Science News Archive - February 08, 2009


Researchers have taken the first instant images of an unprecedented glimpse at the inner workings of plants, providing new clues into how plants process the sun’s energy through photosynthesis.


The name Charles Darwin is synonymous with the infamous theory of evolution that infuriated many because it conflicted with the Biblical view of creation.

Up to 80 percent of the entire wild bee population of South Florida has been hybridized by an aggressive African bee strain, experts say. Experts said since the first reported sighting of African bees in Tampa, Fla., seven years ago, the insects have been slowly colonizing domestic bee colonies and reproducing at an alarming rate, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Sunday. The increase of Africanized bees in the area has already resulted in multiple bee attacks, including the death of a 51-year-old man last April.


A team of scientists led by the University of Minnesota has discovered that iron dust, the rare but necessary nutrient for most life, can not only be washed into the ocean from rivers or blown out to sea, but it can bubble up from the depths of the ocean floor.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.