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Science News Archive - March 14, 2008

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Movie producers and advertisers have long relied on chimpanzees comically dressed as humans to entertain their audience, but scientists say the practice is bad for chimps not only as individuals but also as a species threatened with extinction.

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A new study has revealed that nearly all of the Native Americans in the western hemisphere can be traced through DNA to six women whose descendants first immigrated from Asia 20,000 years ago.

By Mujumdar, N A In pursuance of the decision to publish information on completed Ph.D.

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research team led by Mark Hoddle, a biological control specialist at UC Riverside, has nearly eradicated the glassy-winged sharpshooter, a major agricultural pest, from the island of Tahiti and several other French Polynesian islands in the South Pacific Ocean.

Word of the Day
lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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