Science News Archive - June 11, 2009


According to a Toyota Motor Corp executive, the company plans to sell 25,000 of its new Lexus hybrid vehicles in the United States within the first 12 months of its sale.


A team of German scientists has been credited with the discovery of the new “super-heavy” element 112 more than ten years after intensive laboratory work first yielded a single atom of the novel form of matter.

A new study evaluates expected ground motion in Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver from earthquakes of magnitude 7.5 - 9.0, providing engineers and policymakers with a new tool to build or retrofit structures to withstand seismic waves from large "subduction" earthquakes off the continent's west coast.

Students who attended independent schools go on to obtain an average of 30% higher earnings than state school students, according to a study published today in Significance, the magazine of the Royal Statistical Society.

A suite of genes that affect aggression in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster has been identified.


Reindeer and caribou populations are declining around the world, from Alaska and Canada, to Greenland, Scandinavia and Russia.


One of the controllable causes of global warming is carbon dioxide (CO2) emission from burning fossil fuels.


Chronology of growth rings from tropical Australia compiled for the first time.

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service announced a nationwide recall of about 608,188 pounds of Kroger-brand chicken wings due to a labeling error. The FSIS said the manufacturer, Pilgrim's Pride Corp.

Word of the Day
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).