Vol. 176 No. #6 Archives

More Stories from the September 12, 2009 issue

  1. Health & Medicine

    Neurons play Simon Says

    A new study finds evidence for mirror neurons in people.

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  2. Health & Medicine

    Bone-preserving drug passes tests in men, women

    New drug limits bone fractures in elderly women and men fighting prostate cancer

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  3. Earth

    Big Gulp, Asian style

    Satellite data reveals that increased irrigation pressure is rapidly depleting groundwater in northern India.

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  4. Life

    A gene for a short night’s sleep

    Alterations in a gene called DEC2 lead to a shortened sleep period in people, mice and fruit flies.

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  5. Archaeology

    Fire engineers of the Stone Age

    New evidence indicates that people used fires to heat stones in preparation for making cutting instruments at least 72,000 years ago in southern Africa.

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  6. Physics

    Casper the Quantum Ghost

    Researchers find that a strange kind of imaging relies on quantum mechanics.

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  7. Earth

    Rapid evolution may be reshaping forest birds’ wings

    Logging during the last century might have driven birds in mature boreal forests toward pointier wings while reforestation in New England led to rounder wings.

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  8. Animals

    Vocal abilities lost, found and drowned out

    Reports from the meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union

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  9. Health & Medicine

    Worm-inspired superglue

    Researchers create a material that may one day be used to paste together bones in the body.

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  10. Health & Medicine

    Using estrogen to combat persistent breast cancer

    Estrogen therapy stymies breast cancer in some patients who have exhausted their other options, a new study finds.

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  11. Astronomy

    Comet dust harbors life’s building blocks

    Samples collected from a comet’s halo suggest comets could have carried amino acids to the early Earth

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  12. Life

    Bomb-tastic new worms

    Scientists find previously unknown deep-sea species that launch bioluminescent packets.

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  13. Animals

    Back off, extinct moa

    A New Zealand tree’s peculiar leaves may have served as defenses against long-gone giant birds.

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  14. Psychology

    How to walk in circles without really trying

    People walk in circles when landmarks and other directional cues are not available.

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  15. Chemistry

    Styrofoam degrades in seawater

    Study suggests besides the visible plastic, smaller bits are fouling the waters

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  16. Space

    Extrasolar planets at full tilt

    Violent interactions between planets may have played a key role in shaping the architecture of many extrasolar planet systems. The sun’s planetary system may have escaped or recovered from such a catastrophe.

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  17. Science Future for September 12, 2009

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  18. From Axons to Identity: Neurological Explorations of the Nature of the Self by Todd E. Feinberg

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  19. The Spirit of Invention by Julie M. Fenster

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  20. Poseidon’s Steed: The Story of Seahorse, from Myth to Reality by Helen Scales

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  21. What Bluebirds Do by Pamela F. Kirby

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  22. Book Review: Science Under Siege: Defending Science, Exposing Pseudoscience edited by Kendrick Frazier

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  23. Book Review: Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs, from Communism to Al-Qaeda by Robert Wallace and H. Keith Melton with Henry Robert Schlesinger

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  24. A place removed from ‘the pressure of received ideas’

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  25. Psychology

    Morality Play

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  26. Little by Little

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  27. Space

    The Status Quark

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  28. Letters

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  29. Science Past from the issue of September 12, 1959

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  30. Finding the Big Bang

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