Vol. 162 No. #5
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More Stories from the August 3, 2002 issue

  1. Astronomy

    An assault on comets

    Over the next few years, a trio of comet missions, one of which was launched recently, promises to provide the closet look yet at the core of these icy relics from the formation of the solar system.

  2. Corporal punishment takes research hit

    A review of 88 studies concludes that corporal punishment, such as spanking, yields no psychological or behavioral benefits for children and may prove harmful in some cases.

  3. Earth

    Study links dioxin to breast cancer

    A new study finds support for the long-proposed hypothesis that dioxin, a hormonelike pollutant, can trigger breast cancer in heavily exposed women.

  4. Sleep hits pothole on lonely street

    Researchers have found that extremely lonely people get a poor night's sleep, a factor that may contribute to the link between loneliness and elevated incidence of physical illness and death.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Fat Chance: Cancer drugs may also thwart obesity

    Drugs now undergoing testing as a cancer therapy because they thwart new blood vessel growth may also be a treatment for obesity.

  6. Earth

    West Coast Shimmy: Smack from space triggered landslides along Pacific Coast

    Scientists say they've found the first evidence along the Pacific Coast of massive landslides triggered by the impact from space 65 million years ago that's suspected to have wiped out the dinosaurs.

  7. Resilient DNA: Gene may brighten future for abused kids

    A long-term study in New Zealand indicates that a genetic variation associated with high concentrations of certain brain chemicals protects abused children from becoming violent and impulsive later in life.

  8. Astronomy

    Cosmic Twist: X’s may mark spots where black holes merge

    If whacked by a companion black hole, a big, jet-emitting black hole may spew superhot plasma in a new, crosswise direction.

  9. Humans

    Terrorism Repercussions: Scientists consider threats, opportunities after Sept. 11

    A new report from the American Association for the Advancement of Science considers the potential effects on academic research of government policies proposed in response to the terrorism attack of Sept. 11, 2001.

  10. Astronomy

    Icy Split: Comet fragments into 19 pieces

    A comet has split into 19 fragments strung out along a million-kilometer-long chain.

  11. Health & Medicine

    Retina Rescue: Adult stem cells form blood vessels in the eye

    Stem cells derived from bone marrow can grow into new blood vessels in the eyes of mice, suggesting a way to treat eye diseases in people.

  12. Plants

    Bleeding Trees: Microbial suspect named in beech deaths

    A microbe related to the one that caused the Irish potato famine may be killing majestic old beech trees in the northeastern United States.

  13. Such jokers, those Komodo dragons

    A study of a young Komodo dragon reveals what a behaviorist says would be considered play if seen in a dog or cat.

  14. Barks are more than just “Hey, you!”

    Computer analysis of thousands of dog barks suggests that our best friends may be signaling more than just a generalized "Hey you!"

  15. Animals

    Deer littermates have different dads

    Twin fawns may not have the same dad—the first time multiple paternity has turned up in a large, free-ranging hoofed mammal.

  16. Animals

    Hyena androgens exact high cost

    Blocking androgens for spotted hyenas before they're born shows that the exposure of a female fetus to male hormones normally takes a heavy physical toll when females bear their own pups.

  17. Return of a Castaway

    Wood-eating shipworms have been forging a costly comeback in some U.S. harbors in recent years, yet researchers say that these mislabeled animals (they're clams, not worms) are a scientific treasure.

  18. Health & Medicine

    Viral Survivor

    Epstein-Barr virus, the cause of diseases ranging from mononucleosis to several kinds of cancer, has begun to reveal how it enters human cells and protects itself from the immune system.