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Science News Archive - April 05, 2009

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Nearly thirty gray wolves living on an island chain in northwestern Lake Superior have backbone malformations as a result of genetic inbreeding, presenting yet another hurdle for the wolves’ long-term survival, wildlife experts say.

Wildlife officials in Florida say they have been unable to drive swamphens, an invasive exotic bird, from the state. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Sunday state officials went after the purple swamphens in 2006. Game wardens were ordered to shoot the slow-flying birds.

Demand has risen for couples to donate excess embryos to science since the U.S. government lifted restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, researchers say. The (Nashville) Tennessean reported Sunday that about 500,000 embryos are stored in U.S.

Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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