Vol. 173 No. #12
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More Stories from the March 22, 2008 issue

  1. Plants

    Attack of the skinny tomato

    An extra copy of one gene slims down tomatoes.

  2. Alzheimer’s mystery protein unmasked

    A protein linked to Alzheimer's disease may help young people forget, too.

  3. New drugs tackle difficult nematodes

    Researchers have discovered what could be a new class of drugs for treating animals afflicted with nematodes.

  4. Animals

    Moths’ memories

    Sphinx moths appear to remember experiences they had as caterpillars, suggesting some brain cells remain intact through metamorphosis.

  5. Physics

    Neutron vision

    A new neutron detector might help identify smuggled radioactive materials.

  6. Materials Science

    A sticky issue

    Peeling off adhesive tape can be frustrating, and now researchers know why.

  7. People move like predators

    Cell phone data shows that people's daily roaming follows statistical patterns also seen in predators.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Bad Blood? Old units might be substandard

    Heart patients who get transfusions of donated blood that's kept more than 14 days fare worse than patients who get fresher blood.

  9. Animals

    Love Code: A twist of light only mantis shrimp can see

    Alone in the animal kingdom, these crustaceans signal their presence to potential mates with circularly polarized light.

  10. Animals

    Finch Concerts: Female bird brain notes male attention

    Male zebra finches sing slightly differently when serenading a female as opposed to twittering to themselves, and females react to those differences.

  11. Health & Medicine

    Long-life Link: Gut protein ties low insulin to longevity

    A new link between insulin and aging adds to scientists' understanding of longevity and points to possible targets for life-extending therapies.

  12. Astronomy

    In the Beginning: More early clues for life at home, out there

    Astronomers move closer to understanding how life arose on Earth and how it could arise elsewhere.

  13. Earth

    New Recipe for Pollution Stew: Another chemical culprit adds to ozone

    A reactive chemical in urban air cleans up some pollutants but could introduce another.

  14. Tech

    Holding up

    New software pinpoints the weak spots in Michelangelo's David.

  15. Plants

    Floral Shocker: Blooms shake roots of flowering-plant family

    A tiny aquatic plant, once thought to be related to grasses, raises new questions about the evolution of the earliest flowering plants.

  16. Road to Eureka!

    Researchers are beginning to identify neural components of insightful problem solving, though no scientific consensus exists on how the brain mediates "light-bulb" or "Aha!" moments.

  17. Astronomy

    From Dark Matter to Light

    Recent surveys of the shapes, colors, and masses of galaxies have put a new focus on the nitty-gritty of galaxy formation—the complicated physics of the interaction of gas.

  18. Humans

    Letters from the March 22, 2008, issue of Science News

    The price of water In reference to the article “Going Down: Climate change, water use threaten Lake Mead” (SN: 2/23/08, p. 115), scarcity requires society to allocate. Usually markets do a better job than law at allocating efficiently and fairly. Lake Mead could remain full to the brim regardless of pending climate change. The quoted […]