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  • Feature

    Nature’s recourse

    Nature has a shifty side. Bees cheat flowers. Flowers cheat bees. Fish cheat other fish, and so on. The more biologists look, the more skulduggery turns up.

    In this sense, cheating means pretty much what it does among people, says evolutionary biologist Toby Kiers of VU University Amsterdam: One party exploits...

    07/16/2010 - 12:23
  • Feature

    Beneath that blazing facade

    In the pantheon of cosmic celebrities, the sun is one true superstar. It’s not only the Earth’s prime source of light and heat — it also fuels the greenery that makes breathing possible, keeps time by setting the body’s daily rhythms and spits out charged particles that create the beauty of the aurora borealis.

    But for all its roles on...

    07/16/2010 - 12:03
  • Feature

    The incredible shrinking solar cell

    The next generation of solar cells will be small. About the size of lint. But the anticipated impact: That’s huge.

    Some of these emerging electricity-generating cells could be embedded in windows without obscuring the view. Engineers envision incorporating slightly larger ones into resins that would be molded onto the tops of cars or maybe the roofs...

    07/16/2010 - 11:51
  • Science Future

    Science Future for July 31, 2010

    August 14 – 17The American Sociological Association meets in Atlanta. See

    August 30 – September 3Researchers and policy makers meet in Boston to discuss environmental factors affecting penguin population health. See

    September 1A psychologist lectures in New York City on the connection between beauty and happiness. See...

    07/16/2010 - 10:44
  • Science Past  from the issue of July 30, 1960

    LIP-SMACKING GRASSHOPPER — A grasshopper with a talent for lip-smacking has turned out to be quite an unusual insect. Paratylotropidia brunneri Scudder is the first insect known to communicate over fairly long distances by producing an audible sound from the mouth — literally smacking its lips…. Produced at the rate of six or seven per second, usually in groups of four, the grasshopper...

    07/16/2010 - 10:43
  • Reviews & Previews

    Book Review: Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience by Stephen S. Hall

    Of all human attributes, wisdom is perhaps the most vaunted. Yet ask someone to define the trait and the answer will probably echo the test applied to obscenity in 1964: I know it when I see it.

    In his latest book, Hall, a science writer, attempts to tackle the question of what defines wisdom and what science has learned to date about this elusive characteristic. What...

    07/16/2010 - 10:41
  • Reviews & Previews

    Book Review: Voyager: Seeking Newer Worlds in the Third Great Age of Discovery by Stephen J. Pyne

    What with Mars rovers that tweet and space telescopes with Facebook fan pages, one might think space exploration today is just another part of modern life. In this new book, however, environmental scholar Pyne reminds readers of the rich cultural history that underlies humankind’s exploration of the cosmos.

    To frame his story Pyne chooses the twin Voyager missions, launched...

    07/16/2010 - 10:40
  • Reviews & Previews

    Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do by Albert-László Barabási

    Mining digital data reveals patterns in seemingly spontaneous human behavior.

    Dutton, 2010, 310 p., $26.95.

    07/16/2010 - 10:38
  • Reviews & Previews

    Professor Stewart’s Hoard of Mathematical Treasures by Ian Stewart

    The math professor returns with more brain teasers, puzzles and facts designed to reveal the fun side of the subject.

    Basic Books, 2010, 339 p., $16.95.

    07/16/2010 - 10:35
  • Reviews & Previews

    Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality by Manjit Kumar

    The story of quantum mechanics and the decades-long argument about how to interpret it.

    W.W. Norton & Co., 2010, 448 p., $27.95.

    07/16/2010 - 10:33