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Plastic French Fries, the Origins of Life, and Money caused a record-breaking day on The Scientist website

(Philadelphia, PA - August 2002) - The Scientist magazine just published its most popular issue of the year to date on September 16, 2002, propelling 73,484 unique visitors to its website on that single day.What was the big attraction?Over 9000 visitors read "Uprooting the Tree of Life," by Brendan Maher, which examines a proposed theory that has researchers debating life's origins. Put 10 theorists in a room, and 12 differing opinions will likely emerge. Evolutionary biologist, Carl Woe

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(Philadelphia, PA - August 2002) - The Scientist magazine just published its most popular issue of the year to date on September 16, 2002, propelling 73,484 unique visitors to its website on that single day.

What was the big attraction?

Over 9000 visitors read "Uprooting the Tree of Life," by Brendan Maher, which examines a proposed theory that has researchers debating life's origins. Put 10 theorists in a room, and 12 differing opinions will likely emerge. Evolutionary biologist, Carl Woese, is the kingpin of much of these discussions; for the past 30-plus years, he has stirred the primordial pot to bring forth evocative concepts, challenging Darwin's single-trunk tree of life and making friends and enemies along the way. Woese's latest paper, which suggests that the three types of cells could actually have evolved from a larger pool of prehistoric organisms, does not disappoint.

Full text available at: http://www.the-scientist.com/2002/9/16/26/1.

Nearly...

Full text available at: http://www.the-scientist.com/2002/9/16/14/1.

The most popular article, drawing in 14,416 readers, "Plastic in My French Fries," by contributing editor Barry Palevitz actually ran in the September 2, 2002 issue. Focusing on levels of acrylamide in cooked food, it details how researchers discovered an average of 0.4 mg/kg of this substance in restaurant-prepared fries. This finding prompted Michael Jacobson of the Washington, DC-based Center for Science in the Public Interest asked the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to "advise people to cut back on foods that ... are most contaminated." Calling it "a serious health problem" that deserves urgent action, Jacobson claimed that acrylamide in American foods "may be causing several thousand cancers per year."

Full text available at: http://www.the-scientist.com/2002/9/2/26/1.

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