Vol. 171 No. #21
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More Stories from the May 26, 2007 issue

  1. Health & Medicine

    Migraines in men linked to heart attack risk

    Men who experience migraine headaches are somewhat more likely to have heart attacks than are other men.

  2. Anthropology

    When female chimps become baby killers

    Although long thought to be rare, instances in which female chimps band together to kill other females' infants occur fairly regularly under certain circumstances.

  3. Earth

    Southern seas slow their uptake of CO2

    In recent decades, the rate at which oceans in the Southern Hemisphere soak up atmospheric carbon dioxide has slowed.

  4. Synesthesia tied to brain connections

    People who see specific colors when looking at particular letters possess an unusually large number of connections in brain areas that influence word and color perception.

  5. Unintended consequences of cancer therapies

    Radiation and chemotherapy can destroy a tumor, but they may also indirectly promote metastasis, the spread of cancerous cells to other organs.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Nail-gun injuries shoot up

    Nail-gun injuries among do-it-yourself carpenters have tripled since 1991.

  7. Chemistry

    Onward, microbes

    With a tweak to their genetic codes, bacteria have been coaxed to follow a chemical trail of a researcher's choosing.

  8. Physics

    The dance of the electron spins

    Physicists have used a novel measuring technique to track the motions of electron spins in a tiny magnet as its polarity flips, with north and south poles changing places.

  9. Planetary Science

    Violent Past: Young sun withstood a supernova blast

    A big bully pummeled the infant solar system, first by blasting it with a massive wind, then by exploding nearby, driving shock waves into the fledgling solar system and irrevocably altering its chemistry.

  10. Animals

    Virgin Birth: Shark has daughter without a dad

    DNA testing of two sharks confirms an instance of reproduction without mating, adding a fifth major vertebrate lineage to those known for occasional virgin births.

  11. Health & Medicine

    Circadian Fix: Viagra may lessen effects of jet lag

    Sildenafil, the male-impotence drug marketed as Viagra, helps laboratory rodents recovery from circadian disruptions similar to jet lag.

  12. Earth

    Fish Free Fall: Hormone leads to population decline

    Trace amounts of the synthetic estrogen used in birth control pills can cause a fish population to collapse.

  13. Dark Power: Pigment seems to put radiation to good use

    The pigment melanin may enable certain fungi to convert dangerous radiation into usable energy.

  14. Face Talk: Babies see their way to language insights

    Babies 4 to 6 months old can distinguish between two languages solely by watching a speaker's face, without hearing sound.

  15. Humans

    Hot Competition: Students display winning projects

    High school students from 51 countries gathered in Albuquerque last week to compete for scholarships and other prizes at the 2007 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

  16. Health & Medicine

    Dangerous History

    The genome of the TB bacterium has small but significant pockets of diversity, giving scientists new targets for preventing and treating the disease.

  17. Tech

    Reaching for Rays

    Harnessing the sun's rays cheaply and efficiently could address the planet's energy needs.

  18. Humans

    Letters from the May 26, 2007, issue of Science News

    It’s cold out there I couldn’t help noticing the last sentence of “World’s climate map gets an update” (SN: 3/24/07, p. 190): “One of the system’s 30 possible climate subtypes—a temperate climate with a cold, dry summer—wasn’t found anywhere on Earth.” The comment reveals that the writer has never read Mark Twain’s comment that the […]