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  • Feature

    Crime’s digital past

    Henry Howard was in big trouble. Down on his luck, the family man stood in the dock of London’s Old Bailey courthouse facing a forgery charge. A Bank of Scotland clerk had just confirmed that a month earlier, on March 14, 1879, Howard bought furniture with a check belonging to someone else. He signed the check with James McDonald’s name.

    With the defense counsel...

    07/15/2011 - 11:24 Humans & Society
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    Lighting the universe

    The Big Bang wasn’t all it has been cracked up to be. Sure, it created the universe. But after the heat of the primordial fireball faded, the cosmos plunged into darkness. The universe was cold and black — a sea of hydrogen and helium atoms mixed with a mysterious dark form of matter making its presence known only by its gravity. No stars.

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    07/15/2011 - 11:23 Atom & Cosmos
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    Residents of the brain

    Peer out the window of a plane landing at LaGuardia Airport, and the tiny people scurrying around the streets of New York City all look the same. But take a stroll down Fifth Avenue and a new view emerges: Up close, New Yorkers are very different.

    A street view of the brain also reveals a new perspective: No two cells are the same. Zoom...

    07/15/2011 - 11:20 Body & Brain
  • Science Past from the issue of July 29, 1961

    RADIATION SURVIVORS — A world-wide radiation disaster might eventually give rise to two populations, research on bacteria indicates.… Starting with a culture of ordinary (wild-type) bacteria, the scientist added copper ions that produced a “disaster.” Most of the bacteria died…. But as time passed, a small number of survivors, called variants, began reproducing at a rapid rate. They were...
    07/15/2011 - 10:26
  • Science Future

    Science Future for July 30, 2011

    August 8Hear an anthropologist speak in Houston on the evolving relationship between humans and water. Go to www.hmns.org

    August 12–13The weeklong Perseid meteor shower peaks. Watch after midnight. For more info go to http://bit.ly/Ln3pCr

    August 20In Ann Arbor, Mich., bring preschoolers on a morning hike to explore the outdoors. For more info, see www.lesliesnc.org

    07/15/2011 - 10:26