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  • SN Online

    SN Online

    LIFE The activity of just a few genes may be key to limb evolution. Read “Fins to limbs with flip of genetic switch.”

    Scientists analyze chemical forms in gorilla poop to reconstruct monthly shifts in the animals’ diets. See “Feces study gets the poop on gorillas’ diet.”

    EARTHNew satellite images dubbed “Black Marble” show nighttime lights across the globe. See “...

    01/10/2013 - 18:23
  • Science Future

    Science Future for January 26, 2013

    February 11–13 The University of Tennessee, Knoxville hosts lectures, films, a concert and even a cake contest to celebrate Charles Darwin’s birthday. See

    February 18 Learn how the recently discovered “slow” earthquake differs from typical quakes with geophysicist Gregory Beroza at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. See

    01/10/2013 - 18:19
  • Science Past from the issue of January 26, 1963

    DOGS FOUND COLOR-BLIND — Some animals are able to distinguish colors but others are practically color-blind, Dr. Gerti Duecker, zoologist of the University of Muenster, West Germany, has determined by a series of tests. Dr. Duecker found cats and dogs to be color-blind, although there is some evidence that some dogs have a faint sense of color. The color vision of mice, rats and rabbits is...

    01/10/2013 - 18:17
  • People

    Through a glass, less darkly

    After finishing his Ph.D. on glass formation, chemical physicist Patrick Charbonneau thought he’d never study the material again. But something kept nagging him: In some experiments, materials would unexpectedly morph into glass, solid as a rock but molecularly disordered like a liquid. The results didn’t match with glass-formation theory, but they were easy to dismiss as a fluke. “If I want...

    01/10/2013 - 18:12
  • Reviews & Previews

    The Annotated and Illustrated Double Helix by James Watson; Alexander Gann and Jan Witkowski, eds.

    Watson’s 1968 memoir of the discovery of DNA’s structure gets a stylish update, with an extra chapter and added photographs and documents.

    Simon & Schuster, 2012, 345 p., $30

    01/10/2013 - 18:07
  • Reviews & Previews

    Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See by Bill Finch, Beth M. Young, Rhett Johnson and John C. Hall

    A series of photographs enriches this tribute to disappearing longleaf pine forests, which once covered over 90 million acres of North America.

    Univ. of North Carolina, 2012, 176 p., $35

    01/10/2013 - 18:02
  • Reviews & Previews

    Spectrums: Our Mind-boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity by David Blatner

    Explore the wonders of six kinds of spectra — numbers, light, sound, size, heat and time — that define the universe.

    Walker & Co., 2012, 183 p., $25

    01/10/2013 - 17:59
  • Reviews & Previews

    King of Poisons: A History of Arsenic by John Parascandola

    This history of arsenic shows how the compound has been used, from candy to nefarious plots.

    Potomac Books, 2012, 197 p., $27.50

    01/10/2013 - 17:55
  • Reviews & Previews

    David Douglas, a Naturalist at Work: An Illustrated Exploration Across Two Centuries in the Pacific Northwest by Jack Nisbet

    Discover the natural history of the Pacific Northwest through the tale of a naturalist who explored the region 200 years ago.

    Sasquatch Books, 2012, 191 p., $27.95

    01/10/2013 - 17:52
  • Reviews & Previews

    BOOK REVIEW: The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos (CBC Massey Lecture) by Neil Turok

    There’s no shortage of smart, literate physicists — think Lisa Randall, Steven Weinberg or Brian Greene — whose popular writings bring the universe into sharp focus. But Neil Turok, director of Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, also brings humanity into the mix of cosmic questions.

    On some levels, The Universe Within is a typical whirlwind tour of...

    01/10/2013 - 17:44