The Advances section of Scientific American's September issue reports on a vaccine against nicotine addiction, a new x-ray technique inspired by large particle accelerators, how the brains of city folk may differ from their country cousins', and more. For those interested in learning more about the developments described in this section, a list of selected further reading follows.
"The Stress of Crowds"
In "City living and urban upbringing affect neural social stress processing in humans," Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg and colleagues report on the regional brain effects of living in—and growing up in—the city. The paper was published June 22 in Nature. (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group.)
Lisa Feldman Barrett and colleagues correlate amygdala volume and the size and complexity of a person's social network in "Amygdala volume and social network size in humans," published in the February issue of Nature Neuroscience.
"New Help for Smokers"
Read about NicVAX clinical trials—and sign up for any trails that are still recruiting—at ClinicalTrials.gov
The results of one NicVAX clinical trial were published in March in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics: "Immunogenicity and Smoking-Cessation Outcomes for a Novel Nicotine Immunotherapeutic."
And learn how all 15 Google finalists got interested in science at Scientific American's science education blog, Budding Scientist.
"Cooking That Sucks"
Modernist Cuisine vacuum pumps watermelon slices to make chips on their Web site.
"Can You See Me Now?"
Alessandro Olivo and colleagues describe their conventional x-ray phase-contrast imaging technique in "Noninterferometric phase-contrast images obtained with incoherent x-ray sources," published on April 20 in Applied Optics.
"The Shape of a Nose"
"Climate-related variation of the human nasal cavity" describes Marlijn Noback and colleagues' findings about different nasal passage shapes. The paper was published in August in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum offers a Web page dedicated to six modern unmanned aerial vehicles.
"The Pitfalls of Positive Thinking"
In "Positive fantasies about idealized futures sap energy," published in July issue in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Heather Barry Kappes and her co-author found that college students who imagined overly positive outcomes for events, such as getting an A on a test, actually do worse when the scenario comes up in real life.