Vol. 180 No. #11 Archives

More Stories from the November 19, 2011 issue

  1. Earth

    Pole flips tied to plate tectonics

    A lopsided arrangement of continents could lead to reversals in Earth's magnetic field.

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  2. Health & Medicine

    Nose divides sweet from foul

    The way scent-detection machinery is laid out suggests that people are born with some innate olfactory preferences.

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  3. Chemistry

    Miracle fruit secret revealed

    Bizarre berry works by sensitizing the tongue's sweet sensors to acidic flavors.

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  4. Life

    Food makes male flies frisky

    Courtship behavior in a classic lab insect is driven by the aroma of dinner.

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  5. Health & Medicine

    The mind’s eye revealed

    A new technology uses brain scans to see what a person is watching.

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  6. Space

    Messenger from Mercury

    NASA orbiter returns images of odd landforms on the solar system's innermost planet.

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  7. Space

    Longer cosmic ruler based on black holes

    A new method promises to improve the precision of extreme astronomical distance measurements.

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  8. Earth

    Arctic ozone loss in 2011 unprecedented

    Report describes a ‘hole’ comparable to conditions observed over Antarctica during the mid-1980s.

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  9. Humans

    Inca takeovers not usually hostile

    Skeletal evidence suggests that war was not the answer for Inca imperialists.

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  10. Humans

    Stone Age paint shop unearthed

    The discovery of tools for making a substance possibly used in body decoration suggests humans could invent and plan by 100,000 years ago.

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  11. Humans

    Plague bug not so fierce after all

    DNA analysis shows bacterium was fairly ordinary but thrived in pestilent conditions of medieval Europe.

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  12. Life

    Take my enemy, please

    The risky business of relocating endangered species might have better outcomes if conservationists shift solitary animals along with their usual territorial rivals.

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  13. Health & Medicine

    Teen brains’ growing pains

    Testing captures substantial changes in some youths’ IQs and gray matter.

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  14. Health & Medicine

    Measles cases up in U.S. and Canada

    Both countries report 2011 to be the worst year since the mid-1990s.

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  15. Health & Medicine

    Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the HIV Medicine Association

    The mystery of HIV elite controllers, a vaccine against C. difficile, blood transfusion and infection, and contaminated public surfaces.

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  16. Psychology

    Digital bounty hunters unleashed

    Internet technique shows promise as fast way to mobilize huge problem-solving teams.

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  17. Humans

    Facebook value overstated, study finds

    Some estimates of the social networking site's worth appear to make impossible assumptions.

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  18. Health & Medicine

    Brain gene activity changes through life

    Studies track biochemical patterns from just after conception to old age.

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  19. SN Online

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  20. Science Future for November 19, 2011

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  21. Science Past from the issue of November 18, 1961

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  22. Better than Human: The Promise and Perils of Enhancing Ourselves (Philosophy in Action) by Allen Buchanan

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  23. Fascinating Mathematical People: Interviews and Memoirs, Donald J. Albers and Gerald L. Alexanderson, eds.

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  24. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011, Mary Roach, ed.

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  25. Making Sense of People: Decoding the Mysteries of Personality (FT Press Science) by Samuel Barondes

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  26. BOOK REVIEW: The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive by Brian Christian

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  27. BOOK REVIEW: World in the Balance: The Historic Quest for an Absolute System of Measurement by Robert Crease

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  28. Space Eats

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  29. Darwin’s Tongues

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  30. A Spitting Image of Health

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  31. Letters

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  32. Cornell project brings peregrines back to the eastern United States

    With a little help, peregrine falcons make a comeback from the devastating effects of DDT.

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  33. Genentech: The Beginnings of Biotech (Synthesis) by Sally Smith Hughes

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