• Air way

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  • Caring for the customer

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  • Cold comfort

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  • The panic gene

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  • Take heart

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  • Treaty to control gene trade stuck in limbo

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  • Deathly hush

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  • Clever payload

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  • Robopump

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  • Time for prayer

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  • Sweet sensation

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  • Bugs to the rescue

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  • Warriors catch the nuclear bug

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  • Climb every mountain

    ByBarryFoxTHEbravenewworldofdigitaltelevision...

  • Got there at last

    ThedelayedMarsGlobalSurveyorhasfinallyreachedtherightorbit.Lastweektheenginespulledthespacecraftintoaroughlycircularorbit367kilometresabovethesurfaceofMars.Thesatelliteusedthedragofthethinatmosphereag...

  • Mashed potatoes

    ByDavidConcar...

  • Sensor sensibility

    ByDuncanGraham-RoweinBostonWHOneedscomputermiceordataglovesclutteringupourdesks...

  • It's crazy

    ByDeboraMacKenzieSWITZERLANDhaschangeditsrulesfortestingcattleforBSEafterfindingaworryinglyhighincidenceofinfectionindeadcowssenttobeincinerated.ButoneofthescientistswhodevelopedthetestusedbytheSwissa...

  • Splitting hairs

    DIFFERENCESinhairstructurecouldleadtoanewscreeningtestforbreastcancer...

  • A question of breeding

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  • Double vision

    ByBarryFoxOnewaytomakevideocamcorderslessexpensive—andcheapertorepair—istousefewercomponents.Camcordersusuallyhavetwoscreens...

  • Use it or lose it

    ByAlisonMotlukLEARNINGandnewexperiencescanpreventnewlybornneuronsinadultbrainsdyingoff...

  • Get the picture

    ByBarryFoxKodakisstilltryingtomakedigitalstillphotographymoreappealing(EP860980).Anewbuttononthecamerawillletyou“order”printsasyousnapaway,...

  • The crop that pumps iron

    ASTRAINofgeneticallymodifiedricethatisrichinironcouldhelpbanishanaemia...

  • Green-faced apology

    NewZealand’sGreenPartyandanotherwitnesstotheNewZealandRoyalCommissiononGeneticModification...

  • Silky scaffolding

    SILKWORMcocoonsboiledinsoapsolutioncouldhelpmendbadlydamagedbones.AteamofresearchersfromMassachusettshasfoundthatbonecellsgrowwellonsilksheetsmadefromthetreatedcocoons.Theynowplantobuildtoughsilkpadss...

  • Faint matter

    ByHazelMuirAfamilyofdimdwarfstarsontheoutskirtsofourGalaxymayhaverevealedtheidentityofmuchofthesupposedly“dark”matternearby.Observationsofthewaystarsmoveundergravityhassuggestedtheoutergalacticregions...

  • Life will find a way

    ByJeffHechtDON’Tworryaboutcontactwithaliensfromothersolarsystems—theymaybeourdistantcousins.AccordingtoanAmericanastronomer...

  • Last lap

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  • Vapour trail

    ByIanSampleGentlepuffsofsteamcouldonedaypropeltinyspacecraftroundthecosmos...

  • Traces of war

    ByRobEdwardsDEPLETEDuraniumcontaminationfromanti-tankshellsisnotwidespreadinKosovo...

  • Sick as a parrot

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  • It's over

    ByHazelMuirInaspectacularshowoflightandsound...

  • Double take

    ByPhilipCohenA3.5millionyear-oldskullunearthedinasmallgullyinKenyamayforcescientiststore-examinetheevolutionofmodernhumans.Theskull...

  • No brain gain

    ByAndyCoghlanHopesthatthedebilitatingsymptomsofParkinson’sdiseasecanbeeasedbyimplantsofpigcellshavebeendashedbydisappointingresultsfromthefirstmajortrialofthetechnique.Afteran18-monthstudy...

  • Wide spread

    ByAndyCoghlanFootandmouthdiseasehasspreadfromtheUKtotheNetherlands...

  • What are the alternatives?

    ByAndyCoghlanThetransplantsatthecentreofthecontroversyaretinyclumpsofbraintissuefromabortedhumanfetusesseveralweeksold.Isolatingthecorrectfetaltissueistricky...

  • Vaccination plan

    ByDeboraMacKenzie...

  • Funeral pyre

    ByMarinaMurphyAsthecarcassesofslaughteredanimalspileuponBritishfarms...

  • Lost and found

    ByHazelMuirAUSmilitaryorganisationclaimsitmayhavefoundthedoomedMarsPolarLanderspacecraftontheMartiansurface...

  • Plague prediction

    ByAndyCoghlanAnyhopeofaquickendtothefootandmouthepidemiccurrentlydevastatingUKlivestockwasdashedonFridaywhenthreegroupsofepidemiologistspredicteditwouldlast“manymonths”.ByJune...

  • Learning lessons

    ByAndyCoghlanMeatcontaminatedwithnervoussystemtissuehasnowbeenconfirmedasthekeysuspectforthetransmissionofvariantCreutzfeldtJakobDisease...

  • Last lap

    ByDamianCarringtonTheMirspacestation’slastandmostdramaticjourney–itsfierydescenttoEarth–hasbeenputbackuntilFriday.Theday’sdelayisduetothestationnotdriftingdownwardsasquicklyasexpected.The140tonnestati...

  • Compost your car

    Scrappingvehiclescouldsoonbeamoreeco-friendlybusiness.ScientistsattheUniversityofWarwick’sAdvancedTechnologyCentrearedevelopingbiodegradablecarpartsmadewithelephantgrass—aplantnativetoSouth-EastAsiath...

  • Resistance is futile

    ByPhilipCohenTHEantibiotic-resistantbacteriarunningriotinhospitalscouldsoonmeettheirmatch.ResearchersinCaliforniasayitmaybepossibletomakethemostdangerousbugsvulnerabletoantibioticsagain.Staphylococcus...

  • Frozen over

    ByNicolaJonesAgiantblockoficecouldhaveoncesmotheredtheentireArctic...

  • Sex reversal

    ByAndyCoghlanMalemicehaveunexpectedlybeenfoundtoswitchsexiftheylackagenepreviouslylinkedwithlungdevelopment.Ifthesameistrueinhumans...

  • Purrfect pets

    ByKurtKleinerSOMEchildrenavoiddevelopingasthmabecausetheylivewithcats.Nowateamofimmunologistshasfoundoutwhy...

  • Final countdown

    ByDamianCarringtonandHazelMuirTheMirspacestationhasentereditslasthours.Ifallgoesaccordingtoplan...