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Science News Archive - April 11, 2009

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Friday, Slovenian authorities said that they are going to cull 70 brown bears and 10 wolves this year to help maintain a balanced wildlife population, but the hunting quota was markedly less than past records.

A prominent U.S. chemist who pronounced the Turin Shroud a fake came to believe it could have been the burial cloth of Jesus, a television documentary says. Ray Rogers, a chemist from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, helped lead the Shroud of Turin Research Project in 1988.

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Earth's ozone layer should eventually recover from the unintended destruction brought on by the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and similar ozone-depleting chemicals in the 20th century.

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The US government will spend $15.2 million to modernize equipment for monitoring US volcanoes and improving warning systems.

Planets near stars cooler than Earth's sun may lack the material to produce life, say scientists at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The scientists used the infrared Spitzer Space Telescope to search for hydrogen cyanide around 61 young stars, hydrogen cyanide being a component of a compound in

Advocates for the return of red squirrels to parts of Britain say they thrive once invasive gray squirrels are eliminated from their habitat. After an absence of 20 years or more, red squirrels are being seen again in parts of Scotland, Wales and England, said the Red Squirrel Survival Trust established

A Florida developer says he wants to build a 19,500-home city powered entirely by solar energy. Babcock Ranch will be developed by Kitson & Partners on 17,000 acres northeast of Fort Myers, Fla.

Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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