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November 26, 2016

Editor's Note

Editor in chief Eva Emerson discusses getting the whole scientific story.
By Eva Emerson | November 11, 2016
Magazine issue: Vol. 190, No. 11 , November 26, 2016 , p. 2

Features

Psittacosaurus

Feature

Fossilized pigments could paint a vivid picture of a dinosaur’s life.
Fairy barf lichen

Feature

Lichens, fascinating mosaics of fungi and algae or cyanobacteria, are made for sensing environmental change.

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Editor's Note

Editor in chief Eva Emerson discusses getting the whole scientific story.

Features

Fairy barf lichen
Lichens, fascinating mosaics of fungi and algae or cyanobacteria, are made for sensing environmental change.
Psittacosaurus
Fossilized pigments could paint a vivid picture of a dinosaur’s life.

News

chimpanzee and bonobo
Genetic evidence suggests bonobos and chimpanzees interbred after becoming separate species.
A small clinical trial suggests that using nose cells to patch knee cartilage could be a viable treatment for injuries.
Pluto
Chandra telescope detects seven X-ray photons coming from Pluto, suggesting that the solar wind runs into a tail of gas streaming from the dwarf planet.
Pierre Auger Observatory
A glut of muons shows up in particle showers in the atmosphere.
lady smoking
The DNA of smokers shows more damage than the DNA of nonsmokers who have the same kind of cancer.
Warratyi rock-shelter
Ancient colonists Down Under crossed the continent not long after arriving around 50,000 years ago.
an african striped mouse
A recycled regulator paints on rodents’ light stripes.
Preschoolers tend to reach a milestone of social thinking after months of fits and starts.
Microraptor
Early birds and other flying dinosaurs had the strong legs and wing speed needed to launch into the air directly from the ground, researchers argue.
Uranus image from Hubble Telescope
Two more moons might be lurking around Uranus, causing material in the planet’s rings to clump up, Voyager 2 data suggest.
ants
Simulated climate warming reveals a new pattern in turnover of ant nests.
HIV molecule
DNA analysis of early viral strains tracks U.S. debut to early ’70s
Endoplasmic reticulum
A close-up view of the cell’s endoplasmic reticulum reveals a different structure.
bubbles
Silicon-34 has an unusually small number of protons in its center.
interferon in B cells
Virus-fighting proteins in the immune system can sometimes help out their targets instead.
placoderm illustration
The fossil of a 423-million-year-old armored fish from China suggests that the jaws of all modern land vertebrates and bony fish originated in a bizarre group of animals called placoderms.
lab mice
Pain can jump from one mouse to another, presumably through chemicals detected by the nose.
Capuchin monkey
Monkeys that make sharp-edged stones raise questions about evolution of stone tool production.
electron microscope image
A new electron microscopy technique reveals cellular details in multicolor
A natural tweak in the TYK2 protein strikes a balance between weak and overactive immune systems.
Fossil brain
A dinosaur fossil that preserves brain tissue has been discovered for the first time, researchers announce.
primates
A new family tree analysis predicts behavior of primate common ancestor.
refrigerators
A new amendment to the Montreal Protocol will phase out potent greenhouse gases currently used in air conditioners and refrigerators, prompting a hunt for eco-friendly alternatives.
person crossing fingers behind back
Brain activity changed as people lied more, a new study finds.

Notebook

guy running
Textile stores energy from the sun and a person’s movements to power devices.
Mount Aso
An earthquake rupturing along a fault in Japan was blockaded by the magma chamber below the Mount Aso volcano, researchers propose.
short-beaked echidna
Short-beaked echidna’s to-do list looks good for a continent losing other digging mammals.
girl drinking from fountain
In 1966, scientists hoped fluoride might protect adult bone health. While the results broke down over time, the benefits for teeth remain clear.
syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia
The combined reported cases of three common sexually transmitted diseases reached a historic peak in 2015, a new CDC report says.

Reviews & Previews

game screenshot
A new game assists Alzheimer’s researchers in the hunt for stalled blood vessels in the brains of mice.
Gleamoscope, an interactive map, lets you explore the Milky Way galaxy and the nearby universe in many different electromagnetic frequencies.
subatomic particle computer simulation
In modern physics, emptiness is elusive and difficult to define, a new book shows.

Letters to the Editor

The human side of science, cool cloth and more in reader feedback.

Science Visualized

map of craters on moon's surface
A new analysis of lunar images reveals over 200 new craters and about 47,000 undiscovered “splotches” on the moon.