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October 1, 2016

Editor's Note

Editor in chief Eva Emerson discusses 10 up-and-coming researchers who will be answering science's biggest questions in the decades to come.
By Eva Emerson | September 9, 2016
Magazine issue: Vol. 190, No. 7 , October 1, 2016 , p. 2

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Science News spotlights 10 rising scientists who will transform their research fields over the coming decades.
Aneil Agrawal

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Evolutionary geneticist Aneil Agrawal is equally at home with real and hypothetical fruit flies.
Phil Baran

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Chemist Phil Baran draws on artistry and creativity to efficiently synthesize molecules that could improve people's lives.

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Editor's Note

Editor in chief Eva Emerson discusses 10 up-and-coming researchers who will be answering science's biggest questions in the decades to come.

Features

Shayan Oveis Gharan
Theoretical computer scientist Shayan Oveis Gharan has identified connections between unrelated fields to tackle the traveling salesman problem.
Anna Frebel
Astronomer Anna Frebel has discovered record-breaking stars, including the most pristine in the galaxy.
Jeremy Freeman
As a group leader at the Janelia Research Campus, Jeremy Freeman is equal parts neuroscientist, computer coder and data visualization whiz.
Lawrence David
Computational biologist Lawrence David regularly opens himself to new scientific challenges, including tracking his own microbiome.
Jessica Cantlon
Cognitive neuroscientist Jessica Cantlon wants to find out how humans understand numbers and where that understanding comes from.
Qian Chen
Materials scientist Qian Chen is coaxing nanomaterials to self-assemble in new and unexpected ways.
Aneil Agrawal
Evolutionary geneticist Aneil Agrawal is equally at home with real and hypothetical fruit flies.
Phil Baran
Chemist Phil Baran draws on artistry and creativity to efficiently synthesize molecules that could improve people's lives.
Illustration representing the work of the SN 10
Science News spotlights 10 rising scientists who will transform their research fields over the coming decades.
Tenio Popmintchev
Laser physicist Tenio Popmintchev has created a Swiss-army-knife tool made of light.
Melissa Omand
Drawn to the water early, oceanographer Melissa Omand now leads research cruises studying how carbon and nutrients move through the seas.

News

coffee
A gene involved in caffeine processing may control coffee consumption.
cancer moonshot task force
Recommendations for President Barack Obama’s Cancer Moonshot include improved data sharing, focus on immunotherapy and commitment to patient engagement.
CERN control room
Accelerator experiments find no evidence to support popular particle physics theory known as supersymmetry.
polyester, cotton, nanoPE
A plastic material like kitchen cling wrap may be the next big thing in high-tech clothing. The fabric lets heat pass through, but blocks visible light, making it opaque enough to wear.
brain scans
A much-anticipated Alzheimer’s drug shows promise in a new trial, but experts temper hope with caution.
dogs with MRI machine
Dogs understand what we say separately from how we say it.
Streptococcus B
Vaginal bacteria may cause stillbirth by deploying tiny weapons
cesium atoms
Cesium atoms with high-energy electrons pair up to form giant molecules.
Scotland storm
A rare type of deep-Earth tremor called an S wave generated by a rapidly strengthening storm could help scientists map the planet’s mantle and core.
Tasmanian devil
Tasmanian devils are evolving resistance to a deadly contagious cancer.
Missing since November 2014, the Philae comet lander has been found lurking in the shadows on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Bonobos demonstrate their overlooked nut-cracking skills in an African sanctuary.
Jupiter's north pole
Hurricane-like clouds spiral over Jupiter’s poles, new photos taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft reveal.
surface of Ceres
Findings from the Dawn spacecraft turn up cryovolcanoes, ice patches and hydrated minerals on Ceres, supporting the idea that water helped shape the dwarf planet.

Notebook

stromatolites
Dating to 3.7 billion years ago, mounds of sediment called stromatolites found in Greenland may be the oldest fossilized evidence of life on Earth.
GLuMI nerve cell
GluMI cells are no downers in the retina.
bagpipes
Bagpipes’ moist interiors may be the perfect breeding ground for yeasts and molds.
Andre Kuipers
To weigh themselves, astronauts still use technology invented about 50 years ago.
cormorants
To collect DNA from four cormorant species, this scientist called in bird scientists far and wide.
Milky Way Galaxy
About 99.999% of the light that creates a suntan comes from the sun; the rest comes from the Big Bang and galaxies throughout the universe.

Reviews & Previews

Oak tree
The Long, Long Life of Trees explores the scientific, historical and cultural significance of apple, birch, elm and 14 other kinds of trees.

Letters to the Editor

The cosmos, tadpole escape artists, vehicle collisions and more in reader feedback.

Science Visualized

graph of microbe abundance
Computational biologist Lawrence David chronicled changes in his gut microbes for a year.