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    Bones make hormones that communicate with the brain and other organs

    Long typecast as the strong silent type, bones are speaking up.

    In addition to providing structural support, the skeleton is a versatile conversationalist. Bones make hormones that chat with other organs and tissues, including the brain, kidneys and pancreas, experiments in mice have shown.

    “The bone, which was considered a dead organ, has really become a gland almost,” says Beate...

    06/21/2017 - 15:00 Health, Biomedicine, Cells
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    Mother lode

    A bonanza of potent disease-fighting compounds has been discovered in a surprisingly common source — the breasts of every nursing mother on the planet. Human milk, the only substance that evolved to feed and protect us, seems to contain a trove of medicines just now being unlocked by scientists.

    “We go down to the bottom of the ocean to find new compounds and test them out against...

    12/27/2013 - 14:05 Human Development, Microbes, Health
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    Can you hear me now?

    The Earth is going silent. Digital television signals delivered by cable and satellite are quickly replacing analog broadcasts and reducing the number and power of radio waves leaking into space. For viewers at home, it means more channels and pictures of unsurpassed clarity. But for scientists seeking signs of advanced civilizations beyond the solar system, this sudden radio silence makes...

    04/09/2010 - 16:30 Astronomy
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    Change Without Change

    Fourscore and seven years ago, a nonprofit organization called Science Service began providing dispatches to newspapers on news from the world of science. The following year, by popular demand, some of those dispatches were collected and distributed weekly to a wider audience, in the form of typewritten, mimeographed pages carrying the label Science News-Letter.

    Four years later — on...

    04/24/2008 - 19:07 Humans & Society
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    Udder Beauty

    The scourge of udder tampering has not escaped the attention of humorist Dave Barry. In one of his columns, he laments unscrupulous dairy farmers who inject foreign udder-enhancing substances into their animals' mammary glands in a desperate bid for a competitive edge at livestock shows. Barry likens these competitions to human beauty pageants, except that the cows get no credit at all for...

    07/07/2003 - 10:06 Humans & Society
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    Science & Society

    07/12/1997 - 00:00
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    Front Matter

    12/19/1981 - 00:00
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    In Science Fields

    12/15/1962 - 00:00
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    War on Midway's Clowns

    08/04/1956 - 00:00
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    In Science Fields

    05/26/1945 - 00:00