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Science News Archive - November 10, 2009

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Researchers at London's Natural History Museum have created a social networking tool called 'Scratchpads' where natural historians can get together and share their data.

Over the last 20 years, the sequencing of the human genome, along with related organisms, has represented one of the largest scientific endeavors in the history of mankind.

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Aerosols, very small particles suspended in the air, play an important role in the global climate balance and in regulating climate change.

The results of a recent study shed light on the copper-zinc relationship in soil and its effect on soybean toxic response.

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Scientists may not be able to tell a good book by its cover, but they now can tell the condition of an old book by its odor.

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Drifters designed to provide new knowledge about marine protected areas, harmful algal blooms, oil spills.

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Britain's Academy of Medical Sciences launched a study Tuesday to consider how human DNA is used in animal experiments and to determine what the boundaries of such controversial science might be.

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Scientists have created artificial penises for rabbits -- using cells from the animals -- that were fully functional and even used to father baby rabbits.

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Penguins that died 44,000 years ago in Antarctica have provided extraordinary frozen DNA samples that challenge the accuracy of traditional genetic aging measurements, and suggest those approaches have been routinely underestimating the age of many specimens by 200 to 600 percent.

If taking nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen is to protect you from developing Alzheimer disease then you will have to start taking them at a very early age according to research in a mouse model of the disease.

Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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