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Science News Archive - February 09, 2009

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The government of Kenya has declared a state of emergency due to a cruel drought that is starting to bite into east Africa's biggest economy.

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What was once a proud symbol of the French navy is now the biggest ship-recycling project ever undertaken in Europe.

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Engineering professor Galen Suppes used to be widely praised by the University of Missouri for his innovative research into renewable energy, but now the school considers him a renegade scientist trying to keep the university from getting its fair share of profits from his inventions.

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NIST, Brookhaven Researchers Use Tuberculosis Bacteria to End 25-Year Quest

Struggling to protect historic treasures in tight financial circumstances, heritage experts fear accelerating deterioration due to climate change.

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The last step of the cell cycle is the brief but spectacularly dynamic and complicated mitosis phase, which leads to the duplication of one mother cell into two daughter cells.

Local schools and homes in the small Georgian town of Reepham in Norfolk are taking part in the groundbreaking 12-month trial, led by the University of East Anglia (UEA).

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University of Utah biologists discovered that young "right whales" learn from their mothers where to eat, raising concern about their ability to find new places to feed if Earth's changing climate disrupts their traditional dining areas.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the ever-expanding recall involving possibly contaminated peanut products expanded yet again during the weekend. The Peanut Corp.

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In just four years, a University of Portsmouth paleontologist has discovered 48 new species from the age of the dinosaurs, while other scientists took 180 years to identify the same number.

Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.