Vol. 167 No. #4
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More Stories from the January 22, 2005 issue

  1. Same brain region handles whistles and words

    Brain areas already implicated in the use and comprehension of spoken language play comparable roles in the whistled messages of shepherds living on an island near Spain.

  2. Goodnight moon, hello Mom and Dad

    A California survey indicates that the practice of allowing babies and toddlers to sleep in the same bed as their parents do occurs in two forms, each with its own implications for the quality of family sleep and the children's psychological development.

  3. Getting to gray hair’s roots

    Scientists have unveiled a root cause for why hair goes gray.

  4. Earth

    Air pollution trims fetal growth

    Pregnant women who breathe polluted air deliver babies that are typically slightly smaller than those born to other mothers.

  5. Whalebones show damage from diving

    Long-lived sperm whales typically develop bone damage not previously observed in marine mammals but found in some human divers who surface quickly or dive frequently.

  6. Materials Science

    Magnetic nanorods on cruise control

    Chemists have created miniature engines out of nanoscale metallic rods that propel themselves using chemical energy.

  7. Astronomy

    Zooming in on a great void

    New X-ray observations provide the most detailed view yet of the environment near a supermassive black hole.

  8. Astronomy

    Stars in the dust

    The dusty disks surrounding three nearby stars show that they played host to massive collisions between asteroid-like objects as recently as 100 years ago.

  9. Planetary Science

    A World Unveiled: Crème brûlée on Titan

    Penetrating the orange haze of a frigid, alien world, a space probe parachuted onto Saturn's moon Titan and unexpectedly came face-to-face with terrain that looks a lot like Earth.

  10. Paleontology

    Pieces of an Ancestor: African site yields new look at ancient species

    Fossils unearthed at sites in eastern Africa provide a rare look at Ardipithecus ramidus, a member of the human evolutionary family that lived more than 4 million years ago.

  11. Astronomy

    Black Hole Bonanza: 10,000 objects near our galaxy’s center

    Astronomers have found the first evidence of a suspected population of black holes near the Milky Way's center, each hole with 10 times the mass of the sun.

  12. Ecosystems

    Bivalve Takeover: Once-benign clams boom after crab influx

    European green crabs invading a California bay have triggered a population explosion of a previously marginal clam.

  13. Materials Science

    Infrared Vision: New material may enhance plastic solar cells

    The vision of flexible, low-cost, lightweight plastic solar cells has moved one step closer to reality with the creation of a material that can harness infrared light.

  14. Tech

    Micro Musclebot: Wee walker moves by heart cells’ beats

    A new breed of mobile micromachine made of living heart tissue, gold, and silicon takes a step with each rhythmic contraction of its muscle cells.

  15. Earth

    Early Warning: United States to deploy 32 more buoys for sensing tsunamis

    On Jan. 14, the Bush administration announced a $37.5 million program to expand the nation's tsunami-warning capabilities.

  16. Astronomy

    The Hole Story

    New evidence suggests that supermassive black holes have an impact on the evolution of galaxies that goes far beyond their gravitational grasp.

  17. Humans

    Nobel Celebrations

    A firsthand account unveils the pageantry that surrounds the awarding of the Nobel prizes in Stockholm.

  18. Humans

    Letters from the January 22, 2005, issue of Science News

    Timely comments The researchers featured in “Summer births linked to schizophrenia” (SN: 11/6/04, p. 301) suggest that a higher incidence of schizophrenia may be due to summer-related infections “or other seasonal factors.” June and July births would have been in early gestation during late fall and winter, when there is increased incidence of depression among […]