Vol. 157 No. #15
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More Stories from the April 8, 2000 issue

  1. Planetary Science

    A Comet’s Long Tail Tickles Ulysses

    Stretching more than half a billion kilometers, the ion tail that Comet Hyakutake flaunted when it passed near the sun in 1996 is the longest ever recorded and suggests that otherwise invisible comets could be detected by searching for their tails.

  2. Health & Medicine

    Tests may better detect prostate cancer

    Two novel tests for prostate cancer may help physicians catch this disease earlier and with far fewer false alarms.

  3. Earth

    Gasoline additive’s going, but far from gone

    As the federal government proposes phasing out the gasoline additive MTBE, scientists explore ways to remove this potential carcinogen from drinking-water supplies that it has tainted throughout the nation.

  4. How whales, dolphins, seals dive so deep

    The blue whale, bottlenose dolphin, Weddell seal, and elephant seal cut diving energy costs 10 to 50 percent by simply gliding downward.

  5. Cooperative strangers turn a mutual profit

    In social exchanges, monkeys and people often appear to act according to the principle that "one good turn deserves another."

  6. Tech

    Microdevice weds electronics, light fibers

    By altering the chemical structures of dyelike molecules called chromophores, researchers have created tiny, low-voltage devices for converting electronic signals into light waves.

  7. Anthropology

    Goat busters track domestication

    People began to manage herds of wild goats at least 10,000 years ago in western Iran.

  8. Anthropology

    Lucy on the ground with knuckles

    Some early human ancestors appear to have walked on all fours using their knuckles, much as chimpanzees do.

  9. Planetary Science

    Rocks on the ice

    Pristine fragments of a meteorite that fell January 18 in the frozen Yukon and that remained frozen until they were delivered to a NASA laboratory may reveal much about the earliest days of the solar system.

  10. Astronomy

    Black holes and their galaxies: A closer link

    Supermassive black holes and the galaxies they inhabit appear to grow up together.

  11. Health & Medicine

    From rabies virus to anti-HIV vaccine

    Researchers working with mice are trying to fashion an HIV vaccine by using a weakened rabies virus to bring an HIV glycoprotein to the attention of the immune system.

  12. Good guys and bad guys share tactics

    A microbial odd couple—the brucellosis pathogen and a nitrogen-fixer for plants—need the same gene to settle into their hosts long-term.

  13. One-gene change makes mice neurotic

    Researchers have engineered a strain of stressed-out mice by knocking out one gene.

  14. Health & Medicine

    Treating one disease caused another

    Egypt's public health service inadvertently spread hepatitis C while treating patients for schistosomiasis, a common parasitic disease, with injections of antischistomal medications.

  15. Health & Medicine

    Antacids for asthma sufferers?

    People with asthma have more acidic lungs than do people who don't have the disease, a finding that may prompt the development of novel asthma treatments aimed at restoring the normal pH value of the lungs.

  16. Health & Medicine

    Gene expression helps classify cancers

    Using gene chips to study the activity of thousands of genes simultaneously, researchers showed that a common cancer of white blood cells—diffuse large B-cell lymphoma—is in fact two distinct diseases.

  17. Pushing the Mood Swings

    Social and psychological forces sway the course of manic depression.

  18. Health & Medicine

    The New GI Tracts

    For preventing heart disease, diets that control insulin are all the buzz.