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.
FAR OUT The gravity of the huge galaxy cluster MACS J1149 bent the light from a bright blue star (one of the faint points of light just above and to the left of the super bright central star in this image), letting it reach us from 9 billion light-years away.
NASA, ESA, S. Rodney (JHU) and the FrontierSN team; T. Treu (UCLA), P. Kelly (UC Berkeley) and the GLASS team; J. Lotz (STScI) and the Frontier Fields team; M. Postman (STScI) and the CLASH team; Z. Levay (STScI)
IN THE BALANCE A trio of freefloating spacecraft called LISA (one of the satellites illustrated) will search for gravitational waves from space in a mission expected to launch in 2034.
GLOWING THREADS Simulations like the Millennium Simulation Project show glowing galaxies clumping along cosmic filaments. But the Milky Way lives in the dark no-man’s-land between the threads.