Science News Archive - September 12, 2008


The precise timing of the origin of life on Earth and the changes in life during the past 4.5 billion years has been a subject of great controversy for the past century.


University of Michigan physicists played a leading role in the discovery of a new particle, the Omega b baryon, which is an exotic relative of the proton.


Contrary to 40 years of conventional wisdom, a new analysis to be published Friday in the journal Nature suggests that old growth forests are usually "carbon sinks" - they continue to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and mitigate climate change for centuries.


Female spiders are voracious predators and consume a wide range of prey, which sometimes includes their mates. A number of hypotheses have been proposed for why females eat males before or after mating.


Experts attribute Hurricane Ike’s projected storm surge inland to its large mass rather than its strength, meaning that residents of coastal Texas and Louisiana can expect more water and larger waves.

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Chuck Ardo of the Pennsylvania Office of the Governor, +1-717-783-1116; Neil Weaver of the Department of Environmental Protection, +1-717-787-1323 HARRISBURG, Pa.,Sept.12/PRNewswire-USNewswire/--With increasing pressures on Pennsylvania's 120 miles of coastline and other areas within the state's two coastal zones, Governor Edward G.

By DAVID ROSS HIGHLAND CORRESPONDENT ONE of the leading critics of private involvement in the NHS has attacked measures to replace out-of-hours GP cover in one of Scotland's most remote communities.

To: POLITICAL EDITORS Contact: William Lutz, +1-202-772-0269, or Jessica Brand, +1-202- 772-0239, both of Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund today endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sen.

By LINDA McKEE BUSINESSES at Mallusk Industrial Estate have been warned by Environment Minister Sammy Wilson that they are under scrutiny.

CHICAGO, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has selected a $17.9 million cleanup plan for the South Minneapolis Residential Soil Contamination Superfund site in Minneapolis.

Word of the Day
  • A hairdresser.
The word 'friseur' comes from French friseur, from friser ("to curl, frizz").