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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
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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