In the July 8 SN: DNA traces many roads to domestication, seeking quantum supremacy, the 25th anniversary of the qubit, bones’ secret messages, how monkeys see faces, redating Homo sapiens, a record-breaking gas giant, strange dragonfly wings and more.
LYING IN WAIT The New Horizons team spread 24 of these small telescopes around southern Argentina to catch a cosmic coincidence.
MUDDY OCEAN? The dwarf planet Ceres could have once been a ball of mud with a solid core, a new model suggests.
LIFE GOES ON They may look like microscopic caterpillars, but don’t let their quaint appearance fool you — water bears are no joke. These creatures, shown here in a 3-D rendered illustration, will probably soldier on long after humans are gone.
New telescopes and spacecraft will soon help researchers scour our galaxy for signs of extraterrestrial life. But what might aliens look like? And if they do exist, why haven’t they returned our calls? These are just some of the questions addressed in the Science News special report “In Search of Aliens” (SN: 4/30/16, p. 24).