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Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute reflects on the advances in virtual reality technology and how much time we spend on our computers and smartphones.
By Nancy Shute | November 11, 2018
Magazine issue: Vol. 194, No. 9 , November 10, 2018 , p. 4

Features

macaque

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With deforestation in Malaysia, monkeys and humans are getting closer — and mosquitoes are infecting humans with malaria from monkeys.
illustration of virtual reality fears

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Cheap, user-friendly virtual reality hardware could help VR therapy go mainstream. Some treatments are ready for primetime, while others are still in early testing.

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Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute reflects on the advances in virtual reality technology and how much time we spend on our computers and smartphones.

Features

macaque
With deforestation in Malaysia, monkeys and humans are getting closer — and mosquitoes are infecting humans with malaria from monkeys.
illustration of virtual reality fears
Cheap, user-friendly virtual reality hardware could help VR therapy go mainstream. Some treatments are ready for primetime, while others are still in early testing.

News

mouse pup
Scientists have used CRISPR/Cas9 to make mice with two biological fathers.
person vaping
A new study finds that an estimated 1.9 million U.S. adult nonsmokers use e-cigarettes, highlighting worries that the devices are addictive.
beer
Barley crops around the world will be threatened by drought and heat.
illustration of an electron
The electron remains stubbornly round, meaning we may need to build beyond the Large Hadron Collider to find physics outside of the standard model.
a photo of Angkor Wat temple
A complex water system magnified flooding’s disruption of the medieval Cambodian city of Angkor.
burying beetles
A dead mouse — with the right microbial treatment from beetle parents — becomes a much better nursery than your average carcass.
gay couple walking in a field
Genetic differences are associated with choosing same-sex partners in both men and women.
pile and bottle of dietary supplements
Most dietary supplements tainted with pharmaceutical drugs were marketed for sexual enhancement, weight loss or muscle building.
mounds in the rock record
A new analysis suggests that tectonics, not microbes, formed cone-shaped structures in 3.7-billion-year-old rock.
supernova iPTF 14gqr
Scientists have spotted a faint, fast supernova for the first time, possibly explaining how pairs of dense stellar corpses called neutron stars form.
brain diagram with hippocampus
A brain structure called the hippocampus may slice our continuous existence into discrete chunks that can be stored as memories.
Europa icy spires
Fields of jagged ice spires, if they exist, could affect where future spacecraft land on the Jovian moon.
Tyrannosaurus rex
Tyrannosaurus rex’s powerful bite and remarkably strong teeth helped the dinosaur crush bones.
skull from Roman cemetery
A 10-year-old skeleton in a Roman cemetery had a stone placed in its mouth to prevent the youngster from rising from the dead, researchers say.
illustration of smell and direction
A sense of smell and a sense of direction are tangled in the brain, a new study finds.
honeybee
A rare study of bees during a total solar eclipse finds that the insects buzzed around as usual — until totality.
Archaeorhynchus spathula
Possible traces of lungs preserved with a 120-million-year-old bird fossil could represent a respiratory system similar to that of modern birds.

Notebook

polarized camera view of street
A new type of camera that sees in polarized light across a wide range of light intensities could help make self-driving cars safer on the road.
sea otter
Nuclear testing on the island of Amchitka caused hundreds of otters to be rehomed 50 years ago. Those hundreds have grown into thousands.
Pallas's long-tongued bat hovering
Exquisitely sensitive tech makes first direct measurements of the forces of bat wingbeats.

Reviews & Previews

camel cricket
‘Never Home Alone’ reveals the hidden world living in human-made spaces.
Goanna
‘End of the Megafauna’ ponders the mystery of what killed off so many of Earth’s big animals over the last 50,000 years.
Earth's atmosphere
The new book ‘18 Miles’ takes readers on a journey through the atmosphere and the history of understanding climate and weather.

Letters to the Editor

Readers had inquiries about a new deicing material, harmful algal blooms and more.

Science Visualized

mouse embryo developing
A new microscope creates intimate home movies of mice embryos taking shape, and could shed light on the mysterious process of mammalian development.