Vol. 180 No. #13 Archives

More Stories from the December 17, 2011 issue

  1. Life

    Gene makes some pilots get rusty faster

    A common DNA variant affects the pace of age-related decline in performance on skilled tasks like flying a plane.

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  2. Life

    Giant dinosaurs may have migrated

    Evidence in teeth suggests that sauropods sought greener pastures in dry North American summers.

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  3. Health & Medicine

    Eye movements confirm hypnosis

    A true trance can't be faked, research suggests.

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  4. Earth

    Pollution may be strengthening Asian cyclones

    Sooty brown clouds may underlie the recent emergence of mega-storms striking from India to the Middle East.

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  5. Paleontology

    Tooth stranger than fiction

    A mammal fossil unearthed in South America resembles ‘Ice Age’ saber-toothed squirrel.

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  6. Health & Medicine

    First brain image of a dream created

    Feat opens the door to probing the stuff of nocturnal dramas.

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  7. Life

    Prehistoric horses came in leopard print

    Dappled animals, once thought to be the result of selective breeding after domestication, were around when early humans depicted them on cave walls.

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  8. Tech

    Tiniest car gets a test drive

    Scientists build the world's tiniest electric 'roadster,' and zap it into action.

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  9. Space

    How the moon got its magnetism

    Earth’s tug or asteroid impacts may have generated the ancient lunar magnetic field.

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  10. Humans

    Future wars may be fought by synapses

    Neuroscientists consider defense applications of recent insights into how the brain works.

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  11. Health & Medicine

    Childhood sex abuse tied to heart risk

    Women victimized as children or in adolescence have increased cardiac disease in adulthood, a study shows.

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  12. Health & Medicine

    Highlights from the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions

    Vitamin D and heart disease, the effectiveness of external defibrillators, a shot to lower cholesterol, and more from the Orlando, Fla., meeting.

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  13. Chemistry

    Plastic isn’t over yet

    A tough new form of the 20th century’s signature polymer could extend its usefulness and make it more recyclable.

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  14. Space

    Lakes may lurk beneath chaos on Europa

    Pockets of liquid water underlie fractured ice on the Jupiter moon’s surface, a new study concludes.

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  15. Physics

    Metallic hydrogen makes its debut, maybe

    German scientists claim to have squeezed the gas into a liquid that could have multiple applications.

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  16. SN Online

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  17. Science Future for December 17, 2011

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  18. Science Past from the issue of December 16, 1961

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  19. How We See the Sky: A Naked-Eye Tour of Day and Night by Thomas Hockey

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  20. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

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  21. What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite by David DiSalvo

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  22. Controversial Bodies: Thoughts on the Public Display of Plastinated Corpses, John D. Lantos, ed.

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  23. Science & Society

    Science Ink

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  24. BOOK REVIEW: Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World by Richard Rhodes

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  25. Tech

    Out of the Box

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  26. Humans

    Missing Lincs

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  27. Jars of Plenty

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  28. Letters

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  29. Find “extinct” fish alive in South African waters

    A “living fossil” gets new family members as more coelacanths turn up.

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  30. Powering the Future: How We Will (Eventually) Solve the Energy Crisis and Fuel the Civilization of Tomorrow by Robert B. Laughlin

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