Vol. 180 No. #10

More Stories from the November 5, 2011 issue

  1. Health & Medicine

    NSAIDs may be risky early in pregnancy

    Women who take common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs during the first trimester could be endangering fetus, a study finds.

  2. Health & Medicine

    Ringing in ears may have deeper source

    Tinnitus results from the brain’s effort to compensate for hearing loss, a study concludes.

  3. Humans

    Humans reached Asia in two waves

    New genetic data show that some early migrants interbred with a mysterious Neandertal sister group.

  4. Space

    Antennas reveal Antennae

    A giant radio telescope array in Chile’s Atacama Desert produces its first images.

  5. Space

    Miniplanet sports megapeak

    The solar system’s second tallest mountain hides out in a crater at the south pole of the asteroid Vesta.

  6. Life

    Heart disease has its own clock

    Disrupting circadian rhythms in mouse blood vessels hardens arteries, suggesting that timing malfunctions in organs may cause disease.

  7. Life

    Stem cell advance uses cloning

    A method that uses eggs to do genetic reprogramming is successful in humans.

  8. Space

    Saturn’s rings tell a comet’s tale

    Ripples made by a celestial impact 600 years ago can still be seen today.

  9. Life

    Fossil moth reveals colorful hue

    Paleontologists deduce how ridges on the creature’s wings would have reflected light.

  10. Humans

    Columbus’ arrival linked to carbon dioxide drop

    The depopulation of the Americas due to introduced European diseases may have spurred Europe's Little Ice Age.

  11. Earth

    Trees have a tipping point

    Satellite data confirm that the amount of forest cover can shift suddenly in response to relatively small changes in fire frequency and rainfall.

  12. Life

    Doubled gene means extra smarts

    Change during human evolution could have led to bigger brains.

  13. Life

    No shortage of dangerous DNA

    Woman who lived until age 115 didn’t lack genes that predispose her to disease, but she may have had some that protected her.

  14. Space

    Critics take aim at fast neutrinos

    Lack of energy trail suggests faster-than-light finding was miscalculated.

  15. SN Online

    DELETED SCENES BLOG An orbiting camera catches dust devils whirling at high speeds on the Red Planet. Read “HiRISE clocks hurricane-speed winds on Mars.” ATOM & COSMOS Astronomers get a new odometer to measure faraway objects. See “Longer cosmic ruler based on black holes.” ENVIRONMENT A warming climate could be making elk more destructive to […]

  16. Science Future for November 5, 2011

    November 15 The DuPont Challenge science essay competition opens for entries. Learn more at thechallenge.dupont.com November 17 The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books is announced. See bit.ly/bookprz   November 19 The “Beyond Earth” exhibit opens at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. See www.amnh.org

  17. Science Past from the issue of November 4, 1961

    ARTIFICIAL HEART VALVE — A previously hopeless condition of the heart — a defective heart valve — can now be corrected by successful surgery, it was reported at the American Heart Association meeting in Miami Beach, Fla. Many of the 500 gravely ill patients described by three teams of surgeons who did partial or total […]

  18. The Fact of Evolution by Cameron M. Smith

    An anthropologist explains how evolution occurs and why it must for life to survive on an ever-changing planet. THE FACT OF EVOLUTION, CAMERON M. SMITH Prometheus Books, 2011, 346 p., $18

  19. Arctic Autumn: A Journey to Season’s Edge by Pete Dunne

    A naturalist shares memories and pictures of travels through some of the most dramatic wilderness in the Northern Hemisphere. ARCTIC AUTUMN, PETE DUNNE Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011, 258 p., $24

  20. A Bee in a Cathedral: And 99 Other Scientific Analogies by Joel Levy

    One hundred analogies and metaphors make science more visual: Learn how chemical reactions are like school dances and how long it would take to type the human genome. A BEE IN A CATHEDRAL, JOEL LEVY Firefly Books, 2011, 224 p., $29.95

  21. Invasion of the Body: Revolutions in Surgery by Nicholas L. Tilney

    The history of modern surgery is revealed through tales of surgical breakthroughs at a Boston teaching hospital that opened in 1913. Harvard Univ. Press, 2011, 358 p., $29.95

  22. BOOK REVIEW: The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age by Nathan Wolfe

     If you thought Ebola was scary, just wait. Wolfe, a pandemics expert who has traveled to the sources of HIV and other deadly viruses deep in African forests, says that lots more nasty pathogens, ones you’ve never heard of, are out there. They’re lurking in monkeys, in bats, in animals that will be hunted and […]

  23. BOOK REVIEW: The Ambonese Herbal, Volume 1: Introduction and Book I: Containing All Sorts of Trees, That Bear Edible Fruits, and Are Husbanded by People by Georgius Everhardus Rumphius; translated by E.M. Beekman

    Anyone who has slogged through some prolonged, hope-sucking endeavor to get published may wish to toast the first full English translation of this storied herbal. The six-volume botanical masterpiece from the 17th century still has things to say to modern readers, as well as to long-suffering writers. In fact, the book inspired a 2005 pharmacology […]

  24. Like a Bolt from Above

    SOCORRO, N.M. — Ten thousand feet high in the New Mexico mountains, Jake Trueblood is getting ready to fire rockets into a thunderstorm. In this lightning flash that researchers generated over Camp Blanding, Fla., luminous stroke sequences are blown to the left of the vertical wire that triggered the flash. D. Hill/Univ. of Florida At […]

  25. Beware the Long Tail

    When H. Eugene Stanley heard that Lehman Brothers had filed for bankruptcy, a small part of him was thrilled. illustration: Janel Kiley, background: Maliketh/ISTOCKPHOTO SPOTTING A TAIL Some models assume that financial data follow a typical bell curve (black), with data points clustered around an average and then tapering off quickly to either side. But […]

  26. Lopped Off

    In July, the Ecuadorean navy helped apprehend a fishing vessel within the waters of the Galápagos National Park. On board lay the carcasses of 379 sharks — including threshers, hammer­heads, Galápagos, blues and a mako. Nearly severed fins hung from the mutilated, slippery bodies. The fins were presumably destined for trade in Asian markets, where […]

  27. Letters

    Bull’s-eye targeted On the picture in “Galactic bull’s-eye” (SN: 9/24/11, p. 10), I am quite puzzled. Do my eyes deceive me, or is there another bull’s-eye galaxy behind the first, located at the 1 o’clock position? How is this possible? Are these strange objects magically clustered along some line pointing towards us? Jeff Brewer, Newton […]

  28. Olive oil injections aid in treating pneumonia

    Treating pneumonia with olive oil sounds strange, but the idea showed signs of early scientific savvy.

  29. The Face of the Earth: Natural Landscapes, Science, and Culture by SueEllen Campbell

    An English professor takes readers on a poetic exploration of geology, aided by essays from scientists and other writers. THE FACE OF THE EARTH, SUEELLEN CAMPBELL Univ. of California Press, 2011, 320 p., $26.95