Vol. 174 No. #12
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More Stories from the December 6, 2008 issue

  1. Archaeology

    An ancient healer reborn

    A research team in Israel has uncovered one of the oldest known graves of a shaman. The 12,000-year-old grave hosts a woman’s skeleton surrounded by the remains of unusual animals.

  2. Humans

    Food allergy advice may be peanuts

    Early exposure to peanuts in a baby’s diet seems to lessen the risk of developing a peanut allergy later.

  3. Chemistry

    Household cleaner makes blood removal simple!

    Common household “oxy” cleaners remove blood almost too well.

  4. Chemistry

    Blueprint to repel oil and water

    The texture of surfaces could be designed so that both water and oil can bead up and thus flow off.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Mini heart attack best treated like the big one

    Patients admitted to hospitals with mild symptoms of a heart attack may benefit from getting a heart catheterization performed promptly.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Treating viral heart infections

    Viral heart infections respond to interferon treatment, easing cardiomyopathy in some patients.

  7. Earth

    Minerals evolved along with life

    Turns out, the variety and number of minerals in the solar system and on Earth have increased through time, and some minerals exist because Earth has life.

  8. Physics

    Take the time to break quantum encryption

    A time-travel scenario permitted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity offers a bit of possibility for breaking quantum encryption.

  9. Space

    Extrasolar planetary system makes pictorial debut

    The first images of a planetary system beyond the solar system are released, while the Hubble Space Telescope snaps a shot of likely planet orbiting a nearby star.

  10. Life

    Stone Age gal gets hip

    Researchers have found an approximately 1-million-year-old fossil pelvis that, in their view, indicates that Homo erectus females gave birth to surprisingly big-brained babies.

  11. Health & Medicine

    Diversity of human skin bacteria revealed

    First large-scale inventory of microbes charts types, locales of bacteria.

  12. Space

    Misplaced muons either mundane or monumental

    During an experiment in Fermilab's Tevatron particle accelerator, a group of elementary particles called muons showed up in a strange place. Physicists are considering the likely implications.

  13. Health & Medicine

    Still crazy (in love) after all these years

    A brain imaging study reveals that some people are as giddy as teenagers in love, even after two decades of marriage.

  14. Psychology

    Your body is mine

    Scientists have developed a technique for inducing an illusion of having swapped one’s own body with someone else’s body, providing a new means for investigating self-identity and body-image disorders.

  15. Sequencing the dead to save the living

    Reviving ancient genomes of long-extinct creatures offers a window into past extinctions—and may help prevent future die outs.

  16. No gene is an island

    Even as biologists catalog the discrete parts of life forms, an emerging picture reveals that life’s functions arise from interconnectedness.

  17. The decider

    Informing the debate over the reality of ‘free will’ requires learning something about the lateral habenula.