Vol. 176 No. #13 Archives

More Stories from the December 19, 2009 issue

  1. Earth

    Plastics ingredients could make a boy’s play less masculine

    Study links boys' fetal phthalate exposure to tendency toward gender-neutral play later on.

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  2. Life

    Killer bees aren’t so smart

    Brains are probably not what powers the invasive bee’s takeover from European honeybees

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  3. Health & Medicine

    Mummies reveal heart disease plagued ancient Egyptians

    CT scans of preserved individuals show hardening of arteries similar to that seen in people today.

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  4. Space

    Revving up particles in the cosmos

    Newly recorded gamma rays from a microquasar may reveal how the black holes or neutron stars powering them can accelerate particles to enormous energies.

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  5. Life

    Climate not really what doomed large North American mammals

    Prevalence of a dung fungus over time suggests megafauna extinctions at end of last ice age started before vegetation changed.

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  6. Life

    Corn genome a maze of unusual diversity

    Multiple teams announce complete draft of the maize genome, with a full plate of surprises that include hints about hybrid vigor.

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  7. Animals

    Classic view of leaf-cutter ants overlooked nitrogen-fixing partner

    A fresh look at a fungus-insect partnership that biologists have studied for more than a century uncovers a role for bacteria.

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  8. Health & Medicine

    Malaria shows signs of resisting best drug used to fight it

    The frontline malaria medicine artemisinin shows gaps in effectiveness in Southeast Asia.

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  9. Low-tech approach stifles high-risk Nipah virus

    Protecting palm-tree sap from bats may limit spread of deadly disease, a study in Bangladesh shows.

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  10. Earth

    Where humans go, pepper virus follows

    Plant pathogen could help track waters polluted with human waste.

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  11. Computing

    First programmable quantum computer created

    System uses ultracold beryllium ions to tackle 160 randomly chosen programs.

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  12. Chemistry

    Metal gives pigment the blues

    Researchers studying manganese oxides unexpectedly discover a new way to achieve blue hue.

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  13. Physics

    How to mix oil and water

    Bouncing an oil-coated water droplet creates a tiny emulsion and reveals physics of mixing.

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  14. Life

    Bone regulators moonlight in the brain as fever inducers

    Study in mice suggests proteins could be source of post-menopausal hot flashes.

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  15. Science Future for December 19, 2009

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  16. Mythematics: Solving the 12 Labors of Hercules by Michael Huber

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  17. The Greatest Science Stories Never Told by Rick Beyer

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  18. Hybrid: The History & Science of Plant Breeding by Noel Kingsbury

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  19. Gems and Gemstones: Timeless Natural Beauty of the Mineral World by Lance Grande and Allison Augustyn

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  20. Over the Coasts: An Aerial View of Geology by Michael Collier

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  21. Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and the World He Made Up by K.C. Cole

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  22. Funding science research as a sustained enterprise

    At the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in October in Chicago, NIH Director Francis S. Collins discussed NIH funding and answered questions from reporters, including Science News writers Tina Hesman Saey and Laura Sanders.

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  23. Trawling the brain

    New findings raise questions about reliability of fMRI as gauge of neural activity.

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  24. Humans wonder, anybody home?

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  25. A black future

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  26. Letters

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  27. Science Past from the issue of December 19, 1959

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  28. The Religion and Science Debate: Why Does It Continue? Edited by Harold W. Attridge

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