Vol. 181 No. #6 Archives

More Stories from the March 24, 2012 issue

  1. Space

    Molten blobs create moon flashes

    Mysterious lunar lights are the superhot remains of meteorites pelting the surface.

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  2. Life

    No sleep, no problem, but keep the grub coming

    A naturally occurring strain of fruit fly can thrive without slumber, but succumbs more quickly to starvation.

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  3. Psychology

    Vodka delivers shot of creativity

    Alcohol intoxication raises men’s performance on a test of verbal ingenuity.

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  4. Health & Medicine

    Just two cells to make memories last

    A pair of neurons in fly's brain is essential to long-term information storage and retrieval.

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  5. Psychology

    Babies catch words early

    Vocabulary learning starts when babies can barely babble.

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  6. Humans

    Food exports can drain arid regions

    Many dry regions ‘export’ large amounts of water in the form of agricultural products.

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  7. Health & Medicine

    Antibiotic fails sinus infection test

    Treatment with amoxicillin provided little benefit over placebo, a new study finds.

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  8. Life

    Yeast find use for misfolded proteins

    Protein bundles may help single-celled organisms adapt to difficult environmental conditions.

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  9. Physics

    Crystals may be possible in time as well as space

    A theory proposes that objects in their lowest energy state can loop through the fourth dimension forever, much as atoms arrange themselves periodically in matter.

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  10. Earth

    Natural gas wells leakier than believed

    Measurements at Colorado site show methane releases are twice as high as previously estimated.

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  11. Life

    Seeing, feeling have something in common

    A protein needed for eye development is also involved in detecting vibrations.

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  12. Life

    Brain cells know which way you’ll bet

    Activity of nerve cells in a key brain structure reveals how people will bet in a card game.

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  13. Anthropology

    Frozen mummy’s genetic blueprints unveiled

    DNA study reveals the 5,300-year-old Iceman had brown eyes, Lyme disease and links to modern-day Corsicans and Sardinians.

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  14. Humans

    Modern era brings death to words

    An analysis of books published over two centuries shows how words are born or succumb to shifting social and technological influences.

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  15. Humans

    Technique may reveal where it all began

    A new strategy overcomes a distance quandary as it tracks the origins of widespread phenomena — from an E. coli outbreak to a fad.

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  16. Science Past from the issue of March 24, 1962

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  17. Science Future for March 24, 2012

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  18. SN Online

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  19. Deep-Sky Wonders: A Tour of the Universe with Sky and Telescope’s Sue French by Sue French

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  20. The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess: Race, Religion, and DNA by Jeff Wheelwright

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  21. Roald Hoffmann on the Philosophy, Art, and Science of Chemistry by Jeffrey Kovac and Michael Weisberg, eds.

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  22. Lights of Mankind: The Earth at Night as Seen from Space by L. Douglas Keeney

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  23. Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners by Michael Erard

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  24. Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science by Michael Nielsen

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  25. Science & Society

    90th Anniversary Issue: 1950s

    DNA's structure revealed and other highlights, 1950–59

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  26. Science & Society

    90th Anniversary Issue: 1960s

    The space race, technological optimism and other highlights, 1960–69

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  27. Science & Society

    90th Anniversary Issue: 1970s

    Genetic engineering, prescient reporting and other highlights, 1970–79

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  28. Science & Society

    90th Anniversary Issue: 1980s

    Solving the AIDS puzzle and other highlights, 1980–89

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  29. Science & Society

    90th Anniversary Issue: 1990s

    Detecting climate change and other highlights, 1990–99

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  30. Science & Society

    90th Anniversary Issue: 2000s

    Genomics and other highlights, 2000–2011

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  31. 90th Anniversary Issue: Introduction

    Science News mines its past for highlights from nine decades of science.

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  32. Plumbing the Archives

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  33. Microbes

    Germs you carry around

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  34. Science & Society

    90th Anniversary Issue: 1920s

    Rise of quantum theory and other highlights, 1920–29

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  35. Science & Society

    90th Anniversary Issue: 1930s

    Germ warfare, tracking Pluto's rise and fall and other highlights, 1930–39

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  36. Science & Society

    90th Anniversary Issue: 1940s

    The Atomic Age, elementary finds and other highlights, 1940–49

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  37. Letters

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  38. Three-inch pieces of light

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  39. Neither Physics nor Chemistry: A History of Quantum Chemistry (Transformations: Studies in the History of Science and Technology) by Kostas Gavroglu and Ana Simões

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