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 “...
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 bit.ly/SFutdarwin
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 bit.ly/...
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...
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...
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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