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Science News Archive - April 08, 2009

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According to the UN Environmental Program, an enormous breakaway piece of Antarctica’s ice shelf could amplify the already significant effects of global warming in the region.

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The devastating earthquakes in central Italy this week have tragically revealed the architectural vulnerability of many of its buildings.

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Analyzing several years' worth of results from Fermilab's Tevatron collider, physicists come up with the most accurate measurement to date of the mass of the W boson, and narrow down the possible mass of the still undiscovered Higgs boson

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Canada Safeway Ltd. are recalling some Safeway-brand ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination. The CFIA said the lean ground beef affected by the recall was sold at some Canada Safeway stores in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Northeastern Ontario.

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Whale sharks -- giants of the fish world that strike terror only among tiny creatures like the plankton and krill they eat -- are imperiled by over-fishing of the species in parts of its ocean range.

An outbreak of hand-foot-and-mouth disease in China has killed 18 children in less than a week and left 195 others in serious condition, health authorities say. The dead are among 19,922 cases of the childhood disease recorded in Henan province, China's Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday. Zhou Yong, a spokesman for the Henan Provincial Health Administration, says 4,244 children have been discharged from local hospitals after being treated for the illness. Officials said they fear more cases may develop as temperatures in the province rise, Xinhua said. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease commonly affects children under the age of 10 causing fever, sores in the mouth and a rash with blisters.

New genome sequence information from the humble baker's yeast has revealed surprising variation in a set of genes that can be thought of as nature's oldest clock.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new test for detecting influenza A/H5N1 -- a subtype of the avian virus that can infect humans. The test -- The AVantage A/H5N1 Flu Test' -- detects influenza A/H5N1 in throat or nose swabs collected from patients who have flu-like symptoms.

Scientists have designed tiny new sensor structures that could be used in novel security devices to detect poisons and explosives, or in highly sensitive medical sensors, according to research published tomorrow (8 April) in Nano Letters.

Climate change will bring about major shifts in worldwide fire patterns, and those changes are coming fast, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, in collaboration with scientists at Texas Tech University.

Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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