Vol. 162 No. #24 Archives

More Stories from the December 14, 2002 issue

  1. Physics

    Icicle waves go with the flow

    A new model of icicle growth may explain the strange fact that ripples often found on those icy spikes typically sit about 1 centimeter apart, whether the icicles themselves are big or small.

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  2. Astronomy

    Sizing up small stars

    Astronomers have for the first time measured with high precision the size of a small star, Proxima Centauri, the known star nearest to the solar system.

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  3. Health & Medicine

    Bilirubin: Both villain and hero?

    Bilirubin, which causes jaundice in newborns, may protect against cellular damage.

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  4. Health & Medicine

    Zapping bone brings relief from tumor pain

    By unleashing radio waves inside bone, researchers have stopped intractable pain in people with cancer that has spread to their skeletons.

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  5. Health & Medicine

    Imaging Parkinson’s

    A new brain-imaging technique can supply proof of Parkinson's disease in people whose symptoms fall short of the standard definition of the disease.

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  6. Health & Medicine

    Bone scan reveals estrogen effects

    Using a scanning technology called microcomputerized tomography, scientists have a new way to look at the difference between bone exposed to estrogen and bone deprived of it.

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  7. Health & Medicine

    Visionary science for the intestine

    A tiny disposable flash camera that a person swallows can detect problems in the small intestine.

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  8. Physics

    Identity Check: Elusive neutrinos morph on Earth, as in space

    Strengthening a challenge to the prevailing theory of particle physics, measurements of elusive particles called antineutrinos from nuclear reactors suggest that no neutrino types, be they matter or antimatter, have stable identities.

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  9. Health & Medicine

    First-Line Treatment: Chronic-leukemia drug clears a big hurdle

    In its first large-scale test on newly diagnosed leukemia patients, the drug imatinib—also called Gleevec and STI-571—stopped or reversed the disease in nearly all patients receiving it.

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  10. Planetary Science

    Martian History: Weathering a new notion

    Researchers suggest that intermittent impacts by huge asteroids and comets some 3.5 billion years ago profoundly influenced the landscape of Mars.

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  11. Earth

    Dust Up: Office bustle launches anthrax spores

    The commotion of everyday business in indoor spaces contaminated with anthrax can launch the bacterium's dangerous spores into the air.

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  12. Ecosystems

    Trust That Bird? A bit of future-think lets jays cooperate

    A blue jay will cooperate with a buddy for mutual gain in food despite opportunities to betray the partnership.

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  13. Health & Medicine

    Male Pill on the Horizon: Drug disables mouse sperm but wears off quickly

    A new oral drug created to ease a genetic disorder could have contraceptive benefits.

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  14. Brain’s Moving Experience: Motion illusion yields a neural surprise

    A brain-imaging study indicates that the primary motor cortex, the control center for issuing motor commands, also aids in the perception of the body's position and planning for upcoming movements.

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  15. Astronomy

    Milky Way’s Last Major Merger

    Astronomers have found new evidence supporting the view that the Milky Way and many other spiral galaxies suffered their last major collision billions of years ago.

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  16. Health & Medicine

    In Silico Medicine

    Medical researchers are increasingly turning to computer simulations to help them understand the complexity of living systems, design better drugs, and treat patients more effectively.

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