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  • News in Brief

    International Conference on Complex Sciences

    Winning the arms race with spamSpammers are tricky adversaries: If e-mail spam filters seek out words like “enlargement” then spammers switch up their approach. “Spam changes a lot — it starts looking more like ham,” said Richard Colbaugh on December 5. Now Colbaugh and Kristin Glass, both of Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, have created a one-two punch that anticipates new...

    12/28/2012 - 11:23 Humans & Society
  • SN Online

    SN Online

    ATOM & COSMOS Listen to a recording of electromagnetic disturbances called chorus waves in “Extraterrestrial chorus heard in radiation belts.”

    Curiosity sends back results of its first full analysis of Martian soil, including signs of carbon. See “Mars rover deploys final instrument.”

    ON THE SCENE BLOG Scientists compete for best short sell in “Cell biologists...

    12/27/2012 - 16:51
  • Science Future

    Science Future for January 12, 2013

    February 11 Earliest launch date for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, the next generation in the U.S. Earth-observing satellite program. See

    February 12 Learn about the animal world in the New York Academy of Science’s program “Lust and Love in the Animal Kingdom” in New York City. See

    12/27/2012 - 16:47
  • Science Past from the issue of January 12, 1963

    DAILY SCIENCE NEWSPAPER SEEN NECESSARY SOON — The increase in scientific research will make necessary a daily newspaper devoted to science in a short time if predictions made by Prof. Derek J. de Solla Price of Yale University to the American Association for the Advancement of Science are fulfilled. In the next decade there will be as many scientific papers published as have appeared in the...

    12/27/2012 - 16:44
  • People

    Contest brings out the biohackers

    Mix one part enthusiasm, two parts engineering and three parts biology — and you’ve got a recipe for do-it-yourself genetic engineering.

    Every November, college kids from Michigan to Munich descend on MIT, eager to show off their biohacking skills. In the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition, teams battle one another to build the coolest...

    12/27/2012 - 06:54 Genetics
  • Letters to the Editor


    Early puberty’s cause Regarding “Early Arrival” (SN: 12/1/12, p. 26): In 1960 I left the Ohio Valley of grass- and corn-fed cows to teach in the Los Angeles area. When I arrived, I found that eighth- and ninth-grade girls looked physically like 25-year-old women in Ohio. I asked the other teachers what was going on. They all responded, “beef growth hormones.” If researchers would track...

    12/27/2012 - 06:33
  • Reviews & Previews


    Just before a migraine, New York Times blogger Siri Hustvedt had an amiable encounter with a tiny pink man and an equally tiny pink ox. The odd pair wandered around her bedroom a bit before vanishing. “I have often wished they would return,” she writes, “but they never have.”

    Hustvedt’s story is just one of the case studies that Sacks, a neurologist, recounts in this charmingly bizarre...

    12/27/2012 - 06:23 Neuroscience
  • Reviews & Previews

    BOOK REVIEW: Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves by George Church and Ed Regis

    Reading the first book penned by Church, a Harvard biologist and polymath, is like falling down a rabbit hole straight into his fermenting brain.

    Church’s wide-ranging career includes developing novel methods for reading the genetic instruction manual, or genome, of creatures from bacteria to humans. Now he focuses on synthesizing those instructions from scratch. Church...

    12/27/2012 - 06:17
  • Reviews & Previews

    The Scientists: An Epic of Discovery by Andrew Robinson, ed.

    Short biographies of scientists through the ages, from Copernicus to Watson and Crick, illustrate where new ideas and discoveries come from.

    Thames & Hudson, 2012, 304 p., $45

    12/27/2012 - 06:13
  • Reviews & Previews

    Human No More: Digital Subjectivities, Unhuman Subjects, and the End of Anthropology by Neil L. Whitehead and Michael Wesch, eds.

    Online worlds are re­defining what it means to be human, according to the authors of these anthropological essays on digital culture.

    Univ. Press of Colorado, 2012, 243 p., $75

    12/27/2012 - 06:09