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September 3, 2016

Editor's Note

Editor in chief Eva Emerson discusses big lessons we can learn from some of Earth's smallest organisms.
By Eva Emerson | August 24, 2016
Magazine issue: Vol. 190, No. 5 , September 3, 2016 , p. 2

Features

CRISPR illustration

Feature

CRISPR/Cas9 has been a rockstar gene-editing tool for just four years and it’s already being tweaked to do more things better.
brain and microprocessor

Feature

Neuroscience tools failed to reveal much about a simple microprocessor. What can they really tell us about the brain?

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Editor's Note

Editor in chief Eva Emerson discusses big lessons we can learn from some of Earth's smallest organisms.

Features

brain and microprocessor
Neuroscience tools failed to reveal much about a simple microprocessor. What can they really tell us about the brain?
CRISPR illustration
CRISPR/Cas9 has been a rockstar gene-editing tool for just four years and it’s already being tweaked to do more things better.

News

New genetic analysis suggests gliding mammals called colugos are actually sisters to modern primates.
Lab work
Three vaccines can protect rhesus monkeys from infection with Zika. One of them fended off viral strains from both Brazil and Puerto Rico.
ATLAS
Hints of a new particle at the LHC have disappeared.
White dwarf stars
Stars that cool faster than expected can be explained by hypothetical particles called axions.
fentanyl
The ability of fentanyl, an opioid, to freeze chest muscles within minutes may be to blame for some overdoses, a new autopsy study shows.
E. coli
Promiscuous enzymes can step in when bacteria lose genes they need to function.
visualization of ATLAS experiment
Scientists are carefully measuring the Higgs boson’s properties.
skull fragments
New Piltdown Man study pegs infamous ‘ape-man’ skull forgery on one well-informed culprit.
For the first time scientists can see where molecular tags known as epigenetic marks are placed in the brain.
tiny crystal on a fingertip
Tiny crystals can detect electrical signals in nerves and muscles of rats.
illustration of black holes
Two analyses indicate that LIGO could have detected black holes that formed just after the Big Bang.
Hyderabad
The intense monsoon winds that carry torrential rain to India each year first started blowing around 12.9 million years ago, new research suggests.
Ceres
Dawn spacecraft reveals that the dwarf planet Ceres hides a core of solid rock beneath an outer crust of minerals, salts and ices.
insects
A massive survey of indoor spiders and insects in town finds dozens of different scientific families in homes, more in high-income neighborhoods.
rat running on a wheel
Running doesn’t seem to wipe out old memories in rats, concludes a new study that contradicts earlier reports suggesting that exercise does actually help old memories fade and new memories form — in other rodents.
toe bone
Bony growths on fossils may push origins of this disease way back in the Stone Age.
wolves
Red and eastern wolves might be gray wolf/coyote blends instead of distinct species
Pseudomonas fluorescens
Bacteria stuck when alone on a dry surface get moving — and get faster — when they evolve together.
Cholera bacteria stabbing each other can encourage the evolution of cooperation.
Perseus galaxy cluster
Before the Hitomi satellite broke apart, it captured data that cast further doubt on evidence of X-rays from dark matter particles in a galaxy cluster.
rat in a wine glass
Heavy-drinking rats are giving scientists new genetic clues to alcoholism.
Yellow River
Folktales of an ancient flood that helped kick off Chinese civilization may reference a nearly 4,000-year-old deluge.

Notebook

cornea transplant
Women receiving a corneal transplant do better when their donors are female, new research finds.
Pheidole drogon
Two newly discovered ant species provide new insights into spiny evolution.
Cuscuta reflexa
Tomatoes can foil a dodder plant attack by getting scared and scabbing over.
MRI scan
Surgeons harnessed computers in 1966 to pinpoint source of epilepsy in the brain.
2003 European heat wave
Climate change caused hundreds of fatalities in London and Paris during the 2003 European heat wave, simulations suggest.

Reviews & Previews

puppies
The Darwin’s Dogs citizen science project is collecting canine DNA to better understand dog genetics and behavior.
 The Old Man of La Chapelle
In Seven Skeletons, Lydia Pyne explores the cultural histories of the most iconic fossil figures in human evolution.

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