The Advances news section in April's issue of Scientific American included stories on digital textbooks, the promise of using gene therapy to fight blindness and how fragile orchids survive. To learn more about any of the stories, follow these links.

The Mind Recovery Act
The National Alzheimer's Project Act is available at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Web site. You can also read more about the Case Western study on a cancer drug that could reverse Alzheimer's symptoms on

Scanning for ET's Calls
The Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) project's Web site has updates on the technology and readings, as well as a map of the various stations as they get connected.

Hopeful Vision
Jean Bennett's work is highlighted at her Web site at the University of Pennsylvania. For more about gene therapy, Scientific American has a set of articles exploring its various uses.

Picky Eaters Club
McCormick's paper on orchid fungi appeared in the journal Molecular Ecology in January.

Fast Talkers
The study on language rates was published in the journal Language, and is available here (pdf).

Blue Bacteria in Bloom
Sebastian Sonntag's study on the potential feedback of cyanobacteria in the ocean is available to read here (pdf).

Coffee Mystery
The Global Knowledge Initiative, which sent Western researchers to Rwanda to investigate the problem of potato taste in coffee, has more information about how important coffee is to Rwanda's recovery.

Textbooks Come Alive
To learn more about Nature Education's Principles of Biology textbook, click here. The Cachalot[OK?] digital textbook can be downloaded from iTunes. (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group.)

Swimming on Mars
Recent Research on Mars's oceans was published in January in Geophysical Research Letters, and corroborates an older study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.

What is it?
Jumping spiders, and the way they see, was the subject of a paper in Science in January. You can watch a video of the experiment online at Scientific American.

Cold Call
Read the whole blog about Antarctica's Lake Vostok online at Scientific American's blog network. News of the successful drilling to the liquid lake under about four kilometers of ice was covered online at the Nature News Blog as well.

This is What a Scientist Looks Like
Check out the blog This is What a Scientist Looks Like online.