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Science News Archive - February 05, 2009

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On Wednesday, House Republicans urged President Barack Obama to open the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines to oil drilling.

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The answer to what’s killing the world’s coral reefs may be found in a tiny chip that fits in the palm of your hand.

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At the University of Surrey, test tube chemistry just took a leap down in size to the nano-scale, with new test-tubes measuring only about one billionth of a meter across.

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency has joined scores of U.S.

In a first of its kind discovery, University of Minnesota researchers have identified the "master gene" behind blood vessel development. Better understanding of how this gene operates in the early stages of development may help researchers find better treatments for heart disease and cancer.

A Texas AgriLife Research scientist and fellow researchers have discovered that arginine, an amino acid, reduces fat mass in diet-induced obese rats and could help fight human obesity.

The U.S. space agency says it and the California Institute of Technology have designed and tested a versatile, low-mass robot that can rappel off cliffs. The prototype rover, called Axel, can also travel efficiently over steep and rocky terrain, as well as explore deep craters.

A team of researchers from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) has developed a method that makes it possible to evaluate the environmental impacts caused during the construction of buildings in advance. Before beginning the works, with just the project data, the new method makes it possible to predict up to 37 environmental impacts.

Increasing greenhouse gases could delay, or even postpone indefinitely the recovery of stratospheric ozone in some regions of the Earth, a new study suggests. This change might take a toll on public health.

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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