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Articles from Vol. 153, No. 21, May 23

Another Human Genome Project: A Private Company's Plan Shocks the Genetics Community
Consider it modern biology's equivalent of the fabled race between the tortoise and the hare--except that the prizes at this finish line are the priceless secrets of the human body and the tortoise may not repeat its legendary victory. In the...
Banquets in the Ruins: Archaeologists Hunger for a Better Understanding of Feasts
For the Aka, who number about 500,000 people living in villages built along mountain ridges in northern Thailand, life teems with feasts. Families hold feasts on occasions as diverse as the naming of babies, the completion of new houses, the honoring...
Blood Test, 3-D Graphics Win Top Prize
A painless, no-needle way of checking blood hemoglobin and a method of speeding up computer graphics took highest honors among nearly 1,200 entries in the 1998 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The 49th annual fair opened May 10...
Does Smoking Avert Some Breast Cancers?
First things first. Smoking remains a bad idea. That's the message from researchers who have found that cigarette smoking may limit the incidence of breast cancer in women who carry a genetic mutation that predisposes them to the malignancy. ...
Indian Blasts Stymie Seismologists
Sensitive seismic listening posts around the world picked up only some of the nuclear blasts India said it detonated last week, according to U.S. scientists. India's apparent ability to avoid detection provides new ammunition for politicians hoping...
Looking at an Alternative to Aspirin
First synthesized 100 years ago, aspirin is a mainstay of the well-stocked medicine cabinet. A new compound, created by researchers at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn., and tested at Searle in Saint Louis, Mo., may someday...
Monkeys Provide Models of Child Abuse
Some parents neglect or physically harm their young. Their abuse of helpless offspring mirrors the practices of other adults In their families, reflects hostile or emotionally ambivalent parenting styles, and intensifies in response to various types...
Seizure Prelude Found by Chaos Calculation
Concertgoers take delight in hearing the cacophony of tuning transform into the harmony of a symphony. In the brain, however, the Subtle shift from a disorderly chatter of neurons into a more synchronized pattern can be a step toward the uncontrolled...
Take It to the Max: Supernova in Overdrive
Of all the things that go bang in the sky, astronomers have ranked supernovas as the most powerful. In these explosions, a star hurls its outer layers into space at 10 percent of the speed of light and crushes its mammoth core down to a cinder a few...
Unveiling the Hidden Universe: Infrared Observatory Clears Up Dusty Tales
Peek in any apartment window, it's said, and you'll discover a unique story. The same is true of the heavens, except that skywatchers face a special challenge. The windows through which they view the cosmos are often clouded by dust. An observer...