Vol. 169 No. #17
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More Stories from the April 29, 2006 issue

  1. Archaeology

    Ancient text gives Judas heroic glow

    Researchers have announced the restoration and translation of a 1,700-year-old papyrus document containing the Gospel of Judas, an account that portrays Judas Iscariot as a hero, not as Jesus' betrayer.

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  2. Stimulant use eases in U.S. children

    The sharp increase in youngsters taking prescribed stimulants that was noted a decade ago largely leveled off between 1997 and 2002.

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  3. Mutation blocks fat absorption

    A newly discovered gene in zebrafish seems to prevent the animals from absorbing fat molecules from their diets.

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  4. Materials Science

    Microbe holds fast

    A common aquatic microbe makes a sticky substance that produces the strongest biological adhesion ever discovered.

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  5. Physics

    Abuzz about uranium

    A type of atomic vibration never before seen in ordinary solid materials has been observed in uranium.

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  6. Earth

    Greenland glacial quakes becoming more common

    The number of earthquakes that occur beneath surging glaciers in Greenland has doubled in the past 4 years.

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  7. Paleontology

    Dinosaur neck size reaches new extreme

    Scientists have unearthed remains of a massive, plant-eating dinosaur whose neck may have been twice as long as its body.

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  8. Tech

    Long-lasting liposomes

    A coat of nanoparticles can prevent a popular lab-made capsule from fusing with its neighbors and losing its structure.

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  9. Physics

    Universe in Flux: Constant of nature might have changed

    Researchers have found signs that one of the constants of nature has undergone a subtle shift since the universe's infancy.

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  10. Earth

    Seismic Speed Traps: Iron-rich regions may slow deep-Earth vibes

    Large quantities of iron-rich minerals may be responsible for the sluggishness of seismic waves traveling through certain regions deep within Earth.

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  11. Nixing Malaria: DNA segment provides parasite resistance

    A section of the mosquito genome appears to give the insects a natural resistance to malaria.

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  12. Earth

    Brain Delay: Air pollutants linked to slow childhood mental development

    Pollutants spewing from vehicles and power plants may be harmful to fetal brains.

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  13. Astronomy

    Energy-Saving Space Engines: Black holes can be green

    Some seemingly quiet black holes are actually efficient engines that emit jets of high-energy particles.

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  14. Animals

    Grammar’s for the Birds: Human-only language rule? Tell starlings

    A grammatical pattern called recursion, once proposed as unique to human language, turns out to fall within the learning abilities of starlings.

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  15. Health & Medicine

    Small Wonder: Taking the bite out of anthrax toxin

    Using a submicroscopic synthetic blob called a liposome, scientists have neutralized anthrax toxin in rats.

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  16. Health & Medicine

    Ultrasound’s New Focus

    No longer limiting the use of sound waves to diagnostic medicine, researchers are studying high-intensity focused ultrasound as a treatment for uterine fibroids, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and other cancers.

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  17. Earth

    Buried Treasures

    Geologists have long understood the chemical processes that sculpt many cave formations, but they've only recently come up with a physical model that explains some of their shapes.

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  18. Humans

    Letters from the April 29, 2006, issue of Science News

    Creating a controversy The real irony of ironies is that evolution has not evolved (“Evolution in Action: The trials and tribulations of intelligent design,” SN: 2/25/06, p. 120). When even mainstream evolutionary scientists propose any change to “the fact of evolution,” they are immediately silenced. That’s not science. As it has been practiced by many, […]

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