Science News Archive - January 09, 2007

By Alyce Faye Bragg IT DOESN'T take snow to beautify our hills in winter. There is a stark loveliness in the leafless trees and brown fields and meadows that is satisfying to the eye. After the trees are divested of their leaves by autumn's deft fingers, the bare bones of our hills are revealed.

By Selin, Henrik; VanDeveer, Stacy D As a result of expanding international production and trade, a consumer in Berlin. Boston, Beijing, or Bangalore can choose between many similar manufactured goods in her local store.

By Rosemary Winters, The Salt Lake Tribune Jan. 9--The idle tram sitting near Moab's north end may finally be able to begin operations -- nearly six years after it was built. Owners of the tram, primarily William "Rick" Jewett, have settled their legal dispute with Grand County. U.S.


The world's biodiversity is vanishing at an unprecedented rate – around 100 species every day – due to factors such as land use change and pollution.

Last year was the warmest on record for the United States, with readings pushed over higher than normal by the unusual and unseasonably warm weather during the last half of December.

The chief of the United Nations' effort against climate change said Monday there is widespread recognition of the seriousness of global warming but a lack of leadership has created a sense of helplessness.

If indeed "a diamond is forever," the most primitive origins of Earth's so-called black diamonds were in deep, universal time, geologists have discovered. Black diamonds came from none other than interstellar space.

Word of the Day
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The word 'friseur' comes from French friseur, from friser ("to curl, frizz").