Vol. 160 No. #22

More Stories from the December 1, 2001 issue

  1. Babies babble in just the right way

    Infants babble out of the right side of their mouths, suggesting that the infantile sounds are more than noise.

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  2. It smells yellow to me

    The colors associated with a smell can influence the brain's perception of the odor.

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  3. Health & Medicine

    Cuff therapy boosts growth factor

    Cuffs that squeeze the legs of heart patients may relieve angina by boosting growth factors, which help build new blood vessels needed to nourish oxygen-starved heart muscle.

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  4. Health & Medicine

    Statins, yes; antioxidants, no

    Taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins improves the health outlook for patients at risk of heart attack even when these patients aren't considered obvious candidates to receive the treatment.

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  5. Health & Medicine

    Light blow to chest can be fatal

    A light blow to the heart can cause cardiac arrest, even when the blow isn't hard enough to cause injury.

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  6. Health & Medicine

    Kawasaki patients show coronary calcium

    The heart attack risk associated with Kawasaki disease, a childhood inflammatory disease that can cause aneurysms, may stem from calcium build-up in coronary arteries.

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  7. Astronomy

    Craft Probes Alien Planet’s Atmosphere

    Astronomers have for the first time detected the atmosphere of a planet that lies well beyond the solar system.

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  8. Health & Medicine

    Human-cloning claim creates controversy

    A biotech company has begun cloning human embryos.

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  9. Health & Medicine

    Protein fragment halts type I diabetes

    A new protein-based drug injected into people just starting to show signs of diabetes halts the disease.

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  10. Earth

    Dried-up California lake gets muddy facial

    A new dust-abatement program is transforming the nation's biggest source of respirable dust into a sea of nonpolluting mud.

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  11. Earth

    Transgenes migrate into old races of maize

    Genes from bioengineered corn have somehow strayed into the traditional varieties of southern Mexico.

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  12. Ecosystems

    Move over, Leo. Give me more elbow room

    The average size of the largest land animals on each of 25 oceanic islands and five continents strongly depends on the land area there.

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  13. Earth

    Fishy data hid decline in global catch

    Many coastal fisheries are in trouble, yet according to figures reported to the United Nations, the annual global yield has appeared to be stable or even growing.

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  14. Earth

    Tough Choices

    Federal programs to preserve water in streams during droughts have prompted lawsuits and new pressures on endangered species and the law that protects them.

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  15. Animals

    The Tropical Majority

    The abundant studies of temperate-zone birds may have biased ornithology when it comes to understanding the tropics.

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