November 17, 2012 | Science News

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  • Feature

    Beginnings of Bionic

    Electronics that bend with the human body may soon make their way into medical devices to track health, deliver treatments and improve surgery.
  • Feature

    Extremely Bad Weather

    Teasing out global warming's role in worsening hurricanes, droughts and other extreme events.
  • Reviews & Previews

    Air: The Restless Shaper of the World

    It’s what we breathe. On the move, it brings wind and weather. As it vibrates, it communicates sound. It’s hard to imagine a facet of life in which air is not a prime player. That’s Logan’s thesis, and he has constructed a veritable symphony of variations on it.

    An arborist by profession and aviator by avocation, Logan takes readers from the soil, through plant roots, into the near surface air and then on up above the clouds. In most instances, the transitions work — if not seamles

  • Reviews & Previews

    Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

    In 1994, an earthquake knocked out electricity in Los Angeles, delivering previously unknown darkness to many residents. Some were alarmed by a silvery light in the black sky. Until then, apparently, the only Milky Way they had ever seen was a candy bar. But perhaps they got some good shut-eye that night.

    It wasn’t always this way, Randall writes. People evolved to sleep long hours in a world that got very dark and stayed that way, every night. But modern conditions and lifestyles have left many people sh