Vol. 167 No. #24
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More Stories from the June 11, 2005 issue

  1. Planetary Science

    Renegade moon

    Saturn's outlier moon Phoebe didn't coalesce from material near the ringed planet but was captured from the distant Kuiper belt.

  2. Plants

    World’s fastest plant explodes with pollen

    A high-speed camera has revealed the explosive pollen launches of bunchberry dogwood flowers as the fastest plant motion known.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Obesity and insulin resistance age cells

    Conditions known to hasten diabetes in people may also speed aging.

  4. Earth

    A hurricane can dump a lot of rain . . .

    Hurricanes can drop enormous amounts of precipitation in a short amount of time, a phenomenon that residents of Puerto Rico experienced in spades when Hurricane Georges struck the island in 1998.

  5. Earth

    . . . and churn up big waves, too

    As Hurricane Ivan approached the U.S. Gulf Coast last September, sensors detected the largest wave ever measured by instruments.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Tracking down an emerging disease

    By examining geographic patterns of outbreaks of a disfiguring skin disease in tropical nations, scientists are finding tentative clues about how the ailment spreads.

  7. Earth

    Seismic noise can yield maps of Earth’s crust

    The small, random, and nearly constant seismic waves that travel in all directions through Earth's crust can be used to make ultrasoundlike images of geologic features within the crust.

  8. Cancer Link: MicroRNA grabs the spotlight

    A type of genetic molecule known as microRNA can regulate gene activation and, in some cases, accelerate cancer growth.

  9. Animals

    Sponge Moms: Dolphins learn tool use from their mothers

    Dolphins that carry sponges on their beaks while looking for food may have learned the trick from their mothers instead of just inheriting a sponge-use gene.

  10. Disorderly Conduct: U.S. survey finds high rates of mental illness

    Nearly half of all adults in the United States develop at least one mental disorder at some time in their lives, although most cases aren't serious enough to require treatment.

  11. Astronomy

    Peering into a disrupted stellar nursery

    A new infrared portrait of the Carina nebula star-forming region shows a clutch of baby stars tucked inside pillars of thick dust.

  12. Health & Medicine

    Back to Genetics: DNA variant may code for lumbar pain

    An inheritable gene variation may increase susceptibility to lumbar-disk disease.

  13. Earth

    Icy Heat: Satellites look at heat flow through Antarctica’s crust

    Using satellite observations of Earth's magnetic field, scientists can estimate the amount of heat flowing upward through Earth's surface under kilometers-thick ice.

  14. Materials Science

    Micropower Heats Up: Propane fuel cell packs a lot of punch

    Portable electronic devices such as laptops and MP3 players could soon run on miniature fuel cells that consume propane.

  15. Earth

    Farmers without Fungus: How to store peanuts to reduce toxins

    African peanut farmers can more than halve their exposure to a class of harmful fungal toxins called aflatoxins by adopting several simple measures after harvest.

  16. Animals

    Comeback Bird

    Looking for a long-lost woodpecker had its special challenges, including anticipating what would happen if the hunt actually succeeded.

  17. Anthropology

    Faithful Ancestors

    A controversial fossil analysis supports the view that, more than 3 million years ago, human ancestors living in eastern Africa favored long-term mating partnerships.

  18. Humans

    Letters from the June 11, 2005, issue of Science News

    Dim prospects To a layman like me, it seems almost impossible that light reflected from a body that lies “much farther from the star than Pluto does from the sun” could be seen from Earth at a distance of 450 light years, when Pluto, only 6 light hours away, reflects so little light to Earth […]