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Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill says luck is only one determinant of an individual's success in science.
By Elizabeth Quill | October 10, 2017
Magazine issue: Vol. 192, No. 6 , October 14, 2017 , p. 2

Features

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In this year’s SN 10, meet early- and mid-career research stars who are coming up with and testing new ideas in astronomy, archaeology, artificial intelligence and more.
José Dinneny

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Plant biologist José Dinneny probes the very beginnings of root development, which may have important implications for growing food in a changing climate.
Jennifer Dionne

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Nanophotonics research by materials scientist Jennifer Dionne could lead to improved drugs, cancer tests or invisibility cloaks.

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Luhan Yang
A bold approach to genome editing by biologist Luhan Yang could alleviate the shortage of organs and ease human suffering.
Kay Tye
To figure out how rich mental lives are created by the brain, neuroscientist Kay Tye applies “a new level of neurobiological sophistication.”
Lena Pernas
In studies of Toxoplasma, parasitologist Lena Pernas has reframed infection as a battle between invader and a cell’s mitochondria.
Chong Liu
Chong Liu mixes bacteria and inorganics into systems that can generate clean energy better than a leaf.
Astronomer David Kipping became “the moon guy” by deciding no idea is too crazy.
KC Huang
A physicist by training, Kerwyn Casey Huang tries to understand cell shape, movement and growth.
M. Ehsan Hoque
Computer scientist M. Ehsan Hoque programs emotionally attuned assistants that bring people together.
Jennifer Dionne
Nanophotonics research by materials scientist Jennifer Dionne could lead to improved drugs, cancer tests or invisibility cloaks.
José Dinneny
Plant biologist José Dinneny probes the very beginnings of root development, which may have important implications for growing food in a changing climate.
illustration of the SN 10
In this year’s SN 10, meet early- and mid-career research stars who are coming up with and testing new ideas in astronomy, archaeology, artificial intelligence and more.
Christina Warinner
Molecular biologist Christina Warinner studies calculus, or fossilized dental plaque, which contains a trove of genetic clues to past human diet and disease.

News

sea star tube feet
An ancient echinoderm fossil preserves evidence of tube feet like those found on today’s sea stars.
Analyses of titanium in rock suggest plate tectonics began 500 million years earlier than thought.
tumor cells with bacteria
Bacteria associated with cancer cells can inactivate a chemotherapy drug.
Pierre Auger Observatory
The biggest cosmic ray haul ever points toward other galaxies as the source of the rays, not our own.
HIV infecting a T cell
A duo or trio of powerful antibodies was effective at stopping an HIV-like infection in lab monkeys, two studies find.
PET scans
A genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease works on multiple aspects of the disease, researchers report.
Harding Icefield in Alaska
Algae that give snow a red tint are making glacial snow in Alaska melt faster.
empty space
Water waves bolster theory that accelerating space travelers really feel the heat.
Viking raid illustrated
Scientists spar over a 10th century woman who may have had serious fight in her.
human blastocysts
In groundbreaking research, CRISPR/Cas9 used to study human development for the first time.

Notebook

electric eel zap
A biologist records the electrical current traveling through his arm during an electric eel’s defensive leap attack.
woman putting in contact lens
A lot of contact wearers are not practicing healthy habits with their lenses, a national survey finds.
Phoenicid meteor shower
A missing comet has been linked to a long-lost meteor shower, helping astronomers recover both.
a moon rock
In 1967, scientists dreamed of lunar processing plants to turn moon rocks into oxygen.
courteous robot
A new roaming robot knows how to keep out from underfoot.

Reviews & Previews

Egyptian agricultural mural
In ‘Against the Grain,’ a political scientist claims early states took a toll on formerly mobile groups’ health and happiness.
Oliver Sacks
The wide-ranging essays in Oliver Sacks’ ‘The River of Consciousness’ contemplate evolution, memory and more.

Science Visualized

balls of nanoparticles
Nano-sized balls of melanin and silica generate durable colors.