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  • Letters to the Editor

    Letters to the editor

    Bohr no boor As described in “When the atom went quantum,” (SN: 7/13/13, p. 20), Bohr’s willingness to travel both paths when different viewpoints seemed to clash, yet both seemed to fit the data, was crucial to the development of quantum mechanics. Yet that willingness cannot be equated with acceptance of all possible views. Having investigated the paths indicated by classical physics, he...

    08/09/2013 - 12:42
  • Key to Other Worlds

    Neutrinos, nature’s most elusive atomic particles, could serve as a key to detecting other “suns” in the universe made of anti-matter, the opposite of the kind of matter found on earth, and in our sun. This possibility was suggested by Dr. Bruno Pontecorvo, [who] fled from England to Russia in 1950 and is now a Soviet citizen, considered one of Russia’s top physicists….  Anti-...

    08/09/2013 - 12:30 Physics
  • Reviews & Previews

    The Attacking Ocean

    The threat of rising seas is not new. Since the last Ice Age began windingdown 15,000 years ago, the ocean has ascended 120 meters in a series of pulses. But when the world was thinly populated, small bands of hunter-gatherers could pick up and go when the sea surged. Now that hundreds of millions of people are settled in crowded coastal cities, the rising seas predicted for a...

    08/09/2013 - 12:25 Climate
  • Reviews & Previews

    The Autistic Brain

    For one little girl profiled in Grandin’s latest book, putting on pink sunglasses makes shopping trips tolerable. Like many with autism, she finds stores visually overwhelming: Shining lights appear to shoot streams of sparks, and words on signs jiggle. Tinted lenses can quell the sensory overload.

    The lens trick is one of many that Grandin highlights in this review of autism...

    08/09/2013 - 12:22 Neuroscience
  • Feature

    Impactful Distraction

    “Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel.”

    The late rock and roll singer Jim Morrison was not a poster boy for public safety — and was no authority on safe driving. After all, later in “Roadhouse Blues,” he has beer for breakfast. But the opening line of that Doors’ song still resonates as sound guidance.

    If...

    08/09/2013 - 12:15 Science & Society