Science News Archive - March 10, 2008


The Pope is determined also to protect the environment. The Vatican has begun its journey to being green by installing photovoltaic cells on buildings to produce electricity.

By Anonymous Petrochemical Services Inc. has announced a joint venture with a Spanish company to further expansion into new markets and an infusion of capital.


Scientists using a new drug screening method in Drosophila (fruit flies), have identified several drugs and small molecules that reverse the features of fragile X syndrome -- a frequent form of mental retardation and one of the leading known causes of autism. The discovery sets the stage for developing new treatments for fragile X syndrome.

A common genetic mechanism discovered in nitrogen-fixing plants


Cattle and cannon fire are a poor mix, but ranch families and the Army have been mixing them together on 200,000 acres at Fort Hood, Texas, for more than 50 years.

By Dana M. Nichols, The Record, Stockton, Calif. Mar. 10--SAN ANDREAS -- Calaveras County builders and developers have been getting a bargain.


Research published in the March issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, is suggesting that we process images in two very distinct ways.


Since the reporting of the so-called “hobbit” fossil from the island of Flores in Indonesia, debate has raged as to whether these remains are of modern humans (Homo sapiens), reduced, for some reason, in stature, or whether they represent a new species, Homo floresiensis. Reporting in this week’s PLoS ONE in a study funded by the National Geographic Society Mission Programs, Lee Berger and colleagues from the University of the Witwatersrand, Rutgers University and Duke University, describe the fossils of small-bodied humans from the Micronesian island of Palau. These people inhabited the island between 1400 and 3000 years ago and share some – although not all – features with the H. floresiensis specimens.


The number of amphibians drastically decreases in forest areas that are clearcut, according to previous studies. A University of Missouri researcher, however, has found that some animals may not be dying.

HOUSTON, March 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Westlake Chemical Corporation today announced the passing of Ting Tsung "T.T." Chao, a global leader in the petrochemical and plastics industry and founder and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Westlake Chemical Corporation. Mr.

Word of the Day
  • Growing in low tufty patches.
The word 'cespitose' comes from a Latin word meaning 'turf'.