Science News Archive - April 30, 2009


According to a study released on Wednesday, humanity must burn less than a quarter of its proven fossil fuels by 2050 to be able to stop global warming.


On Wednesday, the Arctic Council denied the EU, China, Italy and South Korea in their attempt to become permanent members because of a dispute between Canada and the EU over seal hunting.

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service says about 16,213 pounds of Lion Pavilion-brand seasoning products are being recalled due to import regulations. The FSIS said Lion Pavilion, Ltd.


Two newly published papers provide a deeper look at earthquake vulnerability for the Lake Tahoe region.

Spanish and US physicists studying nanoelectronics have found that size really does matter when it comes to predicting the behavior of electrical contacts that are just one atom wide.


Scientists at Scripps Research make molecules that evolve and compete, mimicking behavior of Darwin's finches.


A wolverine first photographed by a remote-controlled camera on the Tahoe National Forest in February 2008 is most closely related to Rocky Mountain populations, according to a team of 10 federal, state and university scientists.


Two University of California, Berkeley, faculty members will receive $30 million over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Energy to find better ways to separate carbon dioxide from power plant and natural gas well emissions and stick it permanently underground, according to an announcement on Monday, April 27 from the White House.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota and Massachusetts General Hospital have used a genome engineering tool they developed to make a model crop plant herbicide-resistant without significant changes to its DNA.

Word of the Day
  • Growing in low tufty patches.
The word 'cespitose' comes from a Latin word meaning 'turf'.