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Science News Archive - March 27, 2008

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Looking out over the low green mountains jutting through miles of placid waterways here in southern Chile, it is hard to imagine that anything could be amiss. But beneath the rows of neatly laid netting around the fish farms just off the shore, the salmon are dying.

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Recent findings show evidence that humans lived in Europe up to 1.2 million years ago, about 400,000 years more than was previously estimated.

By Tim Chapman, The Miami Herald Mar. 27--Fisherman Ron Hyde of Homestead wasn't thinking about the environment or conserving fuel when he started designing a new motorized flats canoe with a tunnel hull to fish in shallow water. He just wanted to catch more fish.

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Marine scientists from the University of Plymouth say plastic waste accumulating in the oceans is becoming a devastating, toxic threat to the world’s food chain.

By David Funkhouser, The Hartford Courant, Conn. Mar. 27--Warmer weather has helped, and the price of gasoline and heating oil has made people think twice about how much energy they are consuming.

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Neurons spoke to Dr. Joe Z. Tsien when he was a sophomore college student searching for some meaningful extracurricular activity.

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Researchers in Brazil reported their discovery of a new marine crocodile species on Wednesday, showing that the reptiles survived the mass extinction of dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

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While the major source of neurotoxic mercury comes from coal-fired electric power plants, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at Urbana-Champaign say mercury entering drain water from dental clinics and offices is also a source.

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Here’s a truism from the “duh” department: People typically prefer to feel emotions that are pleasant, like excitement, and avoid those that are unpleasant, like anger.

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Results from a recent survey conducted by a University of Missouri professor reveal that the U.S. public, while aware of the deteriorating global environment, is concerned predominantly with local and national environmental issues.

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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