In the March 4 SN: Search for sustainable catalysts, deflating cancer’s defenses, species miscounts, frog spit secrets, an acrobatic bat robot, coconut-cracking crabs, baffling X-ray bump, neutron’s elusive lifetime, Zika’s baby photo and more.
NUMBER SMARTS Cats show quantity-related abilities. Without training, cats can pick out differences between groups of a few small objects, such as 2 versus 5, but the felines may be using visual shortcuts.
TAKING MEASURE New units based on fundamental properties of the universe will make measurements more precise. A kilogram cylinder replica (left) is safeguarded under bell jars. Ultrasmooth silicon spheres (right) will soon be used to redefine the kilogram using the Planck constant — making the kilogram prototype obsolete.
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