In the Nov. 25 SN: Charting lumpy space, Bronze Age movers and shakers, T. rex’s slasher arms, gene editor corrects typos, the Great Pyramid hides a void, mosses chronicle Arctic warming, an itty-bitty insect-inspired robot and more.
OILED UP Consuming even small amounts of crude oil can make birds sluggish.
BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND Hurricane Ophelia (its core appears here as a white dot at the lower right) dragged in dust from the Sahara and smoke from wildfires in Portugal as the storm spun northeast toward Ireland in October 2017.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
NOT FAR OFF Athanasius Kircher, a 17th century Jesuit scholar, imagined Earth’s core as a ball of fire. His and other historical and modern maps are on display at the Boston Public Library.
A. Kircher, Courtesy of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center/Boston Public Library