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Science News Archive - November 22, 2009

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Tons of private emails and papers supposedly sent between several of the world's top climate scientists in the last 13 years were stolen by hackers and posted online.

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The mysterious Monarch butterfly, which migrates annually between Canada and Mexico, is now facing a new peril: another insect thriving in Western Mexican forests.

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Authorities are asking residents in some parts of south Australia to evacuate their homes as an impending heat wave prompted the nation to issue its first "catastrophic" brush fire warning.

Research published in the journal Genetics shows how a 'genetic symphony' affects plant development.

If a nuclear weapon were detonated in a metropolitan area, how large would the affected area be? Where should first responders first go? According to physicist Fernando Grinstein, we have some initial understanding to address these questions, but fundamental issues remain unresolved.

Nature-inspired probes be presented at Fluid Dynamics Conference next week.

Estimates of the extent of swimming on to be presented at Fluid Dynamics Conference in Minneapolis, Nov. 22-24, 2009

Scientists at the Carnegie Institution have found for the first time that high pressure can be used to make a unique hydrogen-storage material.

Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'