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Articles from Vol. 170, No. 15, October 7

Cell Surface Stories: Miniature Electrodes Probe Diminutive Domains
The rat in the plastic box has a drug habit. Every 5 minutes or so, he presses a lever that sends a shot of cocaine through a catheter into his veins. Even more unusual is his "rat hat," the data-transmitting headgear that monitors the animal's brain...
Hot, Hotter, Hot: Climate Seesawed during Dinosaur Age
Dinosaurs, too, endured climate change. Although scientists had speculated that the world some 120 million years ago was unvaryingly hot, climate fluctuated dramatically, a new report argues. Twice during a 250,000-year period in the reign of the dinosaurs,...
Improving the View: Treatment Reverses Macular Degeneration
People with a relentless eye disease now have a better-than-average prospect of recovering some vision, thanks to a new drug that takes a lesson from an anticancer strategy, two studies show. Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause...
Jet Set: Astronomers Identify the Makeup of Quasar Streams
The particle jets streaming from the neighborhood of a supermassive black hole punch their way out of their home galaxies and extend hundreds of thousands of light-years beyond. Astronomers this week reported that they have finally identified the particles...
Nobel Prizes Recognize Things Great and Small: Awards Focus on Birth of Universe and the Workings of Cells
The 2006 Nobel prizes in the sciences were announced early this week. U.S. scientists swept the field. Physiology or Medicine Eight years after revealing a mechanism that cells use to regulate protein production, a pair of U.S. scientists received...
Shop until You Can't Stop: Compulsive Buying Affects Both Men and Women
Talk about buyer's remorse. A new national telephone survey indicates that nearly 6 percent of adults find themselves unable to resist frequent shopping binges that leave them saddled with debt, anxiety, and depression. Buying gone bad, also known...
Venting Concerns: Exploring and Protecting Deep-Sea Communities
Researchers cruising the South Pacific between Tonga and Fiji study huge snails that, aided by an abundance of bacteria housed in their gills, feed off plumes of metal-rich compounds at active hydrothermal vents. Scientists working off the California...
Wasting Deer: Deer Saliva and Blood Can Carry Prions
For the first time, researchers have shown that saliva alone can transmit a brain-destroying disease from one animal to another. Three oral doses of saliva from a deer sick with chronic wasting disease passed the infection to other deer kept in...