Vol. 180 No. #4 Archives

More Stories from the August 13, 2011 issue

  1. Physics

    Rare earth elements plentiful in ocean sediments

    The economically vital metals could be mined from the deep sea, Japanese geologists propose.

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  2. Animals

    Chimp has an ear for talk

    Human-raised Panzee challenges the notion that only people can discern acoustically altered words.

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  3. Space

    Iapetus gets dusted

    Saturn moon gets its yin-yang surface by plowing through a ring of dust.

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  4. Space

    Astronomers probe matter in early universe

    Smeared light from the dawn of time confirms ideas about a mysterious dark energy permeating the cosmos.

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  5. Life

    Learnin’ lizards

    Underrated reptiles figure out what to do when the old rules change.

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  6. Animals

    Baboon bosses get stressed for success

    In the wild, the most powerful males reign tensely.

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  7. Life

    Oil spill didn’t hurt seagrass-dwelling juvenile fish

    Long-term effects of early exposure to hydrocarbons remains unknown.

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  8. Math

    Varying efficacy of HIV drug cocktails explained

    Steepness of slope in dose-response curve tips off researchers to importance of timing in virus’s life cycle.

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  9. Physics

    A cloak in time

    Physicists hide events in the laboratory for trillionths of a second.

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  10. Life

    Genes & Cells

    Human livers implanted in mice, plus new eye of newt, the potato genome and more in this week’s news.

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  11. Psychology

    Narcissists need no reality check

    Masters of vanity know they’re arrogant and disliked, but see own bigheadedness as justified.

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  12. Humans

    Mirror system gets an assist

    Study finds two brain systems are surprisingly active when an amputee observes a task she can’t perform.

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  13. Physics

    Quantum theory gets physical

    New work finds a physical basis for quantum mechanics.

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  14. Life

    Shuffling the genetic deck

    Scientists map places where chromosomes mix and match genes.

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  15. Health & Medicine

    Something in the air may cause lung damage in troops

    Unexplained breathing problems in soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan come from deposits that damage tiny passages in the lungs.

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  16. Life

    The lion eats tonight …

    Attacks on humans peak after a full moon, when feline bellies tend to rumble.

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  17. Earth

    Small volcanoes add up to cooler climate

    Airborne particles sent skyward by eruptions since 2000 have counteracted the warming effects of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide.

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  18. Life

    A tryst, then the power to resist

    House mice in Europe got some of their tolerance for rodenticides from hybridizing with a completely different species

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  19. Life

    Genes & Cells

    Genes for butterfly wings and maintaining maleness, plus turtles meet their lizard relatives and more in this week’s news.

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  20. SN Online

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  21. Science Past from the issue of August 12, 1961

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  22. Science Future for August 13, 2011

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  23. The Sun’s Heartbeat: And Other Stories from the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet by Bob Berman

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  24. Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut’s Journey to the Moon by Al Worden with Francis French

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  25. The Mathematics of Life by Ian Stewart

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  26. Avian Architecture: How Birds Design, Engineer, and Buildby Peter Goodfellow

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  27. BOOK REVIEW: Weeds: In Defense of Nature’s Most Unloved Plants by Richard Mabey

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  28. BOOK REVIEW: Eruptions That Shook the World by Clive Oppenheimer

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  29. Health & Medicine

    One problem, many paths

    Autism’s many genetic players may act through common networks.

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  30. Humans

    Water’s Edge Ancestors

    Human evolution’s tide may have turned on lake and sea shores.

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  31. Materials Science

    Carbon flatland

    Graphene’s two dimensions offer new physics, novel electronics.

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  32. Letters

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  33. Russians Dig to Reach Below Earth’s Crust

    During the space race, U.S. and Soviet teams also engaged in a less-famous contest — to drill down to the boundary between the Earth’s crust and mantle.

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  34. War’s Waste: Rehabilitation in World War I America by Beth Linker

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