Vol. 165 No. #4

More Stories from the January 24, 2004 issue

  1. Health & Medicine

    Cluster Buster: Might a simple sugar derail Huntington’s?

    A study in mice with a disease resembling Huntington's shows that a simple sugar impedes the protein aggregation that kills brain cells.

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  2. Planetary Science

    Spirit Gets Its Wheels Dirty: Mars rover begins scientific work

    Spirit, the rover that landed on Mars on Jan. 3, last week began studying the rocks and soil at its landing site.

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  3. Plants

    Dawn of the Y: Papaya—Glimpse of early sex chromosome

    Genetic mappers say that the papaya plant has a rudimentary Y chromosome, the youngest one in evolutionary terms yet found, offering a glimpse of the evolution of sex chromosomes.

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  4. Pushing Cancer over the Edge: Compounds trigger tumor-cell suicide

    Compounds that free cancer cells to commit suicide slow tumor growth.

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  5. Sleeper Effects: Slumber may fortify memory, stir insight

    In two separate studies, researchers found that a specific sleep stage may amplify recent memories and that sleep can inspire problem-solving insights.

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  6. Health & Medicine

    Conduit to the Brain: Particles enter the nervous system via the nose

    Tiny airborne particles can apparently infiltrate the brain by shimmying up the nerve that governs smell.

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  7. Earth

    Scooting on a Wet Bottom: Some undersea landslides ride a nearly frictionless slick of water

    New computer simulations suggest that hydroplaning may be responsible for the unexpectedly large distances traversed by some undersea avalanches.

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  8. Earth

    Air held oxygen early on

    Chemical analyses of South African sediments suggest that oxygen was present in small quantities about 2.32 billion years ago, which is at least 100 million years earlier than previously thought.

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  9. Earth

    Farmed salmon bring PCBs to the table

    High concentrations of chlorinated organic contaminants in farm-raised Atlantic salmon may warrant limiting consumption of the otherwise-healthful fish to no more than once per month.

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  10. Astronomy

    Stellar finding may outshine all others

    Astronomers have found what may be the heaviest, biggest, and brightest star ever observed.

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  11. Health & Medicine

    Arsenic helps tumors, blood vessels grow

    Rather than being a potential antitumor agent, arsenic may actually help a tumor's supporting network of blood vessels thrive.

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  12. Earth

    Warming climate may slam many species

    Expected increases in global temperature could eradicate from a sixth to a half of the plant and animal species across large areas of the globe, a new analysis suggests.

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  13. Materials Science

    Nanotube implants could aid brain research

    Electrically conducting carbon nanotubes could be the ideal material for probing the brain and treating neural disorders.

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  14. Hot or cold? Debate on protein heats up

    Wasabi and horseradish trigger the same pain-signaling receptor on nerve cells.

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  15. Insect receptor for sweat creates buzz

    A sweat-sensing cell-surface protein allows female mosquitoes to target human skin.

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  16. Humans

    Letters

    Letters from the Jan. 24, 2004, issue of Science News.

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  17. Reef Relations

    The discovery of humanlike genes in coral means that the common ancestor of both humans and coral was more complex than previously assumed.

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  18. Paleontology

    L.A.’s Oldest Tourist Trap

    Modern excavations at the La Brea tar pits are revealing a wealth of information about local food chains during recent ice ages, as well as details about what happened to trapped animals in their final hours.

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  19. Physics

    Wet ‘n’ Wild

    Scientists have tracked the weirdness of water to microscopic arrangements of molecules and perhaps to the existence of a second, low-temperature form of the familiar substance.

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