Vol. 180 No. #8 Archives

More Stories from the October 8, 2011 issue

  1. Climate

    El Niños may inflame civil unrest

    Weather extremes associated with this climate phenomenon appear to double the risk that conflict will erupt in any given year.

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  2. Humans

    Beneficial liaisons

    DNA gift from our extinct cousins not only lives on in people today, but helps people today live on.

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  3. Humans

    Willpower endures

    A person's ability to resist temptation stays constant throughout life, study suggests.

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  4. Life

    Belly bacteria boss the brain

    One type of gut microbe sends antianxiety messages through the vagus nerve, changing the behavior of mice.

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  5. Tech

    Mining electronic records yields connections between diseases

    Mining patient records, combined with molecular research, may reveal new links among medical conditions.

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  6. Health & Medicine

    Saffron takes on cancer

    The yellow spice inhibits liver cancer growth, tests in rats show.

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  7. Humans

    Oldest hand axes found

    Homo erectus may have made both advanced and simple tools 1.76 million years ago.

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  8. Life

    Woolly rhinos came down from the cold

    Ice Age icons were already adapted to harsh climate, new fossils suggest.

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  9. Physics

    A lighter Higgs, but chase continues

    Target narrows after LHC experiments suggest a new lower estimated mass for the elusive particle.

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  10. Paleontology

    Acidifying oceans helped fuel mass extinction

    The great die-off 250 million years ago could trace in part to hostile water conditions, a modeling study suggests.

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  11. Health & Medicine

    Brain stents pose risks

    Devices to prop open narrowed vessels appear to raise the risk of death or stroke compared with medicines alone, a study finds.

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  12. Earth

    Earthly riches heaven sent

    A period of heavy meteorite bombardment after Earth's formation may have peppered Earth's outer layers with useful metals.

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  13. Space

    Super-Earths may come in two flavors

    As more exoplanets are discovered, evidence emerges that worlds can be either fluffy or dense.

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  14. Humans

    Humans

    Footprinting crime scenes, wine refueling stations for King Tut and more in this week’s news.

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  15. Life

    Dinosaur-era feathers sealed in amber

    The richest collection yet of primordial plumage preserves pigment and fine details found modern birds.

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  16. SN Online

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  17. Science Past from the issue of October 7, 1961

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  18. Ancient Rome forbade downtown traffic in day

    Roman road congestion is as enduring as the Eternal City.

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  19. Brain Bugs: How the Brain’s Flaws Shape Our Lives by Dean Buonomano

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  20. The Exquisite Butterfly Companion: The Science and Beauty of 100 Butterflies by Hazel Davies

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  21. Cosmos Close-up by Giles Sparrow

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  22. The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us by Jeffrey Kluger

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  23. BOOK REVIEW: Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World by Emma Marris

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  24. BOOK REVIEW: Epigenetics: The Ultimate Mystery of Inheritance by Richard C. Francis

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  25. Health & Medicine

    The Probabilistic Mind

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  26. Planetary Science

    Fertile Frontiers

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  27. Life

    Singled Out

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  28. Letters

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  29. Science Future for October 8, 2011

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  30. The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World by David Deutsch

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