The top ten stories are:
Numerous reports of contaminated Chinese imports and rising pollution sparked anxiety across the globe and revealed the negative consequences of the country’s rapid economic growth; Also, Discover presents a related web-exclusive feature: The Smoking Torch
Reawakening the Dormant Mind
A deep-brain stimulator (DBS) revived a comatose patient — and redefined our understanding of human consciousness;
Pioneering observations of planets around other stars (and the implication for finding life elsewhere in the universe) made Dr. David Charbonneau DISCOVER Magazine’s 2007 Scientist of the Year;
Rapidly melting ice in the Arctic sea sent the U.S. and its foreign competitors into a frenzy as they search for new routes to the Northern territory;
Rx for the FDA
Faced with controversies over recalls and adverse drug effects, and armed with new federal legislation, the agency made an effort to boost its credibility;
Conservation Gets a Green Light
Experts looking for alternatives to fossil fuels suggested that new
standards for efficient lighting could bring startling savings;
Astronomers unveiled a new map of the mysterious particles that
play a surprisingly large role in forming and shaping galaxies –
and may have caused the first giant black holes; Also. Discover
presents a related web-exclusive feature: A (Dark) Matter of Time (http://discovermagazine.com/2008/jan/year-in-science-2007/a-dark-matte
— Can Vitamin D Save Your Life?
– New studies indicated that Vitamin D plays a more vital role than
previously thought in the prevention of many deadly illnesses,
including multiple sclerosis, tuberculosis, schizophrenia, and
several forms of cancer;
— The Genome Turns Personal
– A geneticist became the first person ever to publish his entire DNA
sequence in a scientific journal and began to unravel the mystery
of individual genetic predispositions to disease; and
T. Rex Time Machine
A North Carolina State University paleontologist excavated proteins from 68-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex bones which bore a striking resemblance to modern chickens, proving that molecular analysis is possible in materials millions of years old.
Also included in the issue’s round-up of noteworthy science stories: how to erase a single memory, the first-ever case of semi-identical human twins, how lightning storms in Africa could be linked to U.S. hurricanes, a powerful glue inspired by a gecko’s foot, and: is pollution to blame for a noticeable decline in the birth of male babies?
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