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Expedition Finds Unusual Horses In High Valley Of Remote Tibet Explorers Believe Ancient Breed May Unfold Equine Evolution

Deep in Tibet, in a high and icy valley, the explorers came upon the first of the enigmatic creatures. They saw one, and then three of them grazing in the …


Next Generation Aids Drug Undergoes Scrutiny This Week But Officials See A Combination Of Drugs As The Best Hope

A long-anticipated new generation of AIDS drugs called protease inhibitors promises the most powerful medicine yet to stall - but not cure - the deadly virus, the nation’s top drug …


Fish Consumption Stems Cardiac Arrest Modest Amounts Of Seafood With Omega-3 Oils Sufficient

The latest study to explore the slippery question of whether eating fish reduces the risk of heart disease found that it does - in modest quantities and for a certain …


Pig Cells Help Treat Parkinson’s

U.S. physicians are poised to begin a new era in the surgical treatment of Parkinson’s disease, one that proponents say will bypass the ethical and accessibility problems of using human …


Northwest Doctors Often Missed Hiv Signs Despite Signs Of Infection, Many Missed Diagnosis, Study Shows

Primary care doctors missed important signs of HIV infections three-quarters of the time in a new study in the Pacific Northwest, where AIDS cases are still relatively rare, researchers said. …


West Coast Ballplayers Suffer More From Jet Lag, Study Shows

From a purely scientific point of view, the Atlanta Braves would have been better off playing the Seattle Mariners than the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. Baseball teams traveling …


Mars On A Budget Scientists Tour Eastern Washington To Get A Feel For The Red Planet

1. Otherwordly landscape. Howard Eisen, left, and Tom Rivellini try to repair a rover similar to the one that will be sent to explore Mars in 1997. Photo by Molly …


Prof’s Life’s Work Rides On Spaceship

It will take 54 tension-filled minutes for David Atkinson to find out if 15 years of his life’s work will bear fruit. It will begin in early December as a …


Pioneer Families Key In Alzheimer’s Find Research Traced Several Generations Of Volga German Families, Including Two From Eastern Washington

Descendants of one of the first ethnic groups to settle Eastern Washington have helped solve a key mystery in the workings of Alzheimer’s disease. In reports published today in the …


Russian Satellite To Study Magnetic Field

Russia launched a satellite Thursday from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia to study the earth’s magnetic field. The launch brings to 1,850 the number of launches from Plesetsk since …


Galileo Fires Up For Jupiter Orbit

The Galileo spacecraft has kicked itself onto a new path that puts it right on target for an orbit around Jupiter while a smaller companion dives into the planet’s atmosphere. …


Energy Loss Seen In Brain Disorders Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s Researcher Theorizes Depletion Of Chemicals For Brain Cells

Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related brain disorders may be the result of a catastrophic energy shortage that develops in the brain as tiny chemical fires inside nerve cells flicker and …


A Cutt Above The Rest

1. Cutthroat evolved with a taste for insects, and a weakness for dry flies. Among trout they are particularly susceptible to fishing pressure and habitat changes. Photo by Rich Landers/The …


Physicists Create New State Of Matter Einstein Prediction Comes True In Super-Cold Environment

In a discovery that experts are calling “breathtaking” and “beautiful” - and of “Nobel Prize caliber” - physicists at the University of Colorado at Boulder have created an entirely new …


Hormone Debate Leaves Women In Limbo Confusion Grows As Research Offers Conflicting Opinions

One indisputable conclusion has emerged from the growing body of research on hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer: Women don’t know what to believe anymore.


Study Shows How Smoking While Pregnant Can Kill Baby

Nicotine exposure in utero appears to shut down a stress reaction that normally helps newborns survive low-oxygen conditions, according to a new study using an animal model of sudden infant …


Cholesterol Drug Can Save Heart Patients

The anti-cholesterol drug Zocor can prolong the lives of heart disease patients, the government said Wednesday, the first time it has declared such an effect for cholesterol medicine. Doctors urged …


Genes, Not Emotions, Cause Bedwetting Study Shows Problem No Fault Of Children Or Parents

One of the most embarrassing of childhood conditions - bedwetting - is probably caused by genetic factors beyond a child’s control, researchers say. Doctors have known for years that bedwetting …


Agency Begins Study Of Fire Crew Behavior In First Workshop Of Its Kind, Survival Traits To Be Analyzed

After 80 years of studying wildfires, the U.S. Forest Service is studying firefighters - and how to develop the behavioral traits that will keep them alive. In the first workshop …


Sex Fantasy Studies Called Skewed

Psychologists holding a revisionist view of sex fantasies say that most of the last 50 years of research on the subject has been blind to the true nature of women’s …


Cheap Tests Can Predict Heart Illness New And Painless Method Can Warn Against Stroke

A cheap and painless set of tests developed in leading medical centers around the country promises to predict heart disease and stroke, and pinpoint the patients who really need aggressive …


1950’S Medication Is Used To Treat Type 2 Diabetes

For the first time in 20 years doctors have a new medication to help treat type 2 diabetes. It’s a drug with a past dating to the 1950s but arriving …


Viruses Cause Most Cervical Cancers, Researchers Say Diseases Transmitted Through Sex; Scientists Say Vaccine May Be Possible

The vast majority of women worldwide who develop cervical cancer acquire it from sexually transmitted viruses, according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. It …


Gene Transplant Creates Gay Flies

By transplanting a single gene into male fruit flies, researchers have been able to induce homosexual behavior - adding to the growing body of evidence that there may be a …


Vandals Sow Seeds Of Despair; Ruin 10 Years Of Wheat Research

Washington State University scientists say vandals who ransacked an agricultural lab may have set some research work back at least 10 years. Several sacks of seeds from research crops at …


All Men Look Alike In Their Genes Humanity Younger Than Previously Believed

According to genetic evidence to be published Friday, modern humanity may be much younger than expected, no more than 270,000 years old. And in terms of their Y chromosomes at …


Scientists Condemn Softer Clean Air Laws Pollution Linked To Serious Respiratory Illness And Death

Scientists who’ve linked air pollution with serious respiratory illness and death are condemning Republican efforts to undermine the federal Clean Air Act. About 3 percent of all deaths nationwide each …


Health Workers Don’t Spread Hiv

The largest study yet of AIDS transmission from health care workers to patients found no evidence that the virus was passed along. “I think most people should be reassured by …


Sowing For Diversity WSU Seed Bank Preserving Crop Plant Varieties

Dr. Rich Hannen of Washington State University stands in the seed repository where seeds of thousands of strains of beans, chickpeas, beets and other plants are preserved in cans kept …


Flies Use Tiny Spring In Wing To Save Energy

Flies are the F-16s of insects thanks to tiny elastic springs that turn their wings into efficient motors that recycle energy. That’s the finding of University of Chicago biologist Michael …