Vol. 182 No. #11 Archives

More Stories from the December 1, 2012 issue

  1. Life

    Fasting hormone helps mice live longer

    A protein can trick the body into entering starvation mode.

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  2. Earth

    Spanish quake linked to groundwater pumping

    Draining aquifers likely triggered 2011 tremor that killed nine people.

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  3. Life

    Hind wings gave four-winged dino flight control

    Much-debated rear wings could have given Microraptor extra help in airborne maneuvers.

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  4. Chemistry

    Human blood types have deep evolutionary roots

    The ABO system may date back 20 million years or more, a genetic analysis suggests.

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  5. Paleontology

    Earliest primate had tree-climber ankles

    A creature known only from fossils of its teeth gets some more parts.

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  6. Climate

    Gulf Stream might be releasing seafloor methane

    Greenhouse gas may be flowing into ocean waters off the U.S. east coast.

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  7. Humans

    Shoulder fossil may put Lucy’s kind up a tree

    Fossils of an ancient child suggest the more than 3-million-year-old hominid mixed climbing with walking.

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  8. Health & Medicine

    Aspirin has selective benefit in colorectal cancer

    Patients with a common gene mutation survive longer, which might enable doctors to predict who would get results from the drug.

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  9. Health & Medicine

    Same neurons at work in sleep and under anesthesia

    Drugs boost activity in nerve cells that usually induce a slumber.

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  10. Health & Medicine

    An enlightened idea

    Technique lights up neurons at work in living animals.

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  11. Earth

    Ozone hole at smallest size in decades

    Warm Antarctic temperatures help preserve UV-protecting layer.

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  12. Health & Medicine

    Smoking laws limit heart attacks

    A county that banned smoking in bars, restaurants and other workplaces saw a one-third decrease, a new study finds.

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  13. Life

    Hunting dark matter with DNA

    Particle physicists propose a new way to detect dark matter using the molecule of life.

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  14. Life

    Extensive bird family tree rewrites some history

    Unexpected pattern of evolution found across hemispheres.

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  15. Psychology

    Too little money, too much borrowing

    A contested study suggests that poverty contracts attention and detracts from financial decisions.

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  16. Life

    Seaweed-threatened corals send chemical SOS to fish

    The cry for help summons allies to graze away the algal overgrowth.

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  17. Planetary Science

    Digging deep into Martian soil

    NASA's rover takes a closer look at Mars' surface.

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  18. Tech

    Building robots that slither

    Howie Choset is a roboticist, but his team’s creations bear little resemblance to C-3PO or R2-D2. Instead, Choset finds inspiration in nature — specifically, snakes.

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  19. Science Future for December 1, 2012

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  20. SN Online

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  21. Measurement by Paul Lockhart

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  22. On a Farther Shore by William Souder

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  23. Living Color: The Biological and Social Meaning of Skin Color by Nina G. Jablonski

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  24. I, Lobster by Nancy Frazier

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  25. Book Review: The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success by Kevin Dutton

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  26. Book Review: How Ancient Europeans Saw the World by Peter S. Wells

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  27. Astronomy

    Onward and Skyward

    With new efforts aimed at the stars, China seeks to revive its astronomical reputation.

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  28. Early Arrival

    Premature puberty among girls poses scientific puzzle.

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  29. Letters

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  30. Science Past from the issue of December 1, 1962

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  31. Stardust Revolution: The New Story of Our Origin in the Stars by Jacob Berkowitz

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