Vol. 167 No. #16
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More Stories from the April 16, 2005 issue

  1. Earth

    Blowflies shed mercury at maturity

    Blowflies that absorb mercury from fish carcasses they feed on as larvae rid themselves of much of that toxic metal when they become adults.

  2. Planetary Science

    A moon with atmosphere

    Magnetic measurements by the Cassini spacecraft have revealed that Saturn's moon Enceladus has a tenuous atmosphere containing water vapor.

  3. Blue light keeps night owls going

    A study of nine young men suggests that blue light is more effective than yellow at beating back sleepiness and muting key physiological changes that normally occur in late evening.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Viagra might rescue risky pregnancies

    Viagra shows promise for limiting threats of fetal loss from preeclampsia, a type of high blood pressure that frequently occurs during pregnancy.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Blood hints at autism’s source

    A new biochemical profile in blood may lead to earlier diagnosis of autism and a better understanding of its genetic causes.

  6. Breath training aids sprint power

    Breath training may help athletes who perform short, high-intensity activities such as sprinting.

  7. Health & Medicine

    Smelly garlic: A lung tonic?

    Fresh garlic or its powdered equivalent might prevent a potentially lethal condition in which pulmonary blood pressure is selectively elevated.

  8. Paleontology

    Egg-Citing Discovery: Dinosaur fossil includes eggshells

    The first-ever find of shelled eggs inside a dinosaur fossil bolsters ideas about the reptiles' reproductive physiology.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Messy Mix? Combined vaccine yields fewer antibodies

    Some common childhood vaccines don't seem to work as well when administered with, or at the same time as, other vaccines.

  10. Anthropology

    Stone Age Cutups: Deathly rituals emerge at Neandertal site

    A new analysis of 130,000-year-old fossils found in a Croatian cave a century ago suggests that Neandertals ritually cut up corpses of their comrades and perhaps engaged in cannibalism.

  11. Astronomy

    Cosmic Primitive: Old star sheds light on early stellar formation

    Astronomers have found one of the most chemically primitive stars known, dating to just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang.

  12. Physics

    Built for Speed: Novel transistor design spurns limits

    The novel design of what's now the world's fastest transistor opens the possibility of even speedier devices that could operate as fast as a trillion cycles per second.

  13. Animals

    Funny Walks: Cranes bob, bob, bob along when hunting

    The jerky neck motions of a whooping crane may help it spot food by keeping its head motionless about half the time.

  14. Earth

    Rice with a Human Touch: Engineered grain uses gene from people to protect against herbicides

    A human gene inserted into rice enables that plant to break down an array of chemicals used to kill weeds.

  15. Health & Medicine

    The Race to Prescribe

    Race-based medicine could be a stepping-stone to the higher goal of targeting medicines toward the genetics of individual patients, but some researchers are troubled by the implications of practicing medicine according to patients' racial identities.

  16. Math

    Navigating Celestial Currents

    Mathematicians are creating an atlas of solar system highways along which spacecraft can coast using no fuel.

  17. Humans

    Letters from the April 16, 2005, issue of Science News

    Ax questions, hard answers Another hypothesis for the polish on the Stone Age corundum ax head is that the Stone Age people never had absolutely pure corundum, which indeed would have required diamond to polish (“In the Buff: Stone Age tools may have derived luster from diamond,” SN: 2/19/05, p. 116). It is possible that […]