None of the scientists in the room so much as blinked when David Keith suggested saving the world with spy planes spraying sulfuric acid.
Keith, a physicist at the University of Calgary in Canada, was facing an audience not likely to be shocked: nearly 200 other researchers, some of whom had their own radical ideas for fighting global warming. His...
The glow of pregnancy is no shield against depression. Millions of expectant mothers rely on antidepressant medication for help. But treating mom with drugs at this time in her life may have long-term consequences for baby.
Around 10 percent of women suffer bouts of despair during the hormonal chaos of pregnancy or in the months after delivery. Some...
As nuclear physics vacation spots go, the “island of stability” sounds pretty good. But this island isn’t in the Caribbean, the Maldives or even Hawaii. It’s at the edge of the periodic table of the elements.
Reaching the island would be the culmination of decades of synthesizing artificial elements, those heavier than uranium (SN: 4/15/78, p. 236). By smashing smaller...
June 11 – 14 American Society of Mammalogists meets in Laramie, Wyo. See www.uwyo.edu/asm2010
July 17 San Francisco’s Exploratorium museum launches a series of podcasts on the science of creativity. See www.exploratorium.edu/webcasts/index.php
July 17 – 21 The American Society for Virology hosts its annual conference in Bozeman, Mont. Get agenda at www.asv.org
SOLVING OF SUN’S RIDDLES — Future space probes may skim as “close” as two million miles from the sun’s visible surface, a report to the National Academy of Sciences suggests. Before this can be done, however, greatly improved materials must be developed since temperatures at that distance would be about 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit, roughly the melting point of the toughest materials now...