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  • Antibiotics from Space

    March 29, 2002

    Some bacteria riding on the Space Shuttleproduce more antibiotics than they do on Earth. Researchers aren't sure why ... but they aim to find out.

  • Sit. Speak. Good Photon!

    March 27, 2002

    Researchers have trapped a laser pulse inside a glass chamber --and released it again intact. Such command of light could lead to mind-boggling new technologies.

  • When Space Makes You Dizzy

    March 25, 2002

    Astronautsreturning to Earth sometimes feel light-headed. It's been a problem since the earliest days of human space exploration, but now doctors may have a solution.

  • Ice Continent on the Move

    March 22, 2002

    For the first time, radar satellites have mapped Antarctica, revealing a continent whose frozen cloak is in constant (and surprising) motion.

  • A New Form of Matter

    March 20, 2002

    Scientists have created a new kind of matter: It comes in waves and bridges the gap between the everyday world of humans and the micro-domain of quantum physics.

  • Gravity in the Brain

    March 18, 2002

    Playing catch looks easy, but there's more to it than meets the eye. A ball-catching experiment in space has revealed that human brains have a built-in model of gravity.

  • Unveiling Planet Ocean

    March 14, 2002

    NASA's GRACE mission will reveal some of what lies hidden beneath the surface of Earth's oceans by measuring tiny changes in gravity.

  • Once Upon a Water Planet

    March 12, 2002

    Today The Red Planetis dry and barren, but what about tomorrow? New data suggest that the long story of Water on Marsisn't over yet.

  • Puzzling X-rays from Jupiter

    March 7, 2002

    Astronomers using the Chandra X-ray Observatoryhave spotted a mysterious pulsing x-ray beacon near the north pole of the giant planet.

  • A Curious Pacific Wave

    March 5, 2002

    A massive swell of warm water is buffeting South America. Is it the first sign of a new El Nino -- or just another "Kelvin wave?"