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More Stories from the September 10, 2011 issue

  1. Space

    Magnetic waves bake the sun’s corona

    New observations may explain why the sun’s outer atmosphere is so blazing hot.

  2. Humans

    Brain waves make a fast brake

    New technology would allow drivers to slam on the brakes faster just by thinking about it.

  3. Tech

    Cracked sewers bleed fecal germs

    Studies follow leaks into waterways and drinking supplies.

  4. Space

    New hints of saltwater on Mars

    Seasonal patterns consistent with briny seeps on the Red Planet, a new study concludes.

  5. On the trail of cell navigation

    A computerized amoeba might help show the way.

  6. Life


    Flowery advertising, tempting toilets for shrews, bat beacons and more in this week’s news.

  7. Life

    Common virus may ride up nose to brain

    Almost everyone is infected, but in some people a widespread herpes bug appears to reach the central nervous system by an olfactory route.

  8. Life

    Bacteria binged on BP oil but didn’t grow

    Researchers suspect the spilled crude didn’t provide a balanced diet.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Sleep apnea tied to later dementia

    Elderly women who have gaps in their breathing at night have a heightened risk of developing cognitive problems, a study finds.

  10. Life

    Rare gene variants linked to ADHD

    Missing or added genes cause attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other disorders, such as autism.

  11. Tech

    Computers get under our skin

    Epidermal devices offer new potential to integrate electronics into the body.

  12. Life

    Paper wasps help out for their own good

    Behavior that appears altruistic actually benefits number one.

  13. Paleontology

    Sea monsters made great mothers

    Fossilized plesiosaur with fetus suggests ancient reptiles cared for their young.

  14. Life

    Plants and fungi recognize generous trading partners

    Rewards — and consequences — stabilize underground biological market in mutualistic relationships.

  15. Physics

    Particle physicists chasing ghosts

    Wispy neutrinos could one day explain why matter dominates the universe.

  16. Life

    Antidepressants show signs of countering Alzheimer’s

    Human brain scans and mice data link serotonin-boosting drugs with reduced plaque density.

  17. SN Online

    SCIENCE & THE PUBLIC BLOG Space junk is lasting longer, making cleanup more urgent. See “Growing need for space trash collectors.” HUMANS A 2,000-year-old human skull shows signs of having undergone surgery. Read “Ancient Saharan head cases.” Instant messaging can’t replace the soothing sound of Mom’s voice. See “Moms talk, daughters’ hormones listen.” GENES & […]

  18. Science Future for September 10, 2011

    September 17–18The World Maker Faire in New York City gives do-it-yourselfers a chance to invent and create new stuff. Visit makerfaire.com September 21Late September means Oktober­fest: Celebrate the history and science of beer with the Houston Museum of Natural Science. More at hmns.org September 22 Goldie Hawn discusses education at the Cognitive Neuro­science of Learning […]

  19. Science Past from the issue of September 9, 1961

    NEW PARTICLE DISCOVERED — The discovery of a new elementary particle, omega meson, made at the University of California’s Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, and the finding of unidentified additional “particle systems” in the subatomic realm are believed to make it possible to push on in the next decade or two to a better explanation of how […]

  20. The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good by David J. Linden

    A neuroscientist gives a lively description of the pursuit of pleasure, one of the most powerful forces in the human brain. Viking, 2011, 230 p., $26.95

  21. When Gadgets Betray Us: The Dark Side of Our Infatuation With New Technologies by Robert Vamosi

    This investigation into the dark side of the digital world reveals hidden risks of smartphones and how to manage gadgets that can expose a user’s every move. Basic Books, 2011, 222 p., $26.99

  22. Someone Else’s Twin: The True Story of Babies Switched at Birth by Nancy L. Segal

    An expert on twins explores cases of identical twins raised apart after one is switched with another infant at birth, delving into the effects of nature and nurture on behavior. Prometheus Books, 2011, 301 p., $25

  23. Rome: Day One by Andrea Carandini

    An archaeologist puts forth a controversial theory, contending that a king named Romulus scratched out Rome’s boundaries in a day. Princeton Univ. Press, 2011, 172 p., $24.95

  24. BOOK REVIEW: Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn by Cathy N. Davidson

    Review by Bruce Bower.

  25. BOOK REVIEW: The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time by David Sloan Wilson

    Review by Sid Perkins.

  26. Space

    Flying on Sunshine

    Once futuristic visions, solar sails now take off.

  27. Life

    Helping Bats Hold On

    Scientists seek a savior as a deadly fungal pandemic explodes through vulnerable colonies.

  28. Bypass’s Big Boon

    Scientists spot key players in surgery’s surprising ability to reverse diabetes.

  29. Letters

    Earthquake rumblings I reviewed this very interesting story (“Seismologists in a rumble over quake clusters,” SN: 5/7/11, p. 5) this morning, and it occurred to me that the connection between all of these very severe earthquakes might possibly be the change in weight distribution throughout the planet, resulting from temperature increases due to climate change […]

  30. Tech

    Einstein invents automatic camera

    Einstein invents fridges,cameras and clothing.

  31. Ordinary Geniuses: Max Delbruck, George Gamow, and the Origins of Genomics and Big Bang Cosmology by Gino Segrè

    A biography of physicists Max Delbrück and George Gamow describes their friendship and research in cosmology and genetics. Viking, 2011, 352 p., $27.95