Vol. 182 No. #5 Archives

More Stories from the September 8, 2012 issue

  1. Space

    Black hole theory deepens lithium crisis

    A new proposal suggests a potential new source of the element as astrophysicists try to explain why it’s in such short supply.

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  2. Space

    Crowd sourcing comes to astronomy

    Researchers comb the Internet for snapshots of a comet and use the collected images to calculate its orbit.

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  3. Humans

    Maiden shows signs of TB-like infection

    Molecular analysis yields clues about the immune system activity of a probable sacrificial victim.

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  4. Health & Medicine

    Ecstasy may cause memory problems

    New users of club drug do worse than nonusers on one recall test.

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  5. Humans

    DNA hints at African cousin to humans

    Complete genetic profiles of people from three hunter-gatherer groups suggest Homo sapiens interbred with a now-extinct species on the continent relatively recently.

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  6. Life

    Select cells appear to spawn tumors

    Separate studies support the theory that stem cells cause cancers to emerge and recur.

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  7. Life

    Rabies resistance arises in backwater thick with vampire bats

    Residents of two remote Peruvian communities appear to have survived infection by the deadly virus.

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  8. Life

    How the elephant gets its infrasound

    Just blowing air through a pachyderm’s larynx produces fundamental elements of the mysterious rumblings that send messages too low for people to hear.

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  9. Earth

    Extreme hot spells rising

    Analyzing six decades of temperature records reveals inexorable warming and increasing episodes of extreme heat.

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  10. Health & Medicine

    Monkey brains sensitive to others’ flubs

    Some of the brain’s nerve cells are programmed to light up only upon witnessing another’s error.

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  11. Humans

    North African Diaspora written in genes

    DNA analysis of people from 15 groups identifies distinct groups and migrations.

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  12. Health & Medicine

    Thinner isn’t always better in diabetes

    Normal-weight people who develop diabetes have higher mortality than people who are overweight or obese at the disease’s onset

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  13. Humans

    New fossils hint at ancestral split

    Jaw and face bones suggest two Homo species lived in East Africa nearly 2 million years ago.

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  14. Earth

    Global groundwater use outpaces supply

    Footprint measure reveals unsustainable use of the world’s aquifers.

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  15. Life

    Unusual virus may tie snakes in knots

    Captive snakes with a fatal disease harbor viruses never before seen in reptiles.

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  16. Creating small wonders

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  17. Science Future for September 8, 2012

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  18. SN Online

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  19. Secret Chambers: The Inside Story of Cells & Complex Life by Martin Brasier

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  20. The Good, the True, and the Beautiful: A Neuronal Approach by Jean-Pierre Changeux

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  21. Darwin’s Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution by Rebecca Stott

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  22. Born Together – Reared Apart: The Landmark Minnesota Twin Study by Nancy L. Segal

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  23. BOOK REVIEW: Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale by Tom Wilber

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  24. BOOK REVIEW: Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe by George Dyson

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  25. As Told By the Egg

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  26. Earth

    The facts behind the frack

    The gas, primarily methane, is cheap and relatively clean. Because America is brimful of the stuff, harvesting the fuel via fracking could provide the country jobs and reduce its dependence on foreign sources of energy.

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  27. Making Data Work

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  28. Letters

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  29. Science Past for September 8, 1962

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  30. Mathematical Excursions to the World’s Great Buildings by Alexander J. Hahn

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