Science News Archive - February 07, 2009


Digital X-rays of Lucy, the skeletal remains of a human who lived 3 million years ago, could provide answers about how our ancestors began walking, said scientists at the University of Texas in Austin on Friday.


One hundred and fifty years after the construction of Crystal Palace at the Great Exhibition, scientists at The University of Nottingham and the University of California, Berkeley in collaboration with the University of Bath, have presented an explanation of how atoms behave as glass cools and hardens.

A recent discovery at Case Western Reserve University may help keep food and drugs safer and fresher longer and electronic equipment dryer and more secure than ever before – all at a lower cost.


Librarians will not have to purge their older books and novels after all on Tuesday, after a new product safety law comes into play.


The genome of a marine bacterium living 2,500 meters below the ocean's surface is providing clues to how life adapts in extreme environments, according to a paper published in the journal PLoS Genetics.


Four West African nations are fighting together against a species of caterpillars decimating crops in the area, a statement released on Saturday said.


Researchers have reported the discovery of a rare mummified child buried along with a green amulet stone, providing further evidence that the ancient Egyptians believed the stone and the stone’s color itself wielded magical powers.


China-born stem cell scientist Xiangzhong "Jerry" Yang, best known for successfully creating the first cloned farm animal in the United States, has died after a battle with cancer, the University of Connecticut said Friday.

Word of the Day
  • The act of burning, scorching, or heating to dryness; the state or being thus heated or dried.
  • In medicine, cauterization.
The word 'adustion' comes from the Latin 'adustio', 'burning'.