This Week in Science: Hidden Black Holes, Mind Melds, and Countdown to Pluto


Seven days, lots of science in the news. Here’s our roundup of some of the week’s most notable and quotable items:

Illustration by Sarah Peavey

New Horizons neared its historic rendezvous with Pluto (after overcoming a slight technical glitch) and is already sending images of never-before-seen features on the dwarf planet. (Stay tuned for next week’s scheduled flyby.)

The mathematics that describe the pattern of folds in your brain also describe the crumpling of paper.

Newly discovered Triceratops cousin Wendiceratops is helping scientists answer the question of why these dinosaurs evolved their distinctive horned and frilled faces.

Researchers found five supermassive black holes shrouded behind blankets of gas and dust, leading scientists to think there could be potentially millions of these hidden black holes lurking throughout the universe.

Gene therapy allowed scientists to improve hearing in deaf mice, raising hopes for human treatment in the future.

A Japanese company is developing technology for artificial meteor showers.

Two scientists said they thought there might be signs of life on the comet currently being investigated by the Rosetta spacecraft … but lots of other scientists thought those claims are unfounded, to say the least.

Using genetic sequencing techniques, Canadian researchers were able to track back a 2010 outbreak of measles to a single person visiting from China.

MIT physicists figured out why puddles stop spreading after a certain point.

Conservation researchers are planning to launch the biggest global survey of sharks ever.

Researchers are creating “brainets” by wiring the minds of groups of monkeys or groups of rats together.

Proteins found in squid beaks may be the key to better hip and knee implants.

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