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Teasing Out a Tongue's Taste Receptors
Two newly discovered proteins may help the tongue taste bitter and sweet substances.
Red-yeast product is no drug, court says
A federal court ruled that the Food and Drug Administration had unlawfully attempted to restrict distribution of an herbal supplement by designating it a drug.
Fickle climate thwarts future forecasts
Natural climate swings are likely to mask the effects of global warming in some regions.
Tempered glass can bend before it breaks
Researchers have developed a way to temper glass chemically so that it can withstand some cracking before ultimately shattering.
Memory cell: Charge of the light, delayed
A new device that can store optical signals in a semiconductor and play them back at selected times promises to make optical memory chips a possibility.
Milky Way's tug robs stellar cluster
A swarm of stars robbed of its lowest-weight members may shed light on the distribution of dark matter in our galaxy.
Disability law may cover gene flaws
Lawyers, scientists, and others met to discuss legal protection for people who carry identified gene mutations.
A prostate cancer link to papilloma virus?
German scientists have found a possible link between prostate cancer and a common sexually transmitted pathogen.
Obsessions, compulsions span decades
A 40-year study finds that people diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder often do better over time without any treatment, although they rarely achieve full recovery.
Souping up Supercomputing
Retooling the underpinnings of high-performance computing
A new federal initiative aims to boost research in technologies that will support the further development and use of supercomputers.
When Lizards do Push-ups
Humans aren't the only ones inclined to athletic displays in love and war
Sagebrush lizards and some tropical species use a complex system of body language to communicate.
Much ado about Pluto
Pluto has retained its status as a planet.
First light for big telescope
A telescope featuring the largest single-piece mirror opened for business late last month atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea.
Making milk easier on the stomach
Scientists have genetically engineered mice to produce low-lactose milk.
Infamous flu virus reveals its past
A gas just says NO to a virus
Efforts to decipher the genetic secrets of the 1918 flu virus continue but so far fail to resolve why it was so deadly.
Nitric oxide may attack viruses by deactivating a crucial enzyme.
Red phosphores for 'green' fluorescents
A new gadolinium-containing material could serve as a component of mercury-free fluorescent lamps.
Polymers glow bright for 3-D displays
Commercially available polymers now used in toys could form the basis of large, inexpensive three-dimensional displays.
Enzyme churns out conducting polymers
Researchers have developed a simple, inexpensive, environmentally benign way to synthesize polyaniline.
Low-voltage gene transfer
A kinder, gentler technique for inserting foreign genes into cells could increase the survival rate of treated cells.
A new microwave imaging system might eliminate the discomfort that can accompany conventional X-ray mammography.