Vol. 181 No. #13
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More Stories from the June 30, 2012 issue

  1. Health & Medicine

    Coffee gives jolt to life span

    Unlike wine's, coffee's benefits apparently keep increasing well beyond the first two servings.

  2. Animals

    Better bird nesting also good for giant manta rays

    Disrupting tree canopies on a Pacific atoll discourages big fish off shore through a long chain of ecological consequences.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Severe sleep apnea tied to cancer risk

    A chronic lack of oxygen caused by disrupted rest may explain the association, researchers say.

  4. Life

    Climate change miscues may shrink species’ outer limits

    Ecological partnerships are getting out of sync especially at high latitudes, a study of hummingbirds suggests.

  5. Tech

    DNA used as rewritable data storage in cells

    Genetically encoded memory could track cell division inside the body.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Thou can’t not covet

    Wanting what others have may be hardwired in the brain, experiments suggest.

  7. Space

    Evening star goes black in rare celestial event

    Astronomers position themselves to capture crucial measurements as the planet passes across the face of the sun.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Long-acting contraceptives best by far

    Implants and IUDs outperform the pill, vaginal ring and patch as birth control options, a study finds.

  9. Tech

    Bacterial trick keeps robots in sync

    Communicating information about the environment allows a stumbling machine to rejoin its group.

  10. Genetics

    Poppies make more than opium

    A 10-gene cluster controls the flowers’ production of a valuable cough suppressant and antitumor compound.

  11. Chemistry

    Youngsters can sniff out old people’s scent

    Body odor changes detectably with age, becoming mellower in men and not at all offensive in either sex — even to young people.

  12. Earth

    Supervolcanoes evolve superquickly

    Huge underground chambers of magma appear and erupt within just several centuries, a study of California rocks suggests.

  13. Life

    Treatment helps paralyzed rats walk

    A combination of drugs, electrical stimulation and therapy can restore lost connections between lower limbs and brain.

  14. Physics

    Quantum teleportation leaps forward

    Two teams report beaming information about particles over long distances, a step toward creating satellite quantum communication networks.

  15. Humans

    Stone Age art gets animated

    Cave paintings and decorated disks provided moving experiences in ancient Europe.

  16. Chemistry

    Flerovium and livermorium debut on periodic table

    New element names honor the contributions of Russian and American laboratories.

  17. Earth

    Linking magma to quakes

    Rock crystals reveal pulses of underground activity.

  18. Science & Society

    Science Future for June 30, 2012

  19. Agriculture

    SN Online

  20. Ecosystems

    Changing seasons inspire science

    Researchers are tapping into the wealth of observations being made by citizen scientists nationwide. One of the largest repositories of such data is maintained by the USA National Phenology Network.

  21. Materials Science

    Sensitive Matter: Foams, Gels, Liquid Crystals, and Other Miracles by Michel Mitov

  22. Health & Medicine

    Internal Time

    Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You're So Tired by Till Roenneberg.

  23. Plants

    The Man Who Planted Trees

    Lost Groves, Champion Trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the Planet by Jim Robbins

  24. Health & Medicine

    Why Calories Count

    From Science to Politics (California Studies in Food and Culture) by Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim.

  25. Animals

    Mr. Hornaday’s War

    How a Peculiar Victorian Zookeeper Waged a Lonely Crusade for Wildlife That Changed the World by Stefan Bechtel.

  26. Health & Medicine

    Experiment Eleven

    Dark Secrets Behind the Discovery of a Wonder Drug by Peter Pringle

  27. Animals

    Animals on the Move

    Worldwide — on land, in the sea and in rivers, streams and lakes — wildlife is responding to rising temperatures.

  28. Neuroscience

    Hurt Blocker

    The next big pain drug may soothe sensory firestorms without side effects.

  29. Math

    A Mind from Math

    Alan Turing, often considered the father of computer science, was born a century ago, in June of 1912. He foresaw machines’ potential to mimic brains.

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  31. Health & Medicine

    Science Past from the issue of June 30, 1962

  32. Planetary Science

    Destination Mars

    New Explorations of the Red Planet by Rod Pyle