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World's biggest atom smasher sets first record
Large Hadron Collider generates highest-energy proton beams yet
Discerning pancreatic cancer from pancreatitis
Test shows patients with autoimmune pancreatitis more likely to have telltale antibody
On the Scene: Dining: Bugged on Thanksgiving
Earlier this week, I met with Zack Lemann at the Insectarium, a roughly 18-month-old Audubon museum. He gave me a behind-the-scenes tour of its dozens of living exhibits hosting insects and more -- including tarantulas and, arriving that day for their Tuesday debut, white (non-albino) alligators. But the purpose of my noon-hour visit was to sample the local cuisine and learn details of preparations for a holiday menu that would be offered through tomorrow at the facility’s experiential cafe: Bug Appetit. There’s Thanksgiving turkey with a cornbread and wax worm stuffing, cranberry sauce with meal worms, and Cricket Pumpkin Pie. It’s cuisine most Americans would never pay for. But at the Insectarium, they don’t have to. It’s offered free as part of an educational adventure.
Science & the Public: Beefy hormones: New routes of exposure
On any given day, some 750,000 U.S feedlots are beefing up between 11 million and 14 million head of cattle. The vast majority of these animals will receive muscle-building steroids
Little push turns snail lefties to righties
Bumping an embryo’s cells can switch the direction of its spiral
Bone regulators moonlight in the brain as fever inducers
Study in mice suggests proteins could be source of post-menopausal hot flashes
A timely touch transforms speech perception
Air puffs on the hand or neck influence people’s ability to hear certain spoken sounds.
Fecal architecture is beetle armor
Predators have a hard time getting through the layers of excrement some beetle moms give their young
GPS bolsters view that big Cascadia quakes could hit inland
Satellite tracking hones picture of fault dynamics
How to mix oil and water
Bouncing an oil-coated water droplet creates tiny emulsion
Nation by nation, evidence thin that boosting crop yields conserves land
Goals to intensify agriculture may not necessarily return farmland to nature, new survey of UN data finds
Metal gives pigment the blues
Researchers studying manganese oxides unexpectedly discover a new way to achieve blue hue
Science & the Public: Toxic playgrounds
No kid should ever play in arsenic. Especially at school. Yet many probably do, according to findings of a study presented today.
First programmable quantum computer created
Ultracold beryllium ions tackle 160 randomly chosen programs
Science & the Public: PCBs: When green paint isn’t ‘green’
It seems we're literally painting the air -- from the Great Lakes to Antarctica -- with persistent pollutants. Including at least one whose safety has never been studied.
Low-tech approach stifles high-risk Nipah virus
Shielding palm-tree sap from fruit bats may limit spread of deadly disease
Science & the Public: Case of the toxic gingerbread man
Featured blog: A search for the source of some indoor-air anomalies turns up a surprising culprit.
Issue for the week of December 5th, 2009
Visual illusion stumps adults but not kids
Finding suggests that sensitivity to visual context develops slowly
Where humans go, pepper virus follows
Plant pathogen could help track waters polluted with human waste