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  • Researchers Bruce Mate (right) and Al Goudy prepare to tag a blue whale off Costa Rica.
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  • Letters to the Editor

    Letters to the editor

    No thanks to glowing plants Omri Amirav-Drory is a menace to dark skies (“A glowing green thumb,” SN: 8/24/13, p. 32). Although way too few cities or towns use them, full-cutoff street lights — which project light only downward, where it’s needed — do exist.  Glowing trees will certainly project in every direction, both wasting lumens and aggravating light pollution. If these trees become a...

    09/06/2013 - 11:11 Technology, Physics
  • Grain alcohol in gasoline?

    The prospect of burning up the country’s grain surplus in automobile motors is enticing to wheat belt congressmen. However, to petroleum experts …the idea is just an exhaust pipe dream.The chemists take a dim view of a bill … that would require all gasoline to contain at least five percent grain alcohol…. Dr. J.O. Clayton, a petroleum chemist for California Research Corporation, San...
    09/06/2013 - 11:02 Sustainability
  • Reviews & Previews

    The Nazi and the Psychiatrist

    On New Year’s Day in 1958, after a screaming fight with his wife, U.S. Army psychiatrist Douglas Kelley grabbed a poison pill from his study, shoved it into his mouth and swallowed.

    So begins journalist El-Hai’s investigation into the mind of the man who sought to understand the minds of Nazis. At World War II’s close, Kelley, head of psychiatric services at a military...

    09/06/2013 - 10:56 History of Science
  • Reviews & Previews

    Behind the Shock Machine

    In 1963, Yale psychologist Stanley Milgram reported an appalling discovery: 65 percent of volunteers would deliver electrical shocks to another person at levels they believed were lethal if an experimenter asked them to. Ordinary people, it seemed, could easily be convinced to do monstrous things by authority figures.

    The famous obedience experiment resonated in postwar...

    09/06/2013 - 10:51 Psychology
  • People

    Seeking the loneliest whale

    An enigmatic whale roams the North Pacific, and next year Bruce Mate will lead a monthlong expedition to find it. Mate, director of Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute in Newport, is no revenge-obsessed Captain Ahab. And the object of the quest is no ferocious leviathan: It is probably one of the generally meek baleen whales that prey on creatures close to the base of the food...

    09/05/2013 - 14:04 Animals
  • Feature

    The Tune Wreckers

    Strange things happen when bad singers perform in public.

    Comedienne Roseanne Barr was widely vilified in 1990 after she screeched the national anthem at a major league baseball game. College student William Hung earned worldwide fame and a recording contract in 2004 with a tuneless version of Ricky Martin’s hit song “She Bangs” on American...

    09/05/2013 - 13:55 Language
  • Feature

    Collision Course

    Ornithologist Christine Sheppard, frowning as if she’s lost something, squints into the darkness of a 30-foot-long contraption. It looks like a stretch-limo version of a garden shed, but one end sports high-tech glass available only from an industrial R&D lab. From a hole at the other end dangles a child’s pajama leg.


    09/05/2013 - 13:22 Animals
  • News in Brief

    Don't stand so close to me

    People have a sharp no-fly zone around their faces. Though its boundaries depend on the person, this discomfort zone usually starts between 20 and 40 centimeters away and continues right up to the face, researchers report August 28 in the Journal of Neuroscience. Threatening objects that enter this forbidden space are likely to trigger a strong defensive reaction. Scientists knew that this...

    08/30/2013 - 16:47 Biomedicine
  • News

    Tiny human almost-brains made in lab

    Largely left to their own devices, human stem cells knitted themselves into tissue with a multitude of brain structures and specialized cadres of neurons in a form reminiscent of the brain of a nine-week-old fetus, scientists report August 28 in Nature.

    The tissue doesn’t approach the dizzying complexity of the human brain. Yet these tiny neural balls, each no bigger than a BB pellet,...

    08/28/2013 - 14:37 Development
  • News

    Breakups maintain barchan dune fields, somehow

    No sand dune is an island. Interactions between crescent-shaped, or barchan, dunes stabilize the mounds and explain how vast swarms of them can persist over time, two new studies find. But the studies don’t agree on what kind of interactions matter: One team argues that dunes colliding and breaking apart keeps barchan fields from growing into giant sand piles, while the other claims that dunes...

    08/23/2013 - 08:40 Earth