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Science News Archive - February 22, 2009

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As more nations fall under increasing pressure to reduce their carbon emissions, Singapore’s climate envoy said Saturday that small, affluent island nations should not be judged solely on their wealth and emissions.

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California’s primary source of irrigation water is projected to go dry in 2009 due to drought, idling more than 60,000 workers and up to 1 million acres of farmland, federal officials said Friday.

A hospital in Kagawa, Japan, has apologized for a mix-up that implanted the fertilized egg of a woman in her 40s into a woman in her 20s. The pregnancy was terminated after nine weeks when doctors realized the fetus was not developing properly because the woman in her 20s may have been implanted with an egg assessed as unsuitable and destined for disposal, said officials at Kagawa Prefectural Central Hospital. The mix-up occurred last September and the pregnancy was terminated in October, but the case only became public last week, Kyodo reported Sunday. The attending obstetrician, Dr.

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Researchers in Arizona have captured an extremely rare jaguar, and placed a tracking collar on the animal in hopes that it will shed light on the habits of one of the United States' most elusive predators.

Blood taken from Texas infants to test for a range of birth defects is being stored for medical research, officials said. The Austin (Texas) American-Statesman reported Sunday that the blood, which is taken as a part of a state-mandated infant screening program that does not require parental consent.

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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