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Galaxies may have spat out monster black hole
Two crashing galaxies may have shot out a “supermassive” black hole that’s soaring through space, some astronomers say. (Nov. 12, 2005)

Dolphin games may be more than child’s play
Researchers say the frolics show surprising complexity, and may reveal links between playing, evolution and culture. (Nov. 9, 2005)

Violent dreams could answer evolutionary questions, researchers say
A bizarre disorder in which sleepers act out dreams of combat might help explain how dreaming evolved. (Oct. 18, 2005)

Craving for amputation: more complex than once thought, researchers say
Doctors are having increasing difficulty explaining why some people want to have limbs amputated. (Sept. 11, 2005)

When wealth and poverty began
Social inequality dates to the Stone Age, some archaeologists say—challenging a popular view that it’s merely a disease of civilization. (July 26, 2005)

Rats seem to sigh with relief, researchers find
When an expected shock to the tail doesn’t come, rats take a deep breath, a study has found. (July 26, 2005)

Researchers explore whether parrot has concept of zero
Scientists are investigating whether a bird—possibly during a tantrum—hit on a concept that mathematicians failed to grasp for centuries. (July 2, 2005)

IMPACT! Huge blast as scientists shoot hole in comet Scientists shot a washing machine-sized projectile into a comet, eight times faster than a rifle bullet, to better understand the object’s makeup. (July 4, 2005)

Smashup could end universe, physicists say
Growing numbers of cosmologists support a theory that doomsday might come when the universe we know crashes into a separate region of space and time. (June 6, 2005)

Tool use a “family tradition” in dolphin clan The use of sponges as foraging tools is a form of culture among some Western Australian dolphins, biologists say. (June 6, 2005)

Is my red your red?
Does society determine the way you see a rainbow? New findings are re-igniting an old controversy. (May 31, 2005)

Red a winning color, researchers report (May 27, 2005)

New advice to researchers: get to know your lab animals
If new research findings are correct, scientists might need to try to become familiar to the creatures they may have to kill for science. (May 4, 2005)

Sunlight in a tube A plan would let people sneak real sunlight into windowless rooms the same way they get electricity, water and cable TV. (March 11, 2005)

Bacteria may have form of intelligence, biologists say
First, researchers talked about bacterial cooperation. Next, the topic was microbial altruism. Now, the “I” word is coming up. (April 18, 2005)

Scholar: Michelangelo faked dazzling archaeological find
In a case that may test the limits of forgery-detection science, one of history’s greatest artists is accused of forging the fabled Laocoön sculpture. (March 30, 2005)

Studies back tale that banished children founded tribe
Banished children survived in a southeast Asian jungle, it is said, to found the area’s only hunter- gatherer tribe. (March 4, 2005)

Mature moms more affectionate than teen ones, study finds Mothers who are more mature tend to display more affection towards their infants, a new study has found. (Jan. 26, 2005)

“Streams, rivers, springs and rain” Images from Titan show familiar Earth-like processes, but with exotic materials, scientists say. (Jan. 21, 2005)

Racial differences not imaginary, studies find The findings contradict the claims of some leading experts and scientific institutions, who have declared race an illusion. (Jan. 21, 2005)

First images from Titan show apparent water, researchers say
The first images from a probe of the moon of Saturn seem to show shorelines and bits of ice, experts say. Smog had shrouded Titan from view before the probe arrived. (Jan. 14, 2005)

250 more mysterious prehistoric carvings found Archaeologists say they have found more than 250 of England’s most beautiful prehistoric rock carvings, near the Scottish border. (Jan. 14, 2005)
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Study traces Egyptians’ stone-age roots
A researcher says that using ancient teeth, he has learned who the Egyptians may have been before history. (Dec. 17, 2005)

Two types of paranoia found: “Poor Me” and “Bad Me”
Some paranoid people think they actually deserve their imagined persecution, researchers have found. (Nov. 30, 2005)

Rembrandt, brain scientist?
The great Dutch painter’s portraits may both reflect and shed light on some very modern principles of brain research, two psychologists claim. (Oct. 13, 2005)

Tiniest dino eggs possibly found
The eggs combine features typical of dinosaur and bird eggs, researchers say, and may have come from a creature not much bigger than a goldfinch. (Sept. 25, 2005)

How gifted brains work
Highly intelligent people use slightly different brain circuitry to solve IQ test problems than the less gifted do, some new studies have found. (Sept. 2, 2005)

Galaxy’s spiral arm found to be closer than thought
Astronomers have recalculated the distance to a nearby arm of our Milky Way galaxy. (Dec. 28, 2005)

Dwarfs got respect in ancient Egypt, research suggests
A new study examines the role of short people in the kingdom of the Nile. (Dec. 27, 2005)

Language affects thought—in just half the brain, study finds
Scientists and philosophers have wondered whether each person’s language influences how he or she sees the world. (Dec. 26, 2005)

Shorter glasses lead to bigger drinks, scientists say
People tend to pour more into short, wide glasses than into tall, narrow ones, research has found. (Dec. 26, 2005)

Wanted: amateur stargazers
Backyard astronomers with relatively big telescopes may be able to help researchers investigate bursting stars. (Dec. 26, 2005)

“Mind-reading” study finds memories are like mental time travel
Researchers may be able to figure out what you’re about to say, approximately. (Dec. 22, 2005)

Mirror, mirror: I still don’t get it
Humans have used mirrors daily for hundreds of years, but many of us still don’t grasp the basics of how they work, a study has found. (Dec. 22, 2005)

Reports: global warming may be pushing polar bears to drowning, cannibalism
The scattered reports are unproven, but expected given the climate shift, scientists say. (Dec. 22, 2005)

Why good dancers are sexy
A new study suggests good dancing may be sexy because it indicates bodily symmetry. (Dec. 21, 2005)

Irresponsible in med school, in trouble as a doctor
A study has found a strong link between irresponsibility in medical school, and professional misconduct later. (Dec. 21, 2005)

Ancient Chinese remedy shows “potential” in preventing breast cancer
An extract of the sweet wormwood plant used for centuries to fight malaria, and shown to target and kill cancer cells, may help prevent breast cancer, a study has found. (Dec. 20, 2005)

Researchers: mammoth genes nearly identical to elephant’s
Scientists report strides forward in sequencing ancient DNA. (Dec. 19, 2005)

Hunt for the “glueball” may be almost over, physicist says
Physicists have been searching for three decades for a bizarre subatomic particle called a glueball. (Dec. 17, 2005)

Archaeologists unearth ancient “war zone” near Iraq border
Archaeologists say they have found the earliest evidence for large-scale warfare near ancient Mesopotamia. (Dec. 16, 2005)

Early dinosaurs had unusual growth abilities, study finds
Some dinosaurs might have reached quite different adult sizes despite being from the same
species, depending on conditions. (Dec. 15, 2005)

Mural provides “window” into Maya origins
The oldest well-preserved Maya mural provides a wealth of information on the civilization’s origins, archaeologists say. (Dec. 13, 2005)

Mysteries of early-aging syndrome unlocked, researchers say
Understanding a
condition that kills children by age 13 might benefit them, and the rest of us, scientists believe. (Dec. 13, 2005)

Bees can recognize human faces, study finds
Honeybees may look all alike to us. But the reverse isn’t necessarily true. (Dec. 9, 2005)

Beethoven’s wish fulfilled
Researchers say they have fulfilled Beethoven’s wish that his remains be used to learn what caused his fatal illness. Their answer: lead. (Dec. 9, 2005)

How the “trust hormone” works
A brain chemical that boosts trust seems to work by damping connections in brain circuits that process fear, a study suggests. (Dec. 8, 2005)

Dog genome published
The information helps explain why dogs are so diverse, and their relationship to humans, according to scientists. (Dec. 7, 2005)

Men and women differ in brain use, study finds
The comedians are right and the science proves it, researchers say. (Dec. 6, 2005)

Study: marital stress slows wound healing
The findings could have major implications for hospitals and health insurance companies, the researchers say. (Dec. 6, 2005)

Jungle find opens “new chapter” in Maya history
Archaeologists are reporting the earliest known portrait of a woman from the Mayan civilization. (Dec. 6, 2005)

Are schools making kids fat?
U.S. schools that allow frequent snacking, offer junk food and hold bake sales have more overweight students, a study has found. (Dec. 5, 2005)

Earth-friendly grenades proposed
Scientists say the little bombs could be designed to go easy on the environment. (Dec. 5, 2005)

Man-sized scorpion described
A geologist has uncovered footprints of what he says was a fearsome water scorpion bigger than a human. (Nov. 30, 2005)

A molecule of passionate love?
Researchers say they have identified a molecule linked to the first flames of romantic love. (Nov. 30, 2005)

Scientists find possible birth of tiniest known solar system
Astronomers report a tiny “failed star” possibly in the process of forming a solar system a hundredth the size of our own. (Nov. 30, 2005)

Mystery “solved”: how honeybees fly
Scientists found in the 1930s that they couldn’t explain how bees fly, and it has remained somewhat of a puzzle until recently. (Nov. 29, 2005)

First step toward making “little sun” as limitless energy source reported
Nuclear fusion could provide clean, virtually inexhaustible energy, researchers say. (Nov. 25, 2005)

Childhood neglect changes brain chemistry, researchers find
Researchers have identified changes in brain chemistry resulting from lack of love in early years. This could lead to drugs that help undo the damage, they say. (Nov. 21, 2005)

~ Spotlight on Reptiles ~

How “dinosaurs of the ocean” evolved
When an amateur fossil hunter found a bit of animal backbone at a construction site 16 years ago, he knew it was something unusual. (Nov. 17, 2005)

Revealed in fossil poop: dinos dined on grass
Museum displays that show dinosaurs feeding in grassless landscapes don’t tell the full story, researchers say. (Nov. 17, 2005)

Study: snakes and lizards share venom, evolutionary history
More lizards have poison than was once thought, and they share a common past with snakes, scientists say. (Nov. 16, 2005)

Butterfly wings work like human-made lighting devices, scientists find
Nature has figured out how to control light in ways that rival some of the most sophisticated human technologies, scientists have found. (Nov. 17, 2005)

Hamsters get depressed and anxious, study suggests
Research found that the rodents show symptoms of anxiety and depression during winter’s dark days, just as some humans do. (Nov. 15, 2005)

Why the brain forgets, even when we think we'll remember
Have you ever felt sure you would remember something, then forgot it anyway? Researchers say they have found out why it happens. (Nov. 14, 2005)

Noblewomen may have brewed ancient beer, archaeologists say
In a mountaintop outpost of an ancient south American empire, archaeologists say, evidence suggests a group of elite women operated a grand brewery. (Nov. 14, 2005)

Meditation associated with structural changes in brain
Regular meditation appears to produce structural changes in areas of the brain associated with attention and sensory processing, a study has found. (Nov. 13, 2005)

Researcher: giant ape lived alongside humans
An ape taller than a moose may have been among the early casualties of our evolutionary competition, findings suggest. (Nov. 11, 2005)

Ancient “Godzilla” crocodile reported
Researchers describe a sea creature that would have made Tyrannosaurus rex think twice before stepping into the ocean. (Nov. 10, 2005)

Did U.S. government lie about deadly virus?
Officials seem to have quietly reversed an assurance they gave last month—that a killer virus recently recreated by scientists would stay in a secure government facility. (Nov. 9, 2005)

Drug eyed for learning disabilities, mental retardation
Scientists say a widely used drug might become the first successful treatment for learning disabilities. (Nov. 8, 2005)

How a black hole would look
Astronomers, saying they’re close to capturing an unmistakable image of a black hole, explain exactly what they expect to see. (Nov. 4, 2005)

Astronomers report catching possible glow of first stars
The first stars in the universe are gone, but the light they sent out eons ago may be still reaching us, researchers say. (Nov. 2, 2005)

Researchers induce “sightless vision” in volunteers
Some people think they can’t see anything, but can. (Oct. 31, 2005)

~ Focus on SPOUSE ABUSE ~

Battered women have more sons, study finds
The controversial study claims abused women have been pawns in a perverse evolutionary mechanism that spread genes for violence in human populations. (Oct. 31, 2005)

Danger signs of relationship violence
Frequent checking on a partner’s whereabouts may be a red flag for future abuse, researchers say. (Oct. 31, 2005)

Report offers cancer-prevention “grocery list”
Broccoli sprouts, cabbage, ginkgo biloba and garlic can help prevent various types of cancer, research suggests. (Oct. 31, 2005)

Global warming causing changes across the Arctic, report says
Indigenous people are sometimes noticing changes that go unremarked by Western science, according to the study. (Oct. 28, 2005)

How the brain tells time
A structure deep in the brain may act like an orchestra conductor to measure time intervals, two researchers propose. (Oct. 28, 2005)

Report: bird flu to hit Africa within weeks
The event would increase the chance of the virus mutating and triggering a global pandemic, researchers claim. (Oct. 26, 2005)

Chimps won’t do a neighbor a favor
Scientists say they just might have finally found something that clearly separates us from other animals. (Oct. 26, 2005)

“First light” from world’s most powerful optical telescope
The Large Binocular Telescope will be ideal for seeing far-off planets and galaxies at the edge of the visible universe, astronomers say. (Oct. 26, 2005)

Drug slashes aggressive breast cancer recurrence rate
A drug cuts recurrence risk by almost half for an aggressive form of the disease, a remarkable success rate, researchers say. (Oct. 22, 2005)

World’s “smallest car” built
Move over, Humvee. (Oct. 22, 2005)

Good news for pot smokers
Contrary to popular belief, marijuana helps grow new brain cells, a study suggests. A separate study reports that pot smoke is less carcinogenic than cigarette smoke. (Oct. 18, 2005)

“Popping rocks” mystery solved
Researchers say they have rediscovered a site where rocks brought up off the ocean floor explode with trapped gases. (Oct. 18, 2005)

How astronomy could help save the whale shark
Software developed by astronomers to find stars can help monitor the world’s biggest fish, using its starry skin patterns, researchers say. (Oct. 18, 2005)

Comets “more dusty than icy”
Astronomers say results of a mission to shoot a projectile into a comet hint the objects are like icy dirtballs. (Oct. 13, 2005)

A tool to measure what goes on in empty space
“Empty” space is never truly empty, to physicists. (Oct. 14, 2005)

Life’s ingredients common in space, study finds
Chemicals crucial to life fill “every nook and cranny of our galaxy,” a NASA astronomer says. (Oct. 13, 2005)

Most ancient noodles reported found
Noodles from a Chinese settlement destroyed in an earthquake 4,000 years ago could help resolve a debate over who invented the popular stringy food. (Oct. 14, 2005)

Gene removal makes flies live up to six times longer, study finds
Experiments have produced one of the longest recorded life-span extensions in any organism and opened doors for anti-aging research in humans, researchers say. (Nov. 17, 2005)

New explanation offered for cosmic mystery blasts
One variant of the so-called gamma-ray bursts may be a result of collisions between black holes and neutron stars, astronomers say. (Oct. 5, 2005)

Scientists recreate virus that killed millions
Researchers say they have made a virus identical in most key respects to one that killed up to 50 million people in 1918. The purpose: to protect humanity by studying the virus. (Oct. 5, 2005)

10th planet found to have a moon
Researchers say they have made a virus identical in most key respects to one that killed up to 50 million people in 1918. The purpose: to protect humanity by studying the virus. (Oct. 2, 2005)

Pathological liars found to have brain abnormalities
Liars have more wiring in a key part of the brain, a new study suggests. (Oct. 2, 2005) 

New hope for kids with fatal “aging” syndrome
Scientists say a drug currently in testing for cancer might help children with a tragic condition that makes them die by their teens—of old age.
(Sept. 28, 2005)

Pearly armor for warriors?
Many people love mother-of-pearl for its delicate beauty. But some engineers admire its brute strength.
(Sept. 25, 2005)

Flu vaccines found only partially effective in the elderly
In Peru, the locals call them devil’s gardens, and say evil spirits tend them. Scientists have found the “devil” in this case is an ant. (Sept. 21, 2005)

Ants make tree gardens, study finds
In Peru, the locals call them devil’s gardens, and say evil spirits tend them. Scientists have found the “devil” in this case is an ant. (Sept. 21, 2005)

Did global warming power Katrina?
A new study is the latest to link rising temperatures and stronger hurricanes. (Sept. 15, 2005)

Our brains are still evolving, scientists say
The organ that has been most important in human evolution is still evolving, and possibly getting bigger, findings show. (Sept. 8, 2005)

Odd behavior, creativity linked
People called “weird” by their peers may have a leg up in life, at least in one respect. (Sept. 6, 2005)

No “typical” comets, astronomers suggest based on comet-shoot study Astronomers revealed new findings from an experiment in which they shot a projectile at a comet. (Sept. 6, 2005)

Star found spinning out of galaxy, inexplicably fast The remnant of a blown-up star somehow got a powerful “kick” that’s propelling it out of our Milky Way galaxy at astonishing speeds, astronomers say. (Sept. 2, 2005)

Computer program picks up language rules, makes own sentences, researchers say Scientists say the system also teaches itself rules behind music and genetic code. (Aug. 31, 2005)

“Nanocoating” could eliminate foggy windows The solution involves sub- microscopic bits of glass, according to the inventors. (Aug. 31, 2005)

Chimp genome reveals surprises, mysteries For the moment, the draft DNA sequence of our closest animal relative may only heighten the mystery of what makes us human.  (Aug. 31, 2005)

The spear brought peace on Earth, researcher claims An anthropologist says the spear brought nearly 400,000 years of peace to mankind. (Aug. 22, 2005)

Your eye movements may betray your culture Chinese and Americans literally look at the world differently, a study has found. (Aug. 22, 2005)

Chimps are conformists, scientists say Humans’ tendency to act, talk and think like everyone around them may have deep evolutionary roots, a study suggests. (Aug. 22, 2005)

New Milky Way map reveals surprises Ours is no ordinary spiral galaxy, astronomers say. (Aug. 22, 2005)

Group proposes putting African wild animals in the USA The move would restore a more balanced ecosystem, researchers say. (Aug. 18, 2005)

Knotted strings served as “accounting system” in ancient Peru Ancient bureaucrats may have used an unusual three-dimensional writing system to share information. (Aug. 12, 2005)

One in 25 dads may unwittingly be raising someone else’s child, researchers say The findings have major consequences for public health, the scientists add. (Aug. 12, 2005)

Species that “learn” their way into existence
New twists on evolutionary theory give creatures a tiny bit of say in their own evolution. (Aug. 12, 2005)

Global warming thawing Siberia, scientists claim Researchers warn that the finding might mean warming is going much faster than expected. (Aug. 12, 2005)

Did life begin in  ice?
New findings back a theory that the first self-replicating molecules arose in ice, some researchers say. (Aug. 9, 2005)

“Lost” black holes reported found They’re hiding behind dust clouds eating their hearts out, astronomers claim. (Aug. 9, 2005)

Alzheimer’s warning signs come years before the diagnosis, researchers say The mental difficulties associated with normal aging are worse in Alzheimer’s patients, long before their official diagnosis, a study has found. (Aug. 9, 2005)

Men “overcompensate” when masculinity is threatened, study finds A scientist set out to prove an adage of pop psychology. But to do it, he had to play mind tricks on some unsuspecting men. (Aug. 7, 2005)

U.S. rice tainted with arsenic, researchers find (Aug. 5, 2005)

First dog clones reported (Aug. 3, 2005)

Hurricanes getting stronger, study finds Global warming may be contributing to the trend, scientists say. (Aug. 1, 2005)

New planet identified in Solar System It’s the first one larger than Pluto to be found since that planet’s discovery in 1930, astronomers say. (July 29, 2005)

Scientists study oldest known dinosaur embryos The find lets researchers detail a dinosaur’s growth step by step for the first time, scientists said. (July 28, 2005)

Rare bird serenades mates with feather-rubbing song Club-winged manakins rub specialized feathers behind their backs to make a violin-like sound, researchers report. (July 28, 2005)

Drug could scrub horrible memories, researchers say Certain drugs already widely used to treat high blood pressure might also wash away the fear associated with memories of traumatic events. (July 27, 2005)

Saturn’s eerie sounds and sights Researchers released a sound recording of radio waves from Saturn—described as like a Halloween soundtrack—and a movie of a close-up approach to its moon, Enceladus. (July 26, 2005)

Why cats have no sweet tooth Cats have a gene for tasting sugar, but it doesn’t work, researchers say. (July 24, 2005)

Bacteria use your immune system to kill each other, researchers find The war of bacteria against your immune defenses, as researchers now portray it, is not so much a lonely, existential struggle as it is devious power politics. (July 22, 2005)

Arsenic blamed for King George’s madness Arsenic in a medication may have caused George III of England’s prolonged bouts of derangement, scientists say. (July 22, 2005)

Be careful putting human brain cells in animals, panel tells scientists Science is struggling with one of the most serious moral quandaries in its history. (July 15, 2005)

Fear of death: worst for the somewhat religious?
When it comes to fear of death, being either a religious zealot or a total nonbeliever go furthest to soothe the anxiety, studies suggest. (July 13, 2005)

Three-sun planet reportedly found A scientist says he found a planet with three suns, which could rewrite theories of planet formation. A new animation depicts a triple sunset in the region. (July 13, 2005)

TV linked to lower achievement From toddlerhood to adulthood, watching TV is associated with lower educational achievement, three new studies suggest. (July 13, 2005)

Massive quake left star ringing note of “F sharp” An explosion on a neutron star left it ringing like a bell—and if we could hear it, it would be a note close to that of a piano’s 22nd key, researchers say. (July 13, 2005)

Snoring now, hyperactive later? Snoring during childhood foretells behavioral problems later, researchers have found. (July 2, 2005)

Pollution slowly turning oceans to acid, report says The same gas that causes global warming will turn the oceans to a mild acid by 2100, and the process has begun already, researchers say. (July 2, 2005)

Mountain ranges may form faster than previously thought A study in Norway’s scenic Caledonian Mountains revealed mountain ranges could form in millions of years less time than traditionally believed, geologists say. (July 2, 2005)

Chickadee alarm calls tell more than meets the ear A bird call familiar to many North Americans contains rich information about predators, scientists say. (June 25, 2005)

Holograms to detect photo fraud A new technique for detecting forged photographs is designed to help newspapers and magazines check pictures that might have been doctored. (June 25, 2005)

Human “language gene” found to work in mice, too A gene that makes people speak makes mice squeak, researchers have found. (June 24, 2005)

Did egg-sitting failure doom the dinosaurs?
Some scientists say the huge number of unhatched dinosaur eggs is a mystery calling for an explanation. (June 22, 2005)

Death by garbage
New studies back up a theory that garbage is a key cause of aging and death—molecular garbage, that is. (June 18, 2005)

Jumping genes randomly give us individuality Small mutations change brain cells at random, researchers say, helping make each of us unique—even identical twins. (June 17, 2005)

Scientists admit to misbehaving One third of U.S. scientists who took part in an anonymous survey recently admitted to what could be considered dishonest research practices, a report says. (June 16, 2005)

“Bigger cousin” of Earth found, scientists report Astronomers say they have found the first planet that may well be rocky, like ours, and that orbits a normal star outside our solar system. (June 13, 2005)

“Junk DNA” may affect sociability (June 13, 2005)

A baby face predicts election outcomes A face that looks competent is a face that wins elections, a study has found. (June 12, 2005)

Ancient cave bear DNA sequenced The achievement could be a first step toward sequencing DNA of extinct human relatives, such as Neanderthals, scientists say. (June 6, 2005)

New photo book shows changes sweeping Earth A new volume of satellite photos compares the Earth three decades ago and today, showing the breakneck pace of urban growth and other man-made changes. (June 4, 2005)

Scientists make “trust potion” When sniffed, the liquid makes people more willing to hand over money, researchers say. (June 1, 2005)

Researchers flip flies’ sex roles by swapping one gene The finding that just one gene controls complex courtship rituals may come as a surprise to some scientists, researchers claimed. (June 3, 2005)

New evidence that elephants communicate through ground reported Researchers say the findings may explain why many pachyderms escaped December’s tsunami disaster. (May 31, 2005)

Amateur astronomers said to help find planet Scientists also claim a technique used in the finding could allow discovery of the first Earth-sized planet outside our Solar System—a Holy Grail of astronomy. (May 31, 2005)

Experts: world leaders ignoring deadly flu threat A bird flu pandemic could kill more than 7 million people and devastate the world economy, scientists warn. (May 26, 2005)

Cosmic mystery explosions may be explained The cause of stupendous space explosions called gamma-ray bursts is a decades-old puzzle. (May 26, 2005)

Moon’s dark spots may attest to a planetary upheaval, scientists say Giant craters formed when planets went haywire and started flinging objects all over the solar system, new findings suggest. (May 25, 2005)

Custom-designed stem cells developed (May 19, 2005)

Subliminal messages can affect our brains, researchers find The report adds new evidence to an old controversy over whether advertisers and politicians can persuade us with hidden messages. (May 16, 2005)

“Tail wags dog” in planet-star relationship (May 16, 2005)

New battery said to last decades The devices could be useful in pacemakers and extreme environments where changing a battery is impractical, researchers say. (May 13, 2005)

Modern humans emerged from Africa once only, scientists say The findings are believed to clarify how many humans left Africa to populate other lands, and what route they took. (May 13, 2005)

New moonlet found lurking between Saturn’s rings The find suggests there may be more moons in other gaps in the rings, researchers say. (May 11, 2005)

“Super-flares” may have torched young Solar System, researchers say Scientists have produced an animation showing how they believe the Sun might zapped our infant planetary system with X-ray blasts. (May 11, 2005)

Genes behind transsexualism possibly found 
Some men are convinced they are women trapped in male bodies. Researchers say genes may be to blame. (May 11, 2005)

Gay men’s brains react differently to a male odor, scientists say
The finding was part of an investigation of whether humans respond to sexually arousing scents known as pheromones. (May 9, 2005)

As flowers bloomed, dinos went soft, finds suggest  The first flowering plants may have helped convert a bizarre dinosaur species from predator to plant-eater, scientists say. And they thank a convicted fossil thief for the finding. (May 4, 2005)

1st photo of planet outside solar system “confirmed” (April 30, 2005)

“Extinct” beauty, found again, still faces threats A rediscovered bird’s next extinction could be for real, conservation experts say. (April 29, 2005)

Earth’s energy out of balance, scientists say  There is more heat coming in than out, confirming the global warming problem, according to the researchers. (April 29, 2005)

New device could generate energy the way stars do  Researchers say they have achieved something like a Holy Grail of physics, on a tiny scale. The technology could propel micro- spaceships, they add. (April 27, 2005)

Primitive “mind-reading” devices make progress, researchers report
In some cases, the machines can read our unconscious perceptions, according to scientists. (April 24, 2005)

Mice put into “suspended animation-like state” A gas puts mice into hibernation, raising interesting possibilities for humans, scientists say. (April 22, 2005)

Ants build grisly trap, lie in wait  A species of ant stretches out prey on device not unlike a medieval rack before killing it, a researcher reports. (April 20, 2005)

In creation’s first instant, a “melted” reality  In the fireball of the just-born universe, the smallest particles we can find today were “melted” into still smaller bits, scientists say. (April 20, 2005)

Ivory encore for dead pianists A new technology is said to make pianos faithfully replay performances by long-deceased musicians. (April 18, 2005)

Experiment might help explain how we, and all things, got here Scientists are shooting a beam of particles through solid earth for a distance equivalent to eight hours’ driving. (March 23, 2005)

Researchers said to find out how happiness relates to health (April 18, 2005)

Parents found to discriminate against less attractive children You love them. But are you discriminating? Scientists stopped by the supermarket to find out. (April 18, 2005)

Some planets could be made of diamond, researchers claim  Such worlds could also contain oceans of crude oil and possibly life, they add. (April 17, 2005)

Voluntarily locked up?
Many mental patients who are supposedly hospitalized by choice describe their situations as far from voluntary. (April 11, 2005)

Babies may use their own names to help learn language Babies may use the sound of their names to break sentences into understandable pieces, researchers say. (April 11, 2005)

Why nature likes sex Scientists may have found an answer to an old puzzle. (April 9, 2005)

“Cornered”: humankind’s closest relatives The world’s apes, monkeys, lemurs and other primates could soon vanish, a new report says. (April 9, 2005)

Scientists direct insects by wireless remote control Reseachers used laser light to manipulate molecules in fruit flies’ brains — and thus their behavior. (April 9, 2005)

Common pollutant might raise suicide risk, researchers say
There is a hint, they add, that the chemical—whose rotten-egg smell is familiar to many people—may boost rates of child neglect and abuse. (March 30, 2005)

Doomed planets, new life Sometimes, the very fact that a planet is approaching its doom can buy it a brief new life, researchers have found. (March 30, 2005)

Mystery objects stump astronomers Two invisible objects in our galaxy, each wider than the vastest  reaches of our solar system, are spewing out energy, scientists say. (March 24, 2005)

T. Rex “Soft Tissue” find shows fossils are more than just bone (March 24, 2005)

X chromosome tells the tale A study of the X chromosome, which acts differently in women and men, has revealed unexpected variation among individuals. (March 23, 2005)

U.S. life expectancy will decline due to obesity, researchers say The decline would reverse two centuries of progress in increasing life expectancy. (March 23, 2005)

Soap and water is best, study says A new study has found that the old-fashioned way of washing hands beats the waterless handwipes that are gaining popularity. (March 22, 2005)

Scientists claim first detection of light from “confirmed” alien planets Previous findings of such objects were either only tentative, or used only indirect methods to find them, the researchers say. (March 22, 2005)

Genetically altered corn sold for four years without approval: report A Swiss company accidentally sold the product instead of another one it had that was approved, the report says. (March 22, 2005)

Plant fixes its own broken genes Scientists have found some plants can fix genetic mutations that occurred in their parents and revert to the genes their grandparents had (March 22, 2005)

Report: tobacco giant paid scientist to spread “disinformation” The industry continues to mislead people despite a 1998 agreement intended to stop such activity, the authors say. (March 11, 2005)

Early universe looked “like vegetable soup” Scientists have found to their surprise that the early universe was as complex as today’s.  (March 11, 2005)

Boom and bust for sea life In a mysterious cycle, sea life diversity swells and then shrinks again every 62 million years, scientists have found. (March 11, 2005)

A stellar size limit (March. 10, 2005)

Why is yawning contagious?
A new brain-scanning study has heightened the mystery, turning up intriguing clues but no answer. (March 2, 2005)

Universe grew up quickly Its intricate structure of galaxy clusters appeared sooner than leading theories have predicted, astronomers say. (The blinking photo is a new way of representing an ancient galaxy cluster, with and without its X-ray light.) (March 2, 2005)

Lung cancer mutation targets nonsmokers (March. 2, 2005)

A taste for music A musician studied by scientists can identify different musical sounds by the flavors they create in her mouth. (March 2, 2005)

Next 9/11, or worse, within 7 years, researchers say Terrorism follows a mathematical pattern that also appears to govern wars and earthquakes, according to scientists. (Feb. 25, 2005)

Frozen sea finding suggests Mars could harbor life today: researchers “We now have to go there and check it out,” one scientist says. (Feb. 22, 2005)

Possible dinosaur-bird missing link found It’s not the first bird-like dinosaur fossil ever unearthed — but it is the closest yet found to the actual dinosaur ancestor of birds, researchers say. (Feb. 21, 2005)

Brain doesn’t have universal language rules, researchers claim Some researchers argue that language is more like a creation of itself than a creation of our brains. (Feb. 18, 2005)

Another record: biggest blast ever in our galaxy The most powerful explosion in our galaxy ever recorded occurred recently when an exotic star’s magnetic field snapped, astronomers say. (Feb. 18, 2005)

New robots walk nearly like humans An older robot does it too, but it used 10 times as much energy as humans do, researchers say; that is changing. (Feb. 17, 2005)

Viagra may help treat stroke, researchers say; study launched (Feb. 17, 2005)

Green tea extract helps destroy cancer cells, study finds The substance snarls up the machinery that cancer cells use to move around. (Feb. 16, 2005)

Gene may raise prostate cancer risk by 50% (Feb. 16, 2005)

Asteroid will have close brush with Earth in 2029 It will come close enough for Earth’s gravity to deflect its path, but it won’t hit us, scientists say. (Feb. 16, 2005)

Oldest homo sapiens identified The study suggests there was a great time lag between when we appeared, and when we got culture. (Feb. 16, 2005)

Bacteria get old, too, researchers find How do creatures that multiply by splitting themselves in half get old? The finding could rewrite accepted theories of aging. (Feb. 16, 2005)

Rehabilitating Mars Providing global warming to Mars could return it to its old, habitable state, scientists say. (Feb. 9, 2005)

Gene aromatherapy Scientists aim to make future Valentine’s days a bit more fragrant by genetically enhancing flower scents. (Feb. 9, 2005)

The nearly comatose may understand more than we thought: study The findings, if confirmed, could prompt a reassessment of how barely-aware patients think. (Feb. 9, 2005)

Wired for war? Mounting reports of gang-style killings among our closest ape relatives are fueling a controversial theory that war is rooted in our biology. (Feb. 7, 2005)

Of monkeys, stargazing and autism Obsession with celebrities may have a distinguished evolutionary pedigree, and investigating it could shed light on autism, a study suggests. (Jan. 31, 2005)

Giant pollution cloud found over state in India (Jan. 31, 2005)

Fewer species, less stability When species go extinct, it leads to greater instability in the environment, researchers have found. (Jan. 26, 2005)

First objects in the universe were invisible blobs, physicists calculate (Jan. 26, 2005)

Stellar blast may have participated in Solar System’s creation A Chinese meteorite contains chemicals that might have come from a supernova, a huge stellar explosion, researchers say, backing up a controversial theory that a supernova could have had a hand in our Solar System’s formation. (Jan. 26, 2005)

Mental health crisis stalks tsunami survivors Some children recoil at the sight of bath water; others have stopped talking, a psychologist says. (Jan. 26, 2005)

The pain of strangers hurts us, study finds The finding could enliven an old debate—is altruism real or a self-indulgent fiction?—and lead to future studies to learn whether animals feel empathy. (Jan. 25, 2005)

Global warming killed almost everything once: scientist The “great dying” 250 million years ago was a result of “greenhouse gases,” a new theory claims. (Jan. 21, 2005)

Temporary disguises let fish launch sneak attacks Some fish can put on a disguise just for a while, to launch attacks aimed at both food and sex. (Jan. 21, 2005)

Global warming causing spreading droughts, scientists say
Drought struck twice as much land in this decade than in the 1970s, and global warming seems be a major culprit, scientists claim. (Jan. 14, 2005)

Fearsome mammal dined on dinosaurs
The finding overturns the long-held view that mammals were shy little creatures at the time, according to researchers. (Jan. 13, 2005)

Study: historic Russian rocket-launch pad making children sick
The still-active launch pad put the first human into orbit. (Jan. 12, 2005)

Milky Way’s center may be swarming with black holes
More than 10,000 of the super-dense objects seem to be orbiting a central, giant one, scientists say. (Jan. 12, 2005)

Quake changed shape of Earth, length of day
The quake that caused the Asian tsunami also moved the poles by about 2.5 centimeters (1 inch), researchers say. (Jan. 12, 2005)

Did Shakespeare have syphilis?
One researcher says the playwright’s own writings might betray him. (Jan. 12, 2005)

Massive space explosion bursts record
A supermassive black hole has created the most powerful explosion on record, according to astronomers. (Jan. 5, 2005)

Giant eagles evolved super-big, super-fast Scientists say a lack of predators turned the extinct New Zealand eagles so huge, they hunted animals that were much bigger than most humans. (Jan. 5, 2005)

New language area in the brain found (Jan. 5, 2005)
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New music-search system would do the "listening" for you (Jan. 8, 2006)

Molecular "cage" hoists atomic cargo
Researchers say they have used a molecule as a tiny cage that can trap and move single atoms around a surface. This could ease the way for the building of nanoscale electrical devices. (
Nov. 20, 2005)

Magnetic tracking of implanted cells boosts cancer treatment outlook: study
Researchers say they have for the first time successfully tracked therapeutic cells implanted into cancer patients. To do it, they used an imaging technology to detect tiny magnetic particles inside the cells.
(Nov. 19, 2005)

Early results on pancreatic cancer vaccine treatment “promising”
Researchers say they’re encouraged by early results of a treatment vaccine for pancreatic cancer, a disease with few options and low odds for long-term survival.
(Nov. 15, 2005)