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  • News

    Egg wars

    Eggs of cuckoo finches and tawny-flanked prinias have grown more colorful in the last 40 years — a sign that the neighbors are locked in an evolutionary arms race.

    African cuckoo finches (Anomalospiza imberbis) dump their eggs into the nests of tawny-flanked prinias (Prinia subflava). By laying eggs that mimic prinia clutches, cuckoo finches trick the prinia into caring for...

    05/18/2012 - 14:50 Life & Evolution
  • People

    The neutrino messengers

    In 1844 Samuel Morse sent a telegram from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore using pulses of electrons to encode “What hath God wrought.” Now that message has gotten a reply, courtesy of physicist Kevin McFarland and a team of his colleagues.

    “Neutrino” was the team’s tongue-in-cheek response, broadcast in the first-ever message carried by these ghostly particles. It was...

    05/18/2012 - 12:59
  • Letters to the Editor

    Letters

    Information as substrate In a recent article (“Enriched with information,” SN: 3/10/12, p. 22), you point out that some researchers consider consciousness to be a form of information. In another (“Bits of reality,” SN: 4/7/12, p. 26), you mention that increasing numbers of physicists are coming to regard information as the basic “stuff” from which our universe is made. Information as the...

    05/18/2012 - 12:58
  • SN Online

    SN Online

    HUMANS Learn what confidence means for group decision-making strategies in “Two heads sometimes better than one.”

    MATTER & ENERGY A structural change in spider silk (below) makes it strong enough to string a violin. Read “Scientist fiddles with spider silk.”

    BODY & BRAIN A physician describes controversial anatomical evidence for a fabled female erogenous...

    05/18/2012 - 12:57
  • Science Future

    Science Future for June 2, 2012

    June 9 Researchers hold car washes and bake sales nationwide to raise money and bring attention to budget cuts for planetary science programs. Find out more at bit.ly/SFcarwash

    June 26 Learn about the science of local food at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York City. A panel discusses whether eating locally is more nutritious, tastier or better for the environment than...

    05/18/2012 - 12:56