Science in the Courts
April 18, 1998 | Volume 153 | Number 16Cover: As courts increasingly face complex scientific issues, the juducial system is experimenting with ways to keep junk science out of the courtroom. (Photo illustration: Mark Gilvey, Design Imaging)
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New Test Spots Cancer Cells in Blood
A novel experimental technique detects cancer cells shed into the blood by a fledgling tumor.
Starting up quick quantum searches
Researchers for the first time experimentally demonstrated the operation of a simple quantum computer to perform an efficient search.
Tree trunks swell in synchrony with tides
The diameter of a tree stem changes with the rhythm of the tides.
When lava and ice clashed on Mount Rainier
Geologists have solved a decades-old puzzle about lava deposits on Mount Rainier.
Solar cell converts water into hydrogen
A new device harnesses sunlight to produce hydrogen gas by electrochemically splitting water.
Climate change measure for the common folk
Researchers have developed what they call a common-sense climate index to flag when people in a region would notice long-term changes in climate.
Internet access: A black-and-white issue
Educational achievement and income do not by themselves explain why blacks use the Internet at a lower rate than whites.
Listening to faith as depression balm
Deeply held religious faith hastens recovery from mild to moderate depression among elderly people.
Research NotesShifting ground at nuclear waste site
The nations top choice for a nuclear waste repository is more geologically active than expected.
Ancient quake sliced crusader castle
The walls of a castle in Israel display the scars of a quake from the year 1202.
Little shop of horrors for protozoa
Researchers describe the first carnivorous plant known to prey on protozoa.
The first of the ultraviolet lovers
Plumage differences that show up mainly at ultraviolet wavelengths visible to birds may account for why female blue tits are preferentially attracted to certain males.
Getting to the guts of a dinosaur
Italian paleontologists have found fossilized intestinal remains and other soft tissue preserved inside a dinosaur.
On the line from dinosaurs to birds
Newly found fossils of ancient birds provide important evidence of the transition from dinosaurs to birds.
Articles:Courting Reliable Science
As courts increasingly address science-related issues, judges are exploring ways to ensure that scientific testimony is reliable.
The Hydrogen Hypothesis
The merger of two microbes may explain the origin of energy-generating structures in cells.
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