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More Stories from the January 8, 2005 issue

  1. Physics

    Probe bares heart of X-ray inferno

    Physicists have snapped the first real-time pictures of the exploding core of the world's most powerful X-ray source other than a nuclear bomb.

  2. Humans

    Helping patients decipher options

    Scientific publishers and research organizations are preparing to launch a Web site that will make new research findings available to the public in an easy-to-understand context.

  3. Earth

    Ocean-sensor project reaches milestone

    Oceanographers seeking to deploy an armada of 3,000 robotic probes to take the pulse of Earth's oceans have passed the halfway mark and hope to have the full array of sensors in place by 2007.

  4. Astronomy

    A dwarf with a disk

    The Hubble Space Telescope has examined in unprecedented detail a ring of debris around a star that could be the nearest and youngest known home for planets outside the solar system.

  5. Plants: Importance of being economic

    The pulse of the real estate market in a given area turns out to be a powerful indicator of how many exotic plant species have invaded the neighborhood.

  6. Astronomy

    Ring robber

    Images taken by the Cassini spacecraft provide graphic evidence of Saturn's moon Prometheus stealing particles from the planet's narrow F ring.

  7. Earth

    Tsunami Disaster: Scientists model the big quake and its consequences

    Scientists are modeling the immediate and long-term effects of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck west of Indonesia the morning of Dec. 26, 2004, and triggered tsunamis that killed tens of thousands of people.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Beat Generation: Genetically modified stem cells repair heart

    Tissue engineers have for the first time used genetically modified human stem cells to repair damaged hearts in guinea pigs.

  9. Anthropology

    Temples of Boom: Ancient Hawaiians took fast road to statehood

    A boom in temple construction on two Hawaiian islands around 400 years ago marked the surprisingly rapid formation of an early political state.

  10. Earth

    Reflections on Insecticides: Mirror forms of agrochemicals set risk

    The toxicity of an insecticide or how long it persists in the environment depends on which mirror-image form of the chemical is present.

  11. Health & Medicine

    Bad Combo? Some antidepressants may hamper breast cancer drug

    Certain widely used antidepressants and a woman's own genes might diminish the effect of tamoxifen, a frontline breast cancer drug.

  12. Physics

    Twinkle Toes: How geckos’ sticky feet stay clean

    Besides allowing geckos to cling to walls and ceilings, the millions of tiny fibers on the undersides of these lizards' toes clean themselves with each step.

  13. Animals

    Mixing Genes: Bird immigrants make unexpected differences

    A pair of decades-long studies of birds moving into other birds' neighborhoods show that immigration can have a quirkier effect than predicted by the usual textbook view.

  14. Tech

    Frankenstein’s Chips

    As evidence mounts that drug-safety trials can miss dangerous effects, scientists are building living, miniature models of animals and people to enhance drug and chemical tests.

  15. Health & Medicine

    Food Colorings

    Many deeply hued plant pigments appear to offer health benefits, from fighting heart disease and obesity to preserving memory.

  16. Humans

    Letters from the January 8, 2005, issue of Science News

    Below the surface I would suggest that the Italian hydrologists cited in “Fighting Water with Water: To lift the city, pump the sea beneath Venice” (SN: 10/30/04, p. 277: Fighting Water with Water: To lift the city, pump the sea beneath Venice) consider the law of unintended consequences. Similar actions begun in 1978 at an […]