Vol. 181 No. #11 Archives

More Stories from the June 2, 2012 issue

  1. Earth

    Stop-and-go plate tectonics

    Early on, ancient crustal plates may have dived deep into the Earth, time and again, giving a halting start to the planetary remodeling process.

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  2. Health & Medicine

    Neighborhood linked to obesity

    Children living in areas that lack walking-distance parks and supermarkets are more prone to put on weight, new studies find.

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  3. Earth

    Arctic sea emits methane

    Source of climate-warming gas remains uncertain, but might be microbes.

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  4. Life

    Bacteria, insects join forces against pesticide

    Microbes in gut, rather than genetic changes, allow insects to develop chemical resistance.

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  5. Life

    Albatross forage with fractal-like flight

    New data offer support for a modified mathematical pattern in birds’ hunting behavior.

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  6. Brain not required for antidepressant to act

    In brewer’s yeast, the drug sertraline distorts membranes and triggers a self-cannibalizing process.

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  7. Life

    Larvae sustain comb jelly population

    Species thrives in Baltic Sea despite never reaching adulthood.

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  8. Space

    Earth took a multibillion-year beating

    Asteroids pummeled the planet for billions of years as the Late Heavy Bombardment tapered off, new estimates suggest.

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  9. Health & Medicine

    Snakes swirl in blink (and jump) of an eye

    The Rotating Snakes optical illusion is preceded by blinking and tiny ocular movements, a new study shows.

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  10. Health & Medicine

    Test drug eases behavioral symptoms seen in autism

    In mouse experiments, the compound curbs repetitive behaviors and improves sociability.

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  11. Life

    Bony bacteria

    A newly described species of blue-green algae builds hard structures inside its cells.

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  12. Earth

    Oceans’ salinity changed over last half-century

    Warmer atmosphere may be to blame for changes in the water cycle.

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  13. Life

    Shot may top acupuncture for pain relief

    Carefully placed enzyme injection has a long-lasting effect in mice.

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  14. Life

    Tree cricket song has note of variability

    Wings’ length, individual segments allow species to produce mating calls in range of frequencies.

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  15. Health & Medicine

    Weight loss reduces cancer risk factor

    Indicators of inflammation drop with diet and weight loss.

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  16. Astronomy

    A star is torn

    A black hole’s stellar feast is witnessed by telescopes on Earth and in orbit.

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  17. Health & Medicine

    Protein tweak may trigger Alzheimer’s

    An unusual version of the disease-linked amyloid-beta molecule sows destruction in mouse brains.

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  18. Earth

    Study keeps pace with Greenland glaciers

    Herky-jerky motion of the island’s ice suggests that melting ice is unlikely to contribute to dramatic sea level rise this century, but the news isn’t all good.

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  19. Earth

    Big Antarctic ice sheet appears doomed

    Warming climate is expected to trigger the sudden retreat of a partially floating glacier on the continent’s western side by 2100.

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  20. Life

    Egg wars

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  21. Science Past from the issue of June 2, 1962

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  22. SN Online

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  23. The neutrino messengers

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  24. A World of Insects by Ring T. Cardé and Vincent H. Resh, eds.

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  25. EarthFlight: Breathtaking Photographs from a Bird’s-Eye View of the World by John Downer

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  26. In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World by Ian Stewart

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  27. Tutankhamen: The Search for an Egyptian King by Joyce Tyldesley

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  28. BOOK REVIEW: Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens by Andrea Wulf

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  29. Ecosystems

    Darwin’s Devices

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  30. Designer Flu

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  31. Storm Front

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  32. Letters

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  33. Science Future for June 2, 2012

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  34. The Practical Einstein: Experiments, Patents, Inventions by József Illy

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