In the June 23 SN: Emmy Noether gets her due, the 411 on ancestry testing, bonobo birthing buddies, a mysterious neutrino surplus, the oldest known lizard fossil, genetic genealogy in police work, Pluto’s dunes and more.
JUST ADD SUNLIGHT Oil swirls at the water’s surface after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Sunlight transformed the oil molecules on the surface into new molecules that are still sticking around.
ON THIN ICE Wastewater from oil and gas production is one of the many liquids that towns and cities douse roadways with to keep them ice-free. But contaminants in the water can be released into the environment, a new study finds.
POLLUTION PROBLEM While some plastic is recycled, most ends up accumulating in landfills. Plastics that are easier to recycle could help change that.