Vol. 161 No. #19
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More Stories from the May 11, 2002 issue

  1. Boys take a tumble

    A long-term study of children from grades 1 through 12 finds a disturbing tendency for boys to report much larger declines in appraisals of their academic abilities than do girls.

  2. Health & Medicine

    No benefit from screening

    Two large studies confirm that a urine test for a common childhood cancer—neuroblastoma—offers no benefit.

  3. Physics

    Detector spots solar chameleons

    A new measurement of the sun's emission of ghostly neutrinos indicates that the prevailing theory of particle physics needs repair.

  4. Astronomy

    Physics-astronomy merger wins big

    A new report recommends fostering the extraordinary collaboration taking place between particle physics and astronomy.

  5. Health & Medicine

    With this bait, TB won’t play possum

    An oral tuberculosis vaccine, designed to help curtail the spread of the disease in wildlife populations, may also find use in people.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Fetal stress begets adult hypertension

    Intense stress during pregnancy may program the baby's development in ways that foster high blood pressure during adulthood.

  7. Health & Medicine

    Could nicotine patch fight depression?

    Chronic nicotine administration blocked a symptom of depression in an animal model of the disease.

  8. Earth

    September’s Science: Shutdown of airlines aided contrail studies

    The shutdown of commerical aviation within the United States for 3 days after Sept. 11, 2001, provided scientists with a unique opportunity to study the influence of high-flying jet aircraft on Earth's climate.

  9. Animals

    Dogged Dieting: Low-cal canines enjoy longer life

    The first completed diet-restriction study in a large animal shows that labrador retrievers fed 25 percent less food than those allowed to eat as much as they desired tend to live longer and suffer fewer age-related diseases.

  10. Physics

    Unexpected Boost: A superconductivity killer’s silver lining

    Among superconductors—materials able to conduct electricity without resistance—an effect that normally diminishes current-carrying ability surprisingly turns out to sometimes enhance it.

  11. Chemistry

    Minimotor: Single molecule does some work

    A single molecule has performed mechanical work—pulling and releasing a cantilever tip—when exposed to light.

  12. Health & Medicine

    Hidden Damage: Parkinson’s harm to nerves in heart may explain dizziness and fainting

    Parkinson's disease patients have damaged nerve endings in the heart, kidneys, and thyroid gland, suggesting the disease harms the autonomic nervous system that regulates involuntary functions of these and other organs and glands.

  13. Health & Medicine

    Feel the Burn: Alcohol sets pain-sensing nerves aflame

    Alcohol makes certain pain-generating nerves trigger more easily than normal.

  14. Animals

    No Tickling: Common caterpillars deploy defensive hair

    The caterpillars of the European cabbage butterfly have a chemical defense system that scientists haven't documented before.

  15. Math

    Filling In Blanks

    Researchers are developing automated methods based on differential equations to reduce the time and effort required to fix digital images, not only to fill in blank areas but also to remove extraneous objects.

  16. Earth

    Tornado Alley, USA

    A new model that simulates 30,000 years worth of tornadoes in the United States finds that the place not to be if you fear funnel clouds is southeastern Oklahoma, where any particular spot can expect to get damaged once every 4,000 years.