Vol. 177 No. #11
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More Stories from the May 22, 2010 issue

  1. Life

    BATTLE trial personalizes lung cancer treatment

    A new study makes a first step toward personalized chemotherapy.

  2. Health & Medicine

    Colorectal cancer risk linked to stomach bacterium, inflammation

    Stomach infection and high levels of inflammatory proteins are more common in people with colon polyps or disease, two studies show.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Marker protein may help breast cancer screening

    High amounts of EGFR can show up in the blood as much as 17 months before disease is diagnosed, a study finds.

  4. Earth

    Studies aim to resolve confusion over mercury risks from fish

    Several new papers suggest strategies by which American diners can negotiate a mercury minefield to tap dietary benefits in fish.

  5. Humans

    Wha’dja say?

    Casual speakers drop syllables and even whole words, eavesdropping scientists report.

  6. Space

    Solar-staring spacecraft captures novel views of sun’s violence

    NASA has released the first images recorded by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, the first craft to examine the sun’s entire disk at high resolution and over a multitude of wavelengths.

  7. Psychology

    Dream a little dream of recall

    As the sleeping brain builds memories it generates dreams about recently learned material, a new study suggests.

  8. Astronomy

    Hubble’s new instant classic

    NASA has released a stunning image of a nearby star-forming region to celebrate the telescope's 20th birthday.

  9. Animals

    Chimps may be aware of others’ deaths

    Reactions of chimps to dead companions and infants suggest a basic realization of what death entails.

  10. Paleontology

    Dinos molted for a new look

    In one species, adolescents appear to have sprouted a new type of feathers as they matured.

  11. Life

    DNA comparison of identical twins finds no silver bullet for MS

    The first study of its kind suggests an unknown environmental cause for multiple sclerosis, but future research could still yield a genetic trigger.

  12. Space

    Measuring the weakest of forces

    Precise measurements could be used to map tiny fluctuations in the surface properties of materials.

  13. Life

    Scientists bag frog genome

    Lab favorite arrives relatively late to the genetic revolution.

  14. Life

    One ocean, four (or more) killer whale species

    A new genetic analysis splits killer whales into multiple taxa.

  15. Space

    Asteroid-bound: Scientists look for worthy rock

    Scientists consider how to pick a prime asteroid for human exploration

  16. Science Future for May 22, 2010

    June 32010 Kavli Prize winners in neuroscience, astrophysics and nanoscience are announced. See www.kavliprize.no June 25 – 29Evolutionary scientists host a joint meeting in Portland, Ore. See www.evolutionsociety.org July 12 – 15 Computer scientists and engineers meet in Las Vegas for 22 joint conferences. See www.world-academy-of-science.org/worldcomp10

  17. Saturday Is For Funerals by Unity Dow and Max Essex

    Stories from Botswana bring to life the challenges of solving the AIDS crisis in Africa. SATURDAY IS FOR FUNERALS BY UNITY DOW AND MAX ESSEX Harvard University Press, 2010, 218 p., $19.95.

  18. Blindspots: The Many Ways We Cannot See by Bruno G. Breitmeyer

    A vision expert explores how the eyes, brain and thoughts work together to form mental images. BLINDSPOTS: THE MANY WAYS WE CANNOT SEE BY BRUNO G. BREITMEYER Oxford University Press, 2010, 266 p., $39.95.

  19. The Tuning of Place: Sociable Spaces and Pervasive Digital Media by Richard Coyne

    Smartphones and iPods are changing the way people use public spaces, both real and virtual. THE TUNING OF PLACE: SOCIABLE SPACES AND PERVASIVE DIGITAL MEDIA BY RICHARD COYNE MIT Press, 2010, 330 p., $35.

  20. The Intimate Ape: Orangutans and the Secret Life of a Vanishing Species by Shawn Thompson

    A journalist travels to Sumatra and Borneo to study the apes and interview scientists. THE INTIMATE APE: ORANGUTANS AND THE SECRET LIFE OF A VANISHING SPECIES BY SHAWN THOMPSON Citadel Press, 2010, 292 p., $14.95.

  21. Book Review: Anthill: A Novel by E.O. Wilson

    Review by Susan Milius.

  22. Book Review: The Private Lives of Birds: A Scientist Reveals the Intricacies of Avian Social Life by Bridget Stutchbury

    Review by Susan Milius.

  23. Confronting a third crisis in U.S. science education

    Is science education broken in the United States? And if so, how should the country fix it? A working group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) has been investigating these long-standing questions and is expected to issue a report on its policy recommendations this month. Science News Contributing Editor Alexandra […]

  24. Environment

    Destination brain

    Inhaled pollutants may inflame more than the lungs.

  25. Physics

    Physics on the Edge

    Over the past couple of years, researchers have made several new discoveries involving bismuth telluride and other related materials, known as topological insulators.

  26. I, Mold

    Conquering the rising tide of infection is hindered by the many similarities between humans and fungi.

  27. Letters

    Making morphine The article “Chemists pin down poppy’s tricks for producing narcotic painkiller” (SN: 4/10/10, p. 5) may presage geopolitical changes in Afghanistan, regardless of whether there are engineered virus attacks or alternative crop programs. A technological advance like this one will eventually be used in the United States and Europe. Even if governments continue […]

  28. Science Past  from the issue of May 21, 1960

    PARENTS AND DELINQUENCY — A study of 400 juvenile delinquents in a mental hospital showed with “regular frequency” that the parents unconsciously fostered the delinquent behavior in their own children…. The parents show an addiction to the child’s delinquency that is much like drug addiction. They even suffer acute “withdrawal symptoms” when psychiatric treatment results […]

  29. Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari With a Cast of Trillions by Mark W. Moffett

    A biologist and photographer (who earned his Ph.D. under E.O. Wilson) captures the hidden worlds of ants. ADVENTURES AMONG ANTS: A GLOBAL SAFARI WITH A CAST OF TRILLIONS BY MARK W. MOFFETT University of California Press, 2010, 280 p., $29.95.