Vol. 171 No. #23
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More Stories from the June 9, 2007 issue

  1. Earth

    Guidelines for wind farms

    National policies to maximize the benefits of wind farms while lessening their environmental impacts may be needed.

  2. Astronomy

    Crash will determine solar system’s fate

    The solar system already lies in the suburbs of the Milky Way, but the sun and its planets will be yanked even farther away about 5 billion years from now.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Sticky treatment for staph infections

    Honey from New Zealand gums up bacteria, offering a potential new means of combating difficult-to-treat infections.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Phages break up plaques

    Phages, viruses that infect bacteria, dissolve plaques in the brains of mice with an Alzheimer's-like disease.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Beware the bats

    Fruit bats in Bangladesh regularly trigger small outbreaks of Nipah virus, a measleslike pathogen that causes brain inflammation and death.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Animal-to-human diseases could be right at home

    A new map of where SARS or Ebola might erupt next highlights North America and Western Europe as likely sources.

  7. Health & Medicine

    Guilt by Association: Whole-genome scans yield disease clues

    In a sweeping demonstration of the power of the new biology, researchers have linked two dozen genetic variations to six major diseases.

  8. Chemistry

    In a Fix: Agricultural chemicals disturb a natural relationship

    Several pesticides can disrupt a partnership that enables certain plants to take up nitrogen by enlisting the help of bacteria.

  9. Tech

    Nanotech bubbles

    Creating large-scale, regular arrays of nanoscale components is now almost as easy as blowing bubbles.

  10. Anthropology

    Chicken of the Sea: Poultry may have reached Americas via Polynesia

    Polynesians may have traveled back and forth to South America more than 600 years ago, introducing chickens to the Americas in the process.

  11. Health & Medicine

    Blending In: Dissolvable stents promise to protect arteries

    A biodegradable magnesium stent props open clogged blood vessels and then dissolves, circumventing the problems linked to permanent metal stents.

  12. Animals

    Scary Singing: Precise birds signal, ‘Don’t mess with us’

    A pair of magpie-larks can advertise their toughness by the precision of the duets they sing.

  13. Astronomy

    Galactic Émigré: Incoming dwarf galaxy could feed its larger kin

    A dwarf galaxy at the periphery of the giant Andromeda galaxy may be a pristine building block for forming galaxies in the modern-day universe.

  14. Earth

    Storm Norms: Caribbean corals and sediments yield clues to hurricane frequency

    The recent increase in hurricane activity in the North Atlantic, a phenomenon that some scientists blame on climate change, actually reflects a return to normal after a lull in the 1970s and 1980s.

  15. Astronomy

    Big Broadcast

    A record-breaking radio burst from the sun last Dec. 6 temporarily overwhelmed scores of GPS receivers, highlighting the hazard of radio storms on Earth.

  16. Past Impressions

    New research sheds light on the century-old concept of transference, a mental process in which people re-experience past relationships in new interactions.

  17. Humans

    Letters from the June 9, 2007, issue of Science News

    Safe passage I have to ask you to remove the subtitle “Dangerous Bridge” under the photograph of the exit ramp from the New Jamarat Bridge in Saudi Arabia (“Formula for Panic: Crowd-motion findings may prevent stampedes,” SN: 4/7/07, p. 213). There has never been an accident on that ramp, and the bridge is now being […]