Vol. 178 No. #8 Archives

More Stories from the October 9, 2010 issue

  1. Chemistry

    Light-harvesting complexes do it themselves

    A new technique could yield solar cells with no repair or assembly required.

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  2. Earth

    Not in this toad’s backyard

    Yellow crazy ants meet a hungry obstacle as they spread into cacao plantations.

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  3. Astronomy

    Mars organics get new lease on life

    More than three decades after the Viking mission failed to find compounds necessary for carbon-based life, a new analysis suggests they could actually be present at detectable levels in the planet’s soil.

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  4. Paleontology

    The hunchback of central Spain

    An exquisitely preserved dinosaur from central Spain has a hump on its back and suggestions of featherlike appendages on its arms. The primitive carnivore lived about 125 million years ago and may push back the first known instance of feathers on the dinosaur family tree.

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  5. Health & Medicine

    Defining normal in the brain

    A new growth curve paves way for scans to be used to spot early signs of autism, schizophrenia or other disorders.

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  6. Chemistry

    Cockroach brains, coming to a pharmacy near you

    Insect tissue extracts show antibacterial activity in lab experiments.

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  7. Space

    Asteroids miss with astronomers

    Close brushes with small objects like the ones that swept past Earth on Wednesday are actually fairly common.

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  8. Psychology

    Video mayhem enlivens decision making

    People who play action-oriented video games show improved ability to make quick decisions based on what they see and hear.

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  9. Life

    Doing their part by not doing their part

    Freeloaders can be good for a community, yeast experiments suggest.

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  10. Life

    Cuckoos thrown off by climate change

    With earlier springs, the birds are duping a different mix of adoptive parents into raising their young.

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  11. Life

    Environmental DNA modifications tied to obesity

    Chemical changes that affect gene activity could underlie many common conditions, a new study suggests.

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  12. Environment

    Gases dominate Gulf’s subsea plumes

    Shipboard experiments in June show that natural gas dominates the Gulf oil plumes and that its components are the favorite choice of microbes.

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  13. Life

    Streetlights turn young duds into studs

    Nocturnal illumination starts youthful male blue tits chirping earlier in the morning, tempting the mates of their still-snoozing elders.

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  14. Earth

    Back to the moon’s future

    New crater and composition measurements from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter are helping scientists understand the moon’s history and scout for future landing sites.

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  15. Psychology

    Why cell phone talkers are annoys-makers

    Overhearing half of a conversation is so aggravating at least in part because it inordinately distracts a listener from tasks at hand.

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  16. Health & Medicine

    Obesity in children linked to common cold virus

    Exposure to adenovirus-36 may partly explain why kids are getting heavier, a new study suggests.

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  17. Climate

    Annual Arctic ice minimum reached

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  18. Science Future for October 9, 2010

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  19. How to Mellify a Corpse by Vicki León

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  20. 2030: Technology That Will Change the World by Rutger van Santen, Djan Khoe and Bram Vermeer

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  21. Spider Silk by Leslie Brunetta and Catherine L. Craig

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  22. The 50 Most Extreme Places in Our Solar System by David Baker and Todd Ratcliff

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  23. Book Review: The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

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  24. Book Review: Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception by Charles Seife

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  25. We, robot: What real-life machines can and can’t do

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  26. Unnatural selection

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  27. Astronomy

    Black hole silhouettes

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  28. Life

    Imperfect mimics

    Reprogramming techniques may not produce exact embryonic stem cell replicas.

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  29. Letters

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  30. Science Past from October 8, 1960 issue

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  31. Much Ado About (Practically) Nothing: A History of the Noble Gases by David E. Fisher

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