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More Stories from the March 11, 2006 issue

  1. Health & Medicine

    Indigestion drug makes headway

    An experimental drug relieves symptoms of a form of chronic indigestion called functional dyspepsia better than a placebo does.

  2. Planetary Science

    Pluto’s posse

    Images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope on Feb. 15 confirm that Pluto has two small, previously unknown moons.

  3. Health & Medicine

    A link between emotional stress and heart attacks

    In some people with heart disease, a stressful event precipitates changes in blood components and flow that may trigger a heart attack.

  4. Chemistry

    Spore-detecting diving board

    Researchers have demonstrated a new way to detect bacteria.

  5. Thymus twice as nice for mice

    Mice have a second thymus, located in the neck.

  6. Chemistry

    Fragment foils Alzheimer’s protein

    Researchers have synthesized a protein fragment that, in test tubes, disrupts the formation of the fiber networks suspected to cause Alzheimer's disease.

  7. Health & Medicine

    Low-protein diet boosts treatment

    A diet low in protein can improve the effectiveness of drug therapy and reduce the periods of the most debilitating symptoms suffered by Parkinson's disease patients.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Genes for macular degeneration

    Variations in two genes could account for three-quarters of all cases of age-related macular degeneration.

  9. Astronomy

    Magnetic Memory: New model forecasts solar storms

    A new computer model predicts that the next solar-activity cycle won't begin until late 2008, a year later than the sun's standard cycle would forecast.

  10. Health & Medicine

    Got Data? Consuming calcium, dairy doesn’t keep off weight

    Dairy products and other calcium-containing foods don't prevent weight gain, according to a 12-year study of middle-aged men.

  11. Anthropology

    Polynesian Latecomers: Easter Islanders took fast track to culture

    New radiocarbon dates from Easter Island indicate that the isolated Polynesian island was first colonized around A.D. 1200, up to 800 years later than had previously been thought.

  12. Tech

    Meddling with Metal: Novel nanocontrol yields chromium rival

    A new, nontoxic alloy that might reduce use of toxic chromium springs from a novel way to manipulate crystalline metal structures via precise control of their atomic composition.

  13. Earth

    Crater in the sand

    Researchers analyzing satellite images of the Sahara Desert have discovered the region's largest impact crater.

  14. Health & Medicine

    Ear Protection: Combo vaccine prevents some infections

    A vaccine that triggers immunity against two common bacteria can prevent many ear infections in babies.

  15. Fit Moms, Brainier Babies: Exercising mothers provide neurological benefits

    Offspring of mice that jogged each day during pregnancy may have a mental advantage over pups of sedentary moms.

  16. Earth

    Vesuvius’ Shadow: A major volcanic blast could threaten Naples

    When Italy's Mount Vesuvius begins to rumble again, nearby Naples may be in danger.

  17. Math

    All Square

    Mathematicians nail down when it's possible to express numbers as the sums of squares.

  18. Astronomy

    Peeling Back Orion’s Layers

    By studying the most detailed portrait ever assembled of the Orion nebula, astronomers hope to glean new insights about star birth throughout the galaxy.

  19. Humans

    Letters from the March 11, 2006, issue of Science News

    Seasonal effect? Might your article, “Bright Lights, Big Cancer” (SN: 1/7/06, p. 8), on breast cancer have missed something? If the daily light-dark cycle affects melatonin, is there a seasonal change in cancer rates in the Northern (and Southern) Hemispheres? If so or not, that might give a clue to any latency period. Alan MacGregorSalmon […]