Science News Archive - April 01, 2009


The environmental group Greenpeace said Tuesday that financially hard hit nations are not including enough green investments in their economic stimulus plans.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says Frito-Lay Inc. and Kraft Foods Inc. are recalling pistachio nut products due to possible salmonella contamination. Frito-Lay announced the recall of 1.75-ounce Frito-Lay-brand in-shell salted pistachios with sell-by dates between 14-Jul-09 and 29-Dec-09.


Oxford University scientists have identified remains of giant lions in parts of Britain, Europe and North America, from as long as 13,000 years ago.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to consume certain brands of smoked salmon and lox due to possible bacterial contamination. The manufacturer, Niagara Smoked Fish Ltd.

A U.S.-led team of medical researchers says cells isolated from the eye that many scientists believe are retinal stem cells are actually normal adult cells. The international study, led by Michael Dyer of St.

Here's another reason to hate leftovers. A research study appearing in the April 2009 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology (http://www.jleukbio.org) sheds light on one cause of arthritis: bacteria.


Science fiction fans still have another two months of waiting for the new Star Trek movie, but fans of actual science can feast their eyes now on the first movie ever of carbon atoms moving along the edge of a graphene crystal.

The power of magnetism may address a major problem facing bioengineers as they try to create new tissue -- getting human cells to not only form structures, but to stimulate the growth of blood vessels to nourish that growth.


Wild camels wandering in the Australian outback are becoming a nuisance, as they are turning on outside water faucets in their search for water, officials announced Wednesday.

Word of the Day
  • A political dynamiter.
The word 'dynamitard' is related to 'dynamite', which comes from a Greek root meaning 'power' and was coined by Alfred Nobel.