Science News Archive - November 20, 2009


A team of scientists on Thursday revealed the fully completed sequence of the maize genome.


Most countries throughout the world participate in the $40-million-per-year culinary trade of frog legs in some way, with 75 percent of frog legs consumed in France, Belgium and the United States.


While most of us would never willingly consume a highly endangered species, doing so might be as easy as plucking sushi from a bento box.


A new study of Antarctica's past climate reveals that temperatures during the warm periods between ice ages may have been higher than previously thought.


Symbiosis between ants and bacteria explains how leaf-cutter ants dominate tropical environments.


Roughly 15,000 years ago, at the end of the last ice age, North America's vast assemblage of large animals — including such iconic creatures as mammoths, mastodons, camels, horses, ground sloths and giant beavers — began their precipitous slide to extinction.


Sustainable farming, initially adopted to preserve soil quality for future generations, may also play a role in maintaining a healthy climate, according to researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge and Los Alamos national laboratories.


Louisiana Tech researchers say ‘natural herbicide’ could control destructive biomass.


US academic institutions awarded 48,802 research doctorate degrees in 2008, the sixth consecutive annual increase in US doctoral awards and the highest number ever reported by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Survey of Earned Doctorates.


The Dutch beach in Monster is currently inhabited by bulldozers that are piling sand taken from the bottom of the North Sea into dunes in a determined attempt to protect the Netherlands from flooding.

Word of the Day
  • The act of burning, scorching, or heating to dryness; the state or being thus heated or dried.
  • In medicine, cauterization.
The word 'adustion' comes from the Latin 'adustio', 'burning'.