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MUMMIFIED The 6-inch-long body of a fetal mummy known as Ata, who scientists now say was a female, was preserved due to the arid conditions of Chile’s Atacama Desert.
S. Bhattacharya et al/Genome Research 2018
#WOMENINSCIENCE On average, 55 percent of girls and 95 percent of boys drew scientists as male in surveys since the 1980s. That's progress compared with the 0.6 percent (all girls) who depicted a female scientist between 1966 and 1977.
Courtesy of Richard Jones and Lori Fulton/Univ. of Hawaii Manoa
TRAGIC CRASH A self-driving car involved in a fatal collision with a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz., is one of thousands of such vehicles deployed by Uber. The company has suspended their testing.