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Science News Archive - October 13, 2009

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The United States will have a much harder time meeting goals for 2050 greenhouse gas emission cuts than Russia and a number of other wealthy countries that have decreasing populations.

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Smithsonian researchers working in Colombia's Cerrejón coal mine have unearthed the first megafossil evidence of a neotropical rainforest.

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Known to science only by two specimens described in 1900, a critically endangered crow has re-emerged on a remote, mountainous Indonesian island thanks in part to a Michigan State University scientist.

Houses on stilts, small scale energy generation and recycling our dishwater are just some of the measures that are being proposed to prepare our cities for the effects of global warming.

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Increasing winter temperatures are causing the Himalayan glaciers in Kashmir to melt at an "alarming" rate, harming water supplies to areas of India and Pakistan, says a new study.

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Princeton University researchers have come up with a new twist on the mysterious visual phenomenon experienced by humans known as the "uncanny valley." The scientists have found that monkeys sense it too.

Researchers have long noted that the overall popularity of a name exerts a strong influence on people's preferences—more popular names, such as Robert or Susan, are more frequent and, by their sheer ubiquity, drive more parents to adopt a similar choice.

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A leading climate scientist has warned that Taiwan may face a three-fold increase in the amount of rain received over the next two decades due to climate change.

Conservation biologists are setting their minimum population size targets too low to prevent extinction.

Cells could be orientated in a controlled way on a micro-patterned surface based upon a delicate material technique, and the orientation could be semi-quantitatively described by some statistical parameters, as suggested by the group of DING from Fudan University, Shanghai, CHINA.

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