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August 03, 2010



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Telescope could eavesdrop on alien TV An enormous new telescope should be able to pick up TV and radar signals from far-off worlds, scientists say. (Dec. 29, 2004)

“Spray-on homes” invented Spraying a fast-drying ceramic onto flimsy frames produces a cheap, strong dwelling in a day, researchers say. (Dec. 26, 2004)

Experts: almost anyone could torture Under certain conditions, almost anyone is capable of becoming a torturer, say psychologists who reviewed decades worth of studies. (Dec. 1, 2004)

800 calories a day less, and women never missed them Cutting back on calories is quite painless if temptation isn't around, researchers have found. (Dec. 1, 2004)

Chimps use tool kits, researchers say
They use a set of different sticks to fish out unlucky termites from their nests. (Nov. 11, 2004)

Tiny new species of human said to be found The discovery of 18,000-year-old skeletons on an Indonesian island shows human diversity was much greater than expected, scientists say. (Oct. 27, 2004)

Are we "programmed" to age? (Sept. 27, 2004)

“Garbage crisis” may have afflicted world’s first villagers The first people to settle in villages apparently gave little thought to what to do with their trash. So they lived in it. (Sept. 23, 2004)

Did fossils inspire ancient flood myths? Many ancient and modern cultures have creation myths involving a great flood. A physicist has proposed a new explanation of why. (Sept. 6, 2004)

~ Egypt Special  (Sept. 1, 2004) ~ 

Researchers reconstruct mummy’s head without unwrapping They used a scanning technique that revealed details right down to the mole on his temple.
Tunnel to king’s secret chamber in the biggest pyramid may be found  But the Egyptian authorities won’t let the finders dig further to confirm it. 

Explanation for deformed frogs emerging
It’s a tangled story of a parasite, a snail, a bird, and, of course, a familiar player – chemical pollutants.. (Aug. 24, 2004)
Having AIDS is macho, to some rural Africans One man bragged that he would cause the next outbreak – because he had bedded all the desirable local girls. (Aug. 9, 2004)
New subatomic particle may fuel "dark energy" Findings of an “acceleron” may help explain the mysterious “dark energy” that makes the universe expand faster and faster. (July 27, 2004)

Does females' promiscuity reduce our height differences? One researcher thinks that may be the case. It seems to be the pattern among our ape relatives, at least, he says. (June 18, 2004)

Fish who share our personal shortcomings? Add this to that file. Rainbow trout offended by a stronger member of their group are smart – or pathetic – enough to vent their aggression on someone weaker. (June 17, 2004)
Genetically modified salmon: pushy, but not so tough Environmentalists worry genetically modified animals could escape into the wild and run rampant, outcompeting natural species. But new tests suggest genetically engineered salmon dont compete successfully with their wild peers though they try aggressively. (June 7, 2004)

Lab tests “terrifying” for animals The most harmless-seeming experiments trigger panic, a controversial report claims. (Dec. 30, 2004)

Lie detector of the future: a brain scanner? Relax and control the sweating, and you might just fool a traditional lie detector. Tricking something that peers into your brain might be harder. (Dec. 29, 2004)

Evolution’s tricky shortcuts Organisms may sometimes tame “invader” genes and redirect them to their own uses. (Dec. 29, 2004)

Possible next Tsunami victim: America's West Coast (Dec. 29, 2004)

~ Spotlight on FOOD ~ 

Are “obesity genes” spreading? Eating too much might not be the only reason we’re getting fatter, researchers say. (Dec. 26, 2004)

Not the broccoli your mom told you to eat Many important foods may have been losing nutritional value thanks to modern farming practices, researchers say. (Dec. 6, 2004)

Newly studied form of racism seems incurable Many or most people are willing to give up blatant racism. But a subtle form of it seems impossible to renounce. (Dec. 21, 2004)

Impulsive acts may be a relic of hunter-gatherer past A study with blue jays may give new perspective on why we grab those last-minute candies at the supermarket checkout line. (Dec. 14, 2004)

Scientists to shoot hole in a comet Scientists say their mission to blast a stadium-sized crater in Comet Tempel 1, to better learn what’s inside it, will begin by Jan. 12. (Dec. 14, 2004)

Study: mothers’ medications might turn developing daughters into lesbians But scientists say much more research is needed to confirm it. (Dec. 14, 2004)

New way for paralyzed people to move things To scientists’ surprise, they find there may be a way to let paralyzed people move things with their thoughts – and without sticking pesky wires into their brains. (Dec. 6, 2004)

It’s “official”: Mars had water There is conclusive proof that water once existed on Mars, a team of researchers has found. (Dec. 6, 2004)

Alien worlds in our backyard? Our solar system may have once exchanged small planets and debris with another one, researchers say. At left: scientists’ computer simulation of the process. (Dec. 1, 2004)

Wasps punish “cheaters,” researchers find A wasp’s markings can signify its importance in its group. And wearing a fake badge may lead to unpleasant consequences. (Nov. 18, 2004)

Scientists zero in on possible anti-aging gene Chemicals that stimulate the gene extend life in yeast, roundworms and fruit flies. Are humans next? (Oct. 25, 2004)

New ape ancestor found? Scientists say they may have found bones of the last common ancestor of the great apes, which include humans. (Nov. 18, 2004)

Species dying off at unprecedented rate, researchers say 15,589 species are at risk of extinction and least 15 have gone extinct in the past 20 years, conservationists say. (Nov. 18, 2004)

Why babies are abandoned By studying animals, scientists are trying to understand the roots of a horrifying practice. A key factor may be mothers inexperience, they find. (Nov. 18, 2004)

Glitch found in brains of schizophrenia patients
The finding could also shed light on the processes underlying consciousness in all of us, scientists say. (Nov. 11, 2004)

Planet-building a “messy,” violent process
Giant chunks of rock the size of mountain ranges slam together to form planets, scientists say. (Oct. 25, 2004)

Humans have far fewer genes than we thought, researchers say
In making the announcement, scientists add that they’re beginning to systematically pinpoint which genes separate us from other animals. (Oct. 25, 2004)

Scientists watch brain "battle itself" during tough decisions (Oct. 14, 2004)

How dinosaurs slept A newly found fossil shows dinosaurs slept the same way birds do: with head tucked under a forelimb, researchers say. (Oct. 14, 2004)

The evolution of spite Researchers are taking a new look at how one of our most seemingly irrational tendencies evolved. Surprise: it might not be that irrational. (Oct. 14, 2004)

Is the universe revealing its shape? New evidence suggests the shape may be a bizarre form of a dodecahedron, a 12-sided object. (Oct. 6, 2004)

Sea monster fossil tells tales A sea-dwelling cousin of dinosaurs may have used its neck and tiny head to surprise prey, then suck it in, researchers say. (Sept. 23, 2004)

Acupuncture beats conventional treatment in study
(Sept. 22, 2004)

Mediterranean-style diet slashes death rates, researchers find (Sept. 21, 2004)

Children create new language nearly from scratch Children at a school for the deaf have created their own sign language, giving scientists insight into language’s origins. (Sept. 16, 2004)

Untapped gas reserves deep in the Earth? (Sept. 13, 2004)

Happiness may stave off old-age frailty Growing evidence shows psychological factors influence the aging process. (Sept. 12, 2004)

Scientists pinpoint better which brain areas produce dreams (Sept. 10, 2004)

Smash- up on the way for our Milky Way?
Photos of faraway galaxies reveal what might happen to our own. At left: artists
depiction of the stellar fireworks that could result. (Sept. 9, 2004)

Hubble telescope releases stunning new photos of dying star (Sept. 9, 2004)

Common heart defect may create slight risk of stroke during sex About one in five people have the defect. For an unlucky few of them, an orgasm might be a prelude to a hospital stay. (Sept. 22, 2004)

Possible first photo of a planet circling a distant star It could be a holy grail astronomers have been seeking for a long time. (Sept. 10, 2004)

New research may undermine idea that “race isn’t real” For years, scientists have said the notion of human “races” is all in our heads, because we’re all more than 99.9% the same. New findings cast doubt on that figure. (Sept. 8, 2004)

For talking parrots, it just might be all in the tongue (Sept. 7, 2004)

In U.S.A., “the longer you stay, the bigger you get” Researchers have found it doesn’t take long for immigrants in the country to start putting on weight, like other Americans. (Sept. 7, 2004)

“Mass hysteria” is alive and well, researchers say In medieval times, when whole groups of people started acting oddly, someone would end up at the stake. Today the phenomenon meets with more compassion, but the same befuddlement. (Sept. 6, 2004)

Ratings of 20 medical journals published (Sept. 5, 2004)

Study sheds light on road-following by pigeons (Sept. 3, 2004)

Chimp-like hominid walked upright six million years ago, researchers say (Sept. 2, 2004)

Monkeys may make “comments,” researchers say Their communication abilities turn out to be unexpectedly complex. (Sept. 2, 2004)

News reports of signal from extraterrestrials off-base, according to scientists (Sept. 2, 2004)

Scientists fear Ebola outbreak may explain gorilla disappearances (Sept. 2, 2004)

World’s first plastic magnet passes “test”  It’s reported to be the first plastic magnet to work at room temperature. (Sept. 1, 2004)

“Major new class” of more Earth-like planets discovered 
The findings also indicate there may be 20 billion or more planetary systems in our galaxy, astronomers say. (Aug. 31, 2004)

Brain imaging reveals why punishing feels good It stimulates an area deep in the brain that's associated with reward. (Aug. 30, 2004)

The secrets of “wannabe eunuchs”  A surprising number of men want to be castrated. The body-piercing fad may be influencing some of them, say researchers studying the phenomenon. (Aug. 24, 2004)

Brain flexibility, not size, gave us our intelligence, researchers say Good genes may have enabled humans to develop a “complex symbolic culture,” which in turn pressured us to develop better genes. (Aug. 24, 2004)

Meteorites may have supplied chemicals crucial to start life Researchers say this finding also suggests a Jupiter-sized planet could help life get started, and the formation of planets and of life are more intricately linked than we thought. (Aug. 24, 2004)

More than a month after smoking pot, users may have abnormal brain patterns The study may come as a relief to marijuana opponents, who previously had been faced with a series of studies suggesting the drug is relatively harmless. (Aug. 18, 2004)

Want sex? Take a number Animals such as clownfish, in seeming violation of every normal instinct, patiently wait to become leaders of their group before breeding. Researchers are learning why this might be. (Aug. 17, 2004)

"Indirect aggression" in media may harm us, researchers say We all know that watching people killing each other on TV is supposed to be bad for us. But what about people being just plain mean on TV? (Aug. 26, 2004)

Biologists deciphering complex lemur scent language These animals have a rich language of “scentences,” researchers say, to communicate messages ranging from aggression to mating readiness. (Aug. 16, 2004)

"Virus" vaccines may create new and worse diseases, researchers warn Some vaccines, intended to prevent disease, may create new and more dangerous ones. (Aug. 9, 2005)

New theories on solar systems may have little room for other "Earths" New theories may be needed to explain how the known solar systems beyond our own formed, and the theories may dampen hopes for Earth-like planets there, researchers say. (Aug. 3, 2005)

Songbirds may use 'dawn chorus' to gather intelligence Songbirds whose sweet tittering awakes us in the morning may make an unexpected use for the ritual: spying on rivals. (July 31, 2004)

Researchers pinpointing causes of autism Biologists are investigating the brains of victims of the disorder, which disrupts communication and social functioning. (July 31, 2004)

"Monster waves" are common, researchers say Researchers say satellites have shown that ten-story high ship-sinkers, once dismissed as fantasy, are not only real but widespread. (July 27, 2004)

In insect societies, order through discipline Wasps seem to “discipline” each other for not working hard enough. (July 21, 2005)

Astro-sleuths unravel marathon mystery Using moon records, astronomers show commonly accepted date of first marathon may be off. (July 21, 2004)

Apes threatened again – by anthrax Anthrax has killed six apes in the African rainforest, an area not previously associated with the disease, researchers say. (July 21, 2004)

Scientists close in on aging secrets It's long been known that a near-starvation diet, oddly, makes you live a lot longer. Scientists are finding out why that works – and how we might be able to get the gain without the pain. (July 14, 2004)

Our environmental destruction affects dinner Thanks to overfishing, the red snapper on your menu might well not be a red snapper. (July 14, 2004)

Black holes looking less and less 'black' Black holes, traditionally assumed to be sullen, dark objects, may actually give off signals that betray what fell inside them. (July 12, 2004)

Ancient brewery found Archaeologists have found remains of a large-scale brewery from a pre-Incan culture of the first millennium AD in Peru. (July 9, 2004)

Birds show superior listening skills Being called a bird-brain might not be so bad, after all. (July 2, 2004)

How 'near-death experiences' change the brain After brushes with death, some people report newfound peace and spiritual awakenings. Researchers are learning what brain changes accompany these experiences. (June 28, 2004)

Saturn moon may be a captured comet New images suggest it’s a dark, icy object that may have come from distant reaches of the solar system. (June 23, 2004)

Less may be more when it comes to brain use (June 17, 2004)

First private space flight to take off (June 20, 2004)

Beauty and ugliness stimulate the same brain region Humans use the same brain area, and very possibly the same cells, to perceive both beauty and beastliness, scientists report. (June 7, 2004)

Rat DNA traces human migration Rat DNA may help researchers figure out the origins of the Polynesian people and their ancestors in the Western Pacific. (June 7, 2004)

Why Cancer Recurs Leukemia “stem cells” may keep producing new tumors. (June 6, 2004)