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Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute discusses how the Science News editors and reporters cover the Nobel Prizes each year.
By Nancy Shute | October 10, 2018
Magazine issue: Vol. 194, No. 8 , October 27, 2018 , p. 2

Features

Trent Jackson

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New strategies aim to help transplant recipients keep their organs healthy with fewer (or no) immune suppressing drugs.
Carr Fire

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Mathematical equations describing interactions between wildfires and the air around them help explain their power and destruction.

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Trent Jackson
New strategies aim to help transplant recipients keep their organs healthy with fewer (or no) immune suppressing drugs.
Carr Fire
Mathematical equations describing interactions between wildfires and the air around them help explain their power and destruction.

News

Anopheles gambiae mosquito
For the first time, a gene drive caused a population crash of mosquitoes in a small-scale test.
island nation of Maldives
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change compares the impact of warming targets on extreme weather, sea level rise and habitat loss.
ANITA experiment
Signals from the ANITA experiment don’t square with the properties of elementary particles cataloged in the standard model.
neutron star
Simulations suggest that the theoretical substance known as nuclear pasta is 10 billion times as strong as steel.
Ground cherries
CRISPR/Cas9 replays domestication to make better ground cherries and tomatoes.
Manta birostris
Manta rays filter feed differently than other ocean creatures.
Tikal ruins
A large-scale lidar survey of Guatemalan forests reveals evidence of ancient, interconnected Maya cities.
kid using tablet
A large study of U.S. children ties lots of screen time to lower thinking skills, but the relationship between the two is still unclear.
fiberglass pipes made by robots
A team of fiberglass-spinning robots could create tubing to help build bridges, buildings or other structures.
giraffe
Africa’s tallest creatures get their characteristic patterns of spots from their moms, a new study finds.
tau tangles in a nerve cell illustration
Killing dormant cells in the brains of mice staved off memory trouble.
Neptomoon
A single sighting with the Hubble Space Telescope seems to confirm that there’s a Neptune-sized moon orbiting exoplanet Kepler 1625b.
frequency comb made of discrete colors of light
A new technique allows lasers to pulsate at a higher rate than ever before.
spinal stimulator
Researchers find success at restoring movement to paralyzed legs, giving hope to people with paraplegia.
bees on a tree branch
Honeybees clumped on trees may adjust their positions to keep the cluster together when it’s jostled by wind, a new study suggests.
African elephants
Scientists can sleuth out wildlife crime and aid law enforcement by tracing elephant DNA from ivory seizures back to the source.
kid getting BCG vaccine in Malaysia
A new vaccine for those infected, but not sick, with tuberculosis reduced new active cases by 54 percent, compared with those given a placebo.
chem nobel laureates 2018
The three winners, which include the fifth woman to win the chemistry prize, pioneered techniques used to fashion customized proteins for new biofuels and drugs.
Ashkin, Mourou and Strickland
The 2018 Nobel Prize in physics went to scientists — including the third-ever female winner — who made optical tweezers and boosted the strength of laser pulses.
Nordhaus and Romer
Climate change and tech innovations inspired the new Nobel Memorial Prize winners in Economic Sciences.
James Allison and Tasuku Honjo
Two scientists share the 2018 medicine Nobel for identifying proteins that act as brakes on tumor-fighting T cells.

Notebook

tea cup
Scientists are still learning more about the health effects of chemical sweeteners
thumb pianos
An inexpensive, user-friendly device that’s based on an mbira could help identify counterfeit and contaminated medications.
Arecibo radio telescope
A new calculation says SETI searches have combed the equivalent of a hot tub out of Earth’s oceans looking for extraterrestrial intelligence in space.
Tosanoides aphrodite
Researchers stumbled upon a new species of coral reef fish with spectacular coloration and a unique habitat.

Reviews & Previews

blood bags
Rose George’s book ‘Nine Pints’ offers readers an engaging and insightful cultural and scientific history of blood.

Science Visualized

dragonfly
Scientists have found a mathematical explanation for the complex patterns on the wings of dragonflies and other insects.

Editor's Note

Editor in Chief Nancy Shute discusses how the Science News editors and reporters cover the Nobel Prizes each year.

Letters to the Editor

Readers had questions about a glow at the edge of the solar system, pig lung transplants, the use of the word promiscuous and more.