June 30, 2012 | Science News

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  • People

    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.
  • SN Online

    SN Online

    Science knowledge tends to bolster existing views. See “Climate skepticism not rooted in science illiteracy.”

    Irrigation may be responsible for a third of today’s sea-level rise. Learn more in “Pumping groundwater raises sea level.”

    People all use similar language rules to label kin. Read “Family labels framed similarly across cultures.”

    An ancient culture dries out in “Harappans may have lived, died by monsoon.”

  • Science Future

    Science Future for June 30, 2012

    July 13
    Join the New York City Bat Group for a dusk bat walk in Central Park. Bat watchers collect data used to monitor the city’s bat population. See bit.ly/SFbatwalk

    July 15–August 5
    Summer Sundays at the Brookhaven National Lab in New York invite the public into the facility for tours, speakers and science activities. Learn more at 1.usa.gov/SFbnlsun

  • 50 Years Ago

    Science Past from the issue of June 30, 1962

    JUST ADD WATER AND STIR TO USE INSTANT CHEESES — Instant cheddar and blue cheeses (add water and stir) will soon be on the grocer’s shelf, adding to the growing list of compressed and condensed foods turned out by science.… For use in cheese sauces or sprinkled on pizzas, casseroles and other dishes needing the cheese touch, these two cheeses will soon be on the market, the American Dairy Science Association meeting at the University of Maryland, College Park, was told. The powdered cheese is made similarly to other dry milk products. Water is blended with plain cheese to make a liquid slurry, which is then homogenized.

  • Letters to the Editor


    Statins oversold
    The article that extols statins’ purported benefits for conditions ranging from infection to cancer (“Another side to statins,” SN: 5/5/12, p. 30) does not reflect the balance of evidence. Both favorable and adverse mechanisms apply. We regularly hear from patients who have suffered serious adverse effects, for whom data had not supported expectation of net benefit with statin use but who were prescribed statins by exuberant physicians influenced by the promise of benefits extolled in worshipful, imbalanced (if well-intentioned) articles like this.
    Beatrice A. Golomb, Athena Hathaway Meskimen and Hindu Rao, San Diego, Calif.

  • Reviews & Previews

    Internal Time

    Depression, weight gain and sickness are just a few of the health risks when internal biological clocks fall out of sync with daily life, a chronobiologist warns.

    Harvard Univ., 2012, 272 p., $26.95

  • Reviews & Previews

    Why Calories Count

    Two food experts battle misconceptions about the fundamental unit of food science and give advice for a healthy diet.

    Univ. of California, 2012, 303 p., $29.95