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.
HORMONE HISTORY Neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing did pioneering work on the hormone-producing pituitary glands in the early 20th century, as described in a new book. Samples of the brains he studied are now displayed in the Yale medical school library.
SAP + RAYS = BURN The giant hogweed contains chemical compounds that, when activated by sunlight, can burn exposed skin. The plant is in the Umbelliferae family, which also counts celery, carrots, parsnip, dill and fennel as members.