Vol. 181 No. #9 Archives

More Stories from the May 5, 2012 issue

  1. Health & Medicine

    Fatty diet leads to fat-loving brain cells

    A study in mice links a high-fat diet to changes in the brain that might encourage weight gain.

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  2. Earth

    Venice falling

    Compacting soil means the flood-prone city continues to sink.

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  3. Humans

    New ancestor grasped at walking

    By 3.4 million years ago, two human relatives built differently for upright movement inhabited East Africa.

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  4. Physics

    Cloaks for hiding heat

    A proposed invisibility cloak for heat could shield computers or satellites from high temperatures.

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  5. Life

    Pesticide-dosed bees lose future royalty, way home

    Unusual field tests reveal how common insecticides, even at nonfatal doses, can erode colonies and threaten the future of bumblebees and honeybees.

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  6. Chemistry

    For truffle aroma, it’s not all about location

    Genes, not environment, play a key role in the prized fungus’s scent.

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  7. Health & Medicine

    Brain scan foretells who will fold under pressure

    Tests on high-stakes math problems reveal key regions of brain activity linked to choking under pressure.

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  8. Astronomy

    New data support Einstein on accelerating universe

    New measurements of distant galaxies support Einstein’s cosmological constant as the explanation for the universe’s accelerating expansion.

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  9. Humans

    From the ashes, the oldest controlled fire

    A South Africa cave yields the oldest secure evidence for a blaze controlled by human ancestors.

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  10. Health & Medicine

    Jolt to brain aids language recovery

    Stroke patients treated with brain stimulation show improvement in language skills.

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  11. Life

    Virus proves protective against lupus in mice

    A mouse version of Epstein-Barr seems to prevent, not trigger, symptoms of the autoimmune disease.

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  12. Life

    Genes are no crystal ball for disease risk

    For most conditions, knowing a person’s entire genetic makeup won’t help predict his or her medical history.

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  13. Physics

    Highlights from the American Physical Society April Meeting, Atlanta

    String theory’s take on the Higgs, newborn pulsars may have iron by-products, and coupled neutrons in beryllium nuclei revealed.

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  14. Psychology

    Autism rates rise again

    Related developmental disorders affect 1.1 percent of U.S. 8-year-olds.

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  15. Life

    Stem cell treatment spurs cartilage growth

    A small molecule called kartogenin prompts the manufacture of lost connective tissue in mice.

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  16. Paleontology

    T. rex has another fine, feathered cousin

    A trio of fossils from China may tip the scales on dinosaurs’ public image.

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  17. Health & Medicine

    Extreme eaters show abnormal brain activity

    Seeing images of food revs up reward areas in the obese and slows them down in severely underweight people, a brain scan study shows.

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  18. Humans

    Chemists distinguish between gunshot residue from various firearms

    Analytical technique could lead to better crime scene investigation.

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  19. Life

    Baboons show their word skills

    Monkeys learn to distinguish words from nonwords, suggesting ancient evolutionary roots for reading.

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  20. Science & Society

    The Science Life: Scientific method acting

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  21. Science Future for May 5, 2012

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  22. SN Online

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  23. Language: The Cultural Tool by Daniel L. Everett

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  24. A Tour of the Senses: How Your Brain Interprets the World by John M. Henshaw

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  25. Charles R. Knight: The Artist Who Saw Through Time by Richard Milner

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  26. Taking Sudoku Seriously: The Math Behind the World’s Most Popular Pencil Puzzle by Jason Rosenhouse and Laura Taalman

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  27. BOOK REVIEW: The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources by Michael T. Klare

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  28. BOOK REVIEW: Games Primates Play: An Undercover Investigation of the Evolution and Economics of Human Relationships by Dario Maestripieri

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  29. Aliens in Antarctica

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  30. Another Side to Statins

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  31. Rock, Rattle and Roll

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  32. Letters

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  33. Science Past from the issue of May 5, 1962

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  34. The Epigenetics Revolution by Nessa Carey

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