Vol. 161 No. #22

More Stories from the June 1, 2002 issue

  1. Chemistry

    Steering reactions with light

    A light-based scheme for guiding the motion of chemical wave fronts may suggest ways to control analogous waves present in epileptic seizures and heart arrhythmias.

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  2. Baby talk goes to the dogs, and cats

    Acoustic differences in the "baby talk" that mothers use with their infants and with family pets support the notion that adults use this form of speech to teach language skills to their babies.

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  3. Tech

    Paint-on displays get closer to reality

    By smearing on a coating and hardening it with light, researchers have created a new kind of electronic display.

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  4. Animals

    Mole-rats: Kissing but not quite cousins

    Damaraland mole-rats live underground in rodent versions of bee hives, but a genetic analysis of these colonies finds that kinship isn't very beelike.

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  5. Physics

    Atom laser gets a full tank

    A method to refill Bose-Einstein condensates—ultracold clouds of atoms all in the same quantum state—may soon make possible the first atom lasers that can shoot a stream of condensate atoms indefinitely.

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  6. Animals

    Walking sticks mimic two leafy looks and split their species

    A species of walking stick may be evolving into two species by adapting to different environments.

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  7. Med use widens in kids with ADHD

    Data from a medical center in Washington state indicate that a substantial minority of children who have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder receive prescriptions not only for stimulants but also for additional psychoactive drugs intended to treat other mental conditions.

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  8. Health & Medicine

    Revised Immunity: Drug slows diabetes in young patients

    A drug fashioned from a mouse antibody has halted the progression of diabetes in children and young adults who are newly diagnosed with the disease.

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  9. Mussel Muzzled: Bacterial toxin may control pest

    A toxin made by bacteria could help stop the spread of zebra mussels.

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  10. Animals

    Sniff . . . Pow! Wasps use chemicals to start ant brawls

    Wasps sneak around in ant colonies thanks to chemicals that send the ants into a distracting frenzy of fighting among themselves.

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  11. Health & Medicine

    Eat Broccoli, Beat Bacteria: Plant compound kills microbe behind ulcers and a cancer

    A chemical abundant in broccoli and certain other vegetables kills ulcer-causing Helicobacter pylori bacteria in the laboratory and inhibits stomach cancer in mice.

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  12. Physics

    Loud Loop: New explanation of whip-snapping unfurls

    The wake of a loop zooming along a whip may silence the faster-moving tip so the loop actually causes the whip's loud bang.

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  13. Snooze Power: Midday nap may awaken learning potential

    A brief daytime nap may block or even reverse learning declines that occur during extended practice of a perceptual task.

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  14. Earth

    Mapping the Frozen Sky: Study looks at clouds from both sides now

    By combining simultaneous observations from satellites and ground-based instruments, scientists can generate a three-dimensional map of the size and distribution of ice particles in a cirrus cloud.

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  15. Tech

    Deep Vision

    Increasingly available virtual-reality gear gives scientists, engineers, and planetarium visitors new perspectives.

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  16. Earth

    The Air That’s Up There

    Researchers are exploring how trees affect the chemistry of the atmosphere.

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