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March 24, 1951 | Vol. 59 | No. 12
Plant something new
The best home gardens this year will include a few of the new vegetable varieties along with the old...
Letters to the Editor
Finding parasitic behavior Two adjacent stories, both by Tina Hesman Saey, at first glance may appear to be unrelated but in actuality show examples of a well-known phenomenon: parasites adversely affecting the behavior of the host so that the parasite can get to its next victim.
The article “Belly bacteria can boss the brain” (SN: 10/8/11, p. 9) is an example of such behavior. A...
SCIENCE & THE PUBLIC BLOGImported primate meat hosts potentially dangerous viruses. See “Bush meat can be a viral feast.”
LIFE A snake senses prey’s last heartbeats. See “Boas take pulse as they snuff it out.”
ATOM & COSMOS A simulation hints at why space is 3-D. Read “String theorists squeeze nine dimensions into three.”
BODY & BRAIN Drinking alcohol...
February 23 As part of National Engineers Week, talk to a child or group for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Find resources at bit.ly/zXAZVP
March 1 Last day to submit entries to the 2012 Kavli “Save the World Through Science & Engineering” video contest for grades 6–12. See bit.ly/w3iCjM
EFFECT OF WEIGHTLESSNESS — Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr.’s experience in weightlessness during his coming orbital flight will not be long enough to cause him any undue stress such as that suffered by Cosmonaut Titov, a U.S. Air Force expert reported. “Experiments by the Russians with animals and men as well as our own experiments indicate that man can pretty well tolerate, with little, if any...
Reviews & Previews
A look at how global warming could affect the American Southwest reveals a landscape in peril.
Oxford Univ., 2011, 369 p., $27.95
Reviews & Previews
With examples from police interrogators to hypnotized housewives, a historian describes changing views of memory — what it is, how it’s formed and what it means.
Univ. of Chicago, 2012, 310 p., $30
This essay is part of Demystifying the Mind, a special report on the new science of consciousness. The next installments will appear in the February 25 and March 10 issues of Science News.
When Francis Crick decided to embark on a scientific research career, he chose his specialty by applying the “gossip test.” He’d noticed that he liked to gossip about two especially hot topics in the...
This article is part of Demystifying the Mind, a special report on the new science of consciousness. The next installments will appear in the February 25 and March 10 issues of Science News.
Humankind’s sharpest minds have figured out some of nature’s deepest secrets. Why the sun shines. How humans evolved from single-celled life. Why an apple falls to...
Forget E.T. It’s time to meet the intraterrestrials.
They too are alien, appearing in bizarre forms and eluding scientists’ search efforts. But instead of residing out in space, these aliens inhabit a dark subterranean realm, munching and cycling energy deep inside the Earth.
Most intraterrestrials live beneath the bottom of the...