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  • Reviews & Previews

    Bright Boys by Tom Green

    A writer, producer and playwright tells the story of the first real-time, electronic digital computer and the people who created it.

    A.K. Peters, 2010, 327 p., $39.

    06/18/2010 - 11:09
  • Reviews & Previews

    A Zeptospace Odyssey: A Journey into the Physics of the LHC by Gian Francesco Giudice

    A physicist describes the science behind the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator, for a general audience.

    Oxford Univ. Press, 2010, 276 p., $45.

    06/18/2010 - 11:07
  • Letters to the Editor

    Letters

    SN on the newsstand I’m blind so I’ve been reading your magazine in braille for quite a while. But most of my sighted friends have never heard of you guys. This is a great publication, and I’m glad that more readers will now become familiar with it (“Science News goes public: available on newsstands,” SN: 5/22/10, p. 2). Rick Lovecchio, Doraville, Ga.

    We hope so too. Select...

    06/18/2010 - 11:03
  • Comment

    Explaining the equation behind the oil spill disaster

    Catastrophes come in all shapes and sizes, but some basic causative principles underlie most of them. Robert Bea, an engineer at the University of California, Berkeley, has studied system failures from space shuttle explosions to levee breaks during Hurricane Katrina — but as a former oil rig worker he is most familiar with drilling disasters. Bea has thus assumed a key role in analyzing the...

    06/18/2010 - 10:52
  • News

    Kepler craft reports apparent planetary bonanza

    Surveying thousands of stars for telltale twinkles that signal the passage of an orbiting planet, NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has discovered a whopping 706 candidate planets beyond the solar system. If confirmed, that motherlode would boost the number of known extrasolar planets, now estimated at 460, to well over a thousand.

    The trove, announced June 15, includes evidence of five stars...

    06/15/2010 - 18:29 Atom & Cosmos
  • News

    H1N1 virus lacks Spanish flu’s killer protein

    BOSTON — The H1N1 swine flu just doesn’t have what it takes to be a real killer, a new study of the 1918 Spanish flu suggests.

    Scientists have been studying the 1918 Spanish flu virus to find out what made it so deadly. The virus caused a pandemic that killed 20 million to 40 million people — making it one of the most devastating epidemics in history.

    The Spanish flu virus had...

    06/15/2010 - 11:22 Body & Brain, Genes & Cells, Life & Evolution
  • News

    First Mexican-American and African-American genomes completed

    BOSTON — One Mexican-American person’s genome shows just how little is known about human genetic diversity in the Americas.

    Researchers recently compiled the complete genetic instruction books for two people of mixed ethnic ancestry — a Mexican-American and an African-American. Carlos Bustamante of Stanford University School of Medicine reported the accomplishment June 12 at Genetics...

    06/13/2010 - 15:06 Humans & Society, Genes & Cells
  • News

    Bouncing beads outwit Feynman

    View a video of the newly designed machine

    Researchers have built a machine that harnesses energy from the random motion of bouncing beads to perform work. The machine, a modified re-creation of a system dreamt up nearly a century ago in a captivating thought experiment, dances around physicist Richard Feynman’s dictum that work can’t be extracted from such a system. 

    In 1912,...

    06/11/2010 - 12:44 Matter & Energy
  • News

    Parasite brood gets help from nearby microbes

    The question of which came first, the whipworm or the whipworm egg, leaves out a key player: bacteria.

    Eggs of the parasitic whipworm, whose potential hosts include humans, won’t hatch in their host’s intestine until they get the go-ahead from nearby gut bacteria, researchers report June 10 in Science.

    The work reveals how the parasite avoids hatching in the wrong...

    06/10/2010 - 13:37 Ecology, Life & Evolution, Genes & Cells
  • News

    Ancient shoe steps out of cave and into limelight

    A new find has given archaeologists a rare foothold on Copper Age life. Excavations of an Armenian cave have uncovered the oldest known leather shoe, a slip-on, lace-up model from roughly 5,500 years ago. It’s about the size of a woman’s size 7 today.

    A team led by archaeologist Ron Pinhasi of University College Cork in Ireland, found the shoe in 2008, under a...

    06/10/2010 - 08:52 Humans & Society