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Monday, October 15, 2007
Today's Health|Science: Jupiter, inkjet life, breathing easier
Jupiter is yielding stunning images and startling data beamed earthward from a plutonium-powered spacecraft that zipped past the solar system's biggest planet earlier this year as part of an epic 3-billion mile, 9 1/2-year journey to Pluto.
If you print over and over on a single piece of paper, the ink layers will eventually build up a three-dimensional structure. What if, scientists are asking, you use that same inkjet technology to print layers of cells on a tissue matrix? Can you eventually build up a living structure like a heart or a kidney?
For decades, the haze over Maine's Acadia National Park, the acid in Vermont's mountain lakes, and the choking summer air in downtown Boston have - in part - been blamed on power plants in the Midwest belching pollution our way. A $4.6 billion settlement deal reached last week in federal court should help curtail that pollution and enable New Englanders to breathe a little easier.
Martin Nowak sees math in some pretty unexpected places: in the evolution of verbs like "laugh," in the spread of cancer cells, and in the performance of professional bicyclists who trade the lead position with their competitors so they can save energy by drafting off the other's wind.