Vol. 165 No. #23 Archives

More Stories from the June 5, 2004 issue

  1. Astronomy

    Oddball asteroid

    Astronomers have discovered an asteroid that takes only 6 months to go around the sun.

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  2. Health & Medicine

    Breast milk may lower cholesterol

    Feeding a newborn baby breast milk instead of formula during the first month of life improves the child's cholesterol readings later on.

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  3. Earth

    Killer weather on Mount Everest

    An analysis of weather patterns around Mount Everest in May 1996, when eight climbers died, suggests that a sudden drop in barometric pressure may have played a significant role in the deaths.

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  4. Humans

    Simple water filter can nail arsenic

    Field tests suggest that people who live in areas with arsenic-tainted aquifers may be able to purify their drinking water by passing it through a low-tech, low-cost filter that includes a bed of iron nails.

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  5. Astronomy

    Huge solar flares hit far-flung craft

    Spacecraft throughout the solar system have detected material spewed into space by a group of huge solar flares late last year.

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  6. Astronomy

    Young World: NASA telescope reveals clues to newborn planet

    Astronomers have found signs of what may be the youngest planet known, plus the first signs ever of organic compounds in a region of dust that could evolve into a planet-forming region.

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  7. Tech

    Protein Power: Solar cell produces electricity from spinach and bacterial proteins

    Researchers have fabricated a solar cell that uses photosynthetic proteins to convert light into electricity.

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  8. Tech

    Tiny Tubes Brighten Bulbs: Nanotubes beat tungsten in lightbulb test—maybe

    Experiments suggest that lightbulbs with filaments made from carbon nanotubes outshine conventional bulbs.

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  9. Death Waits for No One: Deferred demises take a couple of hits

    Two new reports challenge the idea that elderly people suffering from serious physical illnesses can prolong their lives just long enough to experience a personally meaningful event.

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  10. Earth

    Geyser Bashing: Distant quake alters timing of eruptions

    A powerful earthquake that struck central Alaska on Nov. 3, 2002, changed the eruption schedule of some geysers in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park, more than 3,100 kilometers away.

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  11. Health & Medicine

    Gender Neutral: Men, women face same cancer risk from smoking

    Women who smoke are no more susceptible to lung cancer than are male smokers.

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  12. Animals

    Turtle Trekkers: Atlantic leatherbacks scatter widely

    Satellite monitoring of leatherback turtles in the Atlantic show that these animals range widely instead of sticking to "turtle corridors."

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  13. Got Milk? Dairy protein provides bone-forming boost

    A protein in milk stimulates bone-forming cells.

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  14. Earth

    Dead Waters

    Coastal dead zones—underwater regions where oxygen concentrations are too low for fish to survive—are mushrooming globally, threatening to transform entire ecosystems.

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  15. Materials Science

    Nice Threads

    Once researchers figure out how to spin strong fibers out of carbon nanotubes, real-world applications such as long-distance power-transmission cables, lightweight aircraft materials, and electronic textiles become feasible.

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  16. Humans

    Letters from the June 5, 2004, issue of Science News

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