Science News Archive - February 12, 2009

More dog biscuits have been recalled as the list of U.S. peanut products possibly contaminated by salmonella bacteria grows larger. American Nutrition Inc. of Ogden, Utah, said it was voluntarily recalling various brands of baked dog treats containing peanut butter supplied by the Peanut Corp.


Georgia Tech study shows hybrid vehicles and higher density cities could eliminate future growth of CO2 emissions from autos.

Study results to be published in the April 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society show that computerized brain exercises can improve memory and lead to faster thinking.

U.S. biochemists say they have developed a two-step chemical process that can convert cellulose in raw biomass into promising biofuels. University of Wisconsin researchers said the new process is unprecedented in its use of untreated, inedible biomass as the starting material.


Over the last two decades, marine biologists have discovered lush forests of deep-sea corals and sponges growing on seamounts (underwater mountains) offshore of the California coast.


Scientists said Thursday that they have mapped a first draft of the Neanderthal genome, which might reveal the links between modern humans and their prehistoric cousins.


A biotech group said on Wednesday that genetically modified crops enjoyed a bumper year in 2008, with an additional 10.7 million hectares planted globally and growth prospects set to expand rapidly.

University of California-Los Angeles researchers say they have created the first online virtual library of digitized medieval manuscripts. Searching for medieval manuscripts gets you millions of hits, most of which have nothing to do with manuscripts, and when they do, they usually feature only images of a single page rather than the entire book, said Assistant Professor Matthew Fisher.

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'.