The Ultimate Sea Weed
July 4, 1998 | Volume 154 | Number 1Cover: The Mediterranean has been invaded by a
beautiful but aggressive alien plant that is turning
diverse seafloor ecosystems into monoculture
meadows. Help may be on the way, however, as
scientists investigate the possibility of unleashing
some equally alien mollusks to graze on the newcomer.
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News of the Week:
Amyloid Can Trigger Brain Damage
Beta-amyloid, which is found in plaques in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients, is more damaging to brain cells in old monkeys than in young ones.
Monopole search comes up empty-handed
Fermilab physicists report no evidence of magnetic monopoles in high-energy collisions between protons and antiprotons.
Mice help nail down gene for rare syndrome
A single gene appears to be responsible for a puzzling human disorder in which people suffer abnormal growth of fingernails, toenails, and knee caps.
La Niņa readies to steal El Niņo's thunder
Water in the Pacific has started to cool rapidly, portending unusual winter weather.
Scientists lose contact with solar craft
Since June 25, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory has failed to respond to signals from ground controllers.
Persistent pollutants face global ban
The United Nations has begun work on a global treaty to reduce or phase out many of the most toxic long-lived industrial pollutants.
Chemical switch cuts off melatonin
A newly synthesized substance is expected to promote wakefulness by turning off production of the sleep hormone melatonin.
Ancient North American shoes step to fore
Inhabitants of North America made and wore sophisticated types of footwear at least 8,000 years ago.
Fatal skin fungus found in U.S. frogs
A deadly skin fungus, which has devastated frogs in parts of Australia and Central America, has turned up in stricken U.S. populations.
Modeling the whole universe
For the first time, cosmologists have harnessed enough computing power to simulate the action of gravity on matter over a huge volume of space, beginning 1 billion years after the Big Bang.
So cool, and some are still stars
Astronomers have discovered a new class of celestial objects, roughly one-third the temperature of the sun and less than one-tenth its mass.
Revving up a neutron star
An X-ray observatory has shed new light on how rotating neutron stars become millisecond radio pulsars.
Understanding the Big Bang of life
A protein on the surface of sperm is crucial to mammalian fertility in unexpected ways.
Building a pancreas from scratch
Molecular signals guide embryonic cells to form a pancreas.
Science and Society
Patients often don't comprehend informed consent forms, even when the reading level is not a problem.
Journals make family secrets public
Publication of family tree information in medical articles can violate patient privacy.
The Mediterranean floor is being carpeted with a shaggy, aggressive invader
Sea slugs may be enlisted to halt the devastating spread of unusual algae in the Mediterranean Sea.
Ringing Earth's Bell
What makes our planet constantly quiver?
Seismologists have found a subtle and mysterious pulsing coming from Earth.
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