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  • SN Online

    SN Online

    GENES & CELLS Understanding inherited conditions is proving to be difficult. See “Rare genetic tweaks may not be behind common diseases.”

    ATOM & COSMOS Titan and other moons may be crash debris. See “Violent birth proposed for Saturn’s moon mishmash.”

    BODY & BRAIN An invasive surgery works best for some. Read “Heart bypass surgery outperforms stents in...

    11/29/2012 - 19:44
  • Science Future

    Science Future for December 15, 2015

    December 20 Join astronomers for the Winter Solstice and Telescope Party at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Jupiter and the full moon will be on view. See

    January 13–15 Marine ecologist Enric Sala relates his ocean-exploring adventures at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. Learn more at

    11/29/2012 - 19:40
  • Science Past from the issue of December 15, 1962

    NEW LASER USES LIQUID — A new way of producing the very intense light beam of lasers, which are promising for use in space and earth communications, was reported to the American Physical Society in New York. Organic liquid lasers give off light at wavelengths not previously available and are predicted to become important in the fundamental understanding of matter. The new kind of...

    11/29/2012 - 19:38 Physics
  • People

    Fly guy

    Brian Brown can discover a new kind of fly anywhere. He often takes up the search in exotic locales such as New Zealand, Chile or Taiwan, but he’s not picky. Once, he was challenged to find a new species in a Los Angeles backyard. After setting a trap and waiting, he pulled out a winner: “Turns out it was a new species, the first thing I pulled out of there,” he says. And it wasn’t a fluke....

    11/29/2012 - 19:33
  • Letters to the Editor


    Curiosity cleanup In the article “Protecting the planet” (SN: 11/3/12, p. 32), the sidebar “Keeping Mars clean” gives the impression that Curiosity had not been contaminated, while the opposite is true. Apparently the sterilized craft was opened up and microbial contamination likely occurred. Curiosity’s drill bits may be contaminated with Earth microbes. So now NASA is in the catch-22...

    11/29/2012 - 19:25
  • Reviews & Previews

    BOOK REVIEW: Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth by Craig Childs

    The world could end any number of ways — and in a sense it already has, many times, in mass extinctions that paved the way for new life.

    Childs, a writer, recounts field trips to nine sites that today are suffering some of the same major environmental disruptions that afflicted Earth during those extinctions or that might trigger future die-offs — places that Childs...

    11/29/2012 - 19:15
  • Reviews & Previews

    The Particle at the End of the Universe

    There seems no end to the titles shoved on the unsuspecting Higgs boson. First it was the “God particle.” Now it’s the “particle at the end of the universe.”

    Carroll, a theoretical physicist at Caltech, doesn’t mean this literally; the Higgs is not roaming out there at cosmological distances. It’s at the explanatory end of the universe, the last piece in understanding how the...

    11/29/2012 - 19:11 Particle Physics
  • Reviews & Previews

    The Half-life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date by Samuel Arbesman

    Learning how knowledge changes over time, a mathematician contends, will help humans better make sense of their world.

    Current, 2012, 242 p., $25.95

    11/29/2012 - 18:50
  • Reviews & Previews

    The Miracle of Trees (Wooden Books) by Olavi Huikari

    Packed with drawings and engravings, this pocket guide briefly covers the science of trees, from how they grow and reproduce to whether they feel pain.

    Walker & Co., 2012, 58 p., $12

    11/29/2012 - 18:48
  • Reviews & Previews

    Hunger, Thirst, Sex, and Sleep: How the Brain Controls Our Passions by John K. Young

    A biologist delves into the varied roles of the hypothalamus, the command center in the brain that controls the most basic human drives.

    Rowman & Littlefield, 2012, 161 p., $39.95

    11/29/2012 - 18:46