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More Stories from the January 6, 2007 issue

  1. Chemistry

    For sweat’s sake

    Soldiers and emergency crews may one day find comfort as well as safety in their chemical-protection gear, now that researchers have created a breathable, chemical-blocking composite material.

  2. Humans

    Longer work hours may warm climate

    U.S. workers put in more hours than most other workers around the world, and one consequence is dramatically higher energy and environmental costs per employee.

  3. Earth

    Dating a massive undersea slide

    Pieces of moss buried in debris left along the Norwegian coast by an ancient tsunami have enabled geologists to better determine the date of the immense underwater landslide that triggered the inundation.

  4. Earth

    Glaciers give major boost to sea level

    The ongoing disappearance of glaciers and other small ice masses worldwide makes a larger contribution to sea level rise than the melting of ice sheets on Greenland and Antarctica does.

  5. Earth

    Scraping the bottom

    A survey of deep waters in western Lake Superior has revealed the tracks left by massive icebergs scraping bottom there during the last ice age.

  6. Humans

    When budgeting for quakes, dig deep

    If earthquakes that struck the United States since 1900 are any guide, the nation can expect to suffer seismic damages of about $2.5 billion dollars each year in the future.

  7. Health & Medicine

    Bad to the Bone: Acid stoppers appear to have a downside

    Popular acid-reducing drugs called proton-pump inhibitors may increase the risk of hip fractures in people over 50.

  8. Tech

    Loopy Light: Rings that delay photons may advance microchips

    Chains of tiny, high-precision, light-conducting loops of silicon may open the door to using optical circuits to carry enormous data flows within computer chips.

  9. Paleontology

    Paleotrickery: A lengthy lineage for leaf-mimicking insects

    Species in one group of insects have escaped the hungry eye of predators by looking like foliage and moving like swaying leaves for at least 47 million years, a new fossil find suggests.

  10. Health & Medicine

    Better Blood: New tool removes agent of brain disease

    Scientists have developed a device that filters from blood the mutant proteins that cause the human form of mad cow disease, an advance that may hold promise for increasing the safety of donated blood.

  11. Astronomy

    Rocky Finding: Evidence of extrasolar asteroid belt

    Astronomers have obtained some of the best evidence yet for an asteroid belt beyond the solar system.

  12. Message Songs: Wild gibbons warble with a simple syntax

    Gibbons, a line of apes in southeastern Asia, rearrange their songs in order to communicate with one another.

  13. Animals

    Guys Roll Eyes: Fish show some eyeball to their rivals

    During breeding season, male fish roll their eyes to send a quick "Back off, punk" signal to other males, researchers say.

  14. Astronomy

    A New Spin

    Using a flotilla of spacecraft to study X-ray emissions from the vicinity of black holes, astronomers are nudging ever closer to the whirlpool of activity surrounding these gravitational monsters.

  15. Ecosystems

    Most Bees Live Alone

    Concern about honeybee shortages has inspired new interest in bees that lead solitary lives and don't bother storing honey.

  16. Humans

    Letters from the January 6, 2007, issue of Science News

    Gone with the heat? “Feeling the heat of an extrasolar planet” (SN: 10/28/06, p. 285) made me wonder how long a gas planet is expected to survive when one of its faces is more than 1,000°C. The conventional model of our solar system assumes that gas planets can form and survive only in a cold […]