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Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute discusses this year's 10 scientists to watch and the ups and downs of the scientific endeavor.
By Nancy Shute | September 9, 2018
Magazine issue: Vol. 194, No. 7 , October 13, 2018 , p. 2

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With a drive to understand how things work, these young researchers are making a mark in sustainable energy, medicine, astronomy and technology.
Shahzeen Attari

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Merging psychology with engineering, Shahzeen Attari probes how people think about conservation, energy use and climate change.
Emily Balskus

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Using chemistry to peer at the microbial world, Emily Balskus is revealing how microbes influence human health.
Ibrahim Cissé

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Biophysicist Ibrahim Cissé finds clues in raindrops and morning dew about how genes are activated.
Christopher Hamilton

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Planetary scientist Christopher Hamilton uses Earth’s volcanic structures are a blueprint for how lava shapes other worlds.
Paula Jofré

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Astrophysicist Paula Jofré is a galactic archaeologist, mapping out generations of stars.
Lisa Manning

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Physicist Lisa Manning probes how physical forces influence cell behavior in asthma and other conditions.
Joaquín Rodríguez-López

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Electrochemist Joaquín Rodríguez-López is finding better ways to store wind and solar power.
Anshumali Shrivastava

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Computer scientist Anshumali Shrivastava is designing programs that can handle torrents of information quickly and efficiently.
Douglas Stanford

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Theoretical physicist Douglas Stanford is linking some of the most massive objects known to the quantum realm.
Jenny Tung

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Evolutionary anthropologist Jenny Tung is untangling the many health effects of life as a social animal.

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SN 10: scientists to watch illustration
With a drive to understand how things work, these young researchers are making a mark in sustainable energy, medicine, astronomy and technology.
Shahzeen Attari
Merging psychology with engineering, Shahzeen Attari probes how people think about conservation, energy use and climate change.
Emily Balskus
Using chemistry to peer at the microbial world, Emily Balskus is revealing how microbes influence human health.
Ibrahim Cissé
Biophysicist Ibrahim Cissé finds clues in raindrops and morning dew about how genes are activated.
Christopher Hamilton
Planetary scientist Christopher Hamilton uses Earth’s volcanic structures are a blueprint for how lava shapes other worlds.
Paula Jofré
Astrophysicist Paula Jofré is a galactic archaeologist, mapping out generations of stars.
Lisa Manning
Physicist Lisa Manning probes how physical forces influence cell behavior in asthma and other conditions.
Joaquín Rodríguez-López
Electrochemist Joaquín Rodríguez-López is finding better ways to store wind and solar power.
Anshumali Shrivastava
Computer scientist Anshumali Shrivastava is designing programs that can handle torrents of information quickly and efficiently.
Douglas Stanford
Theoretical physicist Douglas Stanford is linking some of the most massive objects known to the quantum realm.
Jenny Tung
Evolutionary anthropologist Jenny Tung is untangling the many health effects of life as a social animal.

News

illustration of LaH10
The record for the highest-temperature superconductor may be toast.
rock with ancient drawing
The Stone Age line design could have held special meaning for its makers, a new study finds.
human skeletal stem cells
Human skeletal stem cells have been found for the first time.
fossils
Traces of cholesterol still clinging to a group of enigmatic Ediacaran fossils suggests the weird critters were animals, not fungi or lichen.
person holding aspirin tablets
Healthy elderly adults don’t benefit from a daily dose of aspirin, according to results from a large-scale clinical trial.
young child with parent
The claim that poor children hear fewer words than kids from higher-income families faces a challenge.
mangrove forests in Inodnesia
Wetlands can survive and even thrive despite rising sea levels — if humans give them room to grow.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa illustration
Scientists have developed a molecule that kills off bacteria that are resistant to existing antibiotics.
supernova
Scientists say they’ve witnessed a type of neutron star called a pulsar being born in the wake of a massive supernova for the first time.
graphene frequency illustration
Graphene-based electronics that operate at terahertz frequencies would be much speedier successors to today’s silicon-based devices.
bubbles
A new technique reveals how to make bubbles from droplets suspended in the air.
kidney stone slice
Kidney stones are dynamic entities that grow and dissolve, a new study finds, which contradicts the prevailing medical assumption.
Saturn hexagons
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft spied a vortex growing high over Saturn’s north pole, whose hexagonal shape mirrors a famous underlying cyclone.

Notebook

dna helix illustration
A new estimate of the number of human genes adds in some RNA-producing genes.
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell speaks about winning the Breakthrough Prize, impostor syndrome and giving back
a loggerhead skrike
A loggerhead shrike that skewers small animals on barbed wire gives mice whiplash shakeups.

Science Visualized

Ceres' Ahuna Mons
The slumped remains of 21 ice volcanoes suggest that the dwarf planet Ceres has been volcanically active for billions of years.

Letters to the Editor

Readers had questions about the significance of finding water on mars, air pollution from wildfires and spray-on sensors.

Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute discusses this year's 10 scientists to watch and the ups and downs of the scientific endeavor.

Reviews & Previews

black hole shadow
The new book offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Event Horizon Telescope’s attempt to image a black hole.