Science News Archive - April 03, 2009


According to new analysis, arctic sea ice is melting so fast that the majority of it could be gone within the next 30 years.

A 37-year-old British woman has regained her title in the extreme sport of freediving with a 314-foot plunge beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. Sara Campbell, known to her fans as part woman, part fish, pushed the boundaries of human endurance to new levels in an underwater cavern in the Bahamas Thursday night.


The Wilkins Ice Shelf is at risk of partly breaking away from the Antarctic Peninsula as the ice bridge that connects it to Charcot and Latady Islands looks set to collapse.

Whitehead Institute researchers have quintupled the number of identifiable prion proteins in yeast and have further clarified the role prions play in the inheritance of both beneficial and detrimental traits.


In 2008, residents of Hispaniola experienced one of their worst hurricane seasons in recent memory.

Experiments with a virus known as M13 produced a lithium-ion battery 10 times stronger than those in use today, say scientists in South Korea. M13, a common bacteriophage, was used to produce nano-structured electrodes that gave lithium batteries more punch, said scientists at the Korea Advanced Institute

A study of a Big Brothers Big Sisters of America formal mentoring program, which matched adolescent girls with women mentors, revealed that strong emotional support and improvement in girls psychosocial functioning from these relationships was a dominant theme coupled with the development of new skills and confidence through collaborations.

Banishing a fear-inducing memory might be a matter of the right timing, according to new research.

As we look at the world around us, images flicker into our brains like so many disparate pixels on a computer screen that change every time our eyes move, which is several times a second. Yet we don't perceive the world as a constantly flashing computer display.


A new study shows that the population of false killer whales in waters close to Hawaii seems to have declined significantly over the past 20 years.

Word of the Day
  • A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.
The word 'dipsas' comes from a Greek word meaning 'thirst'.