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Science News Archive - November 20, 2009

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A mathematical model has explained some of the remarkable features of mosquito hearing. In particular, the male can hear the faintest beats of the female's wings and yet is not deafened by loud noises.

A team led by Penn State's Ross Hardison, T. Ming Chu Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has taken a large step toward unraveling how regulatory proteins control the production of gene products during development and growth.

Driving while impaired (DWI) contributes significantly to road-traffic crashes, and is involved in more than one-third of all fatalities.

People preferentially marry those with similar ancestry, but their decisions are not necessarily based on hair, eye or skin color.

Particles from car brakes harm lung cells.

New study from University of Southern California and Stanford University finds blame spreads rapidly.

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India’s Environment Minister, Jairam Ramesh, on Thursday called on the rest of the world to avoid eating beef in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Physicists at UC Santa Barbara have made an important advance in electrically controlling quantum states of electrons, a step that could help in the development of quantum computing.

As electronic health records become more widely deployed, increasing amounts of health information are being collected.

With the introduction of a single bacterial gene into yeast, researchers from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands achieved three improvements in bioethanol production from agricultural waste material.

Word of the Day
megalophonous
  • Having a loud voice; vociferous; clamorous.
  • Of grand or imposing sound.
The word 'megalophonous' comes from Greek roots meaning 'big' and 'sound'.