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Science News Archive - November 11, 2009

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Conservationists are working to get Australia’s koalas on the endangered species list, saying the beloved marsupial could be extinct in 30 years.

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Veterinary leap forward through collaboration with Zoo Atlanta, Georgia Tech, Emory University and a 300-pound great ape.

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How revising an ancient species can change what we know of a lineage’s historical distribution and the climate in which it lived.

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Were dinosaurs "warm-blooded" like present-day mammals and birds, or "cold-blooded" like present day lizards?

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It sounds like a classic horror story—eyeless, mouthless worms lurk in the dark, settling onto dead animals and sending out green "roots" to devour their bones. In fact, such worms do exist in the deep sea.

Georgia Tech City and Regional Planning Professor Brian Stone publishes a paper in the December edition of Environmental Science and Technology that suggests policymakers need to address the influence of global deforestation and urbanization on climate change, in addition to greenhouse gas emissions.

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The kelp forests off southern California are considered to be some of the most diverse and productive ecosystems on the planet, yet a new study indicates that today's kelp beds are less extensive and lush than those in the recent past.

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Predators with experience of skunks avoid them both because of their black-and-white coloration and their distinctive body shape, according to UC Davis wildlife researcher Jennifer Hunter.

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Scientists on Wednesday announced the discovery of a new dinosaur species in South Africa.

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Scientists in Washington, DC, are reporting development and successful tests of a new way for exploring the insides of living cells, the microscopic building blocks of all known plants and animals.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'