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- 50 Years AgoExcerpt from the September 7, 1963, issue of Science News Letter
- Letters to the Editor
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 the wider view is actually composed of thousands of icebergs that have broken free. — Editors
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- Science Stats
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.
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- Reviews & Previews
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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 fertilization.
- Reviews & Previews
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