Science News Archive - April 29, 2009


Former Vice President Al Gore called for fast action to avert the potentially irreversible melting of the Earth’s ice.


With the implementation of cloning techniques, a team of scientists in South Korea have engineered four beagles that allegedly glow in reddish hues.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a nationwide recall of Personal Care-brand non-acetone nail polish remover due to a safety hazard. The FDA said Personal Care Products Inc.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is holding a symposium for students and teachers from across the United States. The event, being held at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston through Friday, allows students to present research results to fellow students and NASA scientists and engineers.


Nature is full of mutually beneficial arrangements between organisms—like the relationship between flowering plants and their bee pollinators.

Living beings and inanimate phenomena may have more in common than previously thought.

Conscientiousness is a good thing in a mate, researchers report, not just because it's easier to live with someone who washes the dishes without being asked, but also because having a conscientious partner may actually be good for one's health.

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a membrane-penetrating nanoneedle for the targeted delivery of one or more molecules into the cytoplasm or the nucleus of living cells.

Facial recognition is not as automatic as it may seem. Researchers have identified specific areas in the brain devoted solely to picking out faces among other objects we encounter.

U.S. scientists say they've created a device that provides a computer with much of the energy savings of sleep mode and some of the usefulness of awake mode. Researchers from the University of California-San Diego and the Microsoft Corp.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.