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More Stories from the February 5, 2005 issue

  1. Health & Medicine

    A drink a day might keep fuzzy thinking away

    One alcoholic drink per day can stave off mental decline in elderly women.

  2. Astronomy

    Hubble views bar in galaxy

    The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a strikingly detailed image of the starlit arms, glowing gas, and dark dust clouds of a barred spiral galaxy called NGC 1300, which lies 69 million light-years from Earth.

  3. A new test for Alzheimer’s risk?

    Failure in visual short-term memory of objects, called iconic memory, could be a warning sign of Alzheimer's disease.

  4. Math

    Hospitals motivated to skimp on infection control

    A new mathematical model suggests that the presence of nearby hospitals may give a hospital an economic incentive to relax its infection-control efforts.

  5. Earth

    Ozone saps toads’ immune systems

    In amphibians, ozone damages immune function in the lungs, suggesting a possible new contributor to worldwide amphibian declines.

  6. Earth

    Ice age hit Missouri 2.4 million years ago

    Analyses of a soil sample from central Missouri suggest the date of onset of North America's most recent spate of ice ages.

  7. Drugs lengthen worm’s life span

    A class of antiseizure drugs significantly extends the life span of roundworms, a finding that could lead to better understanding of factors that influence aging in people.

  8. Tech

    Detecting life on Mars

    A new device could look for life on Mars by analyzing the geometric traits of amino acids in soil.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Disease Detector: Chemical test may spot Alzheimer’s

    A new test that detects very low levels of protein clumps associated with Alzheimer's may provide an early warning for the disease.

  10. Astronomy

    Puny Parent? Planets may form around tiny orbs

    Barely more massive than a planet itself, a tiny failed star 500 light-years from Earth is nonetheless cloaked in a disk of gas and dust from which planets may coalesce.

  11. Health & Medicine

    When Ebola Looms: Human outbreaks follow animal infections

    A network of organizations in an African region prone to Ebola epidemics has identified the virus in wild-animal remains prior to two recent human outbreaks, suggesting that animal carcasses may provide timely clues that could prevent the disease from spreading to people.

  12. A Bug’s Life: E. coli can’t escape old age

    Bacteria that divide symmetrically, once thought to be functionally immortal, may age and die just like other organisms do.

  13. Health & Medicine

    There’s the Rub: Football abrasions can lead to nasty infections

    U.S. football players who get scrapes and cuts from playing on artificial turf sometimes develop bacterial infections that are resistant to some antibiotics.

  14. Materials Science

    Petrified wood: Quick and easy

    Materials scientists have turned wood into stone in a matter of days, mimicking a natural process that takes millions of years.

  15. Animals

    Bad Breath: Insects zip air holes to cut oxygen risks

    The need to avoid overdosing on oxygen may drive certain insects to shut down their breathing holes periodically.

  16. Tech

    Outsmarting the Electronic Gatekeeper: Code breakers beat security scheme of car locks, gas pumps

    Because designers flouted a well-known rule for making cryptographic systems impenetrable, automakers and other businesses have embraced a wireless security technology that's vulnerable to attack.

  17. Anthropology

    Cultivating Revolutions

    New studies suggest that farmers spread from the Middle East throughout Europe beginning around 10,000 years ago in a multitude of small migrations that rapidly changed the continent's social and cultural landscape.

  18. Health & Medicine

    Dangerous Practices

    Pharmaceutical companies' overaggressive marketing of risky drugs, compounded by conflicts of interest among physicians and government agencies, is hurting public safety, some researchers assert.

  19. Humans

    Letters from the February 5, 2005, issue of Science News

    Not measuring up I love Science News. Now and then, however, you write in terms that aren’t understandable to the average reader. I refer in particular to “Snow Blow: Image of Mount Everest from orbit captures enormous plume” (SN: 12/4/04, p. 358). It states that “weather models suggest winds atop the peak exceeded 50 meters […]