Latest Issue of Science News

February 5, 2000

  • News

    No worry that this secret will leak

    The recently discovered protein angiopoietin-1 appears to protect blood vessels from leaking, a finding with implications for research into diseases that involve swelling, such as arthritis and asthma.
  • News

    Lung cancer gene has gender bias

    The X chromosome's gastrin-releasing peptide receptor gene is turned on by nicotine to produce a protein that promotes lung cancer, a combination of factors that could explain why women are more susceptible to the disease than men are.
  • News

    Why tulips can't dance

    An elliptical stem gives daffodils an unusual liveliness in the wind compared with tulips.
  • Feature

    When Ants Squeak

    In the past 20 years, researchers studying sound communication in ants have discovered a sort of ant-ernet, zinging with messages about lost relatives, great food, free rides for hitchhikers, caterpillars in search of ant partners, and impending doom.
  • News

    Keys to expertise in the brain

    A brain region linked to face recognition may foster expertise at identifying items in any category a person strives to master.
  • Feature

    Vision Quest

    Increasing numbers of people with less-than-perfect vision can now wear contact lenses, thanks to innovations in lens design and materials.