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  • Anita Kunz

    Portrait of a fighter for female empowerment

    It is fitting that for a feature about BethAnn McLaughlin, the writer, editor, managing design editor, creative director, photo editor, and illustrator were all women. BethAnn, an outspoken neuroscientist, has put herself front and center of the #MeToo movement. She founded the website and nonprofit, where women in the STEM community… Read More

    Cats on camera

    Cats are adorable. They’re full of personality—and unpredictability. But after years of focusing on the canine mind, researchers are finally turning to felines. A feature in this week’s issue of Science explores this work and cats’ social behavior. Kristyn Vitale, a postdoc at Oregon State University in Corvallis, is one researcher studying… Read More
  • Jordan Miller, Rice University

    Small wonder

    “It’s about the size of a postage stamp,” Jordan Miller told me in our first conversation. That wasn’t quite right. The intricate network of synthetic blood vessels and accompanying airway was a lot smaller than a stamp. The challenge facing Jordan, a bioengineer at Rice University in Houston, Texas, was producing a workable picture for… Read More
  • Christopher Auger-Dominguez

    It’s not over till the mouse sings

    When I first saw “singing mice” on the Science cover lineup, I thought it was a prank—one of my colleagues tweaking me, perhaps imagining images of a tiny mouse barbershop quartet, or a spear-carrying mouse opera diva. But mouse singing—a kind of chirpy vocalizing that rises in pitch—is real, Michael Long, lead author of the paper… Read More
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    The brain, alight: illustrating for a family of journals

    Seven papers in Science, two in Science Translational Medicine, and two in Science Advances make up the culmination of work from the PsychENCODE Consortium. Using more than 2000 individual brains, 15 research institutes collaborated to provide an enhanced framework of regulatory genomic elements in individuals with neuropsychiatric disorders. As a… Read More
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    Checkmate: how we mastered the AlphaZero cover

    We often want to highlight important research on the cover that doesn’t have a clear visual solution. The Silver et al. research article on AlphaZero in the 7 December 2018 issue was one of those instances. AlphaZero is a program that went beyond merely beating humans at some of our favorite games—it managed to beat other… Read More
  • A coconut

    The coconut collaboration

    Transforming an idea for a Science cover from rough concept to finished design is seldom a straight path. For the November 2 cover on new uses of biological materials, Design Director Beth Rakouskas and Managing Photography Editor Bill Douthitt collaborated with Cary Wolinsky, a highly skilled commercial photographer, and his wife, Barbara, an art… Read More
  • Backlit view of the Saturn system

    Remembering a ringed world

    Before coming to Science I was an editor at National Geographic, where I wrote a story on the first phase of Cassini’s historic encounter with Saturn. That journey ended last September, when the two-story-tall interplanetary probe dove into the yellowish haze of the giant planet’s upper atmosphere. Cassini was perhaps the most successful planet… Read More
  • a robot in flight joined with the time exposure of its flight path

    Cover stories: Making the flapping-wing robot cover

    Cover stories offer a look at the process behind the art on the cover: who made it, how it got made, and why. The robot flew across the video screen, twisting and turning in the air just like the fly it was mimicking. Its movements reminded me of how those pesky insects always manage to… Read More
  • Quasi-periodic tiling arises from bilayer graphene

    Cover stories: Making the graphene quasicrystals cover

    Cover stories offer a look at the process behind the art on the cover: who made it, how it got made, and why. Valerie Altounian: As described in a Report in this week’s issue, an unusual geometric property arises in a bilayer graphene structure in which one layer is rotated 30° degrees with respect to… Read More