September 7, 2013 | Science News


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Three to 12 minutes is enough for a bedbug to use its long piercing mouthparts for a stealthy blood heist. Read more in Let the Bedbugs Bite.

September 7, 2013

  • Letters to the Editor

    Letters to the editor

    Seeing ice
    In the photo series shown in “Taking Antarctica’s temperature”
    (SN: 7/27/13, p. 18), the ice appears to be increasing from January to April as one would expect in the Southern Hemisphere. How does this demonstrate the rapid collapse of the Larsen B Ice Shelf?
    William Meadows, Dripping Springs, Texas

    The satellite images show a large area of the Antarctic Peninsula; the Larsen B Ice Shelf is a small area near the center. A closer view of Larsen B (above) from March 7, 2002, reveals that what looks like a solid sheet of ice in

  • People

    Let the bedbugs bite

    Harold Harlan has been feeding bedbugs, intentionally, on his own blood since 1973. He keeps pint or quart jars in his home containing at least 4,000 bugs.
  • Feature

    Familiar faces

    "Super recognizers" never forget a visage, an unusual ability that can be put to good use.
  • Science Stats

    Not really nine months

    The length of human pregnancy varies naturally by five weeks, researchers have found. A new study followed 125 women from conception to live single births and found the longest pregnancies in women who were older, had previously had long pregnancies or were themselves heavier at birth.

  • Feature

    Life under ice

    Lake Vostok may harbor ingredients for a complex subglacial ecosystem.
  • Reviews & Previews

    How We Do It

    Many parents have questions about how to raise children “naturally.” When is the natural time to wean a baby? Is early toilet training natural? What about suggestions to eat the placenta?

    Martin, a primatologist, looks to evolutionary history for clues to how humans have parented through time. He leads a dizzying tour through evolutionary aspects of human reproduction, starting with sperm and egg, winding through pregnancy and parental care, to reach the decidedly unnatural topics of contraception and in vitro fer

  • Reviews & Previews

    What Makes a Hero?

    Stories of heroes are all over the news: First responders and even concerned passersby put themselves in harm’s way to help others, going against every instinct for self-preservation. What could explain such selfless acts? Even Charles Darwin struggled to understand the evolutionary upside of self-sacrifice.

    Svoboda, a science writer, takes an in-depth look at some of the scientists who study altruism and what they are finding. Brain scans (including one of Svoboda) reveal that people who envision themselves giving to charity show neurolo