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MIND Reviews: Obsession: A History

Reviews and recommendations from the December 2008/January 2009 issue of Scientific American MIND

December 26, 2008 — Nicole Branan, Melinda Wenner, Rachel Mahan and David Dobbs

Vitamin D deficiency ups risk of C-section deliveries, study says

Pregnant women with vitamin D deficiencies are more likely than other expectant moms to deliver their babies via cesarean section.

"Women with a vitamin D deficiency were almost 4 times more likely to have a cesarean than those with [normal] vitamin D levels," says senior study author Anne Merewood, an assistant pediatrics professor at Boston University School of Medicine...

December 24, 2008 — Coco Ballantyne

Christmas at the Moon; and Instant Egghead Guide: The Mind

Scientific American editor Michael Battaglia discusses the online In-Depth-Report on Apollo 8, which orbited the moon 40 years ago this week. And author Emily Anthes talks about her new book, Instant Egghead Guide: The Mind ...

December 24, 2008 — Steve Mirsky

Fruit Fly Immunity Stronger While Sleeping

A study presented at the meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology found that fruit flies were better able to fight off infections that they got while asleep at night than those received while awake during the day...

December 22, 2008

Dinosaurs Were Dutiful Dads

A study in the journal Science looked at bones from dinosaurs found with clutches of eggs, and found that the caretakers appear to be male. Karen Hopkin reports

December 19, 2008

Testing Natural Selection with Genetics

Biologists working with the most sophisticated genetic tools are demonstrating that natural selection plays a greater role in the evolution of genes than even most evolutionists had thought...

December 18, 2008 — H. Allen Orr

Diversity Revealed: From Atoms to Traits

Charles Darwin saw that random variations in organisms provide fodder for evolution. Modern scientists are revealing how that diversity arises from changes to DNA and can add up to complex creatures or even cultures...

December 18, 2008 — David M. Kingsley
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