Science News Archive - March 06, 2008


Results of a study conducted by a team at the University of California Berkeley may make it possible to decode brain signals and track attention as well as see how people dream.


News of a picture of a wolverine in the Sierra Nevada caught the interest of many scientists who had assumed the elusive animal had been driven out of the area by human activity.


BGI-Shenzhen is pleased to announce the launch of the International Giant Panda Genome Project. The giant panda is a much loved animal all over the world and is considered a symbol of China, as illustrated by its being one of the mascots for the upcoming Olympics in Beijing.


Scientists from the University of Texas at Austin open up new avenues of research using atomic coilguns and lasers

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c85153) has announced the addition of "DNA Sequencing 2008" to their offering.

With 30 percent of power outages caused by trees last year, PECO will spend $35 million this year for clearing trees around power lines, particularly in the suburban counties across southeastern Pennsylvania.


New insights into how plant toxin ricin kills cells could help scientists develop drugs to counteract poisonings


A team of bioinformaticians at the Université de Montréal (UdeM) report in the March 6th edition of Nature the discovery of a structural alphabet that can be used to infer the 3D structure of ribonucleic acid (RNA) from sequence data, providing new tools to understand the role of this important class of cellular regulators.


Japan is threatening to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC) unless it becomes a more effective forum. The Commission is currently trying to resolve fractured negotiations to find common ground between pro and anti-whaling nations. An upcoming meeting in London will include experts who have steered similar parties through difficult negotiations.


Officials in China are seeking hourly bulletins in three languages from meteorologists within China and other countries for every event during the upcoming August Olympics in Beijing.

Word of the Day
  • a slit in a tire to drain away surface water and improve traction.
The word 'sipe' comes from Old English and is related to 'seep'.