Vol 333, Issue 6042
Introduction to Special Issue
The population projections in these graphics compiled by Science can be considered best scientific guesses, not destiny. Still, they offer a window into what the world might look like in 2050.
A growing corps of graying women are actively engaged in the civic life of their often male-dominated communities, taking on stabilizing social roles that others sometimes can't.
This Week in Science
Products & Materials
News of the Week
In science news around the world this week, the Royal Society will be reluctantly playing the role of U.K. border guard, the U.S. government has added new protections for human subjects research, research activism and rural development have netted Blue Planet Prizes, the U.K. government is establishing a commission to help regulate experiments involving "animals containing human material," and Australian researchers under threat from pirates have enlisted naval muscle to plug a critical gap in climate monitoring in the Indian Ocean.
A microbiologist has used the proteins in dairy milk to create the first industrial, all-natural, and eco-friendly fiber fit for the runway. Her dairy-produced threads won an innovation award at the July 2011 Berlin Fashion Week.
News & Analysis
Experimenters working with Europe's Large Hadron Collider may be closing in on the elusive Higgs boson, but they have seen no signs of new particles beyond those in the standard model.
To up the odds of finding signs of life on Mars, NASA has chosen mineralogically diverse but mysterious Gale crater as the target for its $2.5 billion Curiosity rover.
A new National Academies' report on improving U.S. science education calls on schools to show how science applies to the real world and how scientists and engineers actually do their jobs.
A new fossil from China that looks a lot like Archaeopteryx and is apparently just 10 million years older is threatening to topple the earliest known bird from its perch.
Astrophysicist Nidhal Guessoum advocates a scientific approach to the problem of determining when months begin in the Islamic calendar, which traditionally relies on eye-witness observations of the moon.
Books et al.
In this synthesis, Fukuyama draws on history, archaeology, economics, and evolutionary biology to explain the course from the emergence of tribal societies to the development of political accountability in 18th-century Europe.
Harford presents examples from economics, behavior, and evolutionary biology to argue for the crucial roles that trial-and-error approaches and failures play in adapting to our complex world.
Essays on Science and Society
Carefully chosen carbon substituents stabilize a boron oxidation state that bears an extra electron pair.
Melting of the Antarctic Ice Sheet contributed substantially to the excess sea-level rise of the last interglacial period.
The ability of modern humans to sustain larger populations contributed to the decline of Neandertals in Western Europe.
Inducible neuron inhibition reveals essential roles for serotonergic neurons in respiratory and body temperature homeostasis.
Metagenome sequence predicted the culture conditions required for successful isolation of a marsupial gut bacterium.