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  • SN Online

    SN Online

    ENVIRONMENT Lab experiments show that low exposures to oil spills can kill young fish. See “Gulf spill harmed small fish, studies indicate.”

    MATTER & ENERGY Underwater landslides are more complex than dry avalanches. Read “Underwater avalanches go with the flow.”

    GENES & CELLS Pregnant rodents receiving low doses of radioactivity gave birth to healthier pups...

    12/14/2012 - 15:55 Physics
  • Science Future

    Science Future for December 29, 2012

    January 27 Last day to see an exhibit in New York City of mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot’s work on fractals and chaos theory, including some of his original drawings and photos. See

    January 31 Deadline to enter the Neuro Film Festival, in which patients, caregivers or others can submit short videos about neurological disease to promote research funding. Watch past...

    12/14/2012 - 15:53 Numbers
  • Science Past from the issue of December 29, 1962

    INSULIN SYNTHESIS SEEN — Synthesis of insulin for the first time may be realized early in 1963…. Dr.  Panayotis G. Katsoyannis [of the University of Pittsburgh] is hopeful  that the last problems are about to be  solved in synthesis of the life-saving protein-hormone important to  diabetic patients. Chinese scientists, either  in Shanghai or Peking, are believed to be working on the insulin-B...

    12/14/2012 - 15:50
  • People

    Alt science

    View the videoAfter a day of computer programming and poring over genetic data, Pardis Sabeti relaxes her brain by writing rock songs.

    Born in Tehran, Sabeti is a computational biologist at Harvard and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. She studies human evolution — past, current and future. Her cutting-edge work on the adaptations of humans and the microbes that...

    12/14/2012 - 15:34
  • Letters to the Editor


    Trust no one “Trust affects kids’ patience” (SN: 11/17/12, p. 10) refers only to children. But based on my own experience, I’d expect it to apply to adults as well. If you tell me I can have $100 now or $200 in an hour, what I do will depend on whether or not I trust you to come through with the $200 in an hour. I’d expect this to apply to anyone who is old enough to have a concept of the...

    12/14/2012 - 15:07
  • Reviews & Previews

    Mirror Earth

    According to one popular notion, everyone has a twin somewhere. Who knows, maybe the same is true for planets. Maybe there’s even a doppelgänger Earth orbiting at just the right distance from a sunlike star to support life. In his latest book, science writer Lemonick provides a behind-the-scenes look at the decades-long search for just such a planet. The endeavor, long considered a...

    12/13/2012 - 21:12 Exoplanets
  • Reviews & Previews

    Lynn Margulis: The Life and Legacy of a Scientific Rebel by Dorion Sagan, ed.

    Friends and colleagues reflect on the contributions of one of the 20th century’s most influential biologists.

    Chelsea Green, 2012, 205 p., $27.95

    12/13/2012 - 21:09
  • Reviews & Previews

    Edge of the Universe

    A physicist tackles what is now known about the universe and how scientists are striving to explain concepts such as dark matter, dark energy and wormholes.

     Wiley, 2012, 236 p., $27.95
    12/13/2012 - 21:06 Cosmology
  • Feature

    Maya apocalypse goes boom

    2012 SCIENCE NEWS TOP 25: 25 If you’re reading this story, the day the ancient Maya supposedly had the world scheduled to end has come and gone. Whew.

    It’s no shock that December 21, 2012, fizzled as the end of days. Earlier this year, anthropologists working at Maya ruins in Guatemala uncovered a written mention of the 2012 date that concerned political maneuvering way...

    12/13/2012 - 21:02
  • Feature

    Big drain on groundwater

    2012 SCIENCE NEWS TOP 25: 24 Everyone needs fresh water, but sometimes need trumps wise use. Humankind’s thirst is draining many aquifers faster than they can be replenished, with some disastrous effects. A new global map of nations’ varying “groundwater footprints” showed the world’s water supplies being sucked up, much of them used to water crops (SN: 9/8/12, p. 10). By the study’s measure...

    12/13/2012 - 20:59 Sustainability