Vol. 181 No. #2 Archives

More Stories from the January 28, 2012 issue

  1. Humans

    Fewer fires in Africa these days

    How flames spread, not how frequently people start them, controls burning on the continent.

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  2. Astronomy

    Toasty planets circle stellar heart

    Roasted remains orbit former red giant.

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  3. Life

    Drugs activate dormant gene

    A compound that blocks DNA unwinding can spur production of a critical brain protein in mice, leading to hope for a therapy for Angelman syndrome.

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  4. Humans

    Network analysis predicts drug side effects

    A computer technique can foresee adverse events before medications are widely prescribed.

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  5. Life

    Pigeons rival primates in number task

    Trained on one-two-three, the birds can apply the rule of numerical order to such lofty figures as five and nine.

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  6. Paleontology

    Early animals dethroned

    Cell division patterns in controversial Chinese fossils place them outside the animal kingdom.

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  7. Life

    Staggered lessons may work better

    Training at irregular intervals improves learning in sea snails.

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  8. Animals

    Deep-sea glow serves as bait

    Marine bacteria light up to get a ride elsewhere.

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  9. Chemistry

    Molecule ties itself in a complex knot

    Chemists synthesize a five-crossing structure centered on chloride.

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  10. Life

    Sun-oil mix deadly for young herring

    Fish embryos proved surprisingly vulnerable to a 2007 spill in San Francisco Bay.

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  11. Physics

    Neutrino parents call into question faster-than-light results

    The particles’ precursor doesn’t have enough energy to produce the speeds reported.

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  12. Life

    Three monkeys a genetic mishmash

    Feat suggests embryonic stem cells are less flexible in primates than mice.

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  13. Life

    Crabs hither, shrimp thither

    Biologists document surprising differences among deep-sea animals at hydrothermal vent fields.

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  14. Science Past for January 27, 1962

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  15. Science Future for January 28, 2012

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  16. SN Online

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  17. You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself by David McRaney

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  18. Mushroom by Nicholas P. Money

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  19. Part Wild: One Woman’s Journey with a Creature Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs by Ceiridwen Terrill

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  20. 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True by Guy P. Harrison

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  21. BOOK REVIEW: Who’s in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain by Michael S. Gazzaniga

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  22. BOOK REVIEW: My Beautiful Genome: Exposing Our Genetic Future, One Quirk at a Time by Lone Frank

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  23. Climate

    Soil’s Hidden Secrets

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  24. The Digital Camera Revolution

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  25. Head Agony

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  26. Letters

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  27. Pharmacologist drinks heavy water in experiment

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  28. Auroras by Dan Bortolotti

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