Vol. 165 No. #13 Archives

More Stories from the March 27, 2004 issue

  1. Tech

    Golden waves make stretchy microcircuits

    Microscale wires with stretchy, wiggly shapes may prove useful for sensors and other electronic gadgets embedded in pliable or elastic items such as clothing or living tissue.

    By
  2. Plants

    Sudden oak death jumps quarantine

    The funguslike microbe that causes sudden oak death has turned up on nursery plants in southern California for the first time.

    By
  3. Health & Medicine

    Is ‘drink plenty of fluids’ good advice?

    Definitive studies need to determine whether increasing fluid intake during respiratory infections is really a good idea, says a team of researchers.

    By
  4. Fish guts reveal microbial alliance

    Scientists are studying germfree zebra fish to better understand how microbes influence gut development.

    By
  5. Astronomy

    Andromeda’s building blocks

    A radio telescope has made the first conclusive observations of gas clouds that could be the leftover building blocks of the Andromeda galaxy, the Milky Way’s closest large spiral neighbor.

    By
  6. Health & Medicine

    Bug bites suggest new stroke drug

    Changing a human enzyme so that it resembles one from blood-sucking insects may lead to a new treatment for strokes.

    By
  7. Physics

    Quantum link connects light, ions

    By proving experimentally for the first time that an atom and a photon can become entwined in a quantum embrace called entanglement, physicists took a step toward teleporting quantum characteristics from one atom to another.

    By
  8. Archaeology

    Reconstructing ancient drinking habits

    A new technique involving the analysis of residue from pottery jars can discern the color of wine consumed by ancient Egyptians.

    By
  9. Anthropology

    Evolution’s Lost Bite: Gene change tied to ancestral brain gains

    In a controversial new report, a research team proposes that an inactivating gene mutation unique to people emerged around 2.4 million years ago and, by decreasing the size of jaw muscles, set the stage for brain expansion in our direct ancestors.

    By
  10. Planetary Science

    Signs of Water Flow: Oceans of data point to ancient Martian sea

    A robotic rover on Mars has found strong evidence that some rocks near the Martian equator were laid down by a shallow, ancient ocean, indicating one of the most likely places to look for remains of life on the Red Planet.

    By
  11. Tech

    Miniaturized 3-D Printing: New polymer ink writes tiny structures

    A new 3-D printer can build up complex polymer microstructures with features small enough for creating photonic crystals or scaffolds for tissue engineering.

    By
  12. Health & Medicine

    Surgical Option: Hysterectomy may top drugs for women with heavy bleeding

    Women who suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding and fail to improve on a hormone-based drug fare better if they choose hysterectomy rather than a regimen of other drugs.

    By
  13. Ecosystems

    Coastal Surge: Ecosystems likely to suffer as more people move to the shores

    Rapid development and population growth on and near U.S. coastlines in the near future will probably spell trouble for ecosystems in these areas, scientists say.

    By
  14. Animals

    Wolf vs. Raven? Thieving birds may drive canines to form big packs

    A previously underappreciated reason why wolf packs get so big could be the relentless food snitching of ravens.

    By
  15. It’s Time! Fetal lungs tell mom when to deliver baby

    The maturing lungs of a fetus may signal the mother when it's time for labor.

    By
  16. Animals

    The Social Lives of Snakes

    A lot of pit vipers aren't the asocial loners that even snake fans had long assumed.

    By
  17. Materials Science

    Forensics on Trial

    A decades-long practice of matching bullets on the basis of their chemical makeup is flawed, and the story behind this forensic technique reveals how science can get distorted in the courtroom.

    By
  18. Humans

    Letters from the March 27, 2004, issue of Science News

    By