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  • Feature

    Dangerous Digs

    It’s what’s inside that counts, right? Not so when it comes to cancer, says Mina Bissell.

    True, gene mutations inside a cell help determine whether it will become a tumor. But, according to Bissell, a cancer researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, the neighborhood immediately surrounding the cell is just as important.

    Cells in healthy tissues nestle...

    09/27/2013 - 15:01 Cells
  • Feature

    Cool Idea

    T wo degrees Celsius: the point of no return. Once average global temperatures exceed preindustrial levels by this amount, scientists warn, a climate catastrophe could become inevitable. Current projections indicate that it would be too late to prevent sea ice from disappearing, ice sheets from collapsing and rising seas from swallowing heavily populated coastlines.

    A whole new climate...

    09/20/2013 - 16:00 Pollution
  • People

    Exploring Earth's alien spaces

    When Nathalie Cabrol was little, her grandfather gave her a pair of binoculars he had picked up as a soldier in Germany after the liberation of France. It was her first real glimpse at the wonders of the moon and stars. “Later,” Cabrol says with a laugh, “my toys became more elaborate and complex.”

    Today she uses robots to hunt for alien life. Cabrol is a planetary geologist and...

    09/20/2013 - 15:00 Astrobiology
  • Reviews & Previews

    Thinking In Numbers

    As an autistic savant, writer Daniel Tammet approaches numbers in a brilliantly oblique way. He sees math everywhere, from the geometrical grids of city streets to the predictable patterns of his mother’s daily chores. Thinking in Numbers is his effort to draw the rest of us into seeing that beauty.

    One example of a puzzle he finds pretty: The universe is finite, yet the...

    09/20/2013 - 13:00 Numbers
  • Reviews & Previews

    Cat Sense

    Anyone who has ever owned a cat knows that these animals are not quite tame. Each fuzzy, purring companion shows an independent streak in any number of ways, whether it’s the mouse left at the doorstep or the refusal to come when called. Now Bradshaw, an animal behavior scientist, deftly sums up the latest science that attempts to discover what’s going on inside the kitty brain.


    09/20/2013 - 12:01 Animals