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  • Society News

    Students honored for research

    WASHINGTON — Sara Volz gasped in amazement when she heard her name called. The 17-year-old finalist had just been named the $100,000 grand-prize winner at the March 12 awards gala of the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search.

    A high school student from Colorado Springs, Colo., Volz rushed across a stage in the National Building Museum’s Great Hall. Decked out in a lavender satin...

    03/22/2013 - 13:27 Humans & Society
  • SN Online

    SN Online

    ATOM & COSMOS Curiosity finds minerals consistent with habitability. See “Life-friendly environment confirmed on Mars.”

    BODY & BRAIN Scientists meld rat minds in “Rats do tasks while connected brain-to-brain.”

    CULTURE BEAKER See Rachel Ehrenberg’s column on website comments, “Trolls bad news for scientific discourse.”

    ON THE SCENE BLOG Kids build...

    03/20/2013 - 22:32
  • Science Future

    Upcoming events

    April 8–27 Join ornithologist Paul Sweet on birdwatching walks through New York City’s Central Park during spring migration. See bit.ly/SFAMNHsweet

    April 29 The National Academy of Sciences hosts a public symposium in Washington, D.C., to honor the society’s 150th anniversary. See bit.ly/SFnas150

    03/20/2013 - 22:26
  • Patents of the week

    A new printing invention, electrostatic printing, is expected to have a major impact on the nation’s second largest industry because good quality and inexpensive impressions can be made on virtually any material, from building bricks to fresh fruits and vegetables. In the new process dry ink particles instead of wet ink are screened onto the material to be printed. The particles are attracted...

    03/20/2013 - 22:24
  • People

    A genetic exhibitionist

    Harvard geneticist Joseph Pickrell is part of a new generation of scientists talking about their data not just over the lab bench, but in conversations online. Pickrell uses the Internet to open himself, his research and his thoughts about others’ work to public scrutiny.

    Pickrell (pictured) analyzes genetic data from people living today to reconstruct ancient...

    03/20/2013 - 22:20
  • Letters to the Editor

    Letters to the editor

    Get a grip The article “Pruney fingers get better grip” (SN: 2/9/13, p. 11) indicated that skin wrinkling in response to extended exposure to water was the result of constricting blood vessels. I was waiting to read about the possibility that this was the body’s response to prevent heat loss. Water has a high heat capacity, and therefore I might expect that blood vessel constriction is to...

    03/20/2013 - 21:59
  • Reviews & Previews

    BOOK REVIEW: The Kingdom of Rarities by Eric Dinerstein

    Armchair naturalists will delight in following Dinerstein as he treks the globe to find uncommon species and figure out why they are rare. Through field investigations and other research, this conservation biologist with the World Wildlife Fund comes to a rather startling conclusion: The majority of Earth’s nonmicroscopic species are rare — and probably always have been.

    ...

    03/20/2013 - 21:51
  • Reviews & Previews

    BOOK REVIEW: Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science by Christoph Irmscher

    Swiss-born Louis Agassiz was the most famous naturalist in America in the mid-19th century. When he died in 1873, people across the United States mourned the loss of their favorite scientist.

    Today, Agassiz is largely forgotten outside academia. After reading his biography, it’s not hard to understand why people may have wanted to forget him. Agassiz was something of a...

    03/20/2013 - 21:48
  • Reviews & Previews

    Alien Life Imagined: Communicating the Science and Culture of Astrobiology by Mark Brake

    See how humans’ fascination with the possibility of extraterrestrial life has evolved over the centuries.

    Columbia Univ., 2013, 279 p., $35

    03/20/2013 - 21:45
  • Reviews & Previews

    Radiation: What It Is, What You Need to Know by Robert Peter Gale and Eric Lax

    A medical doctor and a writer team up to dispel misconceptions about radioactivity and explain the risks of everyday exposures.

    Knopf, 2013, 270 p., $26.95

    03/20/2013 - 21:43