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Science News Archive - February 11, 2009

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The chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee said Tuesday that there is now enough congressional support to pass legislation requiring utilities to generate a portion of their electricity from solar, wind and other renewable sources.

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Scientists are hoping algae can help remove greenhouse gases and create new oil reserves.

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A UA-led research team has found that as the climate warms, plants are flowering at higher elevations in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

In the era of global warming, when many scientists say we are experiencing a human-caused mass extinction to rival the one that killed off the dinosaurs, one might think that the discovery of a host of new species would be cause for joy.

Researchers at Canada's largest children's rehabilitation hospital have developed a technique that uses infrared light brain imaging to decode preference – with the goal of ultimately opening the world of choice to children who can't speak or move.

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They may adorable little critters but the grey squirrels in northern Scotland will need more than that on their sides after the release of Britain’s biggest culling operation of a mammal.

The genome of a marine bacterium living 2,500 meters below the ocean's surface is providing clues to how life adapts in extreme thermal and chemical gradients, according to an article published Feb. 6 in the journal PLoS Genetics, an open-access publication published by the Public Library of Science.

An in-depth study by Sandia National Laboratories and General Motors Corp. has found that plant and forestry waste and dedicated energy crops could sustainably replace nearly a third of gasoline use by the year 2030.

Best known for its effects on fruit ripening and flower fading, the gaseous plant hormone ethylene shortens the shelf life of many fruits and plants by putting their physiology on fast-forward.

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Research at the University of Minnesota has revealed that road salt used throughout the winter is making the state's lakes and rivers saltier, which could affect aquatic life and drinking water.