Table of Contents July/August 2019

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From the sun to plate tectonics, hurricanes to absolute zero, our Everything Worth Knowing double issue covers all those topics you know, but don't really KNOW. Packed with infographics and digestible explainers, consider this issue an introductory course to the science beneath the surface of your everyday life.

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FEATURES

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When it comes to our local star, science is just warming up.

People-Posing

We communicate more with our bodies than we realize. Here’s how you can learn to read these silent messages.

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Learn all about the 118 combinations of protons, neutrons and electrons that make up our world.

Virus

Some of the most deadly diseases of the modern era come from viruses — and they’re not even alive.

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The puzzle pieces of Earth's lithosphere are always in motion, slamming against each other and grinding past one another.

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Getting into monkeys' business.

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For some 50 years, astronomers have been drawn to pulsars, a type of dense core left over after a supernova.

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And what you can do in the shadows.

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Under pressure, pushing down on me, pushing down on you.

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Chronostratigraphy gives researchers a framework of how our planet, and life on it, has changed over time. 

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From our Moon's violent birth to its appearance in Earth's skies and the 60-year legacy of exploration.

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It's in our power plants, underneath New York City and in our buffets. In our modern world, steam is still very much relevant.

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The disorder makes it difficult to concentrate, and usually manifests itself during childhood. But the exact causes are still unknown.

Hurricane

Typhoon, cyclone, hurricane ... all different names for the same swirling storms.

BEC

It's the absolute nadir of our universe's thermometer. And it gets pretty weird down there.

DEPARTMENTS

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Scientists decode the black widow spider’s language of love.

Microbes

The human microbiome has untold numbers of diverse bacteria within it. But around the world, many species are dying out.

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Photographic do-overs are showing scientists the ways our world is changing.

Sea-Grapes

Find it in toxic tides, fossil fuels — and maybe even your breakfast smoothie.

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Satellite and sensor upgrades may make it easier to detect future eruptions.

THE CRUX

These animals are active from dusk 'til dawn.

Most transgender research focuses on adults, but Kristina Olson wants to see how social transition affects kids.

The Power of Representation
Researchers aim to glean genetic insights on a global scale.
Building Blocks
A galaxy without dark matter, diversity training's impact and a dip in turtle power.
What Lies Beneath

A new yardstick for ancient climate cycles.

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