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Science News Archive - February 12, 2007

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Ancient bones and other fossilised remains have been known to humans for millennia but it is only over the past 300 years or so that their true origins have been revealed.

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A seismologist at Washington University in St. Louis has made the first 3-D model of seismic wave damping -- diminishing -- deep in the Earth's mantle and has revealed the existence of an underground water reservoir at least the volume of the Arctic Ocean.

CLEVELAND, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Frantz Ward LLP announced today that Joseph P. Koncelik, most recently director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, joined the firm as a partner. Koncelik will head up an environmental law practice, something new for Frantz Ward.

The Films Business of ExxonMobil Chemical (NYSE:XOM) today announced plans to significantly increase production of specialty oriented polypropylene (OPP) films in LaGrange, Georgia.

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A new statistical method of determining genetic traits that influence social interactions among animals may provide for more productive livestock. Scientists designed mathematical equations based on traits to choose animals that are more congenial in groups.

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While human changes to the environment cause conservation biologists to worry about species extinction, biologists are reversing the logic by trying to trap viruses in habitats that force their extinction.

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After 15 years of checking bald eagle nests from small planes, there are now an estimated 100 nesting pairs, up from 77 the previous year and 10 times the state's recovery goal under the Endangered Species Act.

Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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