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Editor's Note

Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill discusses how being patient isn't always easy in scientific work.
By Elizabeth Quill | August 8, 2017
Magazine issue: Vol. 192 No. 3 , September 2, 2017 , p. 2

Features

Saturn, as photographed about Cassini

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As Cassini prepares to plunge to its death, we celebrate the spacecraft's discoveries and breathtaking images of Saturn, its rings and moons.
illustration of blocking fertilization

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After decades of research, reproductive biologists are on the verge of developing new birth control options that stop sperm from maturing or save a woman's eggs for later.

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Editor's Note

Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill discusses how being patient isn't always easy in scientific work.

Features

illustration of blocking fertilization
After decades of research, reproductive biologists are on the verge of developing new birth control options that stop sperm from maturing or save a woman's eggs for later.
Saturn, as photographed about Cassini
As Cassini prepares to plunge to its death, we celebrate the spacecraft's discoveries and breathtaking images of Saturn, its rings and moons.

News

T2K experiment
T2K experiment hints at an explanation for what happened to antimatter.
Tirol, Austria
Data spanning 50 years shows that today, floods come days, weeks, even months earlier in some areas and later in others.
archaea microbe DNA
Archaea microbes spool their DNA much like plants and animals do.
infant ape skull
Fossil comes from a lineage that had ties to the ancestor of modern apes and humans, researchers argue.
diamonds are forever
Scientists squeezed graphene sheets into diamondene.
Juan Collar
New type of interaction confirms that neutrinos play by the rules.
deformed mouse pancreas proteins
Experiments in mice raise the question of whether type 2 diabetes might be transmissible.
Rajasthan, India
If climate change is left unchecked, simulations show extreme heat waves in densely populated agricultural regions of India and Pakistan. 
fertilized human eggs and embryos
Gene editing of human embryos can efficiently repair a gene defect without making new mistakes.
Titan
The atmosphere and oceans of Saturn’s moon Titan contain vinyl cyanide, a compound predicted to form cell-like bubbles.
Canaanite skeleton
DNA is painting a more detailed portrait of the ancient Canaanites, who have largely been studied through the secondhand accounts of their contemporaries.
piglets lacking PERVs
Pigs engineered to lack infectious viruses may one day produce transplant organs.
asteroid wreckage illustration
A team of astronomers says the original asteroids all came in one size: extra large.
Artificial light
Upsetting nocturnal pollinators has daylight after-effects for Swiss meadow flowers.

Notebook

Sun halos
Ice has taken on a strange structure, with its water molecules arranged in nearly perfect cubes.
illustration of an ancient arrow worm
A newly discovered species of arrow worm that lived over half a billion years ago had about twice as many head spines as its modern kin.
In 1967, scientists found a way to turn human waste into rocket fuel.
diagram of Sprite
Space initiative dubbed Breakthrough Starshot sent the smallest spacecraft yet into orbit around Earth.
opioid pills
More than a third of U.S. adults used prescription opioids in 2015, and nearly 13 percent of that group misused the painkillers in some way.

Reviews & Previews

Cassini spacecraft
A new documentary, “Death Dive to Saturn,” takes a look back at the Cassini spacecraft’s 13 years at Saturn and what to expect from its final days.
Down House
In the new book Darwin’s Backyard, a biologist explores Charles Darwin’s family life, as well as four decades’ worth of his at-home experiments.
old photo of woman at grocery store
A new book, Inferior, shows how biased research branded women as inferior and aims to set the record straight.

Letters to the Editor

Readers had questions about the moon's tidal locking, quantum communication, microneedles and more.

Science Visualized

map of dark matter
The Dark Energy Survey reports a new tally of the dark universe.