Science News Archive - April 02, 2009


Industrial-state lawmakers are feeling more at ease after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reached out on Tuesday to address concerns about recommended measures to reduce climate-warming carbon emissions.

After months of hundreds of peanut-product recalls, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is involved in another massive recall -- that of pistachio nuts. Setton Farms of Terra Bella, Calif., has recalled about 1 million pounds of pistachios because of possible salmonella contamination.


Modern technology and global demand have collaborated to make mining precious metals from the colossal, mysterious depths of the ocean floor economically practical for the first time in history

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning people allergic to egg protein not to consume certain Chocolaterie de l'Ile d'Orleans-brand products. The CFIA and the Quebec manufacturer say decorated chocolate figurines sold by the company have colored eyes, hearts and flowers that contain undeclared egg protein.

As sea levels rise in the wake of climate change and semi-arid regions turn to desert, people living in those parts of the world are likely to be displaced. A mathematical approach to planned relocation reported in the International Journal of Mathematics and Operational Research.

Word of the Day
  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
The 'stock' of 'gazingstock' comes from an Old English word meaning 'tree trunk' or 'wood'.