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  • People

    Spider man fell for jumpers

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    At age 13, Wayne Maddison spied the metallic-green jaws of a spider marooned on a raft of vegetation floating on Lake Ontario. He rescued the young creature, and ultimately made a pet of her and one of her young. Along the way, he fell in love with their family — jumping spiders. That intense affection has never waned. Forty years later, Maddison...

    10/05/2012 - 12:40
  • Letters to the Editor


    Consider numbers I have been a faithful subscriber to Science News for a long time, since I subscribed for my kids in the 1960s. I don’t have a degree but was a naval aviator for 32 years. I just cannot get used to converting kilometers per hour to miles per hour each time I encounter astronomical rates of speed in your articles. My flight career in the U.S. Navy began from helicopters,...

    10/05/2012 - 12:39
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    MATTER & ENERGY Chemists find more evidence of the existence of ununtrium in “News in Brief: Japanese lab lays claim to element 113.”

    ON THE SCENE BLOGMiddle-schoolers tackle scientific challenges at the Broadcom MASTERS competition. Read “Building a funner mousetrap.”

    HUMANS Pastoralists may have constructed England’s ancient stone monuments. See “Herders, not...

    10/05/2012 - 12:37
  • Science Future

    Science Future for October 20, 2012

    November 3 The dress code is caveman chic at the Orlando Science Center’s Neanderthal Ball. Enjoy wine, music, fine dining and a “diamond dig” at this upscale event. Details at

    November 7 Cocktails accompany a  discussion by biological anthropologist Fatimah Jackson, who studies medicinal African plants, as part of the American Museum of Natural History’s SciCafe series...

    10/05/2012 - 12:37
  • Science Past from the issue of October 20, 1962

    U.S. NOW HAS CAPABILITY FOR TWIN SPACE SHOT  —  The United States now can equal the Soviet manned twin space shot, SCIENCE SERVICE learned at Cape Canaveral. The systems and power to do this are now available, J. Merritt, operations director of Project Mercury at Cape Canaveral, said. Although we do not have the vehicle or booster to keep two men up as long as the Russians did, we can launch...

    10/05/2012 - 12:36
  • Reviews & Previews

    Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

    David Quammen’s book has a touch of the big, sweeping suspense novel about it. The next scary new microbe (think the SARS or Ebola viruses) most likely lurks in some animal, waiting to spill over to people. And human behavior, explosively populating the planet and pushing into remote landscapes, is speeding the arrival of the next outbreak. Serious stuff, but writer Quammen mixes...

    10/05/2012 - 12:16 Microbes, Health, Animals
  • Reviews & Previews

    BOOK REVIEW: Are We Getting Smarter? Rising IQ in the Twenty-First Century by James R. Flynn

    IQ scores have risen dramatically over the last few generations. Flynn, a psychologist who discovered this trend 25 years ago, takes a provocative look at what escalating scores mean for the death penalty, racial differences in IQ and other controversial social issues.

    Flynn begins by reviewing IQ rises in developed countries. An average Dutch person in 1982, for instance,...

    10/05/2012 - 12:13
  • Reviews & Previews

    Ordering Life: Karl Jordan and the Naturalist Tradition by Kristin Johnson

    Karl Jordan’s innovative methods of classifying insect species are highlighted in this biography of the early 20th century entomologist.

    Johns Hopkins Univ., 2012, 376 p., $39.95

    10/05/2012 - 12:12
  • Reviews & Previews

    The Secrets of Triangles: A Mathematical Journey by Alfred Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann

    This guide to the surprising properties of a fundamental shape sheds light on geometric principles.

    Prometheus Books, 2012, 387 p., $26

    10/05/2012 - 12:08
  • Reviews & Previews

    Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep by David K. Randall

    A journalist with unusual sleep habits seeks to learn why we slumber and how sleeping — or not — affects thoughts, behavior and health.

    W.W. Norton & Co., 2012, 290 p., $25.95

    10/05/2012 - 12:03