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The story of the decades-long hunt for the Higgs boson has won Britain’s 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize, which includes a £25,000 award for the best science book written for a general audience. Sean Carroll’s The Particle at the End of the Universe (SN: 12/15/12, p. 30) delves into the theory that suggested the particle’s existence, then describes the exhilarating final moments of discovery and what the Higgs may mean for future generations of scientists.
- Gory DetailsNative male New Zealand mantises try to mate with females of an invasive species, only to find out the hard way that those females eat their mates.
- Gory DetailsDevices have to be very realistic to the escape uncanny valley of eeriness.
- Gory DetailsPinning down animals' odor detectors gives researchers a way to study aversion or attraction to certain objects. And understanding how these behavioral responses work will help researchers clarify why humans feel disgust.
- Science StatsA recent estimate of the lifetimes of the habitability zones of Earth and various exoplanets suggests Earth could become unable to support life as soon as 1.75 billion years from now, when the sun brightens before dying out.
- Gory DetailsA look at the bacteria inside bloated cadavers finds the dead are teeming with life.
- Science VisualizedA close look at a tick’s mouthparts reveals enviable burrowing tools.
- Gory DetailsScience is just beginning to tap the wellspring of female competition.
- Gory DetailsBeans from civet feces have become so popular that abuse and fraud are common.