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  • Feature

    Iron in the Mix

    Physicist Johnpierre Paglione works in a kitchen of sorts: He precisely blends ingredients, heats his mixtures to just the right temperature and cools them to get the perfect product. But rather than only edible ingredients, his recipes call for toxic chemicals, such as arsenic, and metals — especially iron. His ovens, which line the shelves of his lab at the University of Maryland in College...

    10/22/2010 - 17:01
  • Feature

    Massacre at Sacred Ridge

    Attackers with a deadly plan climbed a knoll to a Pueblo village called Sacred Ridge around 1,200 years ago. What happened next was anything but sacred.

    At least 35 people, roughly half of those living in the village, were brutalized, killed and sliced into thousands of small pieces. Fellow...

    10/22/2010 - 17:01
  • Feature

    Smoke from a Distant Fire

    A dusky shroud hung high over Alaska and western Canada in early August, a plume of smoke, soot and other tiny particles tainting the lower stratosphere and thick enough for satellites to detect. But the particles suspended in the Alaskan and Canadian pall, called aerosols, didn’t emanate from one of the wildfires that often strike the region’s boreal forests during the long days of summer....

    10/22/2010 - 17:00
  • Science Future

    Science Future

    November 6 Tweens can explore science and magic at the Moore Public Library in Tacoma, Wash. http://www.tacomapubliclibrary.org

    November 6 The Orlando Science Center in Florida hosts a “Neanderthal Ball.” Cocktail dress with caveman couture. http://www.osc.org

    November 17 Entry deadline for teen whiz kid competition, the 2010 Intel Science Talent Search. http://www....

    10/22/2010 - 09:47
  • Science Past from the issue of November 5, 1960

    “BUMPERS” FOR SPACE SHIPS — Sound-proofed “meteor bumpers” for space ships are needed to provide important psychological and physical protection for astronauts traveling through fast moving concentrations of space dust as they leave the earth, Dr. Fred L. Whipple, director, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and a professor of astronomy at Harvard University, reported. The sound of the tiny...
    10/22/2010 - 09:46
  • Reviews & Previews

    Book Review: Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions by Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde, with Sandra Blakeslee

    Magic wands, fake drop boxes and invisible thread may be fun gimmicks, but a magician’s most valuable tool weighs about three pounds and sits in the skull of the spectator.

    In their illuminating book, brain experts Martinez-Conde and Macknik make the case that magicians are some of the most skilled neuroscientists around. No mere hucksters, magicians deftly manipulate brains...

    10/22/2010 - 09:44
  • Reviews & Previews

    Book Review: Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives by Annie Murphy Paul

    Gestation isn’t destiny, but a person’s physical and emotional future do start to form before birth. In her up-close look at the first nine months, Paul deftly intersperses a scientific tour of how fetal environments influence later health and well-being with personal glimpses of her second pregnancy.

    A picture emerges of scientists seeking prenatal insights that have the...

    10/22/2010 - 09:41
  • Reviews & Previews

    Octopus by Jennifer A. Mather, Roland C. Anderson and James B. Wood

    An in-depth look reveals the uncanny smarts and elegant adaptations of these eight-armed wonders.

    Timber Press, 2010, 208 p., $25.95.

    10/22/2010 - 09:37
  • Reviews & Previews

    The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

    Not just an animal lover’s tale, this book looks at recent scientific research on how humans evolved to care for canine companions.

    Harper, 2010, 249 p., $25.99.

    10/22/2010 - 09:35
  • Reviews & Previews

    The Music Instinct by Philip Ball

    A journalist draws on neuroscience, anthropology and philosophy to explore the universal human experience of music.

    Oxford Univ. Press, 2010, 452 p., $29.95.

    10/22/2010 - 09:30