October 3, 2015 | Science News

ADVERTISEMENT

REAL SCIENCE. REAL NEWS.

Help us keep you informed.

Support Science News.

October 3, 2015

Editor's Note

Reporting on the current state of research allows readers to see beyond the single, sometimes conflicting public health messages that medical studies produce.
By Eva Emerson | September 9, 2015
Magazine issue: Vol. 188, No. 7 , October 3, 2015 , p. 2

Features

composite of 10 headshots of the SN Bright Young Minds list

Feature

In a special report, Science News features 10 early-career scientists on their way to more widespread acclaim.
William Detmold headshot

Feature

MIT theoretical physicist William Detmold probes the fundamental bits of matter that combine to form the nuclei of atoms.
Benyam Kinde headshot

Feature

M.D.-Ph.D. student Benyam Kinde studies how genetic changes affect brain cells’ activity in Rett syndrome.
Isaac Kinde headshot

Feature

Isaac Kinde helped create a technology that can spot cancers early to give patients a better chance at survival.
Priya Rajasethupathy headshot

Feature

Neuroscientist Priya Rajasethupathy has discovered a tiny molecule that may turn off part of the genome to help the brain store long-term memories.
Steve Ramirez

Feature

Neuroscientist Steve Ramirez is manipulating memories in mice to one day erase fearful memories of PTSD.
Sarah Reisman headshot

Feature

Chemist Sarah Reisman is trying to find new ways to build complicated chemical compounds found in nature.
Yasser Roudi headshot

Feature

Physicist Yasser Roudi does the math on how the brain and other complex systems process information.
Shinsei Ryu headshot

Feature

Physicist Shinsei Ryu navigates the confusing border between the quantum and everyday realms.
Gia Voeltz headshot

Feature

Cell biologist Gia Voeltz has changed our view of the endoplasmic reticulum.
Feng Zhang in his laboratory

Feature

Scientist Feng Zhang has developed a system to easily and precisely edit genomes.
latte with beans

Feature

Coffee is earning a reputation as a health tonic, reducing risk for a long list of ailments and even lowering death rates.

Call to Action

SUPPORT SCIENCE NEWS

Science News is a nonprofit.

Help us keep you informed.

Editor's Note

Reporting on the current state of research allows readers to see beyond the single, sometimes conflicting public health messages that medical studies produce.

Features

latte with beans
Coffee is earning a reputation as a health tonic, reducing risk for a long list of ailments and even lowering death rates.
Feng Zhang in his laboratory
Scientist Feng Zhang has developed a system to easily and precisely edit genomes.
Shinsei Ryu headshot
Physicist Shinsei Ryu navigates the confusing border between the quantum and everyday realms.
Sarah Reisman headshot
Chemist Sarah Reisman is trying to find new ways to build complicated chemical compounds found in nature.
Yasser Roudi headshot
Physicist Yasser Roudi does the math on how the brain and other complex systems process information.
Steve Ramirez
Neuroscientist Steve Ramirez is manipulating memories in mice to one day erase fearful memories of PTSD.
Priya Rajasethupathy headshot
Neuroscientist Priya Rajasethupathy has discovered a tiny molecule that may turn off part of the genome to help the brain store long-term memories.
Isaac Kinde headshot
Isaac Kinde helped create a technology that can spot cancers early to give patients a better chance at survival.
Benyam Kinde headshot
M.D.-Ph.D. student Benyam Kinde studies how genetic changes affect brain cells’ activity in Rett syndrome.
William Detmold headshot
MIT theoretical physicist William Detmold probes the fundamental bits of matter that combine to form the nuclei of atoms.
composite of 10 headshots of the SN Bright Young Minds list
In a special report, Science News features 10 early-career scientists on their way to more widespread acclaim.
Gia Voeltz headshot
Cell biologist Gia Voeltz has changed our view of the endoplasmic reticulum.

News

river dolphin fossil skull and jaw
A newly discovered dolphin fossil provides clues to the evolution of river dolphins in the Americas.
chimp mother and baby
African apes show surprising resilience in face of forest destruction.
mouse embryonic fibroblast cell
Two new microscopy techniques are helping scientists see smaller structures in living cells than ever glimpsed before.
Array of hominid fossils
Undated South African cave fossils may reveal a new species in the human genus.
different versions of graphene
Ultrathin sheets of carbon can conduct electrical current with no resistance at low temperatures.
credit card machine
Replacements for BPA called BPS and BPSIP may raise health risks for cashiers.
pulsar PSR B1257+12
The first known exoplanets were discovered around pulsars — probably one of the least likely places to have been found, astronomers now say.
Lions attacking cape buffalo
From lions to plankton, predators have about the same relationship to the amount of prey, a big-scale ecology study predicts.
whitehead's broadbill and hermit thrush
Tropical songbirds are late bloomers, but that delayed development may give them an advantage after leaving the nest.
New Guinea pottery
New Guinea pottery points to a key meeting of island natives and seafarers at least 3,000 years ago.
Cows in a field
Farm dust prevents allergies by turning on an anti-inflammatory enzyme in the cells lining mice’s lungs.
hurricane map
Hurricane Sandy set off small earthquakes under its eye as it moved up the U.S. East Coast in 2012. The tiny tremors could help researchers track the behavior of future storms, researchers propose.
illustration of a ring of light around a black hole
Light sliding along the boundary of a black hole encodes everything that ever fell inside, suggests Stephen Hawking in a new but incomplete proposal.
stack papers
Less than half of psychology findings get reproduced on second tries, a study finds.
a four-cell embryo
New views of early embryo development reveal differences between humans and mice.
frog
A female túngara frog may switch her choice between two prospective mates when presented with a third, least attractive option.
poliovirus
For almost 30 years, a man with an immune deficiency has been shedding poliovirus strains that have evolved from the version he received in a vaccine.

Notebook

screenshot from NameExoWorlds
Names for 20 exoplanets are in the hands of a discerning online audience.
hot spring
A jackpot of dissolved gold and silver discovered in reservoirs of hot water beneath New Zealand’s Taupo Volcanic Zone.
spotted handfish
Slowpokes of the sea, frogfish and handfish creep along the ocean bottom.
heart diagrams
Developing artificial hearts took longer than expected, and improved devices are still under investigation.
Wikipedia page
Global warming and other politically charged issues are prime targets for sabotage on Wikipedia.

Reviews & Previews

Damon with rover
With NASA’s help, filmmakers made story of astronaut stranded on Mars believable.

Letters to the Editor

Readers discuss order and disorder in the universe, the languages of science communication and more.

Science Visualized

map of antineutrino emissions
Tiny subatomic particles called antineutrinos stream away from Earth at different concentrations across the globe, a new map illustrates.