Vol. 164 No. #7
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More Stories from the August 16, 2003 issue

  1. Physics

    Icy telescope spots hot neutrinos

    The first sky map from an innovative neutrino telescope indicates that the instrument works properly and is poised to find never-before-seen signals from the universe's most violent events.

  2. Near-death events take arresting turn

    A survey of people treated for serious heart problems indicates that 1 in 10 of those who survived cardiac arrest had an accompanying near-death experience.

  3. Plants

    Everglades plant is he, then she, then he

    Sawgrass, the signature plant of the Everglades, switches genders twice during its week of blooming and thus reduces the chances of self- fertilization.

  4. Plants

    Misunderstood stripes confuse individuality

    In the debate over how many fungi make up one lichen body, a researcher argues for two unrelated fungal species in the same lichen.

  5. Plants

    Next loosestrife is already loose

    A Florida botanist warns against Nymphoides cristata and Rotala rotundifolia, very troublesome escapees from aquariums and water gardens.

  6. Astronomy

    Swallow Thy Neighbor: Strong evidence of galactic cannibalism

    Astronomers have found a compelling case of a large galaxy caught in the act of eating a small fry.

  7. Health & Medicine

    Switching Off Pain: Modeling relief on the action of marijuana

    A new drug, tested in rats, blocks pain caused when the nervous system goes awry without producing unwanted side effects.

  8. Probing Ocean Depths: Photosynthetic bacteria bare their DNA

    Scientists have deciphered the DNA of two highly abundant, photosynthetic ocean bacteria.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Brawny Brains: Creatine pills may aid memory and cognition

    The popular muscle-building supplement creatine can boost performance on mental tests.

  10. Earth

    Saltier Water: Climate change can slow ocean’s absorption of carbon dioxide gas

    A decrease in precipitation over the Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii in recent years has left the ocean there saltier and has diminished its ability to soak up carbon dioxide.

  11. Ecosystems

    Risky High Life: Mountain creatures prove extra-vulnerable

    Some of the species hardest hit by climate change will be those living in particular mountain highlands.

  12. Chemistry

    Amending the Genetic Code: Yeast adds new amino acids to its proteins

    Researchers have created yeast cells that add one of five unnatural amino acids to their natural 20-piece construction set.

  13. Humans

    Small World After All: Short e-mail chains reach targets worldwide

    A large-scale study of e-mail users has borne out the notion that one person on the planet can reach any other person through a chain of about six social ties.

  14. Health & Medicine

    Blood Sugar Fix

    A new class of experimental drugs that mimic the actions of the hormone glucagon-like peptide 1 shows benefits against type 2, or adult-onset, diabetes.

  15. Humans

    In Search of a Scientific Revolution

    A year after self-publishing a best-selling book in which he proposes a new framework for doing science, Stephen Wolfram is taking new steps to transform science.