Dr. Nancy A. Levenson has been appointed Deputy Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland. The Institute is the science operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Telescope (JWST) that is scheduled to launch in 2018.
Astrophysics: Violent emissions of newborn stars
Nature 537, 7619 (2016). doi:10.1038/537174a
Authors: Markus Röllig
Interactions between young stars and their parent molecular clouds are poorly understood. High-resolution observations of the Orion nebula now reveal these interactions, which have implications for star formation. See Letter p.207
Trade talk: Star selector
Nature 537, 7619 (2016). doi:10.1038/nj7619-257a
Author: Monya Baker
An astronomer explains how he came to crunch data for Hollywood.
Mars contamination fear could divert Curiosity rover
Nature 537, 7619 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/537145a
Author: Alexandra Witze
NASA must avoid spreading Earth microbes to suspected water in hillside streaks.
Astronomy: Carbon monoxide in large-star disks
Nature 537, 7619 (2016). doi:10.1038/537140b
Stars twice as massive as the Sun can feature carbon-monoxide-rich gas disks around them, contrary to the expectation that ultraviolet radiation would have stripped away the gas.Meredith Hughes at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and her colleagues used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array in
Star formation: Star-rich early galaxy clusters
Nature 537, 7619 (2016). doi:10.1038/537141f
Galaxy clusters in the early Universe produced more stars than their more modern counterparts.When a galaxy becomes part of a cluster — a group of galaxies bound together by gravity — its crowded surroundings often cause it to stop producing stars, an effect called