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October 15, 2016

Editor's Note

Editor in chief Eva Emerson discusses scientific discoveries that resulted from failures large and small.
By Eva Emerson | October 10, 2016
Magazine issue: Vol. 190, No. 8 , October 15, 2016 , p. 2

Features

illustration of two skulls

Feature

The physical effects of interbreeding among animals may offer clues to Neandertals’ genetic mark on humans.
carbon minerals

Feature

The race is on to find about 140 predicted carbon-based minerals in locations around the world. Map included.

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Editor's Note

Editor in chief Eva Emerson discusses scientific discoveries that resulted from failures large and small.

Features

carbon minerals
The race is on to find about 140 predicted carbon-based minerals in locations around the world. Map included.
illustration of two skulls
The physical effects of interbreeding among animals may offer clues to Neandertals’ genetic mark on humans.

News

patch of cloth with blue yarn
South American society was first known to use complex dye process on fabrics.
The dark red pole on Charon, the largest moon of Pluto, is probably gas that escaped from Pluto and was then transformed by sunlight.
Acanthostega
Roughly 360 million years ago, young tetrapods may have schooled together during prolonged years as juveniles in the water.
picture of bacteria on enormous petri dish
A giant petri dish exposes the evolutionary dynamics behind antibiotic resistance.
Milky Way panorama
New map of the galaxy provides unprecedented positions of over 1 billion stars and promises of a detailed 3-D atlas to come.
images of plastic, nuclear tests, chickens
A group of scientists will formally propose the human-defined Anthropocene as a new epoch in Earth’s geologic history within a few years, probably pegging the start date to nuclear tests.
computer simulation of ancient climate
Genetics and climate studies differ on when modern humans left Africa.
spoon full of sugar
Sugar industry has long, sweet history of influencing science.
Axons
The brain’s stiffness helps dictate how nerve cells grow, a study suggests.
diamondback rattlesnake
The most recent common ancestor of today’s rattlesnakes had a huge set of toxin-producing genes. Modern rattlesnake species have independently ditched some of these genes.
coloring book
Cone cells in the retina see in black and white and color.
galaxy NGC 6946
A star that vanished in another galaxy might be the first confirmed case of a failed supernova — and the birth of a black hole.
illustration of global network
Scientists are gearing up to create supersecure global quantum networks.

Notebook

illustration of pterosaurs
A 77-million-year-old flying reptile may be the smallest pterosaur of the Late Cretaceous.
dumbo octopus
A region of ocean off the coast of Cape Cod has become the first U.S. marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean.
People using wifi
Using Wi-Fi, computers could one day identify individual family members in a smart home.
giant bird's nest
Extreme bird nests of Southern Africa’s weaverbirds offer condo living in tough temperatures.
Man wears earbuds
In 1966, scientists warned of the physical and psychological dangers of a louder world.

Reviews & Previews

Caterpillar
'The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar' features a cadre of critters that have evolved seemingly bizarre solutions to some of life’s biggest problems.
SpaceShipOne
'How to Make a Spaceship' chronicles the XPRIZE challenge that helped ignite the private space industry.

Letters to the Editor

Metallic hydrogen, sunspot formation, salty desalination leftovers and more in reader feedback.

Science Visualized

mummy image and CT scan
An ancient Egyptian child became the first mummy to be X-rayed in 1896. Today, CT scans reveal new insights into the child’s life — and death.