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  • SN Online

    SN Online

    DELETED SCENES BLOG A leaked LHC study sparks hubbub, but physicists stay skeptical of a particle find. See “Rumors of a Higgs discovery are just that.”

    EARTH Eyjafjallajökull spit super-sharp ash. Read “Volcanic ash gets its close-up.”

    LIFE Brain evolution preceded a diversity boom in one electricity-emitting fish. Read “Zap! More fish.”

    GENES & CELLS Some quick-...

    05/06/2011 - 16:35
  • Reviews & Previews

    Let Them Eat Shrimp: The Tragic Disappearance of the Rainforests of the Sea by Kennedy Warne

    For anyone wondering just what the heck “rainforests of the sea” might be, they’re the world’s largely unsung, highly imperiled, biologically fabulous coastal forests of mangroves. And it’s a telling point that the word mangroves does not appear on the cover of a book devoted to their marvels and troubles.

    Rainforests of the land evoke a lot more international concern, and...

    05/06/2011 - 14:51
  • Reviews & Previews

    One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing by Diane Ackerman

    In this personal account of a stroke’s devastation on the brain, a nature writer chronicles her husband’s battle to recover his lost words.

    One day, a clot lodged in the brain of Paul West, a professor, poet and novelist. The stroke left West, a man with a biting wit and a deep intellect, able to mutter only one syllable over and over: “Mem, mem, mem.”


    05/06/2011 - 14:50
  • Reviews & Previews

    The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick

    The story of information itself takes readers on a ride through history, from the first alphabet to the bits and bytes of the modern Information Age.

    Pantheon, 2011, 526 p., $29.95.

    05/06/2011 - 14:49
  • Reviews & Previews

    The Cloud Collector's Handbook by Gavin Pretor-Pinney

    For weather buffs or anyone who has hunted cloud animals, this clearly written guide to the skies makes a game of spotting the many kinds of clouds.

    Chronicle Books, 2011, 143 p., $14.95.

    05/06/2011 - 14:49
  • Reviews & Previews

    Quantify!: A Crash Course in Smart Thinking by Göran Grimvall

    A fun survey of the use of numbers to make sound judgments, from gravity’s effects on sports records to statistical analysis of the weather.

    Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2011, 218 p., $25.

    05/06/2011 - 14:49
  • Reviews & Previews

    The Great Sperm Whale: A Natural History of the Ocean's Most Magnificent and Mysterious Creature by Richard Ellis

    A rich exploration of the evolution and biology of this giant sea creature.

    Univ. Press of Kansas, 2011, 368 p., $34.95.

    05/06/2011 - 14:48
  • Reviews & Previews

    Driven to Extinction: The Impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity by Richard Pearson

    A scientist examines how species have reacted to past climate shifts and how organisms may respond in the future.

    Sterling, 2011, 263 p., $22.95.

    05/06/2011 - 14:47
  • Feature

    Into orbit

    Hidden by the sun’s glare and dismissed as a heavily cratered rock no different than Earth’s moon, Mercury has for decades been relegated to the back burner of planetary research. But studies of the planet closest to the sun have now ignited.

    On March 17, NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft became the first probe to enter orbit around the metal-rich body (SN Online: 3/...

    05/06/2011 - 14:32
  • Feature

    Dawn of the Dinosaurs

    Any 10-year-old knows how the dinosaurs met their end: A huge meteorite slammed into Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula 65 million years ago, blasting the planet beyond anything imagined by Bruce Willis in Armageddon.

    But neither kids nor Hollywood have spent much time thinking about how dinosaurs appeared in the first place. “We know a heck of a...

    05/06/2011 - 14:32