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Gene pool jeopardy: Can Isle Royale's wolves be saved?

Some of the most studied wolf packs in the world are in serious jeopardy. Researchers report that the occurrence of debilitating bone deformities in wolves marooned on Isle Royale, an isolated island in Lake Superior north of Michigan, has risen sharply over the past five decades due to inbreeding...

April 7, 2009 — Adam Hadhazy

All quiet on the sunspot front

The sun's tumult waxes and wanes in a fairly predictable cycle, with sunspots, patches of intense magnetic activity on the solar surface, peaking in number every 11 or so years.

April 7, 2009 — John Matson

Is wisdom in the brain?

Some of us look for wisdom in the Bible, Plato or at Grandma's knee. Dilip Jeste and his colleague Thomas Meeks are searching for it in the brain.

Jeste and Meeks, both geriatric psychiatrists at the University of California, San Diego, hypothesize in the Archives of General Psychiatry that wisdom, or at least the execution of its attributes, can be found in the brain's primitive limbic system as well as its more evolutionarily advanced prefrontal cortex...

April 6, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Can lightning predict hurricane winds?

Hurricanes are some of the deadliest storms on the planet, and scientists predict they'll pack even stronger punches as climate change advances. After forming over tropical oceans, these tempests wreak havoc once they make landfall, bringing with them winds of up to 140 miles (225 kilometers) per hour, storm surges and even tornados...

April 6, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

The solar installation waiting game

Editor's Note: Scientific American 's George Musser will be chronicling his experiences installing solar panels in 60-Second Solar . Read his introduction here and see all posts here.

STAFFApril 6, 2009 — George Musser

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