17 June 2011
Vol 332, Issue 6036
  • Contents

    • This Week in Science

    • Editorial

    • Editors' Choice

    • Podcasts

    • Products & Materials

      • New Products

        A weekly roundup of information on newly offered instrumentation, apparatus, and laboratory materials of potential interest to researchers.

    • News of the Week

      • Around the World

        In science news around the world this week, German officials announced that organic sprouts are the source of an epidemic of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli, Australian scientists studying climate change have received death threats and abusive e-mails, the Foundation for Vaccine Research has been launched, the Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that France has failed to sufficiently protect the European hamster from extinction, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has added 15 plant biologists to its portfolio of elite researchers, Peru's Congress passed a 10-year moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops, and a Belgian researcher involved in the partial destruction of a test field for genetically modified potatoes has been sacked.

      • Random Sample

        Marine biologists have suggested that the giant squid could be the giant panda of marine invertebrates. Arabick Roots, which opened 9 June at the Royal Society in London, chronicles the flow of scientific knowledge from the Arab world to Europe in the 17th century. Hikers in the Pacific Northwest are recording pika sightings, straw nests, and even urine stains as part of a pilot project to track the impacts of climate change on the creatures. And this week's numbers quantify the reduction in sensitivity of the planned European Extremely Large Telescope and the percentage of Italian voters who opposed the government's plans to resurrect nuclear energy.

      • Newsmakers

        This week's Newsmakers are neglected diseases expert Peter Hotez, who is leaving George Washington University to set up the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and Ronald Davis of Stanford University, who has won the 2011 Gruber Prize in genetics for his groundbreaking work on recombinant DNA techniques.

    • Findings

    • News & Analysis

    • News Focus

    • Letters

    • Books et al.

    • Policy Forum

      • Solving the Sisyphean Problem of Malaria in Zanzibar

        Whether for “elimination” or “control,” strategies for fighting malaria require sustained funding to be effective.

    • Perspectives

    • Brevia

    • Research Articles

      • EPOXI at Comet Hartley 2

        In situ observations show that comet Hartley 2 is an unusually hyperactive comet.

      • O-Glycosylated Cell Wall Proteins Are Essential in Root Hair Growth

        Sequential protein posttranslational modifications facilitate cell wall self-assembly and root hair elongation in Arabidopsis.

    • Reports

About The Cover

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COVER Devastation in Rikuzentakada, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, following the 11 March 2011 magnitude 9.0 Tohoku-Oki earthquake, which triggered a tsunami that killed more than 20,000 people and a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Three research papers (pp. 1395, 1421, and 1426) describe the mechanics of the earthquake, determined from seismological and geodetic observations. Photo: Mainichi Newspaper/AFLO/Newscom