Vol. 202 No. 5

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Science Visualized



More Stories from the September 10, 2022 issue

  1. Buildings with mountains in the background in Nuuk, Greenland

    The Arctic is warming even faster than scientists realized

    The Arctic isn’t just heating up two to three times as quickly as the rest of the planet. New analyses show that warming is almost four times as fast.

  2. an illustration of the internal structure of a proton
    Particle Physics

    50 years ago, physicists got a whiff of what glues together protons

    In 1972, particle smashups hinted at the gluon, which we now know not only holds together the innards of the proton, but also makes up more than a third of its mass.

  3. an Italian greyhound leaning on a red couch, with light streaming in through blinds
    Health & Medicine

    The first known monkeypox infection in a pet dog hints at spillover risk

    A person passed monkeypox to a dog. Other animals might be next, allowing the virus to set up shop outside of Africa for the first time.

  4. image of a bright red star on the left (Betelgeuse) amid the rest of the constellation Orion (other stars in blue)

    Over time, Betelgeuse changed color. Now it’s also lost its rhythm

    A recent upset to the star’s variability and ancient records that describe the red star as yellow tell a tale of a star that is no stranger to change.

  5. A red lionfish with fins spread wide next to bright red coral

    How slow and steady lionfish win the race against fast prey

    Lionfish overcome speedy prey with persistent pursuit, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. Other slow predatory fish may use the technique too.

  6. A beaver in a cage, partially submerged in water and surrounded by grass

    Relocated beavers helped mitigate some effects of climate change

    Along a river in Washington state, the repositioned beavers built dams that lowered stream temperatures and boosted water storage.

  7. An illustration of a huge asteroid crashing into ocean. An ancient sea creature is visible under the water

    Not one, but two asteroids might have slain the dinosaurs

    A craterlike structure found off West Africa’s coast might have been formed by an asteroid impact around the same time the dinosaurs went extinct.

  8. a group of people talking in a corporate office setting

    Why humans have more voice control than any other primates

    Unlike all other studied primates, humans lack vocal membranes. That lets humans produce the sounds that language is built on, a new study suggests.

  9. side-by-side microscope images of pigs’ kidneys with actin highlighted in green

    An hour after pigs’ deaths, an artificial system restored cellular life

    Sensors, pumps and artificial fluid staved off tissue damage in pigs after cardiac arrest. The system may one day preserve organs for transplantation.

  10. photo of an inflated balloon in a field before launch in the Seychelles

    How balloons could one day detect quakes on Venus

    A new study opens the door for future balloon-based missions to study the geology of other worlds.

  11. photo of a windchime in a backyard

    The Windchime experiment could use gravity to hunt for dark matter ‘wind’

    Though decades away, the project hopes to use an array of ultrasensitive sensors as a “wind chime,” jostled by dark matter blowing past Earth.

  12. A pink Caribbean tube sponge in the midst of a reef with tiny fish swimming around it

    Sea sponges launch slow-motion snot rockets to clean their pores

    Sea sponges rely on a sneezing mechanism to clear their pores, using mucus to flush out debris. This mucus provides food for other marine life.

  13. Chemist Michel Nieuwoudt and art historian Erin Griffey, both blond women wearing goggles, masks and lab coats, holding vials and standing in front of Renaissance-era art and a sign that reads Beautiful Chemistry

    These researchers are unlocking Renaissance beauty secrets

    An art historian has teamed up with chemists to uncover the science behind cosmetics used around 500 years ago.