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.
As autonomous cars take to the streets with empty driver’s seats, experts are still debating: How safe is “safe enough” for self-driving vehicles?
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
SCROLL CALL Newly excavated skeletons at a roughly 2,000-year-old West Bank site support a theory that a community of celibate men lived there at the time the Dead Sea Scrolls were placed in nearby caves. These men may have written or protected the scrolls.