Vol. 169 No. #22
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More Stories from the June 3, 2006 issue

  1. Archaeology

    Jarring clues to Tut’s white wine

    Chemical analyses of residue from jars found in King Tutankhamen's tomb have yielded the first evidence of white wine in ancient Egypt.

  2. Physics

    As waters part, polygons appear

    When rapidly swirled inside a stationary bucket, liquids can form whirlpools of surprising shapes, such as triangles and hexagons.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Common drugs offer some hot flash relief

    Antidepressants and some other prescription drugs reduce the number of hot flashes that many women experience during menopause.

  4. Health & Medicine

    At iconic Asian temple, monkeys harbor viruses

    Temple sites in South and Southeast Asia that offer refuge to monkeys also shelter monkey viruses.

  5. Evolving genes may not size up brain

    Two gene variants previously implicated in the evolution of human brain size apparently don't influence brain volumes in people today.

  6. Earth

    Pumped-up Poison Ivy: Carbon dioxide boosts plant’s size, toxicity

    Rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could make poison ivy grow much faster and become more toxic.

  7. Herpes Runs Interference: Researchers discover how virus sticks around

    Herpes simplex virus 1, which causes cold sores, uses a short, double-stranded RNA to outwit a cell's defensive measures.

  8. Earth

    Lazarus, the amphibian

    The painted frog, unseen for more than a decade and feared to be extinct, has resurfaced in a remote desert highland of Colombia.

  9. Wrong Impression: Bipolar kids misinterpret facial cues as hostile

    Children with bipolar disorder are more likely than other kids to read hostility in bland facial expressions.

  10. Earth

    Oil Booms: Whales don’t avoid noise of seismic exploration

    Field tests in the Gulf of Mexico suggest that sperm whales there don't swim away from boats conducting seismic surveys of the seafloor, but the noise generated by such activity may be subtly affecting the whales' feeding behavior. With video.

  11. Archaeology

    Stones of Contention: Tiny Homo species tied to ancient tool tradition

    Controversial new discoveries suggest that our half-size evolutionary cousins who lived on the Indonesian island of Flores as recently as 12,000 years ago carried on a stone-toolmaking tradition passed down from the island's original colonizers more than 700,000 years ago.

  12. Physics

    String Trio: Novel instrument strums like guitar, rings like bell

    A new type of musical instrument, equipped with Y-shaped strings, may be the first of a family of string instruments with unusual overtones typically heard in bells or gongs.

  13. Tech

    Quantum-Dot Leap

    Multiple electrons from photons in quantum dots could be a boon to solar cells and other technologies.

  14. Health & Medicine

    Blood, Iron, and Gray Hair

    Recent findings show that anemia is exceedingly common in elderly people and link the condition to severe health problems, including accelerated physical and mental decline and a shorter life span.

  15. Humans

    Letters from the June 3, 2006, issue of Science News

    Latitude adjustments “Shafts of snow sculpted by sun” (SN: 4/1/06, p. 206) doesn’t say that penitentes appear only in the Andes, nor does it say in what part of the Andes they appear. Does the formation of penitentes require that the sun be nearly directly overhead for part of the day? Can penitentes form only […]