Science News Archive - February 23, 2009


The race is underway to find evidence of a hypothetical particle called the Higgs boson, known as the "God Particle" because it is thought to give mass to the matter that makes up the universe.


After nearly a century and a half of rail history, trains are being hailed as integral to California’s growth in the 21st century.


For about a century, the Balkan lynx, an iconic wild cat, has wavered on the brink of extinction.

The Scotts Co. is among the most recent U.S. firms recalling products containing possibly tainted peanut products produced by the Peanut Corp.

The U.S. space agency says it has signed a contract with American Tank and Vessel Inc. of Mobile, Ala., for a rocket engine test stand. The installation of a test cell diffuser and associated systems in the A-3 test stand will be made at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.


Severe fires in Indonesia – responsible for some of the worst air quality conditions worldwide – are linked not only to drought, but also to changes in land use and population density.

A Union of Concerned Scientists climate expert is to testify before a congressional committee this week after U.S.

U.S. scientists say they have developed a lab-made antibody that works against a wide range of flu viruses and can be made quickly in large quantities. The claims were made in an article published Sunday in the medical journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology by Dr.

Canadian health officials are warning people allergic to egg, milk, peanut, seafood, sesame, soy or tree nuts not to consume Orion- and Lotte-brand biscuits. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said the biscuits, manufactured in South Korea, contain allergens that aren't declared on the label.

Word of the Day
  • A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
The word 'chickabiddy' may come from 'chick' plus 'biddy', a name used in calling a hen or chicken.