Vol. 162 No. #12 Archives

More Stories from the September 21, 2002 issue

  1. Health & Medicine

    RNA interferes with cancer-cell growth

    To curb the growth of cancer cells, scientists are silencing genes by introducing small strands of RNA.

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  2. Astronomy

    Magnetars: A missing link

    A rare group of ultradense stars may be magnetars, objects with the strongest magnetic fields known in the universe.

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  3. Anthropology

    Neandertals return at German cave site

    Researchers who tracked down the location of a German cave where the first Neandertal skeleton was discovered in 1856 have unearthed new Neandertal finds.

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  4. Novel enzyme provides sperm’s spark of life

    A molecule in sperm triggers a fertilized egg to begin developing.

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  5. Earth

    Leaden impacts of gum disease, smoking

    Subtle bone loss associated with advanced gum disease can be linked to elevated lead concentrations in the blood.

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  6. Health & Medicine

    Herbal cancer remedy is chock full of drugs

    An herbal remedy that had been popular among prostate cancer patients was tainted with three synthetic drugs.

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  7. Astronomy

    Reflecting on the Kuiper belt

    A new study suggests that at least some members of the Kuiper belt, the reservoir of comets and other frozen objects that lie beyond the orbit of Neptune, reflect more sunlight and are considerably smaller than previously calculated.

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  8. Anthropology

    Court releases ancient skeleton

    A judge's decision gives scientists the right to study the 9,000-year-old skeleton dubbed Kennewick Man rather than turn the remains over to a coalition of Native American tribes for reburial.

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  9. Paleontology

    Veggie Bites: Fossil suggests carnivorous dinosaurs begat vegetarian kin

    Chinese rocks have yielded fossil remains of a creature that had rodentlike incisors and a hefty overbite, providing the first distinct dental evidence for plant-eating habits among theropod dinosaurs.

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  10. Earth

    Cancer Causer? Researchers zero in on leukemia risks

    Researchers add to mounting evidence that household pesticide exposure may be a significant risk factor for childhood leukemia.

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  11. Astronomy

    Hole in the Middle: Are midsize black holes the missing link?

    Two teams of astronomers reported that they had confirmed the existence of a new class of black hole.

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  12. Health & Medicine

    Acetaminophen in Action: Effect on an enzyme may stop pain, lower fever

    The discovery of an enzyme scientists are calling cyclooxygenase-3, which is disabled by acetaminophen, might explain why this drug can stop pain and fever but not inflammation.

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  13. Chemistry

    The Dirt on Art: Chemists test laser cleanup of paintings

    A new experiment shows that lasers can be a safe tool for cleaning paintings.

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  14. Animals

    Eat the Kids: Are cannibal fish just freshening the O2?

    In beaugregory damselfish, males that snack on some of the eggs supposedly in their care may end up benefiting the rest of the egg clutch by making more oxygen available.

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  15. Gender Gap: Parasites’ bias for big animals gives female mammals longevity

    Parasites infect male mammals more often than females, possibly contributing to the tendency among mammals of males to die earlier than females.

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  16. Plants

    The Wood Detective

    Alex Wiedenhoeft belongs to the elite profession of wood identifier, the person to call when a crime investigator, museum curator, archaeologist, or patent attorney with an unusual client really needs to know what that splinter really is.

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  17. Evolutionary Upstarts

    Theories of the evolution of the human mind are evolving, with some researchers now presenting alternatives to the dominant notion that genetic competition for survival during the Stone Age yielded brains stocked with a bevy of instincts for specific types of thinking.

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