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What are the best-selling Science for Kids stories on the EurekAlert! Web site? The wonders of a key ice-cream ingredient called guar gum and ancient catapults top the list. Samples of the top five stories are listed here For more details, see

From Plant Genes to Ice Cream -
If you've ever looked at the ingredients list on a carton of ice cream, you've probably spotted some weird items among the sugar, cream and eggs. Ever wonder what "guar gum" is and what it's doing in your ice cream?

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Catapults--Popular Science in Ancient Times -
If you're ever caught launching a spoonful of mashed potatoes across the dining room table, you might argue that you're following in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks and Romans.


Sea Shells and Blood Cells -
While stepping on a sharp shell may draw blood, new research links sea shells and blood cells in a totally different way.

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Purebred Pooch Genetics -
Which dog do you think is more genetically similar to a wolf: a tough German Shepherd or a wrinkly-faced Shar-Pei? The answer is the Shar-Pei, according to dog experts.

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Paved Paradise -
Unlike the few dandelions that manage to pop through asphalt sidewalks, some ocean creatures seem to actually like asphalt. Chemosynthetic tubeworms (shown here) are growing through fissures in this large asphalt depost. Other associated animals include tiny shrimp and crabs.

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EurekAlert!'s complete top 10 list of best-selling Science for Kids stories include these features:

1.) From Plant Genes to Ice Cream
2.) Catapults -- Popular Science in Ancient Times
3.) Sea Shells and Blood Cells
4.) Purebred Pooch Genetics
5.) Paved Paradise
6.) Sunsets Keep Songbirds from Getting Lost
7.) The Not-so-Big, Bad Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus
8.) World's Oldest Hummingbirds
9.) An Early Human Skull From Africa
10.) Inside a Squid Flashlight

"Families and children are increasingly interested in the science and technology that affects their everyday lives," said Cathy O'Malley, project director for EurekAlert!. "Traffic to the Science for Kids page within EurekAlert! has increased from only a few hundred visitors to about 10,000 per month." EurekAlert! plans to develop a special portal featuring science news for children, O'Malley added, and sponsorship opportunities are now available.

Overall, what categories of papers published by the journal Science are most compelling to reporters and to the public? "If it has fur, it will get ink," said Ginger Pinholster, director of the AAAS Office of Public Programs. "Also,if it affects our health or the world we live in, most of us want to know about it." She emphasized, however, that the AAAS-Science communications mandate calls for the rapid, efficient, equitable dissemination of all papers published by Science. "We don't `market' papers based on what sells. We communicate all research."

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