Science News Archive - March 04, 2008


A scientist from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History has discovered remains of the earliest-known primate to live in North America. The discovery also provides an explanation of how these long-extinct primates were able to reach the continent.


A study published last week in the journal Science found that snow contains large amounts of Pseudomonas Syringae, a bacteria that can cause disease in bean and tomato plants.

Five guides have been added to the SPIN-Farming online learning series on sub-acre farming. They detail what it is like to start and operate "theme" farms that specialize in such high-value crops as leafy greens; garlic; carrots and potatoes; salad mixes and flowers.


Happiness in life is as much down to having the right genetic mix as it is to personal circumstances according to a recent study.


A long-term study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the BioDiversity Research Institute, and other organizations has found and confirmed that environmental mercury—much of which comes from human-generated emissions—is impacting both the health and reproductive success of common loons in the Northeast.


Biologists examining ecosystems similar to those that existed on Earth more than 3 billion years ago have made a surprising discovery: Viruses that infect bacteria are sometimes parochial and unrelated to their counterparts in other regions of the globe.

By Faizal Ramli RISING oil and natural gas prices have created tension globally, creating concern that their continued increase may disrupt economies and create political vulnerability.


A male scimitar-horned oryx from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Va., is playing an important role in ensuring the species does not vanish from the planet.


Latin American nations could become important suppliers of ethanol for world markets in coming decades, according to an Oak Ridge National Laboratory study released recently.


Chop an onion and you risk crying over your cutting board as a burning sensation overwhelms your eyes and nose. Scientists do not know why certain chemical odors are so highly irritating, but new research has uncovered an unexpected role for specific nasal cavity cells.

Word of the Day
  • In medieval musical notation, a sign or neume denoting a shake or trill.
The word 'quilisma' comes from a Greek word meaning 'a roll'.