In the June 23 SN: Emmy Noether gets her due, the 411 on ancestry testing, bonobo birthing buddies, a mysterious neutrino surplus, the oldest known lizard fossil, genetic genealogy in police work, Pluto’s dunes and more.
PILLAR OF STRENGTH Columns of cosmic gas and dust dubbed the Pillars of Creation (shown in this image from the Hubble Space Telescope) may be propped up by an internal magnetic field.
NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team/STScI and AURA
WAVE RUNNER Joseph Weber (shown in 1969) announced he detected a gravity wave using his aluminum cylinder detector at University of Maryland in College Park. It took nearly five decades for LIGO to confirm that gravity waves can be detected.
Special collections/Univ. of Maryland Libraries
PLANETARY NURSERY This artist’s impression shows an infant planet as it swirls gas and dust around itself while orbiting a young star.