Elizabeth Svoboda is a science writer in San Jose, California, and the author of What Makes a Hero? The Surprising Science of Selflessness. She also contributes to magazines including Discover, Newsweek, Aeon, and Nautilus.
Layered deposits of coral skeletons hold vast stores of environmental data from thousands of years ago, including annual records of ocean temperatures, water pollution and storm activity.
Nobel laureate Susumu Tonegawa’s lab is overturning old assumptions about how memories form, how recall works and whether lost memories might be restored from “silent engrams.”