Vol. 182 No. #2 Archives

More Stories from the July 28, 2012 issue

  1. Life

    Microbes flourish under Arctic sea ice

    Oceanographic expedition surprised to find photosynthetic microorganisms thriving under frozen surface.

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  2. Humans

    European cave art gets older

    Ancient illustrations in northern Spain date to more than 40,000 years ago.

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  3. Humans

    Color this chimp amazing

    An extra layer of sensory perception called synesthesia might help ape make a monkey of humans on memory tests.

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  4. Life

    Chicks do worse in noisy nests

    Baby bluebirds, and their parents, appear to have trouble communicating over the racket made by nearby humans.

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  5. Tech

    The descent of music

    Using an evolutionary process, researchers create pleasing tunes out of grating noise.

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  6. Life

    Peacocks ruffle feathers, make a rumble

    New recordings reveal that male birds use infrasound, emitting low-pitch sounds detected by peers but inaudible to human ears.

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  7. Earth

    East Coast faces faster sea level rise

    From North Carolina to Massachusetts, waters are rising more rapidly than the global average.

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  8. Health & Medicine

    Learn to play piano in your sleep

    That’s still impossible, but an experiment suggests hearing a previously learned ditty while snoozing improves later performance of the piece.

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  9. Tech

    Interactive map like GPS for Roman Empire

    A simulation calculates the cost in days and dinarii of shipping goods throughout the classical world.

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  10. Health & Medicine

    Testosterone therapy takes off pounds

    A five-year study shows that men getting the hormone consistently lose weight.

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  11. Earth

    Ozone hikes cardiovascular risk

    The pollutant triggers inflammation and other changes that can heighten the risk of heart attack and stroke.

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  12. Humans

    What Silicon Valley can learn from Mother Russia

    Imperial tax records from the last decades of the Empire offer clues to what makes a start-up succeed.

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  13. Physics

    Old battery gets a high-tech makeover

    Redesigned nickel-iron battery gives modern lithium-ion devices a run for their money.

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  14. Humans

    Lead poisoning stymies condor recovery

    California’s iconic comeback species may need human help as long as even a small percentage of the carcasses they eat contain lead shot.

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  15. Health & Medicine

    Male contraceptive shows promise

    Two hormones in gels applied to the skin effectively lower sperm counts, a study finds.

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  16. Animals

    Dinosaur debate gets cooking

    A key piece of evidence for cold-blooded dinosaurs, growth lines in bones, has also been discovered in a set of warm-blooded animals.

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  17. Archaeology

    Oldest pottery comes from Chinese cave

    New dates show that East Asian hunter-gatherers fired up cooking vessels 20,000 years ago.

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  18. Genetics

    Convenience shoulders tomato taste aside

    Decades of breeding for uniform color in unripe fruit may accidentally have reduced flavor.

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  19. Animals

    Climate adaptation may be a family affair

    Newborn coral reef fish can cope with changed water conditions if their parents have already adjusted.

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  20. Physics

    Higgs found

    The Higgs boson, the last particle in physics’ standard model, falls into place, opening new windows to explore in the universe.

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  21. Microbes

    Killing with the flip of a switch

    A single genetic transformation turns mild-mannered bacteria into assassins.

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  22. Earth

    Calm, with an eye on the storm

    Tim Samaras hunts twisters despite the danger.

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  23. Science Future for July 28, 2012

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  24. SN Online

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  25. Animals

    Shark

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  26. Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People by Harry Ostrer

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  27. The Ballet of the Planets: A Mathematician’s Musings on the Elegance of Planetary Motion by Donald C. Benson

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  28. Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame by Christopher Boehm

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  29. Life

    The Violinist’s Thumb

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  30. Physics

    Trinity

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  31. Particle Physics

    Nature’s secrets foretold

    After decades of searching, it seems scientists have found the elusive Higgs boson.

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  32. Particle Physics

    A primer on the long-sought Higgs boson

    Discovering the Higgs boson is cause for celebration — and for explanation, of what the particle is and why it matters.

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  33. Cosmology

    Inflation on Trial

    Generally regarded as one of the most successful theories about the early universe, inflationary cosmology is not exactly under attack. But a few scientists are questioning whether it deserves its reputation as completely untouchable.

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  34. Health & Medicine

    Catching a Cancer

    The official figure for the percentage of human cancers caused by viruses is around 20 percent — but most experts concede that number is largely an educated guess

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  35. Letters

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  36. Science Past from the issue of July 28, 1962

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  37. Cracking the Egyptian Code: The Revolutionary Life of Jean-Francois Champollion by Andrew Robinson

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