new study proposes.
Kennewick Man Skeleton
Pacific Northwest man who lived 9,000 years ago ate from an almost entirely seafood menu, a new analysis finds.
Young Star
Fountains of gas erupt from a young massive star, giving astronomers a play-by-play on how stellar heavyweights form.
Blind rats can learn to navigate with a compass and microchip prosthetic wired into their brains. Similar devices may one day help humans have super senses.
Mound-building Mice
Among monogamous mound-building mice, the more closely mates match in a tendency toward anxiety, the sooner they start having babies
Hawaii Map
The sinking Izanagi tectonic plate may have rerouted the mantle flow beneath the Pacific, halting the Hawaiian hot spot.
Stone tool in Greece
New analysis puts people at a contested Greek site about 206,000 years ago.
illustration of a proposed topological insulator
A proposed acoustic topological insulator made of an array of spinning metal rods would channel sound waves in one direction along its edge, preventing any sound from bouncing away.
Common coral trout
Coral trout are thriving in marine protected areas in the Great Barrier Reef, but the no-take zones are having a smaller effect on other reef residents, a new 10-year report card shows.
Farming ants with fungus
The most old-fashioned fungus-growing ant yet discovered grows a startlingly new-fangled crop.
Bones of a new terror bird confirm the creatures used their beaks to hatchet their prey but also raise questions about what drove the birds extinct.
Athabasca Glacier
Western Canadian glaciers will shrink 70 percent by 2100, a detailed melting simulation suggests.
Subatomic particles made of quarks can bind together to form molecules, according to a computer simulation of a long-studied mysterious particle.
Early male members of the human genus spent a lot of time together by the water, as their footprints attest.
Little Foot Fossil
Study suggests Lucy’s species had a South African foil nearly 3.7 million years ago.

Notebook

For this spider, extreme motherhood ends with a fatal family feast.
shattered chromosome
A woman’s rare genetic disease was cured when a chromosome carrying the mutant gene shattered.
Buzz Aldrin on the Moon
Moon dust didn’t swallow spacecraft as was suggested in the 1960s. Successful exploration since that has changed our view of the moon.
Money from sewage illustrated
Researchers work out the hidden value of sewage sludge.
Jets of Centaurus A
Supernovas might sweep the remaining gas out of a galaxy after a supermassive black hole triggers the end of star formation.

Reviews & Previews

Three museum exhibits allow visitors to explore 18th century botanical art, natural disasters and robots.
bedbug
‘Infested’ captivates with stories about the bloodsucking insects. Resurgent in many areas in the United States, bedbugs are the fastest-growing moneymaker in pest control.

Letters to the Editor

Readers discuss wheat's journey to England, share stories about urban wildlife and more.

Science Visualized

A stunning photograph from the International Space Station captures the size and power of Typhoon Maysak, which clamored through the Western Pacific.