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Science News Archive - November 20, 2009

At the 2009 Supercomputing Conference in Portland, Oregon (USA), the high-performance computer QPACE (QCD Parallel Computing on the Cell) was recognized today as the most energy-efficient supercomputer in the world.

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El Nino has caused devastating drought damage across Latin America this year, resulting in a massive food crisis in Guatemala and water cuts in Venezuela.

Environmental selectivity during three of the ‘Big Five’ mass extinction events focus of two paleontologists’ latest research.

A key question in the origin of biological molecules like RNA and DNA is how they first came together billions of years ago from simple precursors.

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.'