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New adhesive is stickier than gecko feet and doesn't lose its grip

Researchers say they have developed an adhesive that can stick stronger than the toes of geckos. The little lizard can dash up walls and hang from the ceiling by a single toe, thanks to microscopic hairs on the soles of its feet that latch onto nooks and crannies on surfaces...

October 9, 2008 — Susannah F. Locke

Mercury taking shape in images of previously unseen terrain

NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, launched in 2004, completed its second flyby of Mercury early Monday morning, passing within 125 miles (200 kilometers) of the planet’s surface and snapping striking photographs of never-before-seen terrain...

October 8, 2008 — John Matson

Am I a narcissist? Part II: Ask my staff

A few weeks ago, I found out that my presence on Facebook can indicate just how narcissistic I am, thanks to a study in the October issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin ...

October 8, 2008 — Ivan Oransky

Open access publisher BioMed Central sold to Springer

Open access pioneer BioMed Central has been acquired by Springer, ScientificAmerican.com has learned. Open access is the movement, recently bolstered by Congress, to make studies available for free online, instead of charging taxpayers who funded the research (and others) to read them...

October 7, 2008 — Ivan Oransky

Work on broken symmetry garners Physics Nobel

Three men who study broken symmetry -- the phenomenon that "conceals nature’s order under an apparently jumbled surface," according to the Nobel Foundation -- have won the Nobel Prize in Physics: Yoichiro Nambu, of the University of Chicago; Makoto Kobayashi, of the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Tsukuba, Japan; and Toshihide Maskawa, of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics (YITP), Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan...

October 7, 2008 — Ivan Oransky

Bolivia tries to bolster public health with traditional medicine


The U.S. has a decidedly ambivalent relationship with alternative medicine, though large numbers of Americans routinely ingest nostrums from ginkgo to garlic.  In Bolivia, by contrast, the status of holistic medicine has risen at even the highest levels of government...

October 6, 2008 — Gary Stix

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