Science News Archive - November 26, 2009


Veterinarians have been tracking three orangutans they implanted with tiny transmitters as part of efforts to protect the endangered primates once they reintroduce them to the wild, a Malaysian official said Monday.


A rare woodland plant uses 'cryptic coloration' to hide from its predators.


Oak Ridge National Laboratory has announced plans to conduct a series of deep energy retrofit research projects with the potential to improve the energy efficiency in selected homes by as much as 30 to 50 percent.


Deforestation and overgrazing are among the factors being blamed for turning almost a quarter of India into desert, according to a study published this week.


Oceans cover nearly three-quarters of Earth's surface, yet they remain the least explored territories of our planet.

Darwin suggested that the action of natural selection can produce new species, but 150 years after the publication of his famous book, 'On the Origin of Species', debate still continues on the mechanisms of speciation.


EMBL and CRG scientists reveal what a self-sufficient cell can't do without.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.