Vol. 183 No. #5 Archives

More Stories from the March 9, 2013 issue

  1. Space

    An atom sheds light on neutron stars

    By measuring a neutron-rich atom on Earth, astronomers virtually dig into the crust of dead stars.

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  2. Life

    Pigeons’ prominent plumage traces to one gene

    A mutation responsible for ruffs, crests and collars appears to have arisen once and then passed among species through breeding.

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  3. Oceans

    Life found deep below Antarctic ice

    Lake buried under 800 meters of ice hosts cells, researchers find.

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  4. Animals

    Mole sniffs the world in stereo

    Nostrils of the common mole recognize slight differences in smells to steer it toward its food.

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  5. Space

    Supernova’s death throes revealed

    In archival images, astronomers see giant star’s activity in weeks before supernova.

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  6. Archaeology

    A king’s final hours, told by his mortal remains

    The skeleton of Richard III reveals a violent and chaotic end for a controversial English monarch.

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  7. Animals

    Compared with rodents, bat species carry more viruses

    Viruses that can jump from animals to people may find the flying mammals a fine place to lurk.

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  8. Life

    Ancestors of today’s placental mammals may never have shared the Earth with dinosaurs

    A newly constructed family tree dovetails with the fossil record, but differs considerably from previous genetic studies by suggesting that placental mammals emerged after the dinosaur extinction.

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  9. 2013 AAAS meeting

    Highlights from the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Boston, February 14-18, 2013.

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  10. Life

    Bird, human tweets come from similar parts of the brain

    Genetics study finds parallels in birdsong and language.

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  11. Earth

    Blood levels of BPA become source of controversy

    New data question whether human blood measurements of BPA reflect sample contamination or just exaggerated exposures.

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  12. Tech

    Imaging technique offers look inside hearing loss

    Two-photon microscopy visualizes hair cells in the inner ear, offering insights into processes leading to deafness.

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  13. Humans

    Exploring NASA’s quirky places

    Best known for its role in crafting and commanding spacecraft such as Curiosity, JPL is also home to decades’ worth of accumulated oddities.

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  14. SN Online

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  15. New age for ancient man

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  16. Thirst: Water and Power in the Ancient World by Steven Mithen

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  17. A Little History of Science by William Bynum

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  18. Near-Earth Objects: Finding Them Before They Find Us by Donald K. Yeomans

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  19. Fifty Machines That Changed the Course of History by Eric Chaline

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  20. BOOK REVIEW: The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future by W. Patrick McCray

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  21. BOOK REVIEW: Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing by Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman

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  22. Tech

    The 3-D Printing Revolution

    Using a technique known as 3-D printing, regular people can now make goods typically produced in huge quantities in factories overseas.

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  23. Humans

    A Cancer Patient’s Best Friend

    Similarities between tumors in people and dogs mean canine studies can inform human disease.

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  24. Letters to the editor

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  25. Upcoming events

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  26. The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World by Susan M. Schneider

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