Vol. 165 No. #6

More Stories from the February 7, 2004 issue

  1. Health & Medicine

    Surgery removes grenade from soldier’s head

    Colombian military doctors extracted an intact grenade from the head of a teenage soldier.

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  2. Humans

    Better protection from mad cow disease

    The Food and Drug Administration has announced several new measures to keep meat that's potentially infected with mad cow disease out of food supplies.

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  3. Earth

    Ice-dammed lakes had cooling effect

    New computer simulations suggest that massive lakes in northern Russia—formed when an ice sheet blocked the northward flow of rivers about 90,000 years ago—significantly cooled the region's climate in summer months.

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  4. Health & Medicine

    Busy hospitals may not be best choice

    A large number of heart surgeries done at a hospital doesn't always correlate with a low mortality rate from such operations at the facility.

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  5. Chemistry

    Nature’s tiniest rotor runs like clockwork

    By manipulating a tiny protein found in most living cells, researchers created a molecular rotor that can convert mechanical motion into chemical energy.

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  6. Materials Science

    Light whips platinum into shape

    Scientists are exploiting the molecular machinery behind photosynthesis to create unique nanostructures out of platinum.

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  7. Health & Medicine

    Malaria drug boosts recovery rates

    Adding the herbal-extract drug artesunate to standard malaria treatment reduces the relapse rate, even in areas where the malaria parasite is resistant to standard drugs.

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  8. Animals

    Fish in the dark still size up mates

    Female cave fish still have their ancestral preference for a large male, even though it's too dark to see him.

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  9. Chemistry

    Nitrogen Unbound: New reaction breaks strong chemical link

    Researchers have developed a new way to turn nitrogen into ammonia that could improve upon an energy-intensive, 90-year-old method used to make fertilizers.

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  10. The Brain’s Word Act: Reading verbs revs up motor cortex areas

    A strip of brain tissue that regulates most voluntary movements also respond vigorously as people do nothing more than silently read active verbs.

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  11. Physics

    Two New Elements Made: Atom smashups yield 113 and 115

    Two new elements—115 and 113—have joined the periodic table.

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  12. Health & Medicine

    Early Warning? Inflammatory protein is tied to colon cancer risk

    C-reactive protein, an inflammatory protein linked to heart disease, might also signal susceptibility to colon cancer.

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  13. Gassing Up: Oxygen’s rise may have promoted complex life

    The increasing amount of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere may have driven the emergence of complex life.

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  14. Ecosystems

    Mangrove Might: Nearby trees boost reef-fish numbers

    Coastal mangroves give an unexpectedly important boost to reef fish.

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  15. Science & Society

    Money Crunch: Tight budget leaves scientists disappointed

    In the federal budget for FY 2005, research and development funding for defense and homeland security gets a boost, but overall investment in science and technology is meager by comparison.

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  16. Tech

    Virtual Nanotech

    With computers becoming ever more powerful, researchers are simulating nanoscale materials and devices down to the level of atoms and even electrons.

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  17. Unsure Minds

    A controversial set of studies indicates that monkeys and dolphins know when they don't know the answer to certain tasks, an ability that presumably relies on conscious deliberations.

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  18. Humans

    Letters from the Feb. 7, 2004, issue of Science News.

    Warm topic I was fascinated by the article on heat production in flowers (“Warm-Blooded Plants?” SN: 12/13/03, p. 379: Warm-Blooded Plants?). It speculated on the evolutionary origins of such thermogenesis and observed how it predominates in ancient lineages of flowering plants like magnolias and water lilies. But thermogenesis goes back much farther than this, for […]

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