Science News Archive - November 30, 2009


Australian scientists have said they are hoping to breed sheep that burp less as part of efforts to tackle climate change.


In an effort to alleviate the effects of a severe drought, Cuba had provided Venezuela with cloud seeding help.


Going vegetarian at least one day a week will help fight global warming, according to Paul McCartney.

As global temperatures continue to rise scientists are presented with the complex challenge of understanding how species respond and adapt.


The "Big Bang" test at CERN in Switzerland achieved a world record Monday when beams were increased to the highest energy ever attained in a particle collider.


In the film, 'The Day After Tomorrow' the world enters the icy grip of a new glacial period within the space of just a few weeks.


The Aznalcóllar mining accident more than 11 years ago, which contaminated part of the Doñana National Park, also damaged reptile habitat there.

For the first time, scientists at The University of Western Ontario have shown that insects exposed to repeated periods of cold will trade reproduction for immediate survival.


The best coastal areas in the Iberian Peninsula in terms of harnessing wave energy are the Costa da Morte and Estaca de Bares, in La Coruña, Galicia, according to two pioneering studies by researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), published this month in the journals Energy and Renewable Energy.

Drought-related shrinking processes detected in living roots in the soil for the first time.

Word of the Day
  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
The 'stock' of 'gazingstock' comes from an Old English word meaning 'tree trunk' or 'wood'.