In the Dec. 23 & Jan. 6 SN: Our top stories of 2017, grounded pterosaur hatchlings, protectors of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a counterintuitive metamaterial, neutron star sizing, arrow of time reversed, E. coli in flour and more.
CROP FUTURES Experiments using circles of white pipes blowing extra carbon dioxide over crops suggest that certain nutrients may dwindle in crops grown in a carbon-enhanced future atmosphere. Here, researchers in Arizona measure the growth of wheat.
CANCER CRUSH In CAR-T cell therapy, a cancer treatment approved by the FDA this year for certain blood cancers, a patient’s T cells (teal) are genetically modified to hunt down and kill cancer cells (blue).
HARD KNOCKS By studying the brains of former football players, researchers are finding clues about how a neurodegenerative disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, progresses, with the hopes of one day preventing it.