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Science News Archive - April 07, 2009

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On Monday, owners of New York City’s Empire State Building announced that the structure will undergo a renovation starting this summer designed to make the building more environmentally friendly.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced an expansion of the nationwide recall of possibly bacterially tainted pistachios. The FDA said Setton Farms Inc.

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One of the world’s most mysterious sharks, a megamouth, was trapped, butchered and dined on by Filipino fishermen, the environmental conservation group WWF announced on Tuesday.

Killing just the older mosquitoes would be a more sustainable way of controlling malaria, according to entomologists who add that the approach may lead to evolution-proof insecticides that never become obsolete.

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California's two lengthiest rivers have been labeled the United States' most endangered watercourses from archaic water supervision and subpar flood preparation, states an environmental advocacy group.

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Scientists study how microbes survive and thrive in deep, dark, noxious, oxygen-depleted, super-salty ecosystems that may resemble primordial environments.

Exerting self-control is exhausting. In fact, using self-control in one situation impairs our ability to use self-control in subsequent, even unrelated, situations.

A U.S.-led study suggests insecticides that would kill just older mosquitoes would be a better way of controlling malaria. Pennsylvania State University Professor Andrew Read said such an approach would be a more sustainable way of controlling the disease and might lead to evolution-proof insecticides that never become obsolete. Each year malaria kills about a million people, but many of the chemicals used to kill the insects become ineffective, the scientists said, since repeated exposure to an insecticide breeds a new generation of mosquitoes that are resistant to that particular chemical. Insecticides sprayed on house walls or bed nets are some of the most successful ways of controlling malaria, said Read.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'