Vol. 182 No. #12 Archives

More Stories from the December 15, 2012 issue

  1. Space

    Astronomers spot leftover light from ancient stars

    Ancient photons leave their mark in high-energy radiation from powerful galaxies.

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  2. Health & Medicine

    Statin substitutes go beyond drawing board

    A new generation of cholesterol-lowering drugs might help people who can’t take the usual pills or who don’t benefit adequately from them.

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  3. Life

    Trunk in cheek, elephant mimics Korean

    Novel posture lets animal imitate sounds of human words.

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  4. Life

    Cancer cells self-destruct in blind mole rats

    Underground rodents evolved a way to zap mutating tissue.

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  5. Health & Medicine

    Your brain on speed dating

    Activity in two regions helps calculate compatibility with potential mates.

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  6. Health & Medicine

    Highlights from the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, Los Angeles, November 3-7

    Multivitamins may not reduce heart attacks, two drugs could protect heart from chemo damage, and more.

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  7. Humans

    An ancient civilization’s wet ascent, dry demise

    Cave data suggest that ancient rainfall patterns swayed the course of Classic Maya societies.

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  8. Health & Medicine

    Infant stress linked to teen brain changes

    Girls, but not boys, showed later changes in brain regions that regulate emotions.

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  9. Humans

    Ancient hominid had an unusual diet

    A long-extinct member of the human evolutionary family had an uncommon taste for grasses and sedges.

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  10. Life

    Telomere length linked to risk of dying

    Large study examines association between protective caps at end of chromosomes and health.

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  11. Anthropology

    Highlights from the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting

    Iceman’s origins, DNA fingerprinting, microRNAs and cancer risk, and growth genes and obesity risk.

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  12. Life

    Ebola may go airborne

    Infected pigs can transmit virus to primates without contact, a new study finds.

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  13. Humans

    Oldest examples of hunting weapon uncovered in South Africa

    A common ancestor of people and Neandertals may have flung stone-tipped shafts at animal prey.

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  14. Life

    Rainforest katydids evolved mammal-like ears

    Tiny hearing organs below insect’s knees have a structure similar to those in humans.

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  15. Space

    Rogue planet found among gang of stars

    Astronomers report the closest such free-floating object to Earth.

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  16. Fly guy

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  17. Science Future for December 15, 2015

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  18. SN Online

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  19. Seduced by Logic: Émilie Du Châtelet, Mary Somerville and the Newtonian Revolution by Robyn Arianrhod

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  20. Hunger, Thirst, Sex, and Sleep: How the Brain Controls Our Passions by John K. Young

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  21. The Miracle of Trees (Wooden Books) by Olavi Huikari

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  22. The Half-life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date by Samuel Arbesman

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  23. Particle Physics

    The Particle at the End of the Universe

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  24. BOOK REVIEW: Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth by Craig Childs

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  25. Families in Flux

    As household arrangements take new directions, scientists attempt to sort out the social effects.

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  26. Into the Fold

    Flat structures pop into 3-D forms, yielding miniature robots and tools.

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  27. Dear Future Earthlings

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  28. Letters

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  29. Physics

    Science Past from the issue of December 15, 1962

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  30. Train Wreck: The Forensics of Rail Disasters by George Bibel

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