Vol. 181 No. #7 Archives

More Stories from the April 7, 2012 issue

  1. Chemistry

    Taste of fructose revs up metabolism

    The pancreas pumps more insulin in response to the sugar, potentially throwing the body’s energy-storage machinery out of whack.

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  2. Space

    Visible echoes reprise 19th century spectacle

    By capturing light that arrived from a stellar eruption more than 150 years ago, astronomers gain clues to its cause.

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  3. Health & Medicine

    Sleeplessness agitates the brain

    As fatigue grows, electrical activity mounts.

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  4. Life

    The bloom isn’t off this ancient plant

    Using fruit found in Siberia’s permafrost, scientists grow oldest flowering specimen ever produced from preserved tissue.

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  5. Life

    Old-fashioned fish regrow fins

    Fish on an ancient line can regenerate lost limbs with newt-like flair, suggesting that ability was shared among ancient ancestors.

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  6. Humans

    Shelters date to Stone Age

    Middle Eastern foragers inhabited dwellings for months at a time around 20,000 years ago.

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  7. Physics

    Loose cable blamed for speedy neutrinos

    In uncovering a technical flaw, physicists now know why an experimental result that couldn’t have been true wasn’t.

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  8. Life

    Eggs may be made throughout adulthood

    The discovery of stem cells in human ovaries suggests that women are not born with a lifetime’s supply of gametes.

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  9. Earth

    Less sea ice brings more snow

    A melting Arctic shifts atmospheric patterns across much of the Northern Hemisphere, causing severe weather elsewhere.

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  10. Life

    After a breakup, coral embryos live on as clones

    Even modest waves can break apart embryonic corals, but the bits that survive can grow into separate clones.

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  11. Earth

    Fault’s twists may shake up earthquake forecasts

    Deep angles along the southern San Andreas mean future temblors may be stronger than predicted.

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  12. Physics

    Hydrogen takes a new form

    High-pressure studies may reveal a fourth phase for the element.

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  13. Life

    Sawfish don’t saw

    Spiked snouts whack prey to the bottom, helping the predator better get its mouth around dinner.

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  14. Physics

    Lose a memory, use energy

    Lab experiment confirms link between erasing information and heat flow.

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  15. Psychology

    Pi master’s storied recall

    Remembering more than 60,000 consecutive numbers takes exhaustive practice at spinning yarns.

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  16. Humans

    Teens win big at science competition

    The top awards in the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search go to young scientists working on cancer, innovative sources of energy and behavioral genetics.

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  17. Humans

    Evolution takes Asian refuge

    Multiple humanlike species may have arisen in cold-weather retreats and then interbred with ancient people.

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  18. SN Online

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  19. Science Future for April 7, 2012

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  20. Science Past from the issue of April 7, 1962

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  21. Vesuvius (Wonders of the World) by Gillian Darley

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  22. Across Atlantic Ice: The Origin of America’s Clovis Culture by Dennis J. Stanford and Bruce A. Bradley

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  23. How Not to Be Eaten: The Insects Fight Back by Gilbert Waldbauer

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  24. The Life of Super-Earths: How the Hunt for Alien Worlds and Artificial Cells Will Revolutionize Life on Our Planet by Dimitar Sasselov

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  25. BOOK REVIEW: The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It by Ricki Lewis

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  26. Neuroscience

    That’s Disgusting

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  27. Animals

    Furry Friends Forever

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  28. Psychology

    Visions For All

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  29. Physics

    Bits of Reality

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  30. Letters

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  31. Anthropology

    Measure Your Giant Carefully And His Size Will Shrink

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  32. Wired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind by Mark Pagel

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