Saturday, December 15, 2012

Issue for the week of December 29th, 2012

  • Science News reviews the year in science with a compilation and analysis of the most fascinating stories reported in the magazine. Also highlighted are reader favorites, debunked science and the year's weirdest stories. (p. 16)

  • Long-sought boson completes standard model of physics. (p. 16)

  • NASA?s rover looks for life-friendly environments. (p. 18)

  • But research freeze holds. (p. 19)

  • Prosthetics and new therapies restore abilities to move, see, walk. (p. 20)

  • Some recent weird weather tied to warming. (p. 20)

  • Nerve cells notice mistakes and learn from others? desires. (p. 21)

  • Social media comes into its own as a tool and a subject for study. (p. 22)

  • If true, finding could lead to new fertility treatments. (p. 23)

  • Planet discovered in Alpha Centauri, just a few light-years away. (p. 23)

  • Similarity found with destructive protein behind mad cow. (p. 24)

  • XNA molecules join DNA and RNA in the genetic catalog. (p. 24)

  • A little closer to teleportation and new computers. (p. 24)

  • Two genetic studies extend the Arctic icon?s lineage way back. (p. 25)

  • DNA paints a contested picture of Stone Age interbreeding. (p. 26)

  • Eventual collision with Andromeda to shake up the solar system. (p. 26)

  • Fossils suggest early bipedal hominids still climbed. (p. 27)

  • Brain stays busy during lights-out. (p. 28)

  • Findings are filling out the story behind the fat. (p. 28)

  • Surprise result questions heart protection from HDL. (p. 28)

  • Paintings and animation date way back. (p. 29)

  • More creatures, less Latin used to describe them. (p. 30)

  • Transit events happen in pairs separated by more than a century. (p. 30)

  • 25-year experiment sees real-time natural selection. (p. 31)

  • Overuse of freshwater supplies poses risks. (p. 32)

  • World doesn?t end, ancient astronomy gets a boost. (p. 32)

  • A gravity survey by twin orbiters reveals how much the lunar surface was pummeled by meteorite impacts early in its history. (p. 5)

  • Plumbing systems operate on a razor?s edge, making even moist forests highly vulnerable to drought. (p. 8)

  • Warming might force animals? food source, bamboo, to higher elevations. (p. 8)

  • BOSS project looks at acceleration rate before dark energy hit the gas. (p. 9)

  • The large exoplanet lies just 42 light-years away. (p. 9)

  • Comprehensive analysis quantifies ice sheet loss in Greenland and Antarctica. (p. 10)

  • Simple models have overestimated drying over past 60 years. (p. 10)

  • Meltwaters off the northwestern part of Canada?s ice sheet would have shut down the ocean?s heat circulation 13,000 years ago. (p. 11)

  • Layered nanomaterial shows how bulletproof polymers wrap around penetrating particles. (p. 12)

  • A new chemical setup creates clean-burning gas by mimicking plant photosynthesis. (p. 12)

  • Among hundreds of thousands of DNA variants identified in a study, a large majority arose in the past 5,000 years. (p. 13)

  • Short telomeres are tied to higher mortality in Indian Ocean warblers. (p. 13)

  • New models offer contrasting views of monkeys? ability to identify frequently seen letter pairs. (p. 14)

  • How humans hide goodies, timely gestures and memory athletes. (p. 14)

  • Review by Sid Perkins (p. 34)

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  • Alt science (p. 36)

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