August 17 – 21 Explore antique tractors and other equipment at Columbus, Ohio’s Center of Science and Industry. Go to www.cosi.org
August 30 Launch into the sun’s cosmic neighborhood in a show at New York City’s Hayden Planetarium. See bit.ly/SNsolarnbhdAugust 31 In Portland, learn about the technology behind iPhone games. Ages 21 and up. Go to www.omsi.edu/afterdark
“CLIMBERS” PRONE TO ILLNESS — “Nonhazardous” occupations can be dangerous for men who work their way up. Eighty-four out of 139 young men between the ages of 22 and 32 who had attained managerial positions showed more illness than 55 co-workers who stepped into the same kind of job right out of college.... The men who had worked their way up displayed both acute and chronic symptoms,...
ATOM & COSMOS NASA’s Dawn spacecraft enters orbit around the asteroid Vesta. Read “Dawn on Vesta.”
MOLECULES Tasting fat gives rats the munchies. See “Fat stimulates binge eating.”
BODY & BRAIN Armor-clad knights use about twice as much energy to move as non-armored fighters. Read this tale and others in “News in Brief: Body & Brain.”
GENES & CELLS...
Some physicists spend their days exploring the three dimensions of space, the four dimensions of spacetime or even the 11 dimensions of something called M-theory. Other researchers are content with just two.
But fewer dimensions doesn’t mean less science. For seven years, researchers have been enjoying a two-dimensional playground of new...
In a cave hugging South Africa’s lush southern coastline, Curtis Marean suspects he has cornered a wily Stone Age crew that brought humans back from extinction’s brink. These plucky refugees of continent-wide desolation were able to pull off such a stunning evolutionary turnaround because they got lucky. A coastal oasis near the bottom of the world spread its sheltering arms in the nick of...