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.

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  2. Alzheimer’s mystery protein unmasked

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

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  3. New drugs tackle difficult nematodes

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

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  4. Animals

    Moths’ memories

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

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  5. Physics

    Neutron vision

    A new neutron detector might help identify smuggled radioactive materials.

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  6. Materials Science

    A sticky issue

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

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  7. People move like predators

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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  14. Tech

    Holding up

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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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 […]

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