Vol. 176 No. #11 Archives

More Stories from the November 21, 2009 issue

  1. Space

    Solar system’s edge surprises astronomers

    New observations reveal a dense ribbon structure that current models don't explain.

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  2. Space

    SuperEarths common for other stars

    A mother lode of 32 newly discovered planets brings the number of known extrasolar planets to more than 400 and suggests that lightweight planets are common around sunlike stars.

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  3. Health & Medicine

    Exercise helps brains bounce back

    Study of rhesus monkeys shows running protects dopamine neurons from death.

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  4. Life

    People can control their Halle Berry neurons

    Researchers pinpoint individual brain cells that respond to particular people and objects.

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  5. Earth

    Johnstown Flood matched volume of Mississippi River

    A modern survey of terrain determines flow rate of the 1889 flood that was one of America's deadliest disasters.

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  6. Animals

    Junk food turns rats into addicts

    Bacon, cheesecake and Ho Hos elicit addictive behavior in rats similar to the behavior of rats addicted to heroin.

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  7. Animals

    Ancient giant beavers did not chow on trees

    The now-extinct animals had a hippo-like diet

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  8. Humans

    A gene critical for speech

    Scientists argue a newly discovered stretch of DNA essential for larynx development may have allowed the evolution of language.

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  9. Health & Medicine

    Skin bacteria different in diabetic mice

    An excessive number and low diversity of skin bacteria could explain why wounds in diabetics are slow to heal

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  10. Life

    Spiders love sweet smell of blood perfume

    For on spider species, feeding on blood-gorged mosquitoes adds charm to a mate

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  11. Health & Medicine

    Psychiatric meds can bring on rapid weight gain in kids

    Drugs that alleviate severe mental disorders can also result in troubling metabolic changes.

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  12. Life

    Three dino types may be just three dino ages

    Study suggests three dinos placed in separate taxa are actually from one group at different growth stages

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  13. Space

    Gamma-ray observations shrink known grain size of spacetime

    A new study eliminates some theories of quantum gravity by finding that spacetime isn’t as lumpy as some models had proposed.

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  14. Life

    Birds’ eyes, not beaks, sense magnetic fields

    A new study pinpoints migratory songbirds’ magnetic compass in a specific brain region.

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  15. Animals

    Scent of alarm identifies male bed bugs

    When mistaken for females, the guys release an alarming pheromone.

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  16. Health & Medicine

    Flu shots for moms-to-be benefit babies

    Study of about 4,000 pregnant women shows link between newborn health and whether mom got vaccinated

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  17. Chemistry

    Aerosols cloud the climate picture

    A NASA model incorporates how atmospheric aerosols and greenhouse gases interact, yielding better estimates of the gases' warming and cooling effects.

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  18. Health & Medicine

    Your cholesterol drug might help you weather the flu

    Data suggest illness is less likely to be fatal in those taking statins

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  19. Health & Medicine

    Antibiotic-resistant bacteria strike drug of last resort

    Warning signs emerge in the use of an old drug effective against resistant microbes.

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  20. Parents’ obesity may affect children’s brains; beetle with bifocals

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  21. Science Future for November 21, 2009

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  22. The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness by Alvaro Fernandez and Elkhonon Goldberg

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  23. Mathematical Amazements and Surprises: Fascinating Figures and Noteworthy Numbers by Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann

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  24. Botanical Medicine: From Bench to Bedside, Raymond Cooper and Fredi Kronenberg, eds.

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  25. Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum

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  26. The Migration of Birds: Seasons on the Wing by Janice M. Hughes

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  27. How NASA Builds Teams by Charles J. Pellerin

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  28. No Small Matter: Science on the Nanoscale by Felice C. Frankel and George M. Whitesides

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  29. Quantum Mechanics in a Nutshell by Gerald D. Mahan

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  30. The Rising Sea by Orrin H. Pilkey and Rob Young

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  31. Life

    Book Review: Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species: A Graphic Adaptation by Michael Keller

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  32. Health & Medicine

    Smallpox — The Death of a Disease

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  33. Book Review: Dinosaurs (book series) by Matteo Bacchin and Marco Signore

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  34. Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids by Kerrie Logan Hollihan

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  35. The Lives of Stars by Ken Croswell

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  36. V is for Venus Flytrap: A Plant Alphabet by Eugene Gagliano

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  37. Ornamental Origami: Exploring 3D Geometric Designs by Meenakshi Mukerji

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  38. 3-D Explorer Oceans: A Journey from the Surface to the Seafloor by Jen Green

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  39. NATO committee fosters science’s role in security

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  40. Physics

    Invisibility Uncloaked

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  41. Aping the Stone Age

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  42. Letters

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  43. Science Past from the issue of November 21, 1959

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  44. National Geographic Concise History of Science and Invention: An Illustrated Time Line by Jolyon Goddard, ed.

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