Quantcast

Science News Archive - February 08, 2009

4c8b9ca503bb36e44ddbdac126030b7e1

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.

98ce1e7fb866ba4a22ebcf0c68ccf3651

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.

62ef5785193f766fcdfdef4228f7a5711

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
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
Related