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Science News Archive - April 14, 2009

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Representative Edward Markey said Monday that the threat of tighter regulation by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should subdue industry opposition to a cap-and-trade market on greenhouse gas emissions.

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In the burgeoning industry of wind energy, Texas remains the undisputed leader, but competition in other areas of the country is growing fierce.

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When your great grandmother used to sneak a sip of elderberry wine “to fight off the flu,” she may have just been keeping with the medical wisdom passed down for hundreds of generations from the ancients.

The new science of epigenetics explains how genes can be modified by the environment, and a prime result of epigenetic inquiry has just been published online

Abnormalities in the fibers connecting different brain areas may contribute to muscle disorders such as writer's cramp, according to a report in the April issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Ann Arbor, MI--Patients with a rare, blinding eye disease saw their vision improve after treatment with drugs to suppress their immune systems, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center.

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The speed at which heat moves between two materials touching each other is a potent indicator of how strongly they are bonded to each other, according to a new study by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

After about seven months growing in the womb, a human fetus spends most of its time asleep. Its brain cycles back and forth between the frenzied activity of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and the quiet resting state of non-REM sleep. But whether the brains of younger, immature fetuses cycle with sleep or are simply inactive has remained a mystery, until now.

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Most fish rely primarily on their vision to find prey to feed upon, but a University of Rhode Island biologist and her colleagues have demonstrated that a group of African cichlids feeds by using its lateral line sensory system to detect minute vibrations made by prey hidden in the sediments.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says more companies are recalling products containing possibly tainted pistachio nuts. The actions follow the recall of thousands of pounds of pistachios by Setton Farms Inc.

Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.