Vol. 179 No. #13 Archives

More Stories from the June 18, 2011 issue

  1. Microbial mats may have given early animals breathing room

    Early animals survived poor marine conditions by inhaling oxygen from bacterial "mines" at the bottom of the ocean.

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  2. Life

    Daytime bites for zombie ants

    The living dead of the insect world show an unexplained sense of timing: a surge of strange activity in the a.m. followed by a final death grip at midday.

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  3. Health & Medicine

    No pain, healthier brain

    When chronic back problems are treated, benefits extend above the neck.

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  4. Space

    Milky Way may get an extension

    A newly discovered feature at its fringes suggests the galaxy is an uncommon beauty: One half appears to be nearly a mirror image of the other.

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  5. Physics

    Rogue waves captured

    Re-creating tiny versions of these monster swells in a laboratory tank reveals their mathematical underpinnings.

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  6. Life

    Suspect bacterium may trigger Parkinson’s

    A study in mice shows that H. pylori, the microbe that causes stomach ulcers, may also affect the brain.

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  7. Psychology

    Geometric minds skip school

    Villagers' understanding of lines and triangles raises questions about how people learn the properties of objects in space.

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  8. Life

    Tarantulas shoot silk from their feet

    The unique ability may give the heavy spiders a better grip and prevent deadly falls.

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  9. Earth

    Germy with a chance of hail

    Aerial microbes can trigger precipitation and may influence global warming.

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  10. Physics

    Gators go a-courtin’ with fancy physics

    Their subsonic mating bellows generate Faraday waves, a phenomenon almost never seen outside the lab.

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  11. Life

    Hey kitty, dogs drink like cats

    High-speed video shows that canines don’t simply scoop up water, they toss it into their mouths just like their feline frenemies.

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  12. Health & Medicine

    Clues to autism’s roots from brain study

    A new analysis finds differences in genetic activity, especially in genes controlling nerve cell form and function.

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  13. Space

    Survey captures local universe in 3-D

    The most complete view to date of the nearby cosmos takes in 45,000 galaxies.

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  14. Health & Medicine

    Bacterial meningitis keeps falling

    Vaccination against a strep bacterium and other microbes has proved a potent deterrent over the past decade, a nationwide survey shows.

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  15. Physics

    What it means to ‘feel the noise’

    Scientists investigating the nexus between sound and touch suggest that the ear arose from skin.

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  16. American Society for Microbiology meeting

    Cell phones may change your skin bacteria, plus greenhouse microbes and feather-eating bacteria in this week’s news.

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  17. Psychology

    Kids own up to ownership

    Children value personal ownership more than adults do and may need to learn when to disregard possessive urges.

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  18. Humans

    Association for Psychological Science meeting

    News includes likeable look-alikes, seeing clearer through meditation and bouncing back from bad events.

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  19. Science Future for June 18, 2011

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  20. Science Past from the issue of June 17, 1961

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  21. Freon: Destroying the ozone layer?

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  22. Earth: The Operator’s Manual by Richard B. Alley

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  23. Fizzics by F. Ronald Young

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  24. Inside Jokes by Matthew M. Hurley, Daniel C. Dennett, Reginald B. Adams Jr.

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  25. A Planet of Viruses by Carl Zimmer

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  26. Book Review: For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge Of Time – A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics by Walter Lewin, with Warren Goldstein

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  27. Book Review: Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle by Thor Hanson

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  28. Space

    Good-bye Shuttle

    Looking back at the space plane’s scientific legacy

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  29. Humans

    Counterfeit Crackdown

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  30. Health & Medicine

    Inside Job

    Teams of microbes pull strings in the human body.

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  31. Letters

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  32. SN Online

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  33. Plastic: A Toxic Love Story by Susan Freinkel

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