Vol. 178 No. #6 Archives

More Stories from the September 11, 2010 issue

  1. Chemistry

    Superconductors go fractal

    Oxygen atoms arrange themselves in a self-similar pattern to help conduct electricity without resistance.

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  2. Archaeology

    Lucy’s kind used stone tools to butcher animals

    Animal bones found in East Africa show the oldest signs of stone-tool use and meat eating by hominids.

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  3. Tech

    The people’s pulsar

    Thousands of volunteers help discover a neutron star by donating the processing power in their idle home computers.

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  4. Space

    Twinkle, twinkle, little dot

    A faint object was once thought to be the first extrasolar planet to be photographed. Then it wasn’t. But now it may go down in the history books after all.

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  5. Physics

    As the icicle turns

    Drip by drip, a new machine freezes out an existing theory.

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  6. Astronomy

    Celestial wish list

    A panel of astronomers ranks proposed astrophysics projects for the coming decade.

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  7. Humans

    Depressed teens not shunned

    In high school, students with depression seek — rather than settle for — friends with similar moods.

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  8. Humans

    Retirement at 62 boosts well-being

    People who retire on the early side tend to feel better physically and emotionally than those who quit working earlier or later.

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  9. Life

    Muscles remember past glory

    Extra nuclei produced by training survive disuse, making it easier to rebuild lost strength.

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  10. Humans

    Most prisoners come from few neighborhoods

    As overall crime rates declined in the United States, certain poor communities fueled a dramatic rise in incarceration rates.

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  11. Earth

    Perforated blobs may be early sponges

    Odd shapes in Australian rocks could be the oldest fossil evidence of multicellular animals.

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  12. Health & Medicine

    Teen hearing loss rate worsens

    The percentage of adolescents with some decline has increased since the 1990s, a study shows.

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  13. Life

    Gene profiles may predict TB prognosis

    A molecular profile may help doctors predict who will get sick from TB infections.

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  14. Plants

    Chlorophyll gets an ‘f’

    New variety of photosynthetic pigment is the first to be discovered in 60 years

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  15. Space

    Moon shrinks

    New pictures expand evidence of the moon’s shrinkage over the past billion years.

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  16. Life

    ‘Whispering’ gives bats the drop on prey

    A stealth approach to echolocation appears to be adaptive for catching eared moths.

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  17. Chemistry

    Deep-sea oil plume goes missing

    Controversy arises over whether bacteria have completely gobbled oil up.

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  18. Science Future for September 11, 2010

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  19. The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow

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  20. Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic that Remains One of Medicine’s Greatest Mysteries by Molly Caldwell Crosby

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  21. Deep Blue Home: An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean by Julia Whitty

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  22. Physics and Technology for Future Presidents by Richard A. Muller

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  23. Book Review: Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach

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  24. Book Review: Here’s Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion through the Astonishing World of Math by Alex Bellos

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  25. Building better can reduce catastrophic quake deaths

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  26. DNA on the move

    The latest advances from the field of DNA nanotechnology include nanobot ‘spiders’ learning how to walk and even do some work.

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  27. A matter of solidity

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  28. In field or backyard, frogs face threats

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  29. Letters

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  30. Science Past from September 10, 1960 issue

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  31. The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey

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