May 23, 1998 | Volume 153 | Number 21Cover: The role of feasting in ancient rituals and social life is attracting a growing number of archaeological inquiries. The approximately 4,000-year-old perforated plaque shown here, in a composite image, portrays a procession of Sumerians bearing offerings that contributed to regular community feasts. (Photo: University of Chicago Oriental Institute. FX: Mark Gilvey/Design Imaging)
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News of the Week:Indian Blasts Stymie Seismologists
Global seismic networks picked up only some of the five Indian nuclear tests.
Monkeys provide models of child abuse
Accumulated evidence suggests that various monkey species can provide animal models of human child abuse and neglect.
Does smoking avert some breast cancers?
In women who have a mutated BRCA gene, smoking seems to confer some protection against breast cancer—possibly by suppressing estrogen and its metabolites.
Something's bugging nuclear fuel
High quantities of corrosion-inducing bacteria have been identified in a nuclear-fuel storage pool.
Take it to the max: Supernova in overdrive
Astronomers have discovered a unique type of supernova explosion in which material is hurled into space at 99 percent of the speed of light.
Seizure prelude found by chaos calculation
An analysis of brain waves based on chaos theory predicts epileptic seizures more than 10 minutes in advance.
Blood test, 3-D graphics win top prize
A no-needle device for measuring blood hemoglobin painlessly and research on speeding up 3-dimensional computer graphics took top honors at the 1998 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
Looking at an alternative to aspirin
A new compound could one day provide the therapeutic benefit of aspirin without the drug’s side effects.
Articles:Unveiling the Hidden Universe
Infrared observatory clears up dusty tales
Banquets in the Ruins
By penetrating the dust within the Milky Way and galaxies that lie far beyond, the Infrared Space Observatory provided astronomers with a clearer view of the cosmos.
Archaeologists hunger for a better understanding of feasts
New archaeological research examines the influence of feasts on ancient social and political life.
Another Human Genome Project
A private company's plan shocks the genetics community
A new approach sequencing the human genome is claimed to be much faster and cheaper than the international project now underway.
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