Vol. 178 No. #13 Archives

More Stories from the December 18, 2010 issue

  1. Health & Medicine

    Alcohol heart benefits show up even after bypass surgery

    Having two to three drinks a day was associated with decreased heart problems in men during the three years after the operation, researchers from Italy report.

  2. Humans

    Ancient hominid butchers get trampled

    Bone marks advanced as evidence of stone-tool use to butcher animals 3.4 million years ago may actually have resulted from animal trampling, scientists say.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Drug helps in mild heart failure

    Already prescribed for severe cases, eplerenone cuts death and hospitalization rates in patients with less severe but chronic forms of the condition, a new study finds.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Fish oil fails to hold off heart arrhythmia

    Atrial fibrillation patients who took capsules rich in omega-3 fatty acids had about as many episodes as those getting a placebo, a study finds.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Mining fat tissue for cardiac repair

    Stem cells that are abundant in adipose tissue seem to boost the recovery of heart tissues in people who survive the big one, early research shows.

  6. Health & Medicine

    New drug bumps up good cholesterol

    Anacetrapib raises beneficial HDL while lowering harmful LDL, a medical trial finds, suggesting it may be a powerful new weapon against cardiovascular disease.

  7. Physics

    Antimatter, here to stay

    Physicists trap antihydrogen for long enough to study the elusive material.

  8. Space

    It came from another galaxy

    Extrasolar planet traces its origin outside the Milky Way to an ancient neighboring galaxy.

  9. Paleontology

    Ancient trumpets played eerie notes

    Acoustic scientists re-create and analyze sounds from 3,000-year-old shell instruments for insight into pre-Inca civilization.

  10. Humans

    Amphibian debuts

    Hunt for lost frog turns up new species in Colombian rain forests.

  11. Psychology

    Shared talking styles herald new and lasting romance

    Verbally in-sync conversations may help to start and maintain dating relationships.

  12. Animals

    Island orangs descend from small group

    Bornean apes went through a genetic bottleneck when isolated during an ancient glaciation.

  13. Humans

    Visor might protect troops from blasts

    Computer simulations show that the current military helmet lets explosive forces into the head through the face.

  14. Health & Medicine

    Antiretroviral drugs may prevent HIV infection

    Gay and bisexual men who don’t have the AIDS virus can reduce their risk of getting it by taking a drug combination, a new study finds.

  15. Life

    Big reveals for genome of tiny animal

    Tunicates’ scrambled gene order suggests that arrangement may not matter for vertebrate body plan and hints at the origins of mysterious DNA chunks called introns.

  16. Space

    How to use a pulsar to find Starbucks

    Using stars as celestial beacons could be a backup if GPS ground stations failed.

  17. Earth

    Shuttle images reveal Egypt’s lost great lake

    Radar studies of desert drainage patterns point to ancient oases in the Sahara.

  18. Space

    Cosmic rebirth

    Circular patterns in the universe's pervasive background radiation suggest that the Big Bang was not the beginning of the universe, but only the latest of its incarnations.

  19. Life

    RNA, obey

    Researchers make RNA machines that can change cells’ behavior.

  20. Humans

    World could heat up 4 degrees C in 50 years

    Immediate and substantial action to reduce emissions would be needed to meet climate negotiators' goal of holding warming to a 2 degree Celsius increase, a new package of scientific papers concludes.

  21. Science Future for December 18, 2010

  22. Cooking for Geeks by Jeff Potter

  23. Pluto by Barrie W. Jones

  24. Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals by Hal Herzog

  25. A year on the job, she takes pride in disaster response

  26. Genetic Dark Matter

  27. Continental Hearts

  28. Black Holes in the Bathtub

  29. Letters

  30. Science Past from the issue of December 17, 1960

  31. The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages by Nancy Marie Brown