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  • Feature

    Fat chance

    Throughout the leaner epochs of human history, when food supplies were unreliable, the species would not have survived without a way to hoard calories for later use. That is, without fat. Once a meal has supplied the body’s immediate energy needs, any unused fuel gets converted into long molecules called triglycerides, which are dispatched to fatty tissue where they wait for a signal that the...

    06/18/2010 - 15:12
  • Feature

    Life from scratch

    A short stroll from Boston’s Charles River, behind a sheath of blue glass on the seventh floor of a Harvard Medical School research building, Jack Szostak is getting set to replay the greatest event on Earth.

    He and his 15-member team of graduate students and young postdoctoral research fellows are well on their way to starting biology from scratch —...

    06/18/2010 - 15:11
  • Feature

    The Truth Hurts

    Truster-Pro and the Vericator may sound like devices Wile E. Coyote would order from the Acme Co., but they are real technologies for detecting lies. Unlike the traditional polygraph, which zeroes in on factors such as pulse and breathing rate, these analyzers aim to assess veracity based solely on speech.

    Police departments shell out thousands of...

    06/18/2010 - 14:56
  • Science Past from the issue of July 2, 1960

    HIGH MILK CONTAMINATION FROM NUCLEAR ACCIDENTS — Radioactive contamination of milk is likely to be “the most widespread hazard” resulting from a nuclear accident or explosion depositing fission products on agricultural land, according to recent studies in England reported in a forthcoming issue of Nature…. Elements that appeared to cause the greatest contamination are the isotopes of...

    06/18/2010 - 11:32
  • Science Future

    Science Future for July 3, 2010

    August 8 – 12 Geoscientists meet in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, for an international conference. See

    August 11 – 14 The Cognitive Science Society meets in Portland, Ore. Go to

    September 6 Last day to view the Chicago Field Museum’s exhibit on creatures of the Ice Age. See

    06/18/2010 - 11:30
  • Reviews & Previews

    Book Review: The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons

    People wearing gorilla suits don’t always stand out in a crowd. When volunteers were asked to count the number of ball passes made by a basketball team in a video, half never noticed a gorilla-suited intruder walking across the court doing chest thumps.

    That experiment, conducted by psychologists Chabris and Simons in 1999, launches their book about the dangers of trusting...

    06/18/2010 - 11:26
  • Reviews & Previews

    Book Review: Inside the Outbreaks: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service by Mark Pendergrast

    In 1951, a group of American men suited up to go to war. This wasn’t unusual at the time — the Korean War was on — but this brigade was armed with field notebooks and test tubes, and was trained to take aim at threats to public health. Inside the Outbreaks tells the story of this little-known corps, the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


    06/18/2010 - 11:18
  • Reviews & Previews

    March of the Microbes: Sighting the Unseen by John L. Ingraham

    For those who know where to look, microbes abound in daily life.

    Belknap Press/Harvard Univ. Press, 2010, 326 p., $28.95.

    06/18/2010 - 11:15
  • Reviews & Previews

    Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think by Elaine Howard Ecklund

    Through surveys and interviews, a sociologist examines scientists’ views on religion.

    Oxford Univ. Press, 2010, 228 p., $27.95.

    06/18/2010 - 11:14
  • Reviews & Previews

    Green Light: Toward an Art of Evolution by George Gessert

    An artist who works with living material considers how aesthetic values influence the ways people breed plants and animals.

    MIT Press, 2010, 233 p., $24.95.

    06/18/2010 - 11:11