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Opening In Ozone Layer Leads To Dna Lesions In Icefish

Ultraviolet light pouring through the hole in the ozone layer that opens over Antarctica each year is causing DNA damage in a species of icefish, biologists have found. The discovery …


Comet Spews Key Molecules For Life

An analysis of the tons of organic molecules spewing out of Comet Hale-Bopp supports a theory that such celestial visitors may have delivered to Earth the chemical seeds of life …


Scientists Find ‘Lock’ In Brain Elusive Substance Is Important Part Of How Brains Work

Swiss scientists have isolated one of the most important and elusive substances in the brain, an advance that could lead to new drugs for problems from cerebral palsy to spinal …


Mir Troubles Mirror Joint Space Efforts Both Sides Frustrated By Delay Caused By Russian Cash Crunch

Life aboard the Russian space station Mir lately is going about as well as the broader U.S.-Russian partnership in space. There’s been a backed-up toilet, fouled-up oxygen generators and even …


Humans Too Woolly For Good Cloning

I’m glad they started with sheep. Individuality was never the ewes’ strong point. Sheep don’t march to the bleat of a different drummer. Aside from the occasional black sheep, they’re …


Patch Job For Hubble But New ‘Glitch’ Discovered; Sixth Spacewalk May Be Needed

1. Astronaut Scott Horowitz, using sketches sent from Earth, creates fasteners to help repair Hubble’s cover. Photo by Associated Press 2. Gregory Harbaugh and Joe Tanner fix the telescope Monday. …


Astronauts Prepare To Spruce Up Hubble Telescope Outdated Instruments To Be Replaced In Series Of Midnight Space Walks

As sleepless astronomers held their breath, two astronauts prepared late Thursday to start an exacting orbital house call on the $2 billion Hubble Space Telescope, culminating two years of painstaking …


Americans Win Bet With Giant Of Physics

Turns out Stephen Hawking was wrong about naked singularities. Photo by Associated Press


Physicists Create ‘Atom Laser’

Physicists have done to atoms what they did to light a long time ago: They have created a laser beam, this time made of a stream of atoms. Someday, the …


Scientist Saw World In Its Fleas Insects Gave Traub Insight Into Evolution, Continental Drift

Dr. Robert Traub, a medical entomologist who compared fleas from distant times and places and saw in them clues to the mysteries of evolution and continental drift, died Dec. 21 …


Is Homosexuality Inherited? 1993 Gay Gene Discovery Intensifies Search For Origins Of Gayness

Roger Gorski, a neurobiologist from the University of California at Los Angeles, recalls when he recently spoke at a seminar for Mormon parents of gay children in Salt Lake City: …


Hastings: Give Scientists Chance To Study Skeleton

Scientists should be given the chance to study a 9,300-year-old human skeleton before the remains are turned over to an Indian tribe for burial, says Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash.


Record-Setting Astronaut Back Biochemist Walks Off, With Help; Wrinkles, Callouses Disappear

For the first time in six months, astronaut Shannon Lucid Wednesday gulped fresh air, felt the warmth of the sun, and did something we take for granted: She walked. The …


Little Fuel Cell Plays Big Role Local Research Team Vies To Develop Cells Capable Of Producing Electricity Cheap Enough To Be Used Commercially

Shibli Bayyuk (left) and Bill Fuglevand are working on fuel cell development. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review


Wine Truly A Drink Of The Ages Archeologists Discover 5400 B.C. Was A Very Good Year; Earliest Evidence Of Wine Making

The desire for a loaf of bread is thought to be one of the primary reasons that early humans abandoned their vagabond lifestyles and settled on the first farms. But …


Dramatic Sequences Of Crab Nebula Reveal New Phenomena

A “movie” assembled from still photos of the Crab Nebula is astonishing Hubble Space Telescope astronomers with never-before-seen details of movement and change in one of the most-studied objects in …


Paleontologist Believes He’s Found Authentic Piltdown Man Prankster Artifacts In Trunk Point To Onetime Museum Curator

After exploring an old trunk filled with not-so-old bones, a British paleontologist apparently has identified the perpetrator of one of the greatest frauds in science: Piltdown Man, an anthropological find …


Peruvians Try To Block Mummy Shipment To U.S. Would Harm ‘Ice Princess,’ They Argue

Peruvian archaeologists pressed the government Wednesday to block plans to send a 500-year-old frozen mummy of an Incan girl to the United States, saying her fragile remains could be damaged. …


Pluto Is Strange, New Photos Show Cold, Tiny Planet Has Ice Caps, ‘Snow’ And Dark Spots

These are the images of Pluto released by NASA Thursday. Photo by Associated Press


Tiny Life, Big Discovery Scientists Find New Life Form Right Under Their Noses, Dot-Sized Creature Living On Lobster’s Lips

Adhering to the mouthparts of a lobster like a suction-cup toy and sweeping up the lobster’s errant food particles like a living napkin is a tiny animal whose anatomy and …


Ozone Over Tibet Thinning, Scientists Say

Chinese scientists say they have found an ozone “valley” over Tibet, an indication that the Arctic and the Antarctic may not be the only areas where the ozone layer has …


A Blast From The Past Mount St. Helens Continues To Evolve 15 Years After Eruption

1. Volcano anniversary Floating logs continue to clog Washington’s Spirit Lake 15 years after they were blown there by the force of the Mount St. Helens eruption. File/ Associated Press …


Inspired Science West Valley High’s Science Project Class Continues To Produce Self-Motivated, Research-Oriented Champions

Teacher Bob Bohlen leads the West Valley High special project science class in a discussion of upcoming projects. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review


Research Teams Announce Discovery Of Elusive Particle Top Quark Had Baffled Scientists For Years

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