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  • Feature

    Engineering a cooler Earth

    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...

    05/21/2010 - 15:59
  • Feature

    A pregnant question

    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...

    05/21/2010 - 15:55
  • Feature

    Elemental escape

    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...

    05/21/2010 - 15:42
  • Science Future

    Science Future for June 5, 2010

    June 11 – 14 American Society of Mammalogists meets in Laramie, Wyo. See

    July 17 San Francisco’s Exploratorium museum launches a series of podcasts on the science of creativity. See

    July 17 – 21 The American Society for Virology hosts its annual conference in Bozeman, Mont. Get agenda at

    05/21/2010 - 13:54
  • Science Past from the issue of June 4, 1960

    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...

    05/21/2010 - 13:53
  • Reviews & Previews

    Book Reviews: Geoengineering

    Hack the Planet: Science's Best Hope - or Worst Nightmare - for Averting Climate CatastropheEli Kintisch

    How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's ClimateJeff Goodell Buy this book

    Two new books serve as guides to the latest tactic against climate change: geoengineering, the act of deliberately manipulating Earth’s...

    05/21/2010 - 13:39
  • Reviews & Previews

    Book Review: The Science of Doctor Who by Paul Parsons real science of fake science sounds like a recipe for factual disaster. But this exploration of the long-running TV series delivers on its promise to answer the kinds of questions raised by the best of science fiction. The book takes readers on a satisfying romp through labs around the world where the show’s...

    05/21/2010 - 13:33
  • Reviews & Previews

    Book Review: Voyage to the Heart of Matter: The Atlas Experiment at CERN by Anton Radevksy and Emma Sanders

    Understanding the intricacies of subatomic physics isn’t easy, but in this book the concepts literally leap off the page. The pop-up story about the world’s largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider, provides a 3-D tour of the 27-kilometer underground racetrack for colliding protons that straddles the countryside between France and Switzerland.

    Author Emma Sanders and...

    05/21/2010 - 13:32
  • Reviews & Previews

    Guidebook for the Scientific Traveler: Visiting Physics and Chemistry Sites Across America by Duane S. Nickell

    From Maine to Oregon, the country offers sightseeing for science enthusiasts.

    Rutgers Univ. Press, 2010, 258 p., $19.95.
    05/21/2010 - 13:30
  • Reviews & Previews

    The Babylonian Theorem: The Mathematical Journey to Pythagoras and Euclid by Peter S. Rudman

    Ancient Babylonians and Egyptians paved the way for Greek mathematicians, a physicist contends.

    Prometheus Books, 2010, 248 p., $26.
    05/21/2010 - 13:28