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Science News Archive - February 15, 2009

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According to a top climate scientist, warnings about global warming have not been severe enough.

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A group of Texas-based researchers provided answers for the nation's cattle feeding industry after it was given a very short window by the US Environmental Protection Agency to begin reporting ammonia and hydrogen sulfide emissions.

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Many a love-besotted soul has declared they would move the world for their true love, but how many actually accomplish that task in their quest to unite with a lover?

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When the Drake Oil Well in Titusville, Pennsylvania began seeping crude oil 150 years ago, humanity allowed itself to become engulfed in the ecology of oil, according to a Penn State environmental historian.

The University of Pennsylvania has warned its students that three of their peers have been diagnosed with meningitis, a school spokeswoman says. University spokeswoman Phyllis Holtzman said as a precaution the school canceled all Greek and school-sponsored events for the weekend and is offering medical assistance at the college's special health services clinic, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday. We believe the common point is that the students had been at a Greek event or in close contact with someone who was, Holtzman said. The college officials said one of the three students hospitalized with meningitis was in critical condition, while the other two were stable. Penn freshman Sara Schults told the Inquirer the meningitis scare has students concerned for their health and choosing to be cautious about communal campus activities. Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord that can be fatal.

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Genetic diseases and genetically mixed populations can help researchers understand human diversity and human origins according to a Penn State physical anthropologist.

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Only two years after launching an ambitious effort to save endangered crop species, the Global Crop Diversity Trust announced today it is on track to save from extinction 100,000 different varieties of food crops from 46 countries, making it one of the largest and most successful biological rescue efforts ever undertaken.

Earth is warming faster than scientists have predicted, in part because industrial greenhouse gas emissions have increased, U.S.

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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