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  • Feature

    Scour power

    When Hurricane Ike struck the Gulf Coast in the early hours of September 13, 2008, Texas’ Bolivar Peninsula was ground zero. Before the category 2 storm made landfall, large stretches of beachfront on this narrow, low-lying spit of land were chockablock with homes standing on stilts behind dunes up to 2 meters tall.

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    08/13/2010 - 13:59 Earth & Environment
  • Feature

    Cancer’s little helpers

    When tiny hairpin-shaped molecules act up, they don’t rebel loner-style like James Dean. Instead they take on the persona of Darth Vader, crushing proteins under their command and turning acquaintances to the dark side as well. In this case, though, the fight is for control not of the universe, but of the body. And a dark-side victory could end in cancer.

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    08/13/2010 - 13:53
  • Feature

    Mining for Missing Matter

    On an early summer morning in northern Minnesota, a crew of about a dozen waits by the top of mine shaft No. 8. Donning hard hats, the engineers and physicists pile into a creaky, double-decker elevator cage. It is pitch black for most of the three-minute descent. Ears pop, the cage floor vibrates and a giant motor dating from 1925 thunders overhead.

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    08/13/2010 - 13:43 Atom & Cosmos, Astronomy
  • Science Future

    Science Future for August 28, 2010

    September 11 Air and Space Museum’s     September Star Party near Paris, Va. See www.nasm.si.edu/events/skywatching/

    September 15 – 17 Researchers and policy makers meet in Austin, Texas, to discuss aging in the Americas. Go to www.utexas.edu/lbj/caa/2010

    October 4 – 8 World virologists meet in Italy about HIV/AIDS and cancer. See www.ihv.org

    08/13/2010 - 12:49
  • Science Past from the issue of August 27, 1960

    CAT PHOBIA TREATMENT — [A] patient was cured of cat phobia by forcing herself to handle velvet until she got used to it. The patient, a 37-year-old married woman ...  had had a fear of cats as long as she could remember.... The therapist began ... [with] what she felt was the least objectionable idea associated with cats — their fur.... [First he used] velvet, which has some of the texture...
    08/13/2010 - 12:48
  • Reviews & Previews

    Book Review: The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr

    In 2008, science and technology writer Nicholas Carr asked in The Atlantic if Google is “making us stupid.” His latest book is an effort to answer that question and, more broadly, to explore how the tools of the Internet age are altering the way people find and use information.

    Carr spends much of the book exploring how technology has shaped human habits of information...

    08/13/2010 - 12:47
  • Reviews & Previews

    Book Review: Climatopolis by Matthew E. Kahn

    Dire predictions about global warming make it hard to imagine how the human race will cope with the droughts, heat waves and advancing seas that climate change is expected to bring later this century. But economist Matthew Kahn has a message for prosperous urbanites in developed (and rapidly developing) nations who worry about the fate of their children and grandchildren in a greenhouse world...

    08/13/2010 - 12:46
  • Reviews & Previews

    101Things Everyone Should Know About Math by Marc Zev, Kevin B. Segal and Nathan Levy

    Simple questions and answers teach math concepts and problem-solving skills. For kids age 10 to 14.

    Science, Naturally!, 2010, 208 p., $9.95.

    08/13/2010 - 12:44
  • Reviews & Previews

    The Matchbox That Ate a Forty-Ton Truck by Marcus Chown

    A cosmology writer puts basic physics principles in an everyday context.

    Faber and Faber, 2010, 269 p., $25.

    08/13/2010 - 12:43
  • Reviews & Previews

    Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light by Jane Brox

    The history of lighting is a microcosm of scientific and technological advances since the Stone Age.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010, 368 p., $25.

    08/13/2010 - 12:41