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Rebuilding wetlands: Do hurricanes help?

Thu, 21 Sep 2006 18:14:10 GMT

(image) From the journal Science: As lawmakers consider expensive plans to restore Louisiana's vanishing coastal wetlands, a new study suggests that hurricanes themselves can do the job.

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Tiny shells may be world’s oldest beads

Thu, 22 Jun 2006 21:43:39 GMT

(image) From the journal Science: Three ancient shells that were forgotten for decades, hidden among rocks and bones in dusty museum archives, may be the world’s oldest known beads.

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Can evolution make things less complex?

Thu, 18 May 2006 18:08:15 GMT

(image) From the journal Science: Genetic analysis suggests that basic cells evolved through a process that sometimes stripped down complexity.

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Olive branch solves a Bronze Age mystery

Thu, 27 Apr 2006 19:04:30 GMT

(image) Discovery rewrites history of ancient Mediterranean civilizations.

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Artificial muscles get a makeover

Fri, 17 Mar 2006 01:31:28 GMT

(image) From Science: New types of artificial muscles run on fuels rather than batteries or electricity from power cords, widening applications in prosthetics, robotics and transportation.

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The why behind a wine’s bouquet

Fri, 10 Feb 2006 03:46:17 GMT

(image) From the journal Science: Researchers say the volatile organic compounds within grapes could someday be tweaked to boost or minimize particular flavors in wine.

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Humans hard-wired for geometry

Fri, 20 Jan 2006 01:16:05 GMT

(image) From Science: Tests with Amazon villagers hint at innate geometrical sense.

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Fish unlock genetics of skin color

Thu, 15 Dec 2005 19:00:28 GMT

(image) From Science: Zebrafish lead researchers to a gene that may play a big role in human skin color.

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Animal eyes inspire new technology

Fri, 18 Nov 2005 16:28:18 GMT

(image) Scientists are borrowing ideas from all corners of the animal kingdom to design artificial vision systems.

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Science gets the last laugh on ethnic jokes

Thu, 6 Oct 2005 18:07:46 GMT

(image) Ist there actually a sliver of truth in national stereotypes, such as the reputations of Italian lovers cooks and Swiss watchmakers? Not likely, researchers report in the journal Science.

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Backpack generates its own electricity

Thu, 8 Sep 2005 20:23:56 GMT

(image) A new backpack design may offer a way for first responders and disaster relief workers to generate their own electricity for communications devices, night vision goggles, water purifiers or other crucial, portable electronics.

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Nanotubes show their strength in numbers

Thu, 18 Aug 2005 20:07:26 GMT

(image) From Science: Super-strong carbon nanotube sheets may someday be used to create nearly invisible  electronic devices, or computer screens you could roll up and stuff in a sack.

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SpongeBob’s cousins are masters of glass

Fri, 8 Jul 2005 02:56:37 GMT

(image) From Science: For the strongest glass you can imagine, look for sponges at the bottom of the ocean.

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How Egypt turned dust into glass treasures

Thu, 7 Jul 2005 16:10:24 GMT

(image) From the journal Science: Archaeologists have uncovered for the first time the remains of a Bronze Age glass factory, where skilled artisans made glass from its raw materials.

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Why lusty canaries change their tune

Thu, 12 May 2005 18:26:52 GMT

(image) From the journal Science: Young canaries may break the rigid rules governing their songs, but when mating season arrives, the birds reprogram themselves for traditional tunes.

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Double bubbles hold scientific promise

Thu, 21 Apr 2005 18:02:33 GMT

(image) From the journal Science: Scientists learn how to squeeze bubbles inside bubbles — a technique that could lead to new kinds of medicines, perfumes and even artificial organs.

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Octopuses ‘walk’ on two arms

Fri, 25 Mar 2005 16:34:27 GMT

(image) From the journal Science: Two species of octopus can walk on two arms and use their six non-walking arms to camouflage themselves as plant material in order to hide from lurking predators.

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Sexy scent lures roaches to their doom

Thu, 17 Feb 2005 19:02:06 GMT

(image) From the journal Science: In a finding that could revolutionize pest control, researchers have found the “perfume” produced by female cockroaches when they are feeling amorous.

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Hawaiian temples tell tale of social change

Thu, 6 Jan 2005 20:05:37 GMT

(image) From Science: The discovery of a sudden wave of temple building on Maui at the turn of the 17th century provides new insights into the rapid rise of a ruling class in Hawaii.

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Looking for fear? It's in your eyes!

Fri, 17 Dec 2004 00:16:36 GMT

(image) From Science: What makes you afraid? Seeing someone else’s enlarged eye whites is enough to activate your brain's fear-processing center.

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DNA sheds light on great American die-off

Thu, 25 Nov 2004 19:31:45 GMT

(image) From the journal Science: Ancient bison DNA may help explain why many large mammals disappeared from North America about 10,000 years ago.

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Medicine hits the jackpot in the genome

Fri, 22 Oct 2004 00:05:57 GMT

(image) From Science: Genetic data can be converted into personalized treatments for disease.

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Why did sea monsters have long necks?

Thu, 23 Sep 2004 18:11:33 GMT

(image) From the journal Science: A recently found fossil represents a new species of ancient marine reptile, and researchers think its long neck may have helped it hunt prey stealthily.

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Why revenge feels good

Thu, 26 Aug 2004 20:01:24 GMT

(image) Penalizing rule-breakers activates a pleasure point in the brain.

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The bizarre case of the bone-eating worms

Fri, 30 Jul 2004 19:02:04 GMT

(image) From Science: Whalebone-eating worms wow experts.

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Fossil may be ancestor of most animals

Thu, 3 Jun 2004 18:03:20 GMT

(image) From the journal Science: The earliest known ancestor of most animals may have been a minute creature shaped like a flattened helmet and barely visible to the naked eye.

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Dog genes tell surprising tales

Thu, 29 Jul 2004 18:05:51 GMT

(image) From Science: A genetic survey sheds new light on dog breeds.

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How fins evolved into feet

Thu, 1 Apr 2004 19:35:16 GMT

(image) From Science: The world’s oldest known arm bone helps scientists trace the evolution of limbs in fish.

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Scientists study past and future Dust Bowls

Fri, 19 Mar 2004 22:09:13 GMT

(image) From Science: Researchers explain what caused the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and study the factors that could spark future droughts.

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How your brain handles love and pain

Fri, 20 Feb 2004 01:36:25 GMT

(image) From Science: Two new brain-imaging studies shed light on the origins of empathy and how the placebo effect dulls real pain.

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How humans got the gift of gab

Fri, 16 Jan 2004 03:28:52 GMT

(image) From Science: New research may help scientists dissect just what it is about the human brain that endows us with language.

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Oldest male fossil bares all

Thu, 18 Dec 2003 22:09:26 GMT

(image) From Science: Scientists have found what may be the oldest known unequivocally male animal fossil, including its copulatory organ.

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The tao of fish swimming

Wed, 3 Dec 2003 02:01:39 GMT

(image) New research indicates that fish negotiate turbulent waters using a special energy-conserving method that allows them to go with the flow — literally.

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New vaccines go forward in reverse

Wed, 3 Dec 2003 02:01:39 GMT

From Science: “Reverse vaccinology” starts with the genomes of harmful microbes, then comes up with proteins designed to stop them.

Lost cities of the Amazon revealed

Thu, 18 Dec 2003 20:23:55 GMT

(image) From Science: Newly discovered traces of ancient roads, bridges and plazas may help dispel the once-popular impression that the Amazon was “untouched” before the Europeans arrived.

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One last chance to save coral

Thu, 18 Dec 2003 20:23:55 GMT

(image) In another 30 or 40 years, the world’s coral reefs could be almost completely destroyed, unless humans act now to aggressively protect them from further human exploitation, scientists say.

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New building blocks of matter take shape

Thu, 18 Dec 2003 20:23:55 GMT

(image) From the journal Science: How does nature pack tiny spheres into a shrinking space? The resulting patterns are sometimes surprising, and may point the way to new fiber-optic technologies.

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The dark side of the universe

Thu, 18 Dec 2003 20:23:55 GMT

(image) Scientists are using rapidly advancing observational tools, computer simulations, and theoretical predictions to study how these dark mysteries impact the past, present, and future of our galaxy and of the Universe.

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