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Science News Archive - February 12, 2009

For the first time, two intact communications satellites have collided in space above the Earth, NASA officials say. The space crash nearly 500 miles above ground created hundreds of pieces of debris Tuesday.

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According to Bianca Acevedo, a New York neuroscientist, love is in the head and not the heart.

Students who feel connected to their peers and teachers are more inclined to alert a teacher or principal if they hear a fellow student "wants to do something dangerous," according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association.

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In an unusual intersection of materials science and anthropology, researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and The George Washington University (GWU) have applied materials-science-based mathematical models to help shed light on the dietary habits of some of mankind’s prehistoric relatives.

Our surnames and genetic information are often strongly connected, according to a study funded by the Wellcome Trust. The research, published this week in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution, may help genealogists create more accurate family trees even when records are missing.

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New research helps us understand the incredible forces and oil and gas reserves that lie hidden beneath the Earth’s surface.

New research provides strong support for the idea that one of the key functions of sleep is the consolidation of memories. The study, published by Cell Press in the February 12th issue of the journal Neuron, provides fascinating insight into the cellular mechanisms that govern the sleep-dependent consolidation of experiences that occur while we are awake.

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MU researchers working toward making biodegradable plastics from plants a reality.

Women have traditionally been viewed as being more social and cooperative than men. However, there is recent evidence that this may not be the case.

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We tend to think of speech as being something we hear, but recent studies suggest that we use a variety of senses for speech perception - that the brain treats speech as something we hear, see and even feel.

Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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